a clown fish amongst an anemone seen whilst snorkelling

21 Best Thailand Islands to Visit in 2024

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This is the ultimate guide to the best Thailand islands to visit in 2024! Make your castaway fantasies come true and start planning your Thailand island hopping itinerary now!

Are you dreaming of escaping to a tropical paradise? Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is known for its stunning islands, amazing Thai cuisine, famous landmarks, and unique experiences. The Thai islands offer the perfect getaway for those seeking breath-taking beauty and an unforgettable island hopping adventure.

Imagine immersing yourself in the turquoise waters, feeling the soft sand between your toes, and basking in the warm sun on pristine beaches. Thailand is widely considered as one of the world’s most idyllic destinations, with its diverse range of islands offering something for every traveller.

But with so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide which islands to visit, especially for first-timers to Thailand. That’s where we come in! We have been travelling to Thailand for more than 20 years, and in the past 18 months, we have spent 6 months of these further exploring this beautiful country.

In this guide, we will help you uncover the hidden gems of Thailand’s stunning island destinations. From the popular hotspots like Phuket and Koh Samui to lesser-known treasures like Koh Lipe and Koh Tao, we will explore each island’s unique charm and attractions.


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So, Which of Thailand’s Islands Should You Visit?

With an abundance of choices, finding the perfect Thai islands to visit can be an exciting, yet overwhelming task. To help you plan your ultimate island hopping adventure, we have compiled a list of tips and recommendations.

The most important thing to consider when choosing which Thai islands to visit is to consider your preferences and interests. Are you seeking secluded beaches or vibrant nightlife? Do you want to explore untouched nature or immerse yourself in local culture? Or are you looking to enjoy water activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, or fishing?

Another thing to consider when deciding which island in Thailand to visit is whether you prefer nearby islands easily accessible from popular tourist destinations or outer islands that offer tranquillity away from the crowds.

For example, if you stay on Koh Samui, you can easily do day tours or short stays to Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. From Phuket, you have a huge variety of islands to choose from including the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Lanta, and those in the north such as the Similan Islands.


Map of Islands in Thailand

Thailand is known for its stunning islands, each offering unique experiences and attractions. These islands are located in different regions of the country, each with its own distinct characteristics. Here are the regional locations of the islands in Thailand:

Gulf of Thailand – East Coast in Eastern Region: This region is known for its stunning islands and vibrant nightlife. These islands are more convenient to Bangkok (many are accessibly via car / bus and boat). Pattaya, a popular beach resort city, is located in this region and serves as a gateway to nearby islands such as Koh Larn and Koh Samet. These islands offer pristine beaches, water sports activities, and vibrant beach parties.

Gulf of Thailand – East Coast in Southern Region: This region is known for its crystal-clear waters and tranquil beaches. The most well-known island in this region is Koh Samui, which offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and modern amenities. Other islands in this region include Koh Phangan, famous for its Full Moon Parties, and Koh Tao, a popular diving destination.

Andaman Sea – West Coast in Southern Region: This region is home to some of the most popular and picturesque islands in the country. This region includes the famous Phuket Island, known for its vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches. Other islands in this region include Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Koh Yao Noi.

It is also is home to some of the most secluded and untouched islands in the country. Islands such as Koh Tarutao, Koh Lipe, and Koh Ngai are part of the Tarutao National Marine Park and offer a peaceful and serene escape from the crowds. These islands are known for their pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life.


Island Hopping in the Gulf of Thailand – East Coast in Eastern Region

The eastern region of the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand is a treasure trove of stunning islands waiting to be explored. Here you will discover lesser-known gems, underwater wonders, laid-back vibes and pristine beaches. With easy access from Bangkok, you can embark on an unforgettable island hopping adventure that will leave you mesmerized.


1. Koh Samet / Koh Samed (Rayong)

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boy on beach on koh samet island in thailand
Ao Wong Duean Beach in Koh Samet

Best Island to Visit in Thailand for: A beach vacation away from the crowds, snorkelling and diving

Koh Samet (aka Koh Samed) lies in the Gulf of Thailand. With its white sandy beaches and lush forests, it ticks off all the boxes! It’s a paradise away from the crowds.

Koh Samet has 11 beaches with a different vibe. If you’re here for the nightlife, Sai Kaew Beach is the best option. Ao Wong Duean Beach is great for families. Ao Prao Beach is the luxury option, private and only a handful high end hotels.

