Engrossed by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding KohTao, and the development in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of companies set up a diving businesses on the island. These companies in turn built accommodationfor their clientele, and after a while many of these resortshave become quite lavish.Kohtao is a nice islandnortheast of Surat Thani in Thailand.
It seems strange that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been originally earmarked as a prison.Kohtao is a nice island northeast of Surat Thani in Thailand.
Initially this small islandhad no one living on it, visited only by local fishermen from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding the island, and the growth in recreational scuba diving, a number of companies have started diving businesses on the island, these companies in turn designed exclusive resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
From the days of being a prison, through to its current re-development, Turtle islandhas retained it's charm, though it now caters for everyone's needs and budgets. KohTaois a very little island, only 22 square km and nearly half of that too harsh to access. To begin with the island was not inhabited, frequented only by fisherman from nearby islands when seeking cover during heavy storms or when they require fresh water and food. It seems extraordinary that such a tourist paradise should have been at first earmarked as a prison. Odd, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being just about 70 km from the mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Ko Tao is surrounded by loads of Black Tip ans Whale sharks as well.