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Even after spending so many months in Thailand, we can still be amazed by all the beauty the country has to offer. The other day, we unexpectedly ended up in a mangrove forest, having initially planned for a sunny day at the beach. After a few perilous moments spent walking across collapsed and rotten wooden boards, while also so performing risky jumps, we can report the following: visit Koh Tan, it’s only 15 minutes south of Koh Samui!

Mangroveforest Koh Tan

Even before having set foot in the mangrove forest, we were warned by two travelers: “You can’t go there, it is way too dangerous!”

All the more reason to try it then!

Balancing ourselves over one shoddy board, we quickly reached the other side and entered a world that was completely new to us. We walked straight through this awesome mangrove forest and over creaking boards with rusty nails that had all but collapsed. There was nobody else around. Just the birds chirping in the distance, sporadic monkey screams coming from far away, a transparent jellyfish swimming underneath us and, of course, the hundreds of mosquitos that pounced on us again and again.

The trail led us deeper and deeper into the woods, while the sun was replaced by dark grey clouds. The ensuing tropical downpour left us soaking wet in the middle of a dark mangrove forest.

But as always in Thailand, it wasn’t long before the sun came back…

Getting there: rent a long tail boat from Thong Krut Beach in the south of Koh Samui!

Mariska on the beach of Koh TaoWelcome to Koh Tan!The dirtroads of Koh TaoMariska on a longtailboatThe Mangrove walkwayInto the Mangrove ForestThe mangrove walkwayThe view from Koh SamuiKoh Tan BeachDark clouds above Koh SamuiKayak Koh TaoA dangerous path in the mangroveA boatride to Koh TanA Thai Longtailboat

Best Hotels Koh Samui

Coco Palm Beach Resort, Koh Samui

Coco Palm Beach Resort - $$

Coco Palm Beach Resort is located on what might be Koh Samui’s nicest beach. Escape the hustle and bustle in the beautifully landscaped garden with its palm trees, luxury swimming pool and beach location.

Crystal Bay Beach Resort, Koh Samui

Crystal Bay Beach Resort - $$

Sleep in one of the nicer hotels at a reasonable price. Located between busy Lamai and Chaweng Beach, the Crystal Bay Beach Resort offers everything you would expect from a tropical island. One of Koh Samui’s best kept secrets!

Would you go to the mangrove forest of Koh Tan?!


Author Sander

Former elementary school teacher, storyteller, sports enthusiast, and adventurer. Love to do the "impossible", which is usually the exact opposite of what’s expected.

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