Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip flops?!, and some had children as well.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 the islandhoused political prisoners. Being positioned about 70 km from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip flops?!, and some had children as well.
The first generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought over their families and started to harvest & cultivate the on offer.
It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been originally setup as a prison.
In those days getting to KohTaorequired a treacherous boat journey from near by islands or the main land, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted but the population continued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
During the last 11 odd years the islandhas changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest divedestinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
On Kohtaotourists can find amazing picture-postcard views of shady palm trees , bright blue lagoons and beautiful sunrises