The Five Islands Koh Samui

The Five Islands Koh Samui are small islands in the south-west. Known locally in Thai as ‘Koh Si Koh Ha’, meaning ‘Four Islands-Five Islands’. One island is hidden behind another. Five Islands are home to swifts and the sought after nests that are now protected. The main ingredient in birds’ nest soup. The birds are protected their nests sell for thousands of US dollars. Taling Ngam Beach overlooking The Five Islands is one of the best places to enjoy a sunset on Samui island. Koh Taen and Koh Matsum two small islands that can be visited by a long tail boat from Thong Krut south of the island.

Sea Gypsies are the only human inhabitants of the Five Islands Koh Samui. Living in small wooden homes perched on rocky outcrops much like nests themselves. The gipsies live a simple life employed to guard the nests against poachers attempting to steal the precious commodities.

Five Islands
Koh Taen and Koh Matsum                                                                                                 copyright@salharvey2017

Koh Taen

A few hundred metres off the coast of Thong Krut fishing village. Virtually, unspoilt island is known for good snorkelling. Giant clams, coral and various tropical fish live in and around the protected reefs. When snorkelling be mindful of stepping on coral to prevent damage to the reef and yourself. Both private boat charter and long tail boats leave from the pier in Thong Krut. The island of Koh Taen is known throughout the region as the island without dogs. Local legend says dogs taken to live on the island lost their minds. This does not appear to be the case for the stray dogs who live there. It is the high-pitched calls of the bats in the caves driving the dogs mad.

Koh Matsum

South of Koh Taen with white beaches is Koh Matsum. A popular spot for a day trip and picnics with the locals. It is also home to a luxury resort. In conjunction with a trip to the nearby Five Islands, both islands are worth an excursion or day tour.  Take a luxury boat or a traditional longtail boat and visit all of the islands. Tours available from restaurants and the pier along the shores of Thong Krut.