10 Best Islands in Thailand
The islands in Thailand are definitely the ultimate highlight of this beautiful travel destination. If you want to go snorkeling, relax on the beach, backpacking, party, honeymoon, or vacation with your family – every island in Thailand has its own character. Besides the world-famous Thai islands like Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Phuket, and Koh Lanta, there are many other island destinations to visit. Some of them are still unspoiled, away from tourism with lots of hippie flair. Other islands are dotted with magnificent beaches and are still cheap but with many accommodation options.
Pack your bags, and get your passport ready coz today, we’ll take you to the 10 Most Beautiful Islands in Thailand. Let’s start
Koh Samet is one of the top recommendations among the most stunning islands of Thailand. This jewel is located on the eastern gulf coast, not far from Pattaya. It is relatively small, with a length of only 6.5 kilometers, but it still impresses with countless fantastic dream beaches and lush nature. Especially the idyllic, snow-white sandy beaches are uniquely beautiful, which create a magnificent backdrop with the turquoise sea and the dense forests. Other highlights include the exceptionally beautiful temples and statues spread across the island, creating a unique ambiance and providing an unforgettable cultural experience.
Koh Munnork is a private island with only one accommodation which is Koh Munnork Private Island by Epikurean Lifestyle. Although it is a small island, there are many activities to do on the island, such as snorkeling, kayaking, sunbathing, and swimming in crystal-clear waters. Some peacocks roam around the island that also interacts with guests. There are more or less 10 peacocks in Koh Mun Nork. Some tourists sleep under the stars at night when the sky is clear.
Diving around Koh Mun Nork is another popular activity. The shallow coral reefs surrounding Koh Mun Nork are home to a wide variety of fish that are very important to the marine ecosystem. These coral reefs provide habitats for fish to thrive before they continue to breed in the deep sea. If you visit the island and try snorkeling at Koh Mun Nok, you will definitely be hooked.
If you like lazy days on the beach and a friendly ambiance, Koh Tao (Thai for ‘Turtle Island’) could be the spot for your next trip. One of the main reasons to choose this island is because it’s one of the world’s best places for learning to scuba dive. There are many dive operators there, with instructors from almost every country. The vibrant coral reefs are home to many colorful sea creatures, including turtles. After a few days on Koh Tao, you’ll start to feel like a local, thanks to the island’s small size and the locals’ warmth.
Koh Larn is a wonderful little island located in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Larn is situated about 7km off the coast of Pattaya Beach, and Pattaya is only about a two-hour drive south of Bangkok, depending on traffic. The Island is about 4.5km long and 2km wide, and about 180 meters at the highest point. The terrain is mostly mountainous, covered in most parts with heavy vegetation. Infrastructure is mainly narrow roadways covered with brick pavers. Some of the roadways are very steep and only wide enough for two motorbikes to pass by each other, but most roads are suitable for regular traffic.
Koh Larn has six main and a few smaller beaches for visitors to enjoy. All the beaches are of white sand and clear azure waters. There are many water sports activities at each of the beaches. Also, there are many other activities, such as parasailing, for you to enjoy while visiting Koh Larn.
Koh Kood is one of the most amazing Thai islands we’ve visited yet. It is a place where you can have an entire beach to yourself. The water is perfectly clear, small crabs scurry about the sand, and the beaches are backed by beautiful coconut forests.
Koh Kood is not a party island but rather a laid-back tropical oasis. It is much quieter than Koh Chang’s next door. Expect to find a slow-paced village lifestyle, rustic wooden bungalows by the sea, and almost deserted beaches.
The island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 320 kilometers east of Bangkok, right by the Cambodian border. It is just over 50km off the coast of Trat on the Thai mainland.
Koh Phi Phi
Phi Phi Islands are the very essence of exotic beauty, offering limestone karsts with thick jungles and stunning coves of golden sand. Phi Phi Don, the only inhabited island, has recently seen rampant development. However, it also means more tourist facilities such as restaurants, beach bars, and shops. Nightlife on Koh Phi Phi is especially noticeable during the full moon parties, which are particularly popular with the backpacker crowd. Scuba diving around Koh Phi Phi is very popular. It’s also a must-visit Koh Phi Phi Leh, the famous setting for The Beach, which propelled the island to fame in 2000.
The waters surrounding the Phi Phi Islands are filled with exotic marine life, including docile leopard sharks, and the Snorkelling and diving day Trip rival lounging on the beach as top activities on Koh Phi Phi.
In the 1990s, Koh Lipe rose to prominence as a far-flung tropical island with stunning beaches, crystal-clear water, and seafood taken straight from the fishing boats and onto the grill. Located in the southern Thai province of Satun, near the Thailand-Malaysia border, it belongs to the Adang-Rawi Archipelago on the outskirts of the Tarutao National Marine Park.
Originally, Koh Lipe is only inhabited by sea gypsies; the island has rapidly developed to meet increasing tourism demand, though the beaches are still some of the finest in Thailand. Koh Lipe is quite famous for snorkeling and scuba diving, and its coral reefs are easy to reach as they start just a few meters away from each of the 4 main beaches.
Koh Racha Yai
Lying about 20kms south of Phuket, the Racha Islands comprise two islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi. The islands possess crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. They are very popular with divers and snorkellers, with challenging dive sites for advanced divers and plenty for beginners and snorkelers.
The island is mostly inhabited by Muslim farmers and fishermen. This island is also where all the accommodation is located.
The main beach on the island’s northwest coast is Ao Tawan Tok (also known as Ao Bungalow), which is located in a u-shaped bay. The sand here is snow white and has the consistency of talcum powder. There are several bungalow resorts and restaurants, including the 5-star The Racha.
A really spectacular island is definitely Koh Similan. Strictly speaking, it is an archipelago consisting of 9 small islands, one more beautiful than the other. This breathtaking archipelago is located about 60 kilometers off the coast of Khao Lak and inspires by real dream beaches and a breathtaking underwater world. Especially divers and all those who love snorkeling should definitely visit these islands.
To protect nature, the entire archipelago has been declared Mu Ko Similan National Park, and therefore, you will not find any accommodations here. You can only visit this group of islands on a day trip, where snorkeling or diving is also offered.
Koh Tachai epitomizes the idyllic paradise island; its rocky interior is covered with fresh tropical rain forest, and its fine white sandy beach is kissed by the clearest crystal waters in the Andaman Sea. Koh Tachai lies approximately 120 Km’s north of Phuket and is part of the Similan Islands National Park which also has Koh Bon included within its grasp.
Koh Tachai is reachable by speedboat from the mainland; the nearest resort is Khao Lak, where most day trippers come from. However, it is easy enough to join on a Koh Tachai tour from Phuket too.
Koh Tachai is much better known for its spectacular dive site known as Tachai pinnacle or Tachai Dome but is now making a name for itself as a snorkeling site. Tachai is inhabited by the local park Rangers who keep the island spick and span and collect national park fees from the boats that come here.
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