There are many popular day trips to take from Koh Samui, and while most people flood to the Ang Thong Marine Park (including us) and the Full Moon Parties on Koh Phangan, there are very few people who visit Koh Taen and Koh Madsum. Now in my humble opinion, this is an injustice to these beautiful islands, but the isolation does make them so much better! So without further ado, here’s what to do if you’re interested:
Unlike many of the other surrounding islands, there aren’t many tours which run here, but we managed to find one (called TK tours). Alternatively, if you head to Throng Krut, you can negotiate a price with a boat driver. However, I would whole-heartedly recommend the TK tour, as it included a snorkelling stop near Koh Taen, and dinner, as well as having the option to make it a sunset tour (which obviously we did). It only took about 15 minutes by longboat to get to the snorkelling spot, so if you’re not wanting to travel too far, but are wanting to see a bit more of the Thai coast, this is the trip for you!
Snorkelling by Koh Taen:
While there’s no good snorkelling opportunities on Samui, there is a coral reef off the shore of Koh Taen, meaning we had the chance to go! Now if you know me, you may know that I have a slight phobia of fish, but I decided I didn’t want the opportunity to go to waste. So in the sea I got, and I completely fine, until our guide threw a piece of bread at me to get the fish to come to the surface! Of course, about a hundred fish swarmed at me, so it wasn’t the best start to our snorkelling adventure, but after moving away slightly, there were a few less fish (all of which were lovely and colourful, so it was good fun!)
After snorkelling for about an hour, we headed to Koh Madsum, where we had a couple of hours of free time. As we went in the afternoon, the beach was literally deserted, aside from someone working at the small restaurant and us. If you’re wanting to escape the crowded beaches of Samui, this is definitely somewhere to consider going, and the views over to Samui were simply stunning. The sea was also really shallow here, so me and Gareth had loads of fun just sitting in the sea, and enjoying the sun and the views. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, there’s also a few kayaks you can rent out, but we chose to just laze in the sea and on the hammocks.
Finally, as we’d organised for it to be a sunset tour, we headed back to the boat to view the sun setting over the 4-5 islands! This was simply stunning, and the views continued while we had our dinner back on Samui!
So if you’re looking for something a bit different, or just want to escape the crowds, this is 100% somewhere to visit!