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5 Nearby Islands from Koh Samui That Are Perfect for a Day Trip - Exotic island-hopping adventures

Koh Samui is located in Southeast Thailand and is known for its great island-hopping opportunities. Read on to know what islands you can hop to from here, including things you can do on Koh Samui.

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Ko Phi Phi

One of Thailand's hottest travel destinations, Ko Phi Phi is located off the western coast between Krabi and Phuket. Swaying palm trees, white beaches, and turquoise seas seem like they are out of a movie. It is no surprise that Koh Phi Phi's Maya Bay was where the film The Beach was shot and is a must-see. The main town here is Tonsai Bay, which is dotted with restaurants and bars and is the island's party spot. TO get away from the crowds, head over to Maya Bay early in the morning and you just might be the only people there! Pileh Lagoon sets the stage for a serene swim and a bit of sightseeing. Staying at a resort in Koh Samui the likes of Avani+ Samui Resort will make this island-hopping experience easier.

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Koh Lanta

Your next stop is Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi's laid-back neighbour! Considered one of the best dive spots in all of Thailand, Koh Lanta is very popular with snorkelling enthusiasts. A 27-mile stretch of white, sandy shoreline, lush green mangroves, forests and caves allow for plenty of exploration. You can also explore the island via a moped. Head over to Mu Koh Lanta National Park, which is the biggest attraction on the island. The Park offers a superb wildlife experience and fascinating snorkelling adventures. Also, if you wish to get away from it all and experience a bit of solitude, a short boat ride will take you to uninhabited paradise isles such as Rok Nai and Koh Rok Nok.

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Koh Samui

Koh Samui is Thailand's second-largest island and is home to top-end resorts, beautiful beaches, fishermen's villages, and lush greenery. Due to it being popular with tourists, the island showcases a number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, all of which add up to lively nightlife. The island also has its own airport. Head over to the eastern coast of the island for two of its best beaches, Chaweng and Lamai. Both the beaches are picturesque and have a vibrant nightlife. The mountainous centre of Koh Samui is worth exploring too.

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Koh Tao

Located just two hours to the north of Koh Samui is Koh Tao or 'Turtle Island'. This laid-back island is one of the smallest in the region but showcases gorgeous beaches and great vibes. The nightlife here is confined to two of the main bars on the beach and a couple more in town. Koh Tao is possibly the most popular for diving and snorkelling, with many agencies providing their services. The corals surrounding the island make it a paradise for divers. The cost is very reasonable as well when compared to the other islands. Kayaking in the turquoise waters is another activity you must indulge in.

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Koh Wua Talap

Known as the sleeping cow island, this is a great hop to explore the Angthong Marine National Park during your holiday in Koh Samui.