The islands in Thailand are the best vacation option for those who want to forget for a while about the hustle and bustle of cities and, finally, stay present with nature. White sand, cozy hammocks swaying between palm trees with views of seascapes – a paradise that brings people to Thai islands.
If someone mentioned Thai islands, people usually remember the most popular islands – Phuket and Koh Samui. In our list, we decided to pass them to show the 7 less known islands in Thailand that we think you may like to visit in the future!
Koh Kood (or Ko Kut) is an island in the Trat province near the Thailand border with Cambodia. Koh Kood is not the smallest island in Thailand as it ranks the fourth largest island in Thailand, 22 by 8 kilometers. However, the island has only 1700 permanent residents, most of whom work in tourism.
Koh Kood is ideal for a lazy and comfortable beach holiday with incredible nature. There is very little entertainment on the island, no banks or ATMs, credit cards are accepted only by large hotels (stock up on cash), but this is a real paradise island. The beaches are snow-white, with absolutely hedonistic beach areas and terraces equipped at the hotels.
Koh Lipe is one of the most beautiful Thai islands. This paradise island is located in the south of Thailand, a few kilometers from the border with Malaysia. Ko Lipe is popular for its white-sand beaches and clear sea.
The Thai name of the island in English has many spellings Koh Lipe, Koh Lipeh, Ko Lipey, and Ko Lipe.
There are many islands nearby, which you can visit for relaxation, snorkeling, diving, and also try your luck fishing. There are no special entertainments on Koh Lipe, mainly a beach holiday with a gradual spreading of people to the numerous bars after sunset. Life on the island dies down towards midnight.
Many thanks to Paul & Anna from chowtraveller.com for Koh Lipe photos!
Koh Phayam, one of the most underrated Thai islands, is located in the Andaman Sea, in the province of Ranong, near the border with Burma.
The island has excellent white sand beaches and coral reefs. The population of Koh Phayam is about 500 inhabitants, living mainly by catching shrimp, squid, and crabs, or growing cashews, coconut trees, and rubber trees.
The rest on the island is calm and lazy. Many travelers spend weeks on the island with friends and families. The island is also popular with kite surfers and snorkeling lovers.
There are no cars on Ko Phayam, the only available transport is motorbikes and bicycles, which are available for rent in any of the guest houses. From public transport – motorbike taxi. There are also no ATMs and exchangers on the island. So come here a bit prepared.
Many thanks to Paul & Anna from chowtraveller.com for Koh Phayam photos!
Koh Yao Yai
Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi are two islands located in the center of Phang Nga Bay. They are equally distant from both Phuket and Krabi. Their main advantage is the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
Koh Yao Yai is a large island with a dozen good beaches, but it sits in the shadow of the popular islands just outside Phuket. Kayaking, snorkeling, and yoga are the main activities on the islands. Beautiful nature, calm atmosphere, and lack of mass entertainment attract mostly fans of lazy beach holidays.
Many hotels on the islands organize morning and evening yoga classes, in addition, there is a yoga retreat on the island as well.
Koh Lan (or Koh Larn) is the closest island to Pattaya, located just 9 km from the mainland. Koh Lan is traditionally seen as an addition to Pattaya, where tourists go for a day to swim in the crystal clear sea. Meanwhile, Ko Lan can be an absolutely amazing independent destination.
Despite its very small size (the length of the island is just 4 km), Ko Lan is an island with a fairly developed infrastructure, there are cafes, restaurants, a 7/11 store, ATM, as well as more than 40 hotels and guesthouses, so you can spend several days on the island.
Similan Islands are one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand. This national park consisting of huge boulders, among which are hidden coves and beaches with white sand, crystal clear sea with a variety of marine life attracts tourists from all over the world. The islands are located at a distance of about 60 km by sea from the coast of Khao Lak, from Phuket to Similan is about 100 km in a straight line.
Islands of extraordinary beauty with white sand and emerald transparent water. Thai people try to keep Similan Islands in their original form, blocking tourists from visiting from April to November. People often call these islands the best snorkeling spot in Thailand and Mecca for divers.
Koh Tao is a small diving island in the Gulf of Thailand, located near Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. The distance from Koh Tao to the nearest mainland is about 67 km.
The name Koh Tao is translated from the Thai language as “Turtle Island”. There is a legend that says many turtles once lived here, but with the arrival of people on the island, the turtles found themselves a more secluded place of residence.
Koh Tao will appeal to nature lovers and hikers, as well as those who have long dreamed of relaxing on fabulously beautiful beaches.
Koh Tao is known as one of the world’s most popular diving and snorkeling destinations. All conditions have been created for scuba diving on the island, there are many water sports centers, you can rent all the necessary equipment or even join a scuba diving school.
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