Islands near Koh Samui
Ang Thong Marine National Park, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan
There are about 60 other islands near Koh Samui, most of which are tropical paradises in their own right. Some have small populations and reputations, such as Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Others are little more than dots of land in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand, but are home to breathtaking scenery, unspoilt beaches and ideal conditions and surroundings for sailing, scuba diving or just relaxing far from civilisation.
Journey times between Koh Samui other islands is relatively short and each offers something a little different. Koh Phangan’s full moon parties are legendary, as are Koh Tao’s pristine, uncrowded beaches. Koh Taen abounds with history and folklore while the 42 islands of Ang Thong Marine Park are home to a rich variety of exotic sea creatures and plantlife.
All Islands Near Koh Samui
Ang Thong National Marine Park is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand with towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, fertile mangroves, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes to explore. Within sight of Koh Samui, Ang Thong park is a protected area of more than 100 square kilometres of land and sea, and home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures. Snorkelling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, sailing and simply relaxing on one of its idyllic beaches are the main activities to enjoy on Ang Thong. Read More...
Koh Phangan, with an overall area of 167sqkm, is Thailand’s fifth biggest island. Located 70km from the mainland and just 12km from Koh Samui, Phangan does not have an airport and relies heavily on ferries from the mainland and Koh Samui.
Predominantly made up of granite, its almost unspoilt beauty is accented by a hilly, lush tropical jungle interior, many idyllic, long white-sand beaches and over 20 nearby dive sites. The main disembarkation points are Thongsala and Haad Rin where you will find plenty of ATM machines and banks. While there are no Tourist Police on Koh Phangan the island’s police station is situated just outside Thongsala. Read More...
Once the haunt of sea-turtles, this small island north of Koh Samui with its quiet undisturbed beaches has become a magnet for those who really want to get away from it all and for divers who come to view the colourful coral beds. Since the main attraction is diving - the beaches remain tranquil and uncrowded while facilities, food and accommodation have greatly improved. Read More...
Koh Taen and Koh Mudsum
Located a short boat ride from Samui's south coast, these two small islands often come together as a package (with either fishing or snorkelling thrown in) offered as a daytrip by local tour companies and individuals. Koh Mudsum is basically one long beach that is unfortunately rather dirty in places. There's also a dead reef directly off shore, which makes swimming tricky, and a pearl farm that's open to visitors.
Rather more interesting, Koh Taen has bungalow accommodation, a couple of restaurants and a wooden walkway through a mangrove swamp. The Koh Taen Conservation Society, has erected helpful blue signs identifying plants and buildings of historical interest. The island is home to several families of Muslim fishermen who are slowly abandoning their villages in search of better opportunities elsewhere.
Local folklore also notes that there are no dogs on Koh Taen, and that any dog setting paw on the island will die. Some people ascribe this to an ancient curse, but it may be that the high-pitched emissions from the thousands of bats living in the island's caves are too much for canines to bear. The most likely explanation, however, is simply that the Muslim inhabitants won't allow dogs on their island. Thong Krut is the best place from which to charter a boat to get to the islands. Alternatively, most tour companies will offer trips.