11 amazing islands of Thailand to live a fantastic holiday: Tired of the hustle and bustle? Here are the top 10 islands and beaches in Thailand for you to relax in this oasis
Do you feel like running away? Dive into a completely different culture? A little heat? An incredible beach? Well, we’re going to Thailand.
1. Koh Kood
With 23 kilometers in length, Koh Kood Island (which is also written 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 virgin than its neighboring islands . So if what you are looking for is party and madness, it may not be your place. Of course, 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 them near the beach with Kong Chao waterfall. Phrao Bay is also worth seeing. Choose the one you choose, surely you are not mistaken.
2. Koh Tachai
Koh Tachai is part of the Similan archipelago, but is somewhat isolated from the main islands on 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 just go in search of white sand and crystal clear waters. There are several providers of day trips and the island is easily accessible by speedboat.
Since the island of Koh Tachai is so small the beaches do not abound, but there is a 800 meter that looks like paradise.
3. Koh Similan
Koh Similan (also known as Koh Pad) is the largest island and named after the Similan archipelago. It is part of the National Park and offers some rock formations of the most fascinating among which stands out “the sail”. Like the other islands the area is famous for its dive sites.
Donald Duck Bay (Donald Duck Bay) is a very cozy corner with a peculiar shape and a rock formation that has given this nickname so nice.
4. Koh Surin Nuea and Koh Surin Tai
The Surin Islands also form a national park and are located north of the Similan Islands along the west coast of Thailand. The archipelago is composed of five islands in the Andaman Sea, of which two are inhabited: Koh Surin Nuea and Koh Surin Tai, which are close together.
The above photo of the pristine beach is located in Ngam Bay, on the west coast of Surin Nuea. The largest bay on the island is Mae Yai, on the eastern side. At Surin Tai you will find incredible dive sites such as Tao Bay Beach. But if you do not want to see the fish up close, it is always a good place to lie on the sand and relax.
5. Koh Phi Phi Lee
The main island of Koh Phi Phi Don. If you have seen the movie “La Playa” with Leonardo di Caprio you will surely recognize the Maya Bay, because it was there where it was filmed. It is one of the most photographed places in Thailand, very popular with divers and quite touristy. 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 worth it as there are many rock formations and caves along the coast.
6. Koh Tao
Koh Tao is in the Gulf of Thailand, north of Koh Samui, and is only 7.5 kilometers long. Tourism has developed slowly in the area, but is now very popular with lovers of diving and snorkeling, which have filled the island with infrastructures to practice this sport. So if you want to experience Koh Tao in its purest state you will have to hurry up because as the island improves and becomes more accessible it is also filled with more tourists. And Koh Tao is booming.
Especially pleasant is the sand of the Sairee beach, which stretches along the west coast of Koh Tao, although it is one of the busiest. If you are looking for freedom, you are close to the 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 trendy place.
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7. Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Nang Yuan is a very unusual island, as there are actually three islands that are connected by a beach. The island is privately owned, is a few hundred meters long and, therefore, is a small natural paradise with only infrastructures. It is right next to the larger island of Koh Tao, which can be reached quickly by boat.
8. Koh Wua Ta Lap
Koh Wua Ta Lap is part of the impressive Ko Ang Thong Mu National Park which includes a total of 42 islands which can be reached by ferry. If you want to experience life like the locals, rent a bungalow on the island and share your time with the few tourists who arrive and the friendly locals.
This practically unspoiled island offers white sandy beaches and is an incredible place to enjoy the views of all the surrounding islands that are part of the natural park.
9. Koh Lipe
Very close to the border with Malaysia (there is even a boat connection from the neighboring country to the island) is Koh Li Pe, which is part of the Tarutao Marine National Park and is a fairly developed tourist destination and is used as a base to explore the Rest of the islands of the zone. The island has beautiful beaches, although the area around the Malaysian border is not one of the safest in Thailand.
Partygoers will like Pattaya beach, although not the most idyllic. The sunrise (sunrise) beach is also very developed and is in the vicinity of the village of Chao Ley. But if you just want to relax, we recommend going to watch the sunset at Sunset Beach.
10. 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 of about one kilometer and are part of 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 busy. In the northern part of the island are most 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 unspoilt beaches. The latter is next to the National Park and has views of the lighthouse that appears in the image.
11. Railay Beach
After so many beaches, and as a tip, we propose a beautiful beach in the mainland of Thailand. It is the famous and beautiful beach of Railay, located in the southern province of the country of Krabi, near the homonymous city. Right there is the stunning Phra Nang beach, which also has some impressive limestone formations.