Rang Island

Rang Island (Koh Rang) refers to two islands, Koh Rang Yai (Rang big) and Koh Rang Noi (Rang small), which are just about 5 kilometers (3 miles) east of Phuket Island’s east coast near the Royal Phuket Marina. Both of these islands are little-used. Tour boats may stop for a short while to allow tourists to snorkel, swim or walk the beach and explore a bit of the bigger island. There are a few little beach bars and one restaurant where you can sit and have a cocktail on the beach. Chairs and tables are laid down in the sand.

Koh Rang Yai is 'C-shaped' and, if you could walk through the dense trees, a walk from end to end would take you on a 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) treck. There are some sandy areas, including a 1 kilometer (more or less 0.62 mile) stretch of sand down the west side of the island, but it isn’t a wide beach. Good for a walk. The water is usually clean and the snorkeling is fair for beginners. There are not enough submerged rocks in the shallow area and people get bored quickly, unless they’re at the bar. That’s why this is a short stop on the tour, and usually the last stop.

Koh Rang Noi is just 300 meters (328 yards) away to the northeast and is a much smaller island, at around 370-meters-long (405 yards) and 220 meters (241 yards) at its widest point. The island has a couple of private homes on it and some sandy beaches.

Koh Rang Yai is easily accessible from the public boat pier in front of Baan Yamu near COMO Point where local longtail boats will ferry you to the island and back for a reasonable price.