Samui has a few smaller islands scattered just off its coastline and one of which is called Koh Tan or ‘Koh Tean’ as it’s sometimes spelt, it is also referred to as Koh Samui’s Coral island.
Koh Tan is only a small island, surrounded by pristine coral reefs and pure white sandy beaches, and is a fantastic place to observe nature both above and below the warm azure waters.
Koh Tan is a serene, calming to the soul kind of island taking and only 20 minutes by longtail boat from the mainland. Its area covers just over 7 kilometres.
Koh Tan is only a few hundred metres from the southwestern coast of Koh Samui a quick hop, skip and jump from Taling Nam on the mainland of Koh Samui.
Ko Tean is a small, beautiful island, known for its great snorkeling. You can find lots of fishes here; some may even come very close to you as they are just curious and want to see you.
Finding your own way here is quite easy, by renting a small longtail boat from the mainland, you may have to negotiate a price with the captain -which is all part of the fun involved.
Trips generally include snorkeling on the reef, a stop at one of the island’s fine beaches, and a walk along the wooden platform that was built by the locals to view the mangrove forests.
A very strange fact about the Koh Tan is it has no dogs there and is commonly known throughout the area as the island without dogs. It is said, that any dogs that have been left here have very quickly gone insane – how true this is, is up to you to believe.
Many people come to the beautiful islands taking the opportunity to sunbathe, swim, snorkel and simply chill out and bask in the tropical lushness all around.
There is so much to do and see here, like the small group of islands called Koh Si Koh Haa which mean roughly translated Four Islands – Five Islands.
These islands are home to a very special species of swift bird. The Swifts can be seen dive bombing into the sea chasing small fishes; these birds make the nests which are used in the Chinese delicacy Birds Nest Soup.
These birds are very well protected; tourist will not be able to get too close to them as their nests are worth an absolute fortune on the open market and can bring in thousands of dollars per kilo.
You will see sea gypsies on guard here, they are the bird’s protectors and they take their work seriously.
Another great little island in the area for you to admire is the delightful little island of Koh Madsum. This divine island also has beautiful pure white sandy beaches which are kissed daily by the gentle lapping of the warm alluring waters of Thailand.