Koh Nang Yuan

Said to be the only 3 islands in the world connected by a beach, Koh Nang Yuan is certainly one of the most stunning places to visit while in Thailand. Surrounded by calm, tropical waters with plenty of scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities it's quite an amazing place to explore.  

John Suwan Viewpoint, Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Nang Yuan at sunset

Once a natural uninhabited paradise the islands have gone through massive changes, especially in the last few decades. Today the island is privately leased from the government and hence certain rules apply. No plastic bottles are permitted to be brought over by visitors, to reduce the amount of garbage the island has to deal with. Each visitor needs to pay a fee to be allowed onto the island, and at 5pm each day the last boats leave and the island is shut down. That is, you can stay the night at the resort to have the island all to yourself for the night.

Diving and snorkeling

Four dive sites surround the island, which provide excellent opportunities for beginners and experienced divers alike. Directly west of the beach is Twins and north you will find Japanese Gardens. On the very northern tip is Green Rock, and in between there and Japanese Gardens you find Red Rock.

The snorkeling here is also excellent with healthy coral reefs and plenty of coral fish to be observed. You may also encounter some pretty special marine life here, such as Blacktip Reef Sharks, Turtles or Banded Sea Snakes.

Although the island is open to the public all year, the monsoon months November-December can be both cloudy and windy at times. Not that it seems to stop all the travelers coming here from all over the world to visit this natural wonder.