Koh Madsum is one of several smaller islands just a few minutes from Koh Samui. The little island group that Koh Madsum belongs is called five islands and locally refereed to as ‘Koh Si Koh Ha’, meaning ‘Four Islands-Five Islands’, and they are out-of-this-world.
These islands are home to a species of swift; these birds are protected not because they are in danger, but because they produce one of the most famous delicacies in the world.
Birds Nest Soup goes for an arm and a leg on the Chinese food markets, and these little birds are worth their weight in gold.
The birds are protected by the only people who stay on the island, they are the local Sea Gypsies and they are employed to make sure that there are no poachers trying to steal the precious food.
The first island here on the list is Koh Tean and sitting just behind it is Koh Madsum and is a very popular island to visit and a great place to stop and have a picnic. The beach here is long the sand is fine and white the kind of sand the crunches under foot.
Only half an hour boat ride from the mainland, Koh Madsum is a brilliant day out and sometimes you can find students who have decided to stay the night in tents, it is a very communal island and everyone is welcome.
The snorkeling is great here too, Koh Madsum is home to some real genuine underwater critters and you can see them here, from parrot fish and wrasses to the odd Moray Eelor sea Turtle and if you are lucky, and first there in the morning or last to leave in the evening, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Sharks.
Black Tip Reef Sharks live here, they are a very timid species and generally keep their distance from humans (very wise). You can see them hunting in the early morning sunlight. They are usually no bigger than a metre and their food consists of small fishes and shell fish and maybe the odd octopus on a special day.
As a backdrop to this little unspoiled island is a small topical forest which is home to even more wildlife, so get back to nature on this trip and it’s ideal for the entire family as part of an island hopping experience, it will stay in the memory for a life time.
Recently plans have been drawn up ensuring that Koh Madsum remains unspoiled, and no money grabbing tycoon will be able to spoil this beautiful area- for future generations to come, thus ensuring its development as an ECO-Tourist hotspot only, and not another spoilt built up island that has lost its charm.
Koh Madsum is easy to find first get down to the southern end of Koh Samui to the area known as Taling Ngam, here you can rent long tail boat from one of the locals.
You must first negotiate a price first for the time period you require the boat for, then you are all set. You can take your snorkeling gear with you or maybe the Longtail Captain has gear for you to borrow.
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