slightly bigger than 21 sq. kilometres is
one of the smallest inhabited islands in the
archipelago, translated as Turtle island
because of its similar shape to the aquatic
Located 70 km east of the Suratthani coast
line and about 50km north east from Koh
Phangan, the island was used as a political
prison for Barworndej rebels in 1933, and
participants of the coup in 1938. The deep
rough sea was the strong natural barrier
dividing the two worlds.
October, 20, 1944, Khun A-Paiwong, prime
minister at the time pleaded for royal
pardon for all prisoners on the island.
Three years later everybody was released and
taken to the Suratthani shore. The "Turtle"
was abandoned but was not left alone for
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