Thailand’s best islands
Many travelers know Thailand as one of the most heavenly and affordable vacation countries. But a trip to Thailand would not be complete without spending a few sunny days on one of its islands.
We’ve selected the best of Thailand’s islands for vacations and excursions to help you choose your vacation destination, from bustling resorts to places with unspoiled nature.
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, covering an area of 570 km2. Phuket has become a famous resort because of its beautiful beaches with bright sun, white sand and calm clear sea. Tourists can choose from a variety of accommodation options, from simple huts to luxury apartments, from a hotel in the busiest location of the resort to a secluded cabin in the woods. Whether Phuket is the best island or not is hard to say, but it is the most popular of the islands. The island has an airport, so it is very convenient to get here.
How to get there: by plane from Bangkok on a daily flight. Flight time is 1, 15 hours.
Phuket on a map
9 Koh Samui
Samui grows so many coconut palms that it is also known as Coconut Island.
The natural beauty of Koh Samui attracts tourists with its many beautiful beaches and coves, the Na Muang and Hin Lat waterfalls, and the abundant waterfall. Koh Samui has a wide variety of accommodations, from first-class hotels to small bungalows.
- By plane from Bangkok on a daily flight.
- By bus or rail from Bangkok to Surat Thani, then take a ferry or boat to the island.
Koh Samui on a Map
Located 6 km off the coast of eastern Rayong Province, Samet Island is the most popular destination in Khao Lem Samet National Park. It is popular for its beautiful beaches with clean fine sand, clear sea water and a wide variety of accommodation.
Each beach is different and unique in its own way. For example, Sai Kaew is known as a magnificent beach, Wong Duan beach is shaped like a crescent, Ao Prao beach grows many coconut palms, Ao Kiu is ideal for tourists who like peace and solitude. The clear sea water on the beaches of Koh Samet will be appreciated by people who love swimming, diving, and other water sports.
Samet is not far from Pattaya, you can get here in about an hour and a half.
By bus from Bangkok to the marina of Ban Peew in Rayong province, from which there are regular boat trips. Delivery tariffs are different and depend on the boat: from 80-100 baht for a public boat and 800-1200 baht for a personal delivery by speedboat.
7 Phi Phi.
These islands are only 40 kilometers from Phuket or Krabi.
Phi Phi is a land of crystal clear sea and one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. Just on these islands is the famous beach of Leonardo DiCaprio, which filmed the movie “The Beach”. After the movie, these places have become very popular and attract crowds of tourists, this beach is actually called Maya Bay , as well as the bay. Some of the most beautiful islands are Phi Phi, be sure to take a tour of Phi Phi.
Phi Phi includes 6 islands, but the largest among them are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Lei. Phi Phi Don is ideal for swimming and snorkeling because of the amazing underwater coral formations. Phi Phi Lei is famous for having a Viking cave, on its inner wall there are several ancient drawings, one of which looks like a Viking ship.
How to get there: by water from Krabi or Phuket. Travel time on average 2.5 hours.
6 Similan Islands
This group of 9 small islands in the central Andaman Sea, known for its pristine nature, is considered one of the most beautiful diving sites in the world. It is worth mentioning some of the islands of the group: on Ko Miang beaches only with white sand, and on Ko Similan there is a horseshoe-shaped bay and a huge rock. resembling a sailboat.
The sea around is very clear and best suited for diving. Divers can see the beautiful corals and the rich underwater world. In addition to water sports, tourists can explore the different species of birds that live here.
The best time to visit this place is from December to April when the sea is calm.
You can get there by water transport from Phuket or Phang Nga Province. The trip takes about 3-4 hours.
5 Moo Ko Surin Island Group
Mu Ko Surin National Park consists of 5 islands. This place is ideal for tourists who like to touch unspoiled nature. Mu Ko Surin is covered with dense tropical forest that gives the place a special charm.
Mu Ko Surin is the most suitable place in Thailand for snorkeling. And you can see the corals just putting a mask and face immersed in the water. The best time to visit the islands is from December to April.
How to get there: with a tour group from Phuket or Khao Lak.
4 Ko Chang
Ko Chang is the second largest island in Thailand. It is a national park of Thailand, located in the farthest province on the east coast and consists of 48 islands.
In the north there are dense forests, and gardens are in the flat part of Ko Chang near the beaches. The most beautiful beaches are in the western part of Ko Chang, the most famous being: Sai Khao, Klong Prao and Kai Bae.
Tourists in Chang expect tranquility on the beaches, diving, excursions to scenic waterfalls.
Getting there: Take the highway from Bangkok to Trat (315 km) then catch a boat from Lam Ngop Pier. The island can be reached from Pattaya
3 Ko Tao
Having been a prison for political prisoners in the past, Ko Tao is now one of the most famous islands in Thailand. It is famous for its beautiful scenery, tranquil atmosphere, and unspoiled nature.
Ko Tao is an ideal place for snorkeling. Divers will see long rows of coral reefs, rich fauna and beautiful water scenery.
How to get there : by ferry or boat from Chumphon province in southern Thailand or from Samui or Phangan (Ko Phan Ngan).
2 Ko Phan Ngan (Ko Phangan)
Phangan is a large island in the Koh Samui archipelago, located 100 km from the Thai mainland and 15 km from Samui. It is a mountainous area with coconut palms, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Ko Phangan is the perfect place for those who want to have fun, just relax, do yoga or meditate.
How to get there: by water transport from Samui or Surat Thani.
1 Phang Nga Islands
Phang Nga is a national park consisting of 120 islands, most of which have exotic shapes. It is in this park that the famous James Bond Island is located. Be sure to visit this national park with picturesque beaches and hundreds of limestone cliffs overlooking the sea.
Explore sea caves and lagoons, and love the beauty of the wildlife.
How to get there: with a tour group from Phuket or Krabi, or on your own by renting a boat from a nearby pier.
Thailand has a lot to offer to tourists – this is first of all the magnificent nature, well-developed tourist infrastructure, not high prices for recreation. We have given a ranking of the best islands in Thailand, but each of you will choose the best for recreation and excursions.