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Why Koh Tan is special ?
Koh Tan is the only inhabited island in the archipelago known as Katen Archipelago. Most tour groups also go to the nearby island of Koh Mudsum (also spelt Koh Matsum). As with Koh Tan it has a great beach and some good snorkeling spots. The small island has some granite cliffs that overhang the water that are good for kayaking. Koh Mudsum is also famous for its seaweed which the Thai government is trying to preserve in this area.
Koh Tan is an island without cars or motorbikes. The main village is inland and involves a short trek. The highlight of a trip to the village is seeing s 7 meter whale skeleton at 'Bor Muang Sanctuary'.
The inhabitants of Koh Tan survive through coconut cultivation, fishing and tourism. They also help to conserve the mangrove swamps that are another tourist attraction of the island.
According to local legend no dogs are allowed on the island because any dog that does step foot on Koh Tan will go mad, wail and howl and quickly die.
What to explore at Koh Tan?
How to get to Koh Tan?
Koh Tao is one place where hiring a motorcycle is a good thing to do, that's of course if you can and you have the necessary skills. Getting around Koh Tao on a motorcycle is fun, there's lots of cool little scenic viewpoints and hidden coves to explore. A lot of rental scooters have off-road tyres so you can navigate the dirt tracks to places such as Freedom Beach, Mango Bay, Shark Bay, Hin Wong Bay and Tanote Bay. Be careful though, because the roads are basic and need to be navigated with caution. Simply get a map, a water bottle and apply your sunscreen, and off you go. Make sure you check out John Suwan Mountain Viewpoint in the south and Fraggle Rock in the north for some pretty stunning views.
- “Koh Tan - the Greenpeace Island”
- “Awesome view”
- “Peaseful island”
- “Relaxing, Peaceful Private!”
- “Very enjoyable trip”
30/5 Moo 5 Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Thailand
Tips for you
Found this Trip in one of the 400 travel agencys on the Island, we have been to several Islands and just wanted a half day Trip to a place not to far away. Picked up as planned 9 AM and had a 30 min. Drive from our HOTELL AT Chaweng. Clean and airconditioned mini bus but driver was terrible, rally sunday morning so i almost had my breakfast twice. The group was of 12 tourists and 4 guides, all friendly guides but limited english skills. 45 min. Boat trip before first snorkeling round at Koh Tan, along the reef and not to much fishes compared to erlier trips but clear water. Swam ca. 400 m and at the End we saw a lot more fishes. Then a good Lunch break with good Thai Food, yummi:-) relaxed lovely 30 min. In beachchairs before round 2, where we swam a bit longer and had a fantastic marine exprience, i have never seen so many fish on one spot!!! Before entering the Boat we feed them (tousends) with toast and the sea was boiling with fish, a bit scary in the beginning but great when You got used to it. The guides pointed out a Big Stingray:-) and we dived down, great feeling. Very calm and safe guides, always one in front and one at the back takeing care of You and cheeking if You were ok. Snorkeling equipment is ok, but if You have your own bring it with You:-) and no fins? But bring it yourself. Have done several trips like this but this defintly one of the best, approxm.1.300 Bht. Included all, absolutly worth paying. Mr. Man is a great Man:-)