In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's then Prime Minister, requested and got a royal pardon for KoTao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
It seems wierd that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been first constructed as a prison.
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Ko Tao island is located about 65 km east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and is about 20 km in size - so small but not too small.
Ko Tao offers to the visitor beautiful beaches and jungle.
Immediately following the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of tourist coming to Koh Taohave changed, before it had been a Mecca for backpackers, young travellers along their way Chiang Mai and beyond.
A enormous variety of fishes and some beautiful coral reefs offer diversa unique experience. Other activities now include trekking and Boat tours.
About 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, asked for and received a royal pardon for the islands prisoners and thanks to a affable act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and moved to Suratthani on the mainland and the islandwas uninhabited once again. This was in the same year that the first settlers started to claim a large portion of terrain on what is now known as Sai Ree Beach. These were the two brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to KohTaoby a small boat from the next islandof KoPhangan.
Ko Tao is petite; 22 sq kilometer and half of that too steep to access.