Though it is often thought that Thailand is a tropical paradise spread-eagled with nothing but lavish beaches and sparkling resorts to match, it is not always so. The reality is that what the average tourist to this land blessed by nature’s bounties sees is not even half of the whole measure. The whole ocean, in fact, forms a play ground for tiny island fantasies to unravel. If you have had enough of beaches and need to do some real island trekking, Koh Man Nok is the right place. However, on your visit to this island, it has to be borne in mind that this is not your usual sand, sun, and water paradise.
What you will find as you approach Koh Man Nok is water and just more water. This island is quite near to the Kai Bae beach, which is about two kilometers away. From far away, especially when seen from the west, the island provides its best view. With its jagged rocky circumference and the thick foliage that encompasses it, the island truly is a burly expression of Thailand’s rough and dark side. This is enhanced by the fact that the island does not have a proper beach to smoothly come ashore; it is all rocks, boulders, and dead coral. Since it is risky, it is always advised not to use your snorkeling gear around this island. The safest mode to get on the island is to reach there by kayak.
The small clearing of coral along the northern edge of Koh Man Nok can help pull your kayak and have a safe stop. Once there safely, the island is all for you to explore. If you happen to be that budding geologist or rock climber, this island can be just the place for you. You can also get a good view of the local fishermen doing their act near the island’s shores.