Even though Koh Maphrao is only two kilometers away from the east coast of Phuket, the atmosphere on the two islands is very different. Phuket is known for its full range of development with facilities and bustling lifestyle, while Koh Maphrao is a peaceful isle set in natural surroundings.
Koh Maphrao is one of Phuket’s minor islands. Looking over from Laemhin pier, Koh Maphrao is just a stone’s throw away. The area of 2,620 Rai on the island is mainly occupied by a coconut plantation; ma phrao being the Thai word for coconut. There are two piers on the island. One, at Na-haad on the west coast is the pier for tourists from Phuket, and the other on the north is called Na-baan pier for transporting goods from fishing vessels.
Koh Maphrao boasts three beaches Na-haad pier, Na-baan pier and on the east coast. The first two beaches by the piers are considerably muddy, so they are less popular among those tourists who love swimming.
There is another interesting neighboring island called Koh Rang-yai. It is known for its white sandy beaches and pearl farms.
Travelling season: November – April
How to get there
Ferryboat services to Koh Maphrao are available at Laemhin pier in Phuket.