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KOH NANG YUAN is a chained tiny island of Koh Tao, often described as "heaven on earth". Koh Nang Yuan consists of three small islands connected together by two strips of white sands surrounded with dazzling coral reefs combined with visual splendour of turqoise waters. The three connected small islands simply named, South, Middle, and North Island. The connected strips of white sands join together to serve as beach during low tide and dissappering during high tide under the clear water for about 50 meters in length, this sandbar strips itself is a stunning natural phenomenon that find its way virtually onto many local travel postcards.
The island looks like a secluded well-kept secret gem in the middle of nowhere but it is actually located only a few hundred meters from Koh Tao, which is a 15 minutes long-tail boat ride from Koh Tao or 1.5 hour speedboat ride from Koh Samui.
The clarity of the crystal-clear waters provides Koh Nang Yuan as a great site for scuba diving because the island is home to colourful corals and a variety marine life in abundance. The island is known as one of the most scenic place for diving and snorkeling in the Gulf of Thailand. Twin Peak and Japanese Gardens are two popular diving sites offered which lie just off the island and are shallow enough for snorkelers.
Besides enjoying the beach and the waters, the island also offers a short hike trip to the famous viewpoint on the summit of the South hill. The hike takes about 25 minutes through the quaint wooden walkways and can be challenging, however, it promises a panoramic bird's eye view of the island and makes for the greatest photos.