When you travel to Thailand and you love to escape to an island paradise, you’re in for a treat. Thailand has some of the most amazing islands in the world. Whether you want to stay on a paradise island for two weeks, or journey to a far-flung location for a day trip to remember, Thailand has it all.
Find out about the best island escapes this diverse country has to offer. There is something for everyone, from party islands to castaway islands. Here are some of our favorites.
1) Islands of Phang Nga Bay
There are countless islands in the national park of Phang Nga bay, all of them formed from limestone and jutting from the sea in a dramatic seascape. You can explore the entire bay with a private boat tour, or even go kayaking to discover your own special island.
2) Koh Hong
Koh Hong is an island close to the popular Phuket island, and this is a much smaller location made up of a limestone lagoon and a set of islands that you can explore by boat. If you’re feeling energetic, explore this dramatic seascape by kayak.
3) James Bond Island
This iconic island once had a small part in the Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. It is undeniably popular now and do not expect to find your own piece of paradise here – there are always countless tourists visiting. It’s a famous island but it has become a little overrun – there are better options if you want beauty and a little more peace.
4) Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don
Located in popular Phang Nga Bay, these two islands are famous for being the locations for The Beach, the movie from 1999 starring Leonardo di Caprio. These islands are very popular and you won’t find much uncrowded sand. But they are both beautiful and worth a visit to see what all the fuss is about.
5) Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai
These two islands are next to each other between the popular resort islands of Krabi and Phuket. Koh Yao Yai is the quieter island and has a few quiet resorts and the other island is home to some luxurious choices.
6) Koh Lanta
This is the ideal choice when you want to visit a lovely Thai island but you are not looking for an overcrowded or overly popular place. It is a peaceful place with some wonderful diving, amazing beaches, and some great resorts so you do not have to do without your creature comforts.
It may be an obvious choice but Phuket is still an excellent choice, whether you are looking for a party or a place to have a great holiday with family. Phuket has something for everyone, from wonderful white sand beaches to bars and restaurants for all budgets. Phuket also makes a great base for exploring some of the smaller islands and the dive spots in the surrounding ocean.
8) Koh Hae (Coral Island)
Koh Hae is a day trip beach off the main island of Phuket and it is always busy, but always a nice place to get some sun and take a dip in the sea.
9) Koh Racha
Set off the coast of Phuket this lovely island is reasonably quiet, despite its natural beauty and it proximity to the main island. It has some amazing white sand beaches and there are just a few restaurants and bars to keep you happy while you soak up the sun.
Krabi is not strictly an island since it is on the mainland, but it is a best spot for the beaches. The sand is soft and white, and there is a wide range of accommodation options for choice. There are also plenty of excursions available to nearby, smaller, islands.
11) Koh Phangan
This island is famous for its full moon parties and if you travel to the island at this time then you had better be prepared for some wild times. But at other times the island is quieter and it is always a lovely place to relax.
12) Koh Samui
Koh Samui has an excellent array of beaches and resorts and is a rightly popular destination for a wonderful vacation experience. If you want tranquility, there are options on this island. And there are also lots of excursions which are easy to take in a day so you are unlikely to get bored.
13) Koh Tao
This is a gorgeous island and there is some great diving here. You won’t find a quite spot but it is worth traveling here to see the underwater life and stay in a paradise setting.
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