There’s lots to do on the island, such as parasailing and fishing. You can also go snorkelling and diving to spot pufferfish, manta rays and black-tipped sharks. While enjoying a beach day go swimming, rent a kayak or get a massage and a cocktail on the side. Kids should be on the lookout for little bubbler crabs.

Top Tip: Get pre-dinner drinks at a seaside restaurant for sunset. When darkness arrives the daily fire shows start all over the island. There’s no better way to start your evening.

Best Months to Visit: The best time to visit is dry season, between November and April, when it’s sunny (27º to 33º Celsius). Peak season is from December to February, meaning peak weather and prices.

How to Get There: Take the bus from Bangkok’s Ekkamai Station to Ban Phe Pier (3.5 hours). A ferry will get you to your beach of choice in 30 to 45 minutes. You can also book full day tours from Pattaya.

Where to Stay in Koh Samet: Lalune Beach Resort, a modern 3 star hotel situated right on Ao Wong Duean Beach with a nice kitchen and private pool. The ideal accommodation when you’re in Koh Samet with kids.


2. Koh Larn / Coral Island (Pattaya)

NARROW STRIP OF LAND WITH BAYS ON EITHER SIDE ON KOH LARN

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Koh Larn is the best island to take a day trip to! You can easily reach Koh Larn, also known as Coral Island, from Bangkok. More specifically you will leave from the Bali High Pier in the city of Pattaya

The ferry ride over lasts about 30 minutes and will cost you 50 baht. You pay right on the boat, and in cash. There will be speed boats offering rides, and this is a convenient way to get to and from the island if you are planning on staying later, as the regular ferry stops running at 6 p.m. 

You can do so many different things on a day trip to Koh Larn. There are 6 separate beaches to explore, all are good for snorkelling. The most popular beach is Tawaen Beach. This is where your ferry will drop you, and you can find anything and everything you want here.

There are paddle board rentals, restaurants on the beach, and anything else you could want. You can also rent a motorbike here to explore the rest of the island. It should cost no more than 300 baht (US$9) for the day! If you aren’t interested in renting a motorbike, you can jump on one of the red trucks / songthaews, or order a car from Grab. 

Top Tip: Another amazing beach to check out is Samae Beach. This is less crowded than the main beach, with crystal clear waters and plenty of shade. You will know you are there when you see the sandy stairs lined with colourful flowers. There is a restaurant here, and a few rental chairs, but other than that it is pure beach paradise

Best Months to Visit: The best month of the year to visit Koh Larn is from November to April, and then it is even better from December to February. You can of course visit the other months of the year, but you may have to deal with some rain. 

How to Get There: To get to Koh Larn from Bangkok you can travel on a joint bus and ferry ticket from Ekkamai or Khao San Road. The bus is approximately 4 – 5 hours from Bangkok and a 30 minute ferry journey. You can also book day tours from Pattaya.

Where to Stay in Koh Larn: To extend your stay, the hotel TC Villa on The Beach is one of the best hotels on Koh Larn. It is right on the shore of Samae Beach too!


3. Koh Mak / Koh Maak (Trat)

one of the best Thailand Islands, koh mak, as seen from the water

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Best Island in Thailand for: The Best Bar at the End of the Pier

Koh Mak is a beautiful, small island not far from Koh Chang and the Cambodian border. This island is perfect for relaxing and hanging out or exploring as it is small enough that you can rent bicycles (if you don’t mind some hills!).

You can scuba dive the nearby marine park which is worth doing as well as eat delicious food at various small restaurants around the island. The best beach in my opinion is Ao Kao beach, although you do need to be mindful of sandflies in this area of Thailand.

Top Tip: My top tip is to head to Cocoscape Beach Bar, which is a long jetty with a little wooden bar at the end. It is an ideal place to hang out and watch sunset surrounded by the ocean, and great for photos too!

Best Months to Visit: For Koh Mak, February is probably one of the best months to visit for blue skies and not too hot.

How to Get There: To get to Koh Mak from Bangkok you can travel on a joint bus and ferry ticket from Ekkamai or Khao San Road. The bus is approximately 4-5 hours and an hour ferry journey. Alternatively there is a ferry that goes from Koh Chang and Koh Kood if you are keen for some island hopping.

