Day Trips to 4 Best Nearby Islands from Koh Samui

Angthong National marine park
View of angthong national marine park

Day trips to best nearby islands from KohSamui are favorite activity for the visitors of Koh Samui.
Breathtaking surroundings, Pristine beaches, most instagrammable spots in every corner and the serene atmosphere makes it a perfect holiday destination for singles, couples and families.

There are close to 60 islands around KohSamui, and each is a tropical paradise. If you are on the lookout for day trips from KohSamui, we have compiled some of the best islands to visit . These island hopping will last in your memory for a lifetime.

Ang thong national marine park:

Ang Thong National Marine park, thailand
Ang Thong National Marine park

Situated one hour by speedboat northwest of Koh Samui, the simply stunning Angthong Marine National Park is an archipelago that comprises 42 pristine islands. It is home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures. Snorkeling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, and simply relaxing are the main activities to enjoy at Ang Thong. Most of the tour usually include a sea kayaking in Mae Koh, visiting a Talay Nai (salt water lake) viewpoint and Wua Ta Lap Island.

 Emerald Lake Thailand
Talay Nai – Emerald Lake

The trip’s highlight is Emerald Lake at Ang Thong which you’ll likely recognize from the movie The Beach. you’ve got the option of hiking up some stairs to enjoy the view. There are six view points and every view point will offer stunning beauty of this paradise. Emerald Lake, surrounded by immense limestone karts walls and lush green foliage is linked to the sea via an underground tunnel.

Angthong national marine park
View from the 2nd view point

Using a combination of stairs and paths that take you 100 meters above the lake itself, this stunning saltwater lake created by mother nature is better appreciated from a viewpoint. This strenuous 20 to 30-minute walk is not for the faint hearted, it is hard work but well worth the effort

View from top after the hike

There are different group boat tours and private charter available to take you to Ang thong national marine park. We went with My Samui Island tours and their service was up to the mark. Group bookings will depart on a set schedule with designated times at each island stop – i.e. a few hours set aside for snorkeling.

Despite its increasing number of visitors, the Ang Thong islands remain the postcard-perfect image of a tropical paradise.

How to reach: There are numerous speed boat companies running daily trip from Koh Samui, as well as slow boats. We recommend Safari boat tours , they are based at Bangrak, Koh Samui.

Inclusions in day tours:  Most day trips include lunch, snorkeling gear, park admission fees, and hotel transfers.

Tour Duration: 8 hours

Tour Price Range: THB 1500 – 1800 per person.

Koh Phangan:

Koh Phangan’s gained its fame largely due to its many Full Moon, Black Moon and Half Moon parties held on the beach of Haad Rin.

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The 5th largest island in Thailand, Koh Phangan covers an area of 167 sq km. It is just 12 km from Koh Samui, and the only mode of transportation is the ferries that commute between mainland Koh Samui. Koh Phangan offers beautiful beaches, peaceful vistas and powder-soft sand along with dense jungle.

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Visit the sites of Koh Phangan national park and enjoy fun activities with spike of adrenaline, elephants, zip line, archery range. It is an incredibly gorgeous island that has over 20 dive sites nearby the island. Koh Phangan is a big island with plenty of other beaches and idyllic bays on offer.

How to reach: Speedboat & Ferry travel is the premier way to get to Koh Phangan from Samui.

Inclusions in day tours: includes a light breakfast, delicious buffet lunch, soft drinks, snorkel and mask, kayaking and English speaking guide.

Tour duration: 8 hours

Tour Price Range: THB 1200-1500 per person

Koh Tao: 

If you love diving and snorkeling, this is the island for you.  It is a small island but has become well-known over the years due to its magnificent dive spots. The perfect white-sand beaches which ring the hilly 21 km² island are surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

Koh Tao Thailand

The island’s natural beauty both above and below the water, with its stunning coral reefs and abundant marine life in clear, warm water, bring thousands of visitors here each year making it an unforgettable destination for divers, adventurers and travelers alike. There is a big chance you will fall in love with this little paradise.

Koh Tao Thailand

The island is small and gifted with loads of hidden gems, amazing viewpoints, and completely deserted bays. There is a lot to discover and a lot of cool things to do in Koh Tao.

How to reach: The premier way to travel to the amazing dive island of Koh Tao is by ferry.

Inclusions in Day tours: includes a light breakfast, delicious buffet lunch, soft drinks, snorkel and mask, kayaking and English speaking guide.

Tour Duration: 8 Hours

Tour price range: THB 700-1000 per person

 Koh Nang Yuan:

Right in front of Koh Tao lies the tiny island of Koh Nang Yuan, a must-see if you are visiting the Thailand Gulf. Its outstanding beauty makes Koh Nang Yuan the protagonist of many postal cards in Thailand.

Koh Nangyuan Thailand

Composed by three islands united by a sand ¨tongue¨ and surrounded by aquamarine water and soft white sand makes this tiny paradise the favorite destination for many travelers who want to spend a day snorkeling or just relaxing under the warm sunlight.

Japanese garden beach

You can’t leave Koh Nang Yuan without a picture at its popular viewpoint! This is the main attraction on the island, it takes a 15 minutes’ walk to reach it, but once you reach the top the reward of amazing landscapes and the view of Koh Tao Island is absolutely worth all the effort, and it gets even better during the sunset!


Koh Nang Yuan is the hub of many snorkeling and scuba diving spots, the famous ones are Twin Peaks, Green Rock, and Japanese Gardens, however, its own beaches are already excellent for swimming.

How to reach: There are advertised speed boat times and mega-catamaran Lomprayah offers a package day trip, but the cheapest and easiest option is to charter a long tail.

Inclusions in Day tours: includes a light breakfast, delicious buffet lunch, soft drinks, snorkel and mask, kayaking and English speaking guide.

Tour Duration: 5 hours

Tour price range: TH 700-900 per person.

Travel Tips

Before you leave for day trips:

  • Print your e-ticket for the tour booked.
  • Print your pier information
  • Check your travel details
  • Pack motion sickness tablets in case

On the day of travel:

  • Arrive early at your pier 30 mins before
  • Get Sunscreen and Lip balm and Hat.
  • Dress comfortably and wear seaworthy footwear
  • Pack towel, extra pair of clothes and swimming wear.


There really is something for everyone on this paradise island in Koh Samui.  Whether in search of beach parties or peace and quiet with book in hand, you’ll find both on the islands near by Koh Samui,Thailand.

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