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Ko Rang

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Lying six kilometres west of Ko Mak, Ko Rang is popular with daytrippers and divers thanks to clear turquoise water concealing reefs and lots of tropical fish. Super-soft white sand also helps to make this largely uninhabited island one of the most beautiful in the Ko Chang archipelago.

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Ko Rang is part of Mu Ko Chang National Marine Park, though most people who live on Ko Mak refer to it and surrounding islets simply as “the marine park”. Jungle blankets all of the interior hills and, unlike Ko Wai, you’ll find no resorts on any of the beaches. While camping is possible (more on that below), nearly all visitors come on day trips—Ko Mak is closest but a lot of folks come from Ko Chang and a handful from Ko Kut as well.

Popular for diving and snorkelling. Photo taken in or around Ko Rang, Ko Mak, Thailand by David Luekens.

Popular for diving and snorkelling. Photo: David Luekens

We booked a snorkeling trip for 1,000 baht with Koh Mak Divers in mid February, shoving off in their double-deck wooden boat from Ao Nid at around 09:00. Around 30 others joined us, including half a dozen divers, and our guide mentioned that the total number of heads was unusually high on that day. Still, there was plenty of space to lounge around and chat with others on the boat. The overall experience was quite laid back, which is not always the case for those visiting from Ko Chang.

After 45 minutes we pulled up to the first snorkeling site, a rocky islet known as Ko Hin Bai. Visibility was excellent in the emerald water and at least 30 different types of fish joined hard and soft coral to vie for our attention. There was plenty of room to swim until a much larger tour boat from Ko ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Ko Rang
6km west of Ko Mak.

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