Koh Nangyuan Island, Thailand


Koh Nang Yuan Island Thailand

Koh Nangyuan is an island located 70 km north of Koh Samui, Thailand can be reached by an hour and 30 minutes ride by speedboat, which is the fastest and most comfortable way to get there. This beautiful island is made up of three little teardrops of land inter-connected by a long stripe of a smooth white sandy beach making it one of the most unique feature of this island. It is no surprise that this island is often featured in the top 10 most beautiful islands in the world because it’s a place where post-card dreams are made.

These islands are equipped with blindingly white sand beaches and shores teeming with fish and coral. Koh Nang Yuan which is covered in dense tropical rainforest, features some of the best snorkeling and diving sites as the marine life is still unspoiled and untouched. One in particular is the Japanese Garden snorkel site, named so as the coral below the surface represents the style of a Japanese Garden. It features a variety of friendly and colourful marine life at shallow depths ideal for underwater photographs and diving for free to take a closer look.

Ko Nangyuan Thailand
The beautiful wooden walkway
Due to its tiny topography, Koh Nang Yuan is the perfect size for a day trip which most tourist opt for. You also have the option to stay on the island itself at the Nang Yuan Resort which is the only resort on the island, however be reminded that it’s fairly pricey.

The good thing is that you would get to wake up to totally abandoned beaches before the day-trippers arrive which starts to get busy around 9:30am and virtually clears by 4:30pm. So if you would like some time on the island with a bit of solitude, be sure to arrive early or stay late.

Photo of Koh Nangyuan Island
View of Koh Nang Yuan Island, Thailand
10 meters away from the shore of Koh Nang Yuan, you can make your way up a 50 meter steep staircase to capture the stunning view of the massive sandy beach that links the three gems together along with the rippling turquoise water. The enchanting view you get from the viewpoint is a vista that graces postcards across the country and could also probably be the most beautiful view your eyes have ever laid on.

The hike up to the viewpoint of the three islands’ highest peak takes approximately 45 minutes to climb to the top, take some photos and walk back down again. Article and Photographs by Nivashia Vignes on behalf of Tourism Thailand.

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