Koh Raet is located in a scenic area. On the left-hand side of Koh Raet, we can see Khao Suwanpradit temple, Laem Tuad, Wang Hin beach, and an abandonedpier. On the right-hand side of Koh Raet, we can see the ferry pier, the route to view dolphins swimming in the sea, and the viewpoints forthe morning sunrise and the evening sunset. We can walk to Koh Raet at low tide. Villagers are searching for shrimps, crabs, and shells living among the beach rocks.
Ban Koh Rat community is small and located in Ban Don Bay area, Moo 3, Donsak sub-district, Donsak district, Surat Thani. The name of Koh Raet is originally from the word spelling RAD in Thai which means“rhinoceros”. However, Chinese people named this island ‘Heedeng’ which means “paradise lamp”. It is also believed that there were a lot of trees named Kheerat around the island so that the island was named Koh Raet, according to the villagers’ telling.
From the old Chinese people’s telling, there were Muslim people who were first living on this island and immigrating from Narathiwat and Pattani provinces around 1860. They worked as fishermen on the shore, which they found to be abundant with aquatic animals. Accordingly, they settled down on the island.
Location: Don Sak, Don Sak District, Surat Thani 84220 Thailand