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Thailand is a culturally rich and diverse country in Far East Asia with its mainland and more than 1400 islands in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Siam. The islands of Thailand has some of the most popular tourist spots in the world with some of the best beaches in Asia for honeymoon, great atmosphere, full party and nightlife scene. Travel Thailand for infinite opportunities of spiritual exploration, relaxation, and recreation. You can enjoy the luxury of private and less crowded beaches at the resorts of some of these islands.

Just imagine a hammock swinging between two palm trees with a gentle sea breeze flowing, and the white sand merging with the clean sea at the shore, the feeling of bliss is out of the world. But each island is quite different from the other. They are rich in their own features, and you have an infinite number to choose from.

Following is a list of best island destinations in Thailand. Choose your island to visit with respect to the occasion and your own preference whether you want to enjoy some time with your loved one privately, or party till dawn, eat local foods at the shore or getting snappy.

But before you head out to the most awaited Thai vacation, we will like to recommend you how to save on your flights and accommodation. Always acquire the services of renowned travel agents to book cheap flights to Bangkok or any other international airport in Thailand. You can also book accommodation and other travel services from travel agents in advance. It is always advisable to plan ahead of your trip to avoid any issue afterward.

8 Best Island Destinations in Thailand

With that stated, let us get started with our list.

1. Koh Lipe

A settlement of sea wanderers, Koh Lipe is an island in the Adang-Rawi Archipelago in the Southwest of Thailand. A small island outside Tarutao National Park, you can practically walk around this whole place in an hour or two. Development of any building is prohibited by law, and tourists are warned not to take part in any activity that hurts the ecology of this beautiful place. The beaches have plenty of accommodation in the form of huts and bungalows. If you want a beach experience with your beloved, with a little extra privacy, this is the place to come for a mother daughter trip.

2. Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta comprises of different islands off the shoreline of Krabi province, Thailand. There are multiple beaches in these islands and the best one is situated on the biggest island known as Ko Lanta Yai. This place is full of tourists all year around. It is also a great place to do some snorkeling and scuba diving. Observe the coral reefs and sea kingdom from the depths of the sea, and if you are lucky you may come across some ray fishes and even whales. There are also the odds and ends of an ancient rainforest as well as plant life. The accommodation is also ample there. You can find bungalows as well as huts to stay.

3. Koh Tarutao

This island is a part of 51 islands that have its place in the Tarutao National Marine Park archipelago in southwest Thailand. This island offers unspoiled and silent atmosphere to all the visitors, and they can easily relax in this environment without worrying about anything. There are multiple huts and bungalows that can be leased for your stay. You can also enjoy mountains and jungles. This island is a home to large turtles. So try to observe without disturbing them with your presence.

4. Koh Phangan

Located in the abyss of Thailand, between the islands of Ko Tao and Ko Samui, Ko Phangan is famous for its nightlife and composed parties. It is mostly visited by backpacking community, who want to merge themselves with natural beauty. This island is full of thick rainforests and white sand beaches. There are also beautiful Buddhist temples that we recommend you to visit.

Each year, a Full Moon Party is organized on this island. If you are flexible with the dates, we suggest you visit it in those days. The Fullmoon Party is the most famous beach party in the world. It is organized every month every full moon on the beach of Haad Rin. 10,000 and 30,000 people gather each month wanting to have fun.

There are several stages with DJs, and each bar opens its beach bar facing the beach. Each stage and each bar plays a different music. There is music for all tastes from techno, trance, house, drum & bass, R & B, reggae, commercial music, etc. There are food stalls all night, people who paint body and face with fluorescent tattoos, and animation is guaranteed by jugglers and shows with fire, in addition to fireworks.

Alcohol is served in abundance, especially in the buckets (beach cubes with straws with distilled drinks like whisky, rum, vodka, refreshing drinks, and a very powerful Thai energy drink. As in any mass party, drugs are also present. Keep in mind that the issue of drugs is very haunted in Thailand with very hard penalties and that during the party there are many police incognito.

If your goal is to stay near where the party is being held, the best place is Haad Rin. Alternatively there are also many people who stay at Baan Tai, a long beach near Haad Rin and which is very well connected to it.

5. Phuket

Phuket is a province in Thailand. The capital city is also named Phuket. It is spread over a large island along with several smaller islands on the west coast of Thailand. Phuket is the most visited destination after Bangkok. It features countless resorts and best beaches in Asia for honeymoon along with hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, and accommodation for tourists. You can also visit historical museums, monuments and other significant places that are all over Phuket.

6. Koh Phi Phi

A small archipelago in the Krabi province in southern Thailand, this place is truly amazing. Ko Phi Phi is the biggest island, with most of the inhabitants living here. Most of the architecture is new on this island as it was severely hit by December 2004 tsunami. However, this place is a must for anyone to visit as it possesses truly natural beauty beyond anyone's imagination. There is plenty of accommodation on the island for everyone to stay, and there are always plenty of beaches to wander.

