Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan
About Koh Tao & koh Nang Yuan
Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan are two small islands located north of Koh Samui. The islands are both very popular destinations for day trips from Koh Samui, or as holiday destinations. The islands offer stunning natural beauty, crystal clear waters (the best in the Gulf of Thailand), and a typical laid-back atmosphere that make them perfect for relaxation and adventure.
Koh Nang Yuan is one of a small group of three islands connected by a sandbar. The islands viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the surrounding waters. You will find many photographers (or social media influencers if you wish) here. The islands are also home to a number of small beaches and hiking trails.
Both Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan have a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses for young would-be divers. There are also a number of restaurants and bars on both islands that offer delicious local and international cuisine. Think of pizza places, small Thai roadside restaurants and luxury dining opportunities.
One of the best things about Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan is their laid-back atmosphere. People come here to dive or for a chance to relax and recharge.
If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, be sure to add Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan to your list of must-visit destinations. These beautiful islands offer something for everyone and are sure to provide a memorable and enjoyable vacation or day trip from Koh Samui.
Frequently asked questions about Koh Tao & Nang Yuan
The best time to visit Koh Tao is from March to May, when the weather is dry and sunny. Avoid visiting during the monsoon season (June to October), as the seas can be rough and many dive sites may be closed.
By day trip from Koh Samui
If you are staying on Koh Samui, a day trip from Koh Samui to Koh Tao is the best way to experience the islands. This tour starts early in the morning with a pickup from your hotel and a 1,5 hour boat ride to both Koh Tao & Nang Yuan. There you can enjoy snorkeling in the many bays, a walk up to the famous viewpoint and a delicious Thai style lunch. In the afternoon you will be brought back to Koh Samui where our transfer service awaits to bring you back to your hotel.
The nearest airport to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan is Koh Samui airport. The only airline flying this route is Bangkok Airways as they own the airport on Koh Samui. From there, you can take a ferry to Koh Tao or Koh Nang Yuan. Alternatively, you can fly to Surat Thani or Chumphon airport and then take a bus or taxi to the respective piers. These can be booked on arrival.
You can take a bus from Bangkok, Phuket, or Krabi to Chumphon or Surat Thani, and from there take a ferry to Koh Tao or Koh Nang Yuan.
Yes, both islands are generally safe for travelers. You should take some precautions like avoiding unlicensed taxis, keeping valuables safe, and following local laws and customs. It’s also important to be aware of the weather and sea conditions before you go diving or snorkeling.
Koh Tao is known for its lively nightlife, with plenty of bars and clubs to choose from. Visitors can enjoy live music, DJs, and beach parties, making it a popular destination for backpackers and party-goers. The place to be is Sairee beach, where you will find most beach bars and clubs.
The national park fee is THB 250 per adult (children go free). The fees are used by the national park organization to protect the marine life, preserve the area and to keep Koh Nang Yuan clean. This fee can only be paid in cash at the start of the tour and is excluded from the price in our Koh Tao tours from Koh Samui.