With two small jungle-topped islands, a collection of tiny islets, and a handful of blonde sandy bays, they look pretty spectacular as you speed towards them on a boat. But their real beauty is under the water. With crystal-clear seas and spectacular coral, they’re considered one of Thailand’s finest dive destinations.
Sadly some of the coral suffered bleaching in 2010 with an unusually high rise in sea temperature, but you can still see turtles, whale sharks and a vibrant community of tropical fish. Most travellers visit on a day trip from Khuraburi, although there are some basic facilities on Koh Surin Nuea, along with a hiking trail across the interior of the island.
Koh Surin is the seasonal home of Moken sea gypsies and it’s possible to visit one of their villages. Take care not to stray onto restricted grounds, as strict regulations are in place to protect the delicate ecosystems found here.