Where to Stay in Koh Mak: The best accommodation on the island is By The Sea, with a beautiful swimming pool and tastefully done rooms. 


4. Koh Kood / Koh Kut (Trang)

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Best island in Thailand for: Beautiful Beaches

Koh Kood (also known as Koh Kut) is home to some of the best beaches in Thailand. Even better: it’s not yet suffering from the effects of over-tourism. 

No, on Koh Kood, you can kick back and relax on a pristine stretch of sand with few other people to share it with. 

If you prefer more of an active holiday, you can hike through lush jungles, kayak along gentle rivers, and explore the island by bicycle or scooter. The traditional fishing villages provide a great opportunity to get to know the locals and sample some of the best food on the island. 

But really, it’s all about those beaches. Klong Chao Beach is the most popular spot on the island and for good reason. With powder-soft sand and calm, warm waters, it meets the definition of paradise. Bangbao Beach is another popular spot; its great visibility makes it fantastic for snorkelling.

If you prefer to escape the crowds, head to Klong Hin Beach or Ao Noi Beach, where you’ll likely only run into a couple of tourists over the entire day. Both are clean and calm, and give a great insight into what the Thai islands were like thirty years ago. 

Top Tip/s: While you’re on Koh Kood, take the time to hike the 15 minutes up to picturesque Khlong Chao Waterfall – it has a laidback vibe and is great for a refreshing swim in the pool below. If you’re on the island for a special occasion, book a dinner at the high-end Benz. Gwyneth Paltrow labels it her favourite restaurant in the world!

Best Months to Visit: The best time of year to visit Koh Kood is during Thailand’s dry season: between November and March. During this period, you’ll encounter pleasant temperatures and little rain. 

How to Get There: Getting to Koh Kood requires a little work, but it’s so worth the time and effort. The fastest way to get there is to fly from Bangkok to Trat Airport then transfer to a 40-minute speedboat to Koh Kood. Alternatively, if you’re on a budget, you can take a bus to Trat town (4.5 hours) instead of flying and take the slower boat, which reaches Koh Kood in three hours.

Where to Stay in Koh Mak: The best accommodation on Koh Kood is The Canale, a peaceful property that offers up wooden rooms on stilts in a traditional fishing village. The bedrooms are clean, stylish, and spacious, with a beautiful beach a couple of minutes away. It’s the owners, though, that make this accommodation so wonderful: rustling up delicious breakfasts, sharing insider secrets about the island, and offering kayaks and scooters to guests to help them explore the island.


Gulf of Thailand Island Hopping – East Coast in Southern Region

If you’re looking for a tropical paradise to explore, the Gulf of Thailand’s East Coast in the Southern Region is a must-visit. This region offers a diverse range of experiences, from popular tourist hotspots and hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, to endless activities.


5. Koh Samui (Surat Thani)

a colourful temple in the middle of a lake on koh samui island in thailand
Wat Plai Laem on Koh Samui

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Best Island in Thailand for: Activities and Culture

Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Samui, offers a uniquely varied experience for travellers, from budget stays to luxury escapes, blissful beach days to activity-filled adventures. If you’re looking for the former, it more than holds its own.

Two of the most popular beaches, Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach, are well connected with plenty of accommodation, restaurants and nightlife in the area. Add to that the quieter but equally idyllic Maenam and Silver beaches in the North and East respectively, and you’re spoilt for choice. But there’s also so much more.

Koh Samui’s main draw is it’s island charms, but it’s also got plenty for culture aficionados and thrill seekers. The main sight is the Big Buddha Temple, Wat Phra Yai, an imposing gold Buddha statue in the North of the island. Nearby temple complex Wat Plai Laem is also well worth a visit. 

If you’re looking for a little more excitement, there’s plenty of day trips from Koh Samui around the Samui archipelago. The standout is Ang Thong Marine Park, a collection of 42 islands made up of jungles, pristine beaches, mountains and secret coves. There’s also opportunities to snorkel, kayak, and dive.

For the animal lovers, taking a longtail boat out to Koh Madsum aka Pig Island is a must do, to hang out with, you guessed it, wild pigs. The pigs are friendly and gentle, and there’s a small snack bar on the beach to grab a cold beer.

Koh Samui offers a little something for every agenda, making it one of the best islands in Thailand for couples, families, and solo travellers alike. 

Top Tip: Head to the North of the island for a prime spot to watch an incredible sunset from the aptly named “The Sunset” bar.

