Spotlight: Tachai Island

Allison Sodha

Greetings, travelers! Yesterday I visited Koh Tachai, a small, uninhabited island located in Similan Islands National Park. Reachable one hour by speedboat from Khao Lak, the stunning beaches, aquamarine waters, and natural landscape make it one of the most pristine islands in the region.

Ko Tachai, Thailand Koh Tachai, Thailand

Visitors can walk the nature trail to view chicken crabs and hermit crabs or enjoy a short hillside hike to a viewpoint overlooking the cliffs. There are also several pristine snorkeling spots, and marine life includes manta rays, leopard sharks, and sea turtles.

Hike to the viewpoint, Tachai Island Hike to the viewpoint, Tachai Island


Hermit Crab on the Nature Trail, Tachai Island Hermit Crab on the Nature Trail, Tachai Island

Koh Tachai is less visited compared to Phi Phi, Similan, or Surin, making the excursion an excellent option for straying from the crowds. An advantage to booking the Tachai Island by Speedboat with Sodha Travel is that you arrive early in the morning before any other islands hoppers! The extra time makes Tachai feel like a private island, making the experience truly unique and magical. Lunch is included, as well as additional stops for snorkeling and exploring.

An empty beach on Koh Tachai An empty beach on Koh Tachai

It is important to note that this excursion departs from Khao Lak, and it can take two hours from Patong, Karon, or Kata. Be prepared to leave around 5 am to reach the pier - but trust me, it is all worth it.

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Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

As the President of Sodha Travel and author of Go! Girl Guides India, Allison has spent almost two decades exploring South Asia. She has a passion for creating experiences fueled by a deeper understanding of local communities.