Photo: Dawn on Ko Taen.

Ko Taen

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Lying off the southwest coast of Ko Samui, out from the small fishing port of Thong Krut, sits the island of Ko Taen. Despite its proximity to Samui, this is an island the world has just about forgotten and if you were ever in need of a holiday from a holiday, this is the place.

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Decades ago Ko Taen (you'll also see it spelt Ko Tan) was a humming little island, home to a couple of hundred families who primarily lived off the fishing industry. As Ko Samui grew in popularity though, the families slowly upped and left – attracted by greater employment opportunities and more modern living on Ko Samui (Ko Taen still doesn't have mains electricity) – and when we visited in mid 2016, we were told the entire island is now home to 27 permanent residents and we were the sole tourist overnighting on the island.

This is how you do it. Photo taken in or around Ko Taen, Ko Samui, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

This is how you do it. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Yes, just a thirty minute boat ride from Samui we had an entire island to ourselves – we loved it.

Ko Taen has long been popular with snorkelling trips and daytrippers who visit mostly from Thong Krut, but there is also accommodation on the island. We stayed at Koh Tan Village Bungalows at the northern tip of the main beach, run my Meesak, a third generation Ko Taen local. There is another place to stay at the southern end of the same beach, to get there, follow the beach trail, past the abandoned wooden houses and you can't miss it. This second place was closed when we visited as it was being refurbished, but the restaurant was open for drinks and simple meals. In between these two places to stay is Au Bout Du Monde, a cafe and restaurant aimed at day trippers. Koh Tan Village Bungalows also has a good restaurant, with a surprisingly comprehensive menu for such an out of the ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Ko Taen
Off the south coast of Ko Samui

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