Koh Tao and its smaller sister of Koh Nang Yuan are part of Chumphon Archipelago off the western shores of the Gulf of Thailand, north of Koh Samui. Both of these astonishingly beautiful islands offer steep, jungle-blanketed hills fringed by white beaches and coves. Their warm, clear waters are also prime diving and snorkelling territory, with abundant undersea life, corals and incredible visibility.
Koh Tao, which translates as ‘Turtle Island’ takes its name from its turtle-like shape and is edged with gorgeous beaches. One of the most popular is the north coast’s Mango Bay (Ao Muang): a bay with a small beach, offshore reefs, and the opportunity to hike to scenic viewpoints.
Nearby is Kok Tao’s miniscule neighbor, Koh Nang Yuan. One of the world’s most beautiful islands, this tiny paradise is composed of three islets and boasts a blinding white sandbar, dazzling corals and verdant hills, making it a dream for sunbathing, snorkelling, relaxing or trekking.