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5 Nearby Islands from Koh Samui - Set sail to explore the idyllic archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand

Drops of paradise—a clutch of tiny islands just as magnificent surround Koh Samui, presenting oodles of beauty and nature for the tourists on the renowned Thai island to explore. Set sail from your tropical island paradise and relish the excitement by uncovering what awaits you on a dinky island.

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Koh Phangan - Boisterous revelling for your inner party animal

Craving a dose of dance and booze amidst all the nature in the Gulf of Thailand? Hop on a ferry from Samui and head to Koh Phagan, the renowned Thai island of revellers. Set 12 kilometres north of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan is the 5th largest island in Thailand and a popular tourist hotspot that put itself on the map thanks to its boisterous monthly Full Moon parties. Nevertheless, Koh Phangan isn't only a destination for partygoers, as the island is home to stunning white sandy beaches, a lush tropical jungle interior and many incredible dive sites that will enthral just about any holiday-seeker.

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Koh Tao - Uncover oceanic secrets beneath the tropical blue

An island that was once popular only among divers, Koh Tao, is now one of the most visited holiday destinations in Thailand that sees tourists in droves throughout the year. Koh Tao, which is Thai for "turtle island", truly lives up to its moniker, as the island presents an abundance of remarkable dive sites that make for the best diving experiences to be had in the whole of Thailand. Descend deep into the crystal-clear waters, where schools of tropical fishes await to share beautiful moments.

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Ang Thong National Marine Park - Treat yourself to a blissful day trip

Set 20 kilometres west of Koh Samui, Ang Thong National Marine Park makes for a blissful day trip, especially if you are staying at a Koh Samui resort with the likes of Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort. The 42-island archipelago and the surrounding waters of the national park cover an area of more than 100 square kilometres, with majestic limestone mountains, picture-postcard beaches, thick jungles and a wide variety of marine life calling the idyllic nature reserve home.

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Koh Mae Koh - Capture a drool-worthy pic or two for your 'gram

Sitting within the sanctuary of Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Mae Koh is one of the most visited islands in the nature reserve. The island is well-known for "Talay Nai", a vivid green lagoon surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, affording mind-blowing photo ops for the vacationing Instagrammers. Don't forget to snap a picture for your 'gram while you are at this picturesque nature park.

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Koh Taen - Lose yourself in the tranquil scenic nature

Just a short 5-kilometre boat ride away from Koh Samui is the island of Koh Taen, a popular destination for day trips from Samui. For a tiny little island of 7.5 square kilometres, Koh Taen is chock full of gorgeous natural wonders that never fail to leave its many visitors amazed. Indulge in snorkelling or fishing while immersing yourself in the tranquil and scenic nature of the island paradise.