Ko Tarutao’s prisoners turned pirates

From 1937 to ’48, Ko Tarutao was “seen as a hell in the deep sea,” according to an info board at the entrance to the Ao Talo Wao historical trail. Of the roughly 3,000 prisoners interned here, hundreds died of disease and starvation, and many more became feared pirates. Informative signs and dilapidated buildings provide a glimpse into this riveting chapter in Thai history.

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