|KohTaois petite; 20 square kilometer and half of that too steep to access.
The name KoTao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst others maintain its from the days when the sea around the islandwere rich with turtles and the islandwas their main breeding site.
Straight after the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of visitors visiting KoTao have changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
On Kohtao tourists can see typical picture-postcard views of coconut palms , bright blue water and beautiful sunrises
From the original bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackersother wise known as farangs.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, outstanding marine life and beautiful landscapes got bigger, easier access was became available when better built were brought in to handle the number of backpackersbeing attracted to the island.
Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 KoTao housed political prisoners. Being located about 75 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.Kohtao is a small islandnear of Koh Phangan.