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Islands in Thailand: 5 islands to visit on your vacation

Thailand is much more than Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. If you want to experience it for yourself, here are five overlooked islands in southern Thailand that we at the editorial office can recommend.
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Islands in Thailand: 5 islands to visit on your vacation is written af Jacob Gowland Jørgensen

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Five overlooked islands in Thailand

Thailand offers much more than the city of Bangkok, which you will probably fly to if you travel to the country. In addition to the cities of Chiang Mai and Phuket, Thailand also invites you on a fantastic journey with crystal blue sea, long sandy beaches and perfect island paradises. If you are in doubt about which islands to experience on your holiday to Thailand, read on here and be inspired by these five overlooked islands in southern Thailand.

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Koh Ngai - when dreams go towards islands in Thailand

South of the famous island of Koh Lanta in the south Thailand is Koh Ngai, which has only a handful of small and medium-sized hotels. Koh Ngai, or Koh Hai as it is also sometimes spelled, is just exactly the kind of island that most people think of when dreaming towards island hopping in Asia.

The sand is white and soft, the reef is right off the coast, and the water is calm much of the time. Here, life goes its quiet course with snorkeling, massage and Thai food, and there is no hint of mass tourism. We know several who speak warmly about Thapwarin Resort, as you can see in the picture above.

You can sail to Koh Ngai from Koh Lanta or from the south from Langkawi and Koh Lipe. Remember to choose a 'slowboat', unless you are more than unusually strong - then it is a super nice sailing trip out there.

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Koh Jum - here you avoid mass tourism on your holiday in Thailand

There are many beautiful islands in southern Thailand, and there is a big difference between them. Koh Jum is more dramatic than Koh Ngai with its small mountain, cliffs and views of the Phi Phi Islands.

It is located north of Koh Lanta and contains both small fishing villages and about 30 hotels, some of which are quite small. It is recommended to look at Oon Lee Bungalows.

There is also no hint of mass tourism here, as seen in Phuket or Phi Phi. Beautiful beaches, warm water, and since there are rocks out in the water in several places, there are also good snorkeling opportunities.

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Koh Racha Yai - get the island for yourself

Just south of Phuket lies Koh Racha Yai, which differs from others Islands in Thailand in several ways. Firstly, it is close to Phuket, so many day tourists come and you do not have to stay there to stay overnight.

But if you do, you get a goddamn little island almost to yourself when the last boat is sailed in the afternoon. White sand, beautiful cliffs and beautiful horizons.

There are only a few individual accommodations on Koh Racha Yai. Bungalow Raya Resort can be recommended unless you have money for a luxury class hotel.

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Koh Tao

Koh Tao is located on the other side of the peninsula, north of Koh Samui. It is one of the larger islands in Thailand and there are significantly more options in terms of restaurants and hotels. Koh Tao has both cliffs, long sandy beaches and a strip of coves.

At the same time, there are really good diving opportunities from the island. Koh Tao a really beautiful island in many ways. However, it takes a bit of initiative to get to the island, so even though there are quite a few tourists, it is not completely overcrowded.

You can sail to Koh Tao from Surat Thani, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

Do you want to know more about traveling in Thailand, you can read our insider guides to Chiang Mai. You can also learn more about what you can experience if you visit one of Bangkok's most famous streets, Khao San Road.

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Koh Surin - no cows in Mu Koh

Koh Surin covers five small islands in Thailand 100 km north of Phuket, and the whole area belongs to Mu Koh Surin National Park. Here you will find one excellent snorkeling and diving spot after another - and relatively few other travelers. Despite the name of Mu Koh Park, there are no cows here, but instead tons of fish and life in the sea…

Because the islands are located in a national park, there are extremely limited in terms of accommodation options. In return, you can both go on day trips or buy a trip out there with accommodation. See some options here.

You can reach Khuraburi Port directly by bus from Krabi.

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More options for beautiful islands in eastern Thailand

Most islands in Thailand are located in western Thailand, but there are also a few fine island options in the east. Among other things, it is relatively easy to combine Koh Chang, Koh Kood, also called Koh Kut, or the lesser known Koh Mak with a trip to Cambodia or Laos.

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Islands in Thailand you must experience:

  • Koh Ngai
  • Koh Jum
  • Koh Racha Yai
  • Koh Tao
  • Koh Surin
  • Koh Chang
  • Koh Kood
  • Koh Lipe
  • Koh Mak
  • Koh Samui
  • Koh Phangan
  • Koh Lanta

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About the travel writer

Jacob Jørgensen, editor

Jacob is a cheerful travel nerd who has traveled in almost 100 countries from Rwanda and Romania to Samoa and Samsø. Jacob is a member of De Berejstes Klub, where he has been a board member for five years, and he has extensive experience with the travel world as a lecturer, magazine editor, consultant, author and photographer. And of course most important of all: As a traveler. Jacob enjoys traveling traditionally such as car holidays to Norway, cruises in the Caribbean and city breaks in Vilnius, and more out-of-the-box trips such as solo trips to the highlands of Ethiopia, road trips to unknown national parks in Argentina and friends trips to Iran.

Jacob is a country expert in Argentina, where he has been 10 times so far. He has spent almost a year in total traveling through the many diverse provinces, from the penguin land in the south to deserts, mountains and waterfalls in the north, and has also lived in Buenos Aires for a few months. In addition, he has special travel knowledge of such diverse places as East Africa, Malta and the countries around Argentina.

In addition to traveling, Jacob is an honorable badminton player, Malbec fan and always fresh on a board game. Jacob has also had a career in the communications industry for a number of years, most recently with the title of Communication Lead in one of Denmark's largest companies, and has for a number of years also worked with the Danish and international meeting industry as a consultant, among others. for VisitDenmark and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Jacob is currently also an external lecturer at CBS.



  • Good bid!

    Koh Kood must be hurried to visit before it is completely overrun… On the other hand, just between Koh Kood and Koh Chang there is a much smaller island called Koh Mak - there you are completely at peace without many other tourists. It can be recommended if you want to experience “the real Thailand” that many are looking for 🙂

    • Thank you Kristoffer, also for the tip about Koh Mak - we will add that immediately :).

      / Jacob


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