Thailand is among the most famous travel destinations in Asia. It has several lush islands, which are surrounded by crystal clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life. These islands are famous for their gorgeous beaches, stunning scenery and their happening party atmosphere. Here’s a look at five of the best Thai islands that you must visit on your next holiday in Thailand!
Koh Tao, or the ‘Turtle Island’, is the perfect destination for those who like to explore the underwater life. Apart from the breathtaking scenic beauty, this island is an ideal spot for scuba divers and snorkellers. The island is teeming with diving schools that offer courses for beginners. Rock climbing and hiking are the other two tourist activities on the island, while fishing for marlin, snapper or barracuda is a popular activity in the waters surrounding the island.
If island-hopping is on your mind, then head for the spectacular Similan Islands. The Similan Islands is a chain of nine islands that form a national park in the Andaman Sea. The island-hopping experience is unforgettable here, as each of these small stretches of white sands offer new attractions. Swim across thriving coral reefs or relax in the bamboo bungalows or dig your toes in the white sands. Take a boat and hop off to Koh Tachai, among the most popular Similan Islands or to the Richelieu Rock, which is a well-known whale shark territory to spot some sharks!
Koh Samui is the place to experience a more luxurious holiday in Thailand. It is the country’s second-largest island and is home to several luxury, five-star resorts and spas that are located on isolated corners of the island. Its beaches reflect splendid scenic beauty with warm, azure ocean waters on one side and lush, tropical jungles on the other side. Its beaches are lined with coconut trees, which also find its way into the local cuisine. The Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui is well known for its all-night beach parties.
Koh Phi Phi
A haven for solo travellers, Koh Phi Phi is also an archipelago of islands offering lots of activities and terrific beach parties. Travellers can enjoy a slew of water-based activities including diving, snorkelling, cliff-jumping and boat trips to different islands of the Koh Phi Phi archipelago. The island is more popular with the young crowd who love to party till late at night, shop at local markets or hang out with at beach bars.
The nature has blessed the mountainous island of Koh Chang with several waterfalls, vibrant coral reefs, rainforests and sandy beaches. It is already one of the most visited destinations in Thailand. The White Sand Beach of Koh Chang is usually the first choice of tourists, while the Had Sai Noi Beach is known for its beach-bar scene. Explore the Salakkok Bay and get an insight into a traditional Thai fishing village.