Ko Toa is a tiny island, only 21 square km with nearly half of that too rough to get to. Initially the islandwas not occupied, visited only by fisherman from nearby islands while on the lookout for protection during storms or when they require clean water and food. It seems odd that such a tourist paradise should have been in the beginning set up as a penal island. Bizarre, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the islandwas home to political prisoners. Being virtually 70 km from the mainland meant it was moderately escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Toa is surrounded by loads of Black Tip & Whale sharks too.
All through the last 12 years KohTaohas altered in a number of ways as it developed to become one of the main diveislands in Thailand, drawing all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 KoTao was home to political prisoners. Being positioned approximately 75 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
The island of Kohtao is one of the country's amazing tropical gems. Blessed with golden beaches and hidden bays, visitors from many different countries come back every year to experience the unique Thai culture.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip-flops?!, and some had children as well.
Initially this little islandwas not inhabited, frequented only by fisherman from near by islands when looking for shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.Kohtao is a little island south of thailand.
Around 1947, Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at that time, asked for and got a royal pardon for the islands inmates and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King. They were repatriated and moved to Suratthani on the mainland and the island was deserted yet again. This was in the same year that the original settlers laid claim to a big part of terrain on what is nowadays recognized as Sairee Beach. These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who came to Ko Toa by a boat from the neighbouring island of KohPhangan.