Best Months to Visit: Between December and March is the most temperate, driest period to visit the Island.

How to Get There: Koh Samui has a small international airport with decent domestic links, or there are a number of bus and ferry combo shuttle operators.

Where to Stay in Koh Samui: Garrya Tongsai Bay  is a secluded hideaway in the North of the island, with luxurious private villas overlooking the endless blues of the Gulf of Thailand.


6. Koh Madsum and Koh Tan

pigs on the beach on the thailand island of koh madsum

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Best Islands of Thailand for: Swimming with Pigs

If you’re seeking a tranquil getaway away from the crowds, look no further than the unspoiled islands of Koh Madsum and Koh Tan. Nestled near the popular destination of Koh Samui, these idyllic islands offer a peaceful retreat where you can immerse yourself in nature, wildlife, and stunning sunsets.

Visiting both Koh Madsum and Koh Tan can easily be done as a day trip from nearby Koh Samui. Hop on a boat and embark on an adventure to these neighbouring islands. As you cruise through the turquoise waters, soak in panoramic views of limestone karsts dotting the horizon.

Once you arrive at Koh Madsum and Koh Tan, take your time to explore their hidden treasures. Whether it’s lounging on secluded beaches, snorkelling in pristine waters, or simply basking in the serenity of nature, these islands offer a peaceful retreat away from the tourist crowds.

Koh Madsum, also known as Pig Island, is a hidden gem with its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters that are perfect for snorkelling. This island offers a serene environment that is ideal for relaxation. As you step foot on its shores, you’ll be greeted by soft white sand that invites you to unwind under the shade of swaying palm trees. However, the biggest drawcard to Koh Madsum is your chance to feed and swim with pigs.

Just a short distance from Koh Madsum lies another paradise waiting to be discovered – Koh Tan. This island is renowned for its exceptional snorkelling opportunities, thanks to its clear waters teeming with marine biodiversity. Dive into this underwater wonderland and witness first-hand the abundance of tropical fish darting through vibrant coral gardens.

Koh Tan’s coastline boasts secluded bays where you can relax undisturbed by crowds. Spread out your towel on the powdery sand, soak up some sun rays, or take leisurely strolls along the shore as gentle waves kiss your feet. The tranquillity of this island makes it an ideal spot for those seeking solitude amidst nature’s beauty.

Top Tip: There are a couple of tours from Koh Samui that combine a visit to both Koh Madsum and Koh Tan, however, we highly recommend The Pig Island Trip from Koh Samui by Speedboat tour.

Best Months to Visit: December to April is the perfect time to visit when the days are sunny with clear blue skies.

How to Get There: The best ways to see the islands is on a day tour from Koh Samui or by renting a private long-tail boat.

Where to Stay in Koh Madsum / Koh Tan: There are no accommodation options available on either island so Koh Samui is the best option. One of our favourite places to stay is Aumpai Luxury Resort in Lamai due to its close proximity to the beach and central location.


7. Koh Phangan / Koh Pha Ngan (Surat Thani)

the coastline of koh phangnan

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Best Island in Thailand for: Beaches, Nightlife and Activities

Koh Phangan is a great choice if you only have a few weeks in Thailand and don’t have time to explore a lot of places. The island is very versatile with beautiful beaches, but also waterfalls, nightlife and plenty of things to do and see. If you want a little bit of everything, Koh Phangan is the perfect choice. 

If you happen to be there during the full moon party or black moon parties, you should definitely experience Koh Phangan’s legendary party at least once. There are also half moon parties, jungle raves and plenty more nightlife.

If you’re more interested in nature, you need to see Khao Ra lookout point, or visit the Ang Thong National Park on a day trip tour. Koh Phangan is also great for snorkelling, kayaking or just relaxing at the beach.

Koh Phangan has beautiful beaches including Leela Beach, Thong Nai Pan Noi and the legendary Haad Rin Beach where the full moon party takes place once a month.

Top Tip: If you want to enjoy authentic Thai food you should head to the night market in Thong Sala, which has a fantastic selection of snacks and meals to try.

Best Months to Visit: December to March when the weather is warm but dry.

How to Get There: Take a bus or plane to Surat Thani and then jump on a fast boat or slow ferry which will take you directly to Koh Phangan.

