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5 Best Islands near Samui

Best Island-Hopping Destinations around Koh Samui

Island-hopping is a popular activity in Samui as this tourist hotspot features a good range of other islands lying a reasonable distance off its shore. Situated one hour by speedboat northwest of Koh Samui, the simply stunning Angthong Marine National Park is an archipelago that comprises 42 pristine islands. Two of them figure in our Top 5 list. Two large islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, respectively located 12 km and 60 km north of Samui also offer an extremely pleasant getaway for the day, or for longer stays. Discover the 5 best island-hopping destinations around Koh Samui. They offer you great opportunities for sightseeing and action-packed outings during your holiday.

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Koh Wua Talap

The headquarters of Angthong Marine National Park is located on Koh Wua Talap (Sleeping Cow Island in Thai), the second largest island of the archipelago. The island features basic infrastructures including bungalows, an information desk, restaurant, first aid center, and sea kayak rental desk. It is on the circuit of most of the day trips in the park. Along with a lovely, clean beach, the island has a stunning coconut tree grove, lush vegetation, stunning viewpoints, and a nature trail to Hua Boke cave. Read More...

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Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is Thailand’s fifth largest island. It’s located just 12km north of Koh Samui, and is still barely developed. Ferries from the mainland and from Samui are at hand to get there, leaving frequently throughout the morning and early afternoon. It features a hilly, lush tropical jungle interior, many idyllic, long white-sand beaches and over 20 nearby dive sites. Featuring a good choice of accommodation options for all budget types, Koh Phangan’s main claim to fame is largely due to its many Full Moon, Black Moon and Half Moon parties held on the beach of Haad Rin. The rugged, mountainous interior is also more dramatic than many other islands in Thailand. Read More...

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Koh Tao

Koh Tao (Turtle Island in Thai) – lives up to its name, being one of the greatest scuba diving destinations in southern Thailand. The perfect white-sand beaches which ring the hilly 21 km² island are surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The compact island is about 60 km to the north of Samui and was only really ‘discovered’ in the early 1980s, but now supports a varied selection of hotels, from budget guesthouses and beach bungalows all the way up to five-star luxury resorts. So far from civilisation while still being relatively easily reached, it is the idyllic tropical island paradise. Read More...

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Koh Mae Koh
Koh Mae Koh

Situated just one kilometre north of Koh Wua Talap, Koh Mae Koh (Mother Island) is the second most visited island in Angthong Marine National Park. It is especially famous for its two stunning viewpoints – most of the panoramic photos you see of the park are taken from them, and for its emerald lagoon named Talay Nai in Thai. This vivid green ‘small sea’ contains sea water surrounded by limestone cliffs. It is connected to the sea by underground tunnels. The island features a cool beach bar, and kayaks are available for rent.

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Koh Taen
Koh Taen

Located a short boat ride – five kilometres, from Samui's south coast, Koh Taen is often part of snorkelling and fishing day trips departing from Thong Krut. This small island of 7.5 km² bungalow accommodation at hand, 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. Most of the day trips to Koh Taen also include neighbouring Koh Mudsum, which is also an interesting island to visit or stay at, as it hosts two hotels: U Koh Mudsum Samui and The Treasure Koh Mudsum.

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