Not only Samui has
many interesting attractions but also small island around, are
Nangyuan island, Tao island, Phangan island ... Their are many
interesting attractions that foreigner never get touch. Now,
we would like to advise you to know about the another
paradises which you have to visit. And you would haven't done
Samui until you have it.
Between the Samui island and the mainland Surat Thani, lies
the Angthong Bay, literally the Golden Basin, which has
become a Marine National Park.
The scattering island and
outcroppings offer splendid island caves, magical limestone
island s, azure-green water in the various lakes and inland
waterways, and hundreds of beaches, large and small, filled
with glittering white fine sand. Oddly-shaped islands and
wondrous rock formations in the area are linked to a famous
legend of Samui island involving a fierce battle between two
rival lovers well versed in black magic which turned various
objects into stone and thus the wonderful isles and rock
formations which are a feast to the eyes.
Koh Tao & Nangyuang Island
In terms of development, Koh Tao is where Samui was 10 years
ago or more. About 3.5 - 4 hours by ferry from Samui or 4
hours (2 hours by speedboat) from Chumpon, this island is
already a fine and remote refuge. The tiny island of Nang
Yuan, lying off the northwestern end of Koh Tao, is even
more of a getaway.
the place for that honey-moon or the last draft of that
novel you've been working on. Comfortable bungalows are
available on Koh Nang Yuan Dive Resort, and there are no
distractions except for the view of picturesque Koh Tao and
excellent coral reefs for snorkeling or
diving right off the beach.
There's easy access to deeper diving, as well.
Tan and Mastum
Islands Koh Tan makes a fine day trip from Samui. Located just
2km. from the southern end of Koh Samui, Koh Tan, or "Koh
Katen", as it is sometimes known, offers a long sandy beach
and good oral off the eastern and southern coasts. It is
surrounded by four other little islands that also await
exploration. If you get tired of sunbathing, diving and
snorkeling, there's always hiking, fishing, bat caves and
just plain sight-seeing. Next-by is Koh Matsum, home of the
Naga Pearl farm for shell culturing.
National Marine Parks Ang Tong is a fascinating group
of islands in the north of Samui rising from the sea as
dramatic walls of rock. Besides small caves and beaches you
will find some strange formations nature has formed. One
island has a mysterious sink hole, completely enclosed by
walls of rock, in its center.
This fascinating group of
islands, within sight of Samui to the north and west, is
geographically different from the other islands in the
region. The Ang Thong islands rise from the other
islands in the region. The Ang Thong islands rise from
the seas as dramatic walls of rock soaring hundreds of
meters high. Besides the many small coves and beautiful
little beaches, erosion has shaped some strange
One island has a mysterious
sink hole, completely enclosed by walls of sheer rock,
in its center. Definitely worth a daytrip, and instead
of the standard cruise, put together a group of friends
to charter a boat and explore the islands and beaches in
your own time.
Tao Island "Koh
Tao" or Turtle island is located in the Gulf of Thailand 45km
north of Koh Samui but in more recent times it has grown from an
off the beaten path tourist destination to the largest dive
training center in Southeast Asia.
Tao is the smallest and remotest of the three major
islands in this region that offer accommodations. While it takes
most boats about three hours to get there from Samui, the new
speedboat service from Bophut and Na Thon can do it in under two
hours. But the most important access is that through Chumpon, from
where there are both speedboat and ferry service.
island is similar in geography to its bigger brothers to the
south, Samui and Pha Ngan. Here again are many rocky headlands
piled high with huge granite boulders. There are fewer beaches,
though those few are particularly beautiful. Bungalow resorts can
be found on every beach, and like Pha Ngan, most range from remote
and primitive to basic, though there are a couple of high quality
establishments here. A few sandy, rocky tracks provide access from
a single boat pier in the village on the west coast.
Tao's real claim to fame has nothing to do with its beaches,
coconut palms and rocky mountains. Instead, it's the underwater
realm surrounding the island that has established its reputation.
There is a thriving dive industry on the island , and for those
who have never dived before, Koh Tao offers ideal conditions in
which to learn. The
diving shops there maintain high
standards, with qualified international instructors, and daytrips
to sites that are rich in marine life and which offer excellent
visibility and pleasant, warm water.
Island With Samui's accommodations fast going upmarket,
Koh Pha Ngan has become the
favorite destination for the backpack set and those with a
stronger spirit of adventure. Pha Ngan is almost as big as
Samui, and lies off the latter's north shore, in clear view
and just a half-hour boat ride away. But Pha Ngan is much less
developed, having only a rudimentary system
rough tracks criss-crossing the island and linking only some
of the beaches.
Over a hundred
small budget bungalow resorts ring the island, offering a
range of accommodation from extremely remote and
semi-primitive to the moderately priced, comfortable places
that completely line Haad Rin beach, which also has a small
village with restaurants, discos and bars This is also site of
Full Moon Party,
when thousands gather on the same beach for the rising of the
full moon from the sea.
Pha Ngan is easily
accessed by daily ferry boats from Suratthani, or from Maenam
and Bophut piers in Samui. These boats call at Thong Sala and
Haad Rin from where many resorts are accessed by pickup truck
over rough tracks. A few can only be reached by small boat.
Some resorts have perched individual huts up on high, rocky
points and in other off-beat, natural settings. There are few
telephones on Pha Ngan and the resorts have to generate their
own electricity while some bungalows offer only oil lamps.
Panvimarn Resort, which commands spectacular views across a
double-beach bay on the northeast corner is the only exception
to the basic bungalow accommodation,
Koh Pha Ngan is particularly beautiful, being high and rugged,
with rocky headlands of huge granite boulders separating the
many tropical beaches set in coves lined with coconut palms.
moon party on
Some six years ago, a group of tourists and the owner of
Paradise Bungalow found that the most beautiful moon was in
Koh Phangan. They arranged a party along the crescent-shaped
beach of Haad Rin to celebrate the Full Moon night.
From then on,
people from all over the world came to join the celebration.
And now there are 7,000-10,000 people at the party each month.
The party begins
at dusk, when the round yellow moon makes its appearance over
the white sand beach. In twilight, small tables are lined up
on the beach and thousands of lamps are lit.
the evening progresses the beach explodes into a dancing
frenzy as different m.c.'s take their turn on the decks. There
is something for everyone here, trance, techno, drum and bass,
commercial dance and reggae, no-one is disappointed. Jugglers
and fire-eaters entertain the crowds as the night goes on and
with the brilliant impromptu fireworks display, the party
atmosphere is complete. After a few hours it could be time to
chill-out for a while, maybe grab a drink or a bite to eat
from one of the many beach traders and wade out or sit down in
the warm surf of the Gulf of Thailand, pure, pure heaven.
relaxed it's time to return to the main beach and get blown
into another dancing dimension, while all around people are
doing the same, there are no barriers here, no inhibitions,
just people enjoying themselves with one unified intention, to
rejoice in the magic that is the paradise of FULL MOON PARTY!