Beyond Samui

Koh Taen:
Off the Southern shore, has an excellent hiking trail for easy stroll or a serious all-day trek through the jungle. The island is largely uninhabited but has several nature study points maintained by Koh Taen Conservation Club. Legend has it that dogs can not survive a night on the island. This is probably due to the high frequency calls emitted by the thousands of bats that call Koh Ten home and can be seen clouding the sky (and heading for Samui) at dusk. You can arrange longtail boat transport to Koh Taen from Thong Krut Bay on Samui’s southern shore.
Angthong National Marine Park:
Is a compact archipelago of mostly uninhabited islands west of Koh Samui that provided the setting for Alex Garland’s The Beach. There is good snorkeling, diving, hiking and even camping on some of the islands. Many people regard sea kayaking as the best way to explore the areas. You can arrange to have a speed boat take you to the park or book a tour with one of the many operators that offer regular services.
Koh Tao/Koh Nangyuan:
Is a spectacular little place of three small islets that are connected by an incredible beach. There are no roads and no motors on this island, so it is very quiet. But there are bungalows and dive tour operators so you can take a couple of days to check out the island’s sea life.
Koh Phangan:
Is one of the largest parties in the world happens every full moon on the small island of Koh Pha-Ngan. The parties have been going on for over 11 years originated by a group of backpackers. These backpackers found that throughout their travels the moon was best seen on Koh Pha-Ngan. They have a remarkable idea to arrange a party along the crescent-shaped beach of Haad Rin, one of Thailand’s jewels, to celebrate the next Full Moon. Since the people from all over the world came to join the celebration. And now there are 7,000-15,000 people at the party each month.










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