Where to Stay in Koh Phangan: Seaboard Bungalows are a great choice in Koh Phangan for good service and all the amenities you might need during your stay.


8. Koh Nang Yuan (Surat Thani)

the koh nang yuan sign from the viewpoint
Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint

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Best Island in Thailand for: Scenic Views

With crystal clear seas, powdery white sandbars, stunning views and ample snorkelling and diving options, Koh Nag Yuan is a must-visit Thai island. 

The coral reefs just off the island are teeming with marine life. Dive sites like the Japanese Garden are perfect for beginners and experienced divers.

The viewpoint atop the island offers the most spectacular panorama. It’s a brief hike, but the reward – an unobstructed view of the entire archipelago – is well worth the effort. 

If you want to spend some time at the beach, Koh Nang Yuan Beach is the place to head. It has the famous sandbar that connects the islands, and the waters are pristine clear – the perfect place to practice your snorkelling. 

In the evening, head to Sunset Beach, where you can watch the sunset over a serene backdrop of limestone cliffs.

The entrance fee for the island is 250 Baht for an adult and 120 Baht for a child. At 17:00, the island shuts to the many visitors that visit each day and only resort guests are permitted to stay.

Top Tip: Koh Nang Yuan is best visited on a day trip from Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, or Koh Samui.

Best Months to Visit: The ideal months to visit Koh Nang Yuan are from November to April, avoiding the monsoon season in the area, which lasts from May to October.

How to Get There: The best way to reach Koh Nang Yuan is by a ferry or speedboat from Koh Tao, accessible by flights to Chumphon or Surat Thani, followed by a ferry.

Where to Stay in Koh Nang Yuan: The Koh Nang Yuan Island Dive Resort is the only accommodation option on the island, ensuring an exclusive experience, and offers amazing beachfront views with excellent amenities.


Andaman Sea Island Hopping – West Coast in Southern Region

The Andaman Sea on the west coast of Thailand’s southern region is a paradise for beach lovers and adventure seekers. With its crystal-clear blue waters and pristine white sand beaches, this area offers a plethora of stunning islands to explore. From the world-famous destinations of Phuket, Krabi, and Phi Phi Islands and hidden gems waiting to be discovered, to the vibrant nightlife and luxury resorts, there is something for everyone in this coastal wonderland.


9. Koh Phayam (Ranong)

Rock formations at Buffalo Bay on Koh Phayam
Rock formations at Buffalo Bay on Koh Phayam

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Best Island in Thailand for: A Secluded Getaway

The island of Koh Phayam may very well be one of the few tranquil tropical paradises still mostly untouched by Thailand’s mass tourism. A haven for hippies and travellers searching for serenity, this small island off the Andaman coast is a refuge with pristine beaches and a blissfully laid-back vibe.

As with many Thai islands, Koh Phayam’s beaches are picture-perfect, filled with fine white sand and swaying palm trees. Surf at Long Beach and stay for the sunset, or go to Buffalo Bay for its calm, clear waters and rock arch formations.

When you’re not lounging on a beach, hike the jungle trails or explore the island by scooter.

While the underwater life around the island may not be exceptional, take a boat trip to nearby dive sites, such as Koh Khang Kao and Koh Surin (Surin National Park). And lastly, don’t miss the only temple on the island, as it’s built over the sea by the main pier.

Top Tip: Experience Buffalo Bay’s Hippy Bar, a wild labyrinth of a bar with a pirate ship-themed facade.

Best Months to Visit: Dry season (November to April)

How to Get There: Fly or take a bus to Ranong. From there, head to Tai Kak Pier for the ferry or Koh Phayam Pier for the speedboats. There are frequent daily rides, with a slow ferry departing once daily or speedboats available almost every hour to the island.

Where to Stay in Koh Phayam: One highly recommended hotel on the island is Bamboo Bungalows, with cozy rooms, friendly staff, and a beachfront location on Long Beach.


10. Similan Islands (Phang-nga)

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This little dude is just one of the many treasures awaiting your discovery!

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Best Islands in Thailand for: Those seeking sun-kissed beaches and pristine turquoise waters. In addition, the destination is renowned for its exceptional scuba diving and snorkelling experiences, with an abundance of vibrant marine life to discover.

Certainly, one might wonder, “Are the Similan Islands worth visiting?”, and they are definitely worth visiting.

