In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, requested and got a royal pardon for Ko Tao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
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Ko Tao islandis located about 65 km east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and is about 21 kilometer in size - so small but not too small.
A culture shock to many, but generally the island reacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change had taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of restaurants offering cuisine from around the world.
This small island was still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't avert these fortune seekers from making their claim. The very first generation of todays community started to settle when they brought their families to Ko Tao and began to farm and yield the rich earth and natural resources on offer. Even though it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the massive coconut plantations throughout the island.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current redevelopment, Turtle islandhas retained it's magic, though it now caters for everybodys tastes and budgets.
No question, Ko Tao has some of most beautiful beaches anywhere in the country.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 the islandhoused political prisoners. Being located approximately 65 km from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
The prisoners were all released and transported by boat to Suratthani on the mainland and Ko Tao was a desert island yet again.