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 – ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)

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