All the prisoners were all released and transported by boat to Suratthani on the mainland and the islandwas a desert islandyet again.
Ko Tao is petite; 20 square km and fifty per cent of that too steep to get to.
It seems wierd that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been first earmarked as a prison.
The island of Koh Tao is one of Thailand's interesting tropical paradise. Blessed with golden beaches and secluded bays, visitors from all over the world come back every year to experience the unique feeling of the island.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle as well, just check out our web site for all the local divecentres available.
The most popular of the beach, Sairee Beach most of the time are filled up with sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more hidden bays and beaches.
Their lives mainly consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing fruit and vegetables and of course sustaining themselves through fishing. In those early days getting to Ko Tao was a treacherous boat journey from nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the weather& seas permitted, but the residents continued to grow progressively all the same, even when the easy life was hard and without much reward.
A culture shock to many, but generally the islandreacted 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 all over the globe.