Islands in Thailand: 5 islands to visit on your vacation is written af Jacob Gowland Jørgensen
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Have a good trip to one of the easiest travel countries in the world!
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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