|Kohtao is a little islandnear of Koh Phangan.
The most visited of the beach, Sairee Beach always have a scattering of sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more hidden bays and beaches.
From the original bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 15 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackers other wise known as Ferangs.
Unlike a few years ago, guests can get now everything from economical simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to elegant expensive villas with a private facilities and swimming pool.
Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 Koh Taowas home to political prisoners. Being positioned approximately 65 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
All the prisoners were all released and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and Koh Taowas a desert islandyet again.
They were the twin brothers Khun Ueam & Khun Oh who reached Ko Tao by boat from the neighboring islandof Kohpangan, KoTao was still under protection of the king in those days but it did not prevent those fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.