7. Koh Samui

Koh Samui has everything a tourist wants. It is perfect for backpackers as well as it provides luxury and private accommodation for couples who want a little privacy. With cheap huts and bungalows available, it has some of the best beaches in the world. Below you can find some amazing places, that will make your vacation in Koh Samui a memorable one.

Koh Samui's coastline is covered with some beautiful beaches along. Here you will find some calm and peaceful beaches, as well as some vibrant beaches. The famous and sometimes crowded beaches are Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach, on the eastern side of the island. Also, the towns of these two beaches offer the most interesting things to do for tourists.

If you prefer a calmer atmosphere, then you must go to Bo Phut Beach or Maenam Beach. You can even find some secluded beaches like the Bang Por Beach in Koh Samui. Do you believe in God? Are you worshipper or like to visit temples? In any case, you must visit the magnificent temples of Koh Samui once. Here, there is more to see than the famous Big Buddha, the Wat Plai Laem or the Wat Khunaram which has a mummified monk.

The Laem Sor Pagoda and the Wat Rattanakosin, near the pagoda on a small hill, belong to the list of the most beautiful temples of Koh Samui. You can visit all of these places on a motorbike because they are all located in the south of Koh Samui.

However, we are not finished yet. With the Wat Kiri Wong Karam close to the Elephant Gate in Taling Ngam, the Wat Samret or the Khao Hua Jook Pagoda with a view of the airport of Samui, you can find some more temples. Nightlife is always exciting in Koh Samui. If you are fond of Thai markets and Thai food, then you are at the right place. You will find several spreads around the towns of the islands at Koh Samui.

Besides the delicious variety of Thai foods, which you can try in these markets, you will find clothes, cocktails, souvenirs and just everything you can imagine. In fact, the food tastes incredibly good at night, and the little stalls on the streets of Koh Samui offer some incredible food choices.

Koh Samui offers a range of viewpoints from the hills as the islands are located in the Gulf of Thailand. Whether it is the view from the Wat Rattanakosin or the Khao Hua Jook Pagoda, everything seems mesmerizing in Koh Samui. Some more places that you can visit in Koh Samui are Chaweng Beach, Bophut Beach, Nathon pier Beach, Taling Ngam Beach and Lamai Beach. Whether you go to the beaches of Koh Samui or the markets of Koh Samui, you will always be fascinated by nature and the fascinating views that Koh Samui will provide you.

Hin Yai & Hin Ta is one of the most famous sights of Koh Samui that you should surely visit on your trip to Koh Samui. The Grandfather and Grandmother Rock, known as Hin Yai and Hin Ta in Thai, is famous for its story. Hin Yai & Hin Ta is situated on the south of Lamai Beach and represents the male and female sexual characteristics. Hin Ta and Hin Yai have some fascinating rock formations in Koh Samui’s south coast, and it has been a source of amusement and wonder on the island since they were discovered by the locals many years ago.

The Tarnim Magic Garden is also known as Secret Buddha Garden. The Secret Buddha Garden is hidden high in the hills, in Koh Samui's interior, offering majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surrounds.

When you visit Tarnim Magic Garden, you will discover a huge garden that has many statues. You will see many Buddha statues, but along with these, there are also some others like birds, snakes and mythological creatures at Tarnim Magic Garden.

A trip on a bike is ideal if you want to explore Koh Samui on your own. Exploring the place on your own on a motorbike is a whole new experience, as you get to know the place and their culture more closely. You can even rent a bike from near by hotels or shops that rent motorbikes nearby the island of Koh Samui.

The Ang Thong Marine National Park has beautiful islands, and snorkeling areas, located on the coast of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Most of the speedboat trips begin at the Big Buddha Pier in Bangrak, but there are also some girl trips you can do with wooden boats. At Koh Mae Koh you will get to see some fantastic snorkeling sites, you can even see the monkey rock and much more.

Namuang Safari Park is situated on the southern side of Koh Samui and is about 30 minutes from the airport. Moreover, it is located only a few kilometers from the Nathon pier and thus has become an exciting tourist attraction in Koh Samui. The park has been an adventure destination since the last ten years, and now they are extremely famous for its elephant trek and crocodile show.

So this was a list of places around Koh Samui that you must visit to make your trip unforgettable. Koh Samui is one of the most beautiful places to travel in Thailand.

8. Koh Chang

Unlike other big sister islands of Phuket and Koh Samui, Koh Chang is a smaller island which is mostly unscathed from the tourists. This park is great for trekking and a great hub to other surrounding small islands. With passing time, its popularity is increasing and more local and foreign tourists are visiting it. Enjoy amazing cuisines of this island and make the most of your vacations.

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Shauna Coleman - Walker said...

This post makes me think of the saying "we live in a small world after all" which I believe is the opposite. There are places I learn about every day reading others blogs. So many places I would love to visit.

Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

Not a place I have ever visited, but I can imagine going there :)

Bethany said...

You make Thailand sound so amazing. It's never been on my bucket list before but this definitely makes me want to visit now!

ifillLife said...

Hoping to visit Thailand soon :)