Do you feel like running away? Diving into a completely different culture? A little heat? An amazing beach? Well, we’re going to Thailand.
With the collaboration of our experts in the area, we present you 10 islands (and beaches) of Thailand recommended by the locals that will leave you with your mouth open.
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- Koh Kood
At 23 kilometres long, the island of Koh Kood (also spelled Koh Kut) is in south-east Thailand and is a real find because it has not yet been discovered by mass tourism and is much more unspoilt than its neighbouring islands. So if you’re looking for partying and madness, maybe it’s not your place. However, if you want to relax and enjoy paradisiacal landscapes, take the opportunity to visit it.
The most popular beaches on Koh Kut are Tapao, Klong Yai Kee and Chao, all of which are close to Kong Chao’s waterfall beach. Phrao Bay is also worth seeing. Whichever one you choose, you can’t go wrong.
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- Koh Tachai
Koh Tachai is part of the Similan Archipelago, but is a little isolated from the main islands off the west coast of Thailand and about 50 km off the coast of Phuket. The sea around the Similan Islands is considered a paradise for divers… But also for those who are just looking for white sand and crystal clear waters. There are several day trip providers and the island is easily accessible by speedboat.
Since the island of Koh Tachai is so small the beaches are not plentiful, but there is one 800 meters long that looks like paradise.
- Koh Similan
Koh Similan (also known as Koh Pad) is the largest island and the one that gives its name to the Similan Archipelago. It is part of the National Park and offers some of the most fascinating rock formations among which “the sail” stands out. Like the other islands in the area it is famous for its diving sites.
Donald Duck Bay is a very cozy corner with a peculiar shape and a rocky formation that has given it this nice nickname.
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- Koh Surin Nuea and Koh Surin Tai
The Surin Islands also form a national park and are located north of the Similan Islands along Thailand’s west coast. The archipelago consists of five islands in the Andaman Sea, two of which are inhabited: Koh Surin Nuea and Koh Surin Tai, which are very close together.
The photo above is of the pristine beach at Ngam Bay on the west coast of Surin Nuea. The largest bay on the island is Mae Yai, on the eastern side. In Surin Tai you will find incredible dive sites like the beach at Tao Bay. But if you don’t want to see the fish up close, it’s always a good place to lie on the sand and relax.
- Koh Phi Phi Lee
The main island of Koh Phi Phi Don. If you have seen the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo di Caprio you will surely recognize the Mayan Bay, because that is where it was shot. It is one of the most photographed places in Thailand, very popular among divers and quite touristic. The archipelago is located on the west coast of the southern tip of Thailand.
Phi Phi Lee is a rocky island and there are numerous coves that are only accessible by boat, such as Sama or Phi Lee Bay. The boat trip is worthwhile as there are many rock formations and caves along the coast.
- Koh Tao
Koh Tao is in the Gulf of Thailand, north of Koh Samui, and is only 7.5 kilometres long. Tourism developed slowly in the area, but is now very popular with diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, who have filled the island with infrastructure for this sport. So if you want to experience Koh Tao in its purest form you’ll have to hurry because as the island improves and becomes more accessible it also fills up with more tourists. And Koh Tao is booming.
Especially nice is the sand on Sairee beach, which stretches along the west coast of Koh Tao, even though it is one of the busiest. If you’re looking for freedom, you’re looking at little Freedom Bay, a bay next to the developed beach of Chalok Ban Kao. And, above all, keep in mind that these days Koh Tao is a very fashionable place.
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- Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Nang Yuan is a very unusual island, as it is actually three islands that are connected by a beach. The island is privately owned, is only a few hundred meters long and therefore is a small natural paradise with hardly any infrastructure. It is right next to the largest island of Koh Tao, which can be reached quickly by boat.
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- Koh Wua Ta Lap
Koh Wua Ta Lap is part of the stunning Ko Ang Thong Mu National Park, which includes a total of 42 islands accessible by ferry. If you want to experience life as the locals do, rent a bungalow on the island and share your time with the few tourists who come and the friendly locals.
This practically virgin island offers white sand beaches and is an incredible place to enjoy the views of all the surrounding islands that are part of the natural park.
- Koh Lipe
Very close to the Malaysian border (there is even a boat connection from the neighbouring country to the island) is Koh Li Pe, which is part of the Tarutao Marine National Park and is a fairly developed tourist destination used as a base for exploring the rest of the islands in the area. The island has beautiful beaches, although the area around the Malaysian border is not one of the safest in Thailand.
Party lovers will like Pattaya beach, although it is not the most idyllic. Sunrise beach is also very developed and is in the vicinity of the village of Chao Ley. But if what you want is to relax we recommend you to go and see the sunset at Sunset Beach.
- Koh Lanta (Lanta Yai and Lanta Noi)
Koh Lanta is a two-in-one. Although it is a double island, divided between Lanta Yai and Lanta Noi, the latter is much less touristy than the more developed Lanta Yai. Koh Lanta is just southeast of the smaller islands of Phi Phi. Its two halves are separated by a strip of water about one kilometer long and are part of the Mu Koh Lanta National Park.
The west coast of Koh Lanta Yai has many beaches, of which Long Beach (Phra Ae) is one of the most popular and crowded. In the northern part of the island are most of the restaurants, bars, shops and much of the tourist infrastructure. While the southern part of Lanta Yai is much more isolated. Klong Yak beach and Bamboo Bay are two of the quietest and most unspoiled beaches. The latter is next to the National Park and overlooks the lighthouse in the picture.
- Railay Beach
After so many beaches, and as a tip, we propose you a beautiful beach in the continental part of Thailand. It is the famous and beautiful Railay beach, located in the southern province of Krabi country, near the city of the same name. Right there is the impressive Phra Nang beach, which also has some impressive limestone formations.
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Thailand has hundreds of islands and the mainland offers a long coastline full of incredible beaches. So it’s impossible for this list to be complete.
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