It’s not a secret that Thailand is known for its wonderful beaches and picture-paradise islands. But with literally hundreds of islands to choose from, planning a trip and choosing the best island to go to can be overwhelming. We’ve been in Thailand a couple of times and visited many different islands, from small ones with laid-back vibes to big islands full of adventure. Are you planning on visiting Thailand and looking to explore some beautiful islands? Here are our favorites we think you should not miss.
Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is a great place to start or end your island hopping trip. It’s easy to and travel from as it has an international airport with several flights a day and boats which connects you to everywhere in the world. It’s quite stretched with plenty of beaches and a lot of options to stay at. From the famous Patong Beach with big shopping malls and nightlife scene to more beautiful beaches like Karon and Kata or the quiet and remote areas like Cape Panwa. Phuket is a great choice for every type of traveler and a good place to take a trip to the nearby islands or the stunning Maya Bay.
Koh Phi Phi
Popular by the movie The Beach, Koh Phi Phi is Thailand’s island-Hollywood star. It’s located only 45 minutes by speedboat from Phuket or 90 minutes from Krabi, this island is great for those who like snorkeling and Instagram-worthy spots.
The Similan Islands are a group of 9 unspoiled islands, which forms a Marine national park in the Andaman Sea. It’s the no.1 place to scuba dive in Thailand, with its wonderful underwater world and dive sites who are considered to be some of the best on the planet. Like any other islands in Thailand, this archipelago of little wonders is harder to get to. The best and fastest way is from Khao Lak or Phuket.
Of all Thailand’s islands, Koh Lanta is one of the best all-rounders. Less than an hour’s boat ride from Krabi, Koh Lanta has quiet beaches and beautiful boutique resorts. You won’t find neon lights and party places here, just lovely beach bars, cozy restaurants and a lot of great things to do which you can read here. Koh Lanta is a perfect spot for recharging your batteries and appreciating the beauty of the scenery that surrounds you. For a more authentic, laid-back island experience, this islands is a perfect choice!
A lonely and quiet paradise island in Thailand? Welcome to Koh Mook. Together with Koh Kradan and Koh Libong, one of the other islands in the Southern Thai province of Trang, this place is everything a Thai island should be. The beaches are stunning and unspoiled, there is a lovely laidback atmosphere, the people are extremely friendly and there is one main tourist attraction, The Emerald Cave, which you need to see. An often forgotten jewel in Southern Thailand!
Koh Libong is the largest Trang island and one of the less visited by travelers. The beaches are a little less beautiful than those in Koh Mook and Koh Kradan, but still a secret jewel far away from mass tourism. If you like doing nothing and reading a book with endless ocean views, then Koh Libong might be your ideal island to go to.
The small island of Koh Kradan is the Trang island with the most beautiful beaches. It’s only 3 kilometers long and at some places just a few hundred meters wide. It’s also part of the Had Chao Mai National Park and a popular spot to do some snorkeling. With no main roads, supermarkets, villages or nothing more to do than relaxing and snorkeling, it’s a lovely place to enjoy the amazing white-sandy beaches, crystal clear water and having a quiet and calm island for yourself.
Koh Chang is Thailand’s second-largest island and is located around 300 kilometers east of Bangkok in Trat Province near the Cambodian border. It’s a popular backpackers destination and getting popular with travelers who want to go to Siem Reap or the rest of Cambodia after Thailand. Koh Chang is part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park. The last years there is a lot more tourism, but still, it has retained its remote and laidback island vibes. Expect jungle trekkings, great waterfalls, traditional fishing villages, and great sunset beaches.