7 Best Islands Near Koh Samui

Escape for a Day to the Islands Near Samui

The best islands near Koh Samui are the top choices for island-hopping. It’s quite a popular activity in Samui as this tourist hot spot 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 on our 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 longer stays. Discover the best island-hopping destinations around Koh Samui below. They offer you great opportunities for sightseeing and action-packed outings during your island holiday.

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Koh Wua Talap

Ang Thong Marine National Park's HQ
Koh Wua Talap

Koh Wua Talap ("Sleeping Cow Island" in Thai), is home to the headquarters of Ang Thong National Marine Park. The island is the second-largest in the archipelago. It features basic infrastructures including bungalows, an information desk, a restaurant, a first aid centre, and a sea kayak rental desk.

Koh Wua Talap 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...

  • Location: Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
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Koh Phangan

A party island
Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is Thailand’s 5th largest island. It’s located just 12 km north of Koh Samui and is still barely developed. Ferries from the mainland and 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...

  • Location: Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
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Koh Tao

The "turtle island"
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 sq km 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 up to 5-star luxury resorts. So far from civilisation and while still being relatively easily reached, it is the idyllic tropical island paradise. Read More...

  • Location: Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
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Koh Mae Koh

Discover its emerald lagoon
Koh Mae Koh

Koh Mae Koh (Mother Island) is situated just one km north of Koh Wua Talap, and is the second most visited island in Angthong Marine National Park. It is especially famous for its 2 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.

Talay Nai is a vivid green ‘small sea’ that contains seawater 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.

  • Location: Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
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Koh Taen

A short boat ride from Samui
Koh Taen

Koh Taen, a short 5 km boat ride from Samui's south coast, is often part of snorkelling and fishing day trips departing from Thong Krut. This small island of 7.5 sq km 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 – it hosts 2 hotels. Read More...

  • Location: Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
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