Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan

Koh Tao “Turtle Island” is an island on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Nang Yuan is in fact three small islands connected by sand bars and located just off the NW of Koh Tao. The latter covers an area of about 20 km² and its economy is exclusively centered on tourism, especially scuba diving. Our family likes snorkeling so we headed on down after New Year. An overnight coach ride from Bangkok will take you to the port of Chumporn and an 1.5 hour high speed catamaran gets into Koh Tao in time for breakfast.

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The above is from the summit of Koh Nang Yuan looking SSE towards Koh Tao. I thank my son for these photos. He “suffered for his art” as was badly bitten by mosquitos which were out in force that early evening.

Below is from the same spot and is of Koh Nang Yuan itself. My son tells me that the coral sand bars connecting the three islands are tombolos. At high tide these are covered. In fact we could not get to our cabins until low tide in the late afternoon (we were in the furthest island on the photo).

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This is the view from our cabin early evening.

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…………and this view is from the sand bar itself. The big hill left centre back ground is actually on Koh Tao as are the hills on the centre right so you can see it is close.

DSCF1644Another one from the same spot but looking towards our cabin.

DSCF1646The water is beautifully clear from this island and which is the site of the Japanese Garden which comprises hundreds of hard and soft coral formations creating the impression of an oriental garden.

We will certainly go back but not in high holiday season. Unless you are keen on diving or snorkeling I would say that there are more interesting islands in Thailand that would give a deeper cultural experience. There were few Thais around. Being the Christmas and New Year holidays the island was jam packed with a young Aussie and Western backpacker crowd. Most of the guesthouses and boats appeared to be staffed by Burmese. My wife felt a little like a stranger in her own land.

That said however glorious views like this will always draw you back.

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About The Weary Traveller

I like to walk up and down hills. I've been so very fortunate to have lived most of my life in the Far East (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and the Middle East (Qatar, Oman and U.A.E). I now live and work in Bangkok. I'm past the half century now and can't help but feel that some of the mountains that I've climbed lately I should have done yesteryear. The mind is willing if the legs are not always so. Here are some stories and realized dreams of hills climbed and, dales and deserts crossed. With a bit of art thrown in. I hope you might enjoy.
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2 Responses to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan

  1. Christine and Jeremy Davies says:

    Dear Pat and Oui, we enjoy your posts and the warmth emanating from those recent photos is particularly welcome as it is cold here at the moment! Jem and I are visiting HK and Australia next month – Jacqui now working in HK and we will visit my family in Brisbane, so some warm weather there! Hope this finds you all well and hope to catch up soon. We plan to do some walking in HK but it will probably be the Dragon’s back and Lantau walks.
    Lots of love from Scotland
    Jem and Christine x

  2. Jem and Christine thanks. Wonderful that Jacqui is now working in Hong Kong and such a great reason to return to your old haunts. If you ever wish to stopover in Bangkok you know you are welcome to stay with us.

    Tense week politically coming up here in Thailand as the Bangkok “shutdown” begins. Tis the “season of non-reason”.

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