The answer lies in the untouched beauty of the islands that makes them a paradise. The islands are part of the Similan Islands National Park protected area, ensuring that their natural charm remains unspoiled. Visitors often feel as if they’ve ended up in a dream, surrounded by stunning landscapes, white sandy beaches, and vibrant marine life.

If you’re seeking a getaway that brings you closer to nature and offers a sense of serenity, then the Similan Islands are your ultimate destination.

Visiting the Similan Islands involves embarking on this guided tour that takes you on an exploration of the islands’ main attractions. One of the key highlights is the Sailing Rock, a favourite among tourists for the panoramic views it offers of the archipelago.

Snorkelling is another activity you won’t want to miss. The islands house several notable snorkelling spots at Koh Bangu and Koh Meang.

During your visit to Koh Meang, you’ll have the opportunity to pause and savour a delectable traditional Thai meal for lunch. Afterward, you can unwind and take a refreshing dip in the pristine, crystal-clear waters.

Best Months to Visit: The Similan Islands are open for visitors from October 15th to May 15th, making it the best time to visit. That said, snorkelling and diving here is most optimal during the dry season from November to April when the waters are clearer.

How to Get There: The Similan Islands are only accessible by boat. Only certain travel agencies have been granted permission by the Thai government to operate tours to this island paradise, ensuring that the delicate ecosystem remains undisturbed.

Where to Stay on Similan Islands: Sleeping in a tent or in a bungalow on the Similan Islands is no longer possible. The closest area to stay is Khao Lak, and we loved out stay at the Khao Lak Beach Front Hotel due its central location, and of course, beach access.


11. Raya / Racha Island (Phuket)

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Best of Thailand Islands for: Snorkelling and relaxing on Racha Island and enjoying a day on the beach. This is a wonderful full day or even half day excursion visiting the island and enjoying a fun beach day.

Racha Island in Southern Thailand is an easy day boat trip from Phuket at the main port area. Book a trip through the many tour operators that typically offer these high speed boats. Tours will include two islands and lunch included in the tour price. The trip is fast and takes about 45 minutes to get to your first island and snorkelling adventure.

Since this is an easy day tour event to arrange through a local tour agency, you just show up with your swimsuit and camera gear for the water fun. Racha Island is fun stop with snorkelling in crystal clear water just off the coastline and then the boat takes you to the main island which feels like a resort set up with restaurants, bars and adventure experiences that you can do with kayaking, SUP boards and parasailing adventure. Depending on the type of tour, lunch can be a simple buffet style to more elaborate seafood presentations. 

After lunch it’s beach time fun with more snorkelling, swimming or water sport activities. Or if you just like laying out on the beach, have some drinks from the bar delivered to your spot and enjoy a nice soak every now and then. You can also go out for short walks along the beach or trail areas that skirt the jungle and different coastline areas for nice viewpoints.

Depending on where you are staying in Phuket, you’ll see a lot of people selling these boat tours along with a variety of other tours you can take from Phuket. But definitely consider doing the Racha Island experience since it is easy and fun to do without taking too much effort to participate in especially when everything is arranged including pick up from your hotel.

Top Tip: Book your trip in advance so all the arrangements can be done for you including pickup and drop off.

Best Months to Visit: Racha Island is perfect in the wintertime from November to early February when the weather is pleasant and not as humid comparted to the hotter season which follows.

How to Get There: To get to Racha Island, you need to book with a tour operator that will make all the necessary arrangements. You can easily find a tout/seller on the beach, any tour agencies or even your hotel can make the booking arrangements for you in advance.

Where to Stay in Racha Island: There are plenty of accommodation options available in Phuket, but if you are staying closer to Phuket City, consider the Novotel in Phuket city which is new, modern and very comfortable to stay in.


12. Phuket (Phuket)

the view of kata beach and the bays from karon viewpoint
Views of Kata Beach and the Bays from Karon Viewpoint

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Best Thailand Resort Islands for: Scuba Diving, Parasailing and Delectable Seafood

There are so many things to see and do in Phuket, making it a very popular island for tourists. Phuket has gorgeous pristine blue beaches, where you can relax and sunbathe and some of the best natural landscapes. You can indulge in local Thai food which is full of flavours. Phuket also has excellent nightlife and you can also explore the night markets. 

Visit the most famous Patong Beach to enjoy some soothing views. You can relax on the beach under an umbrella, try various water sports, and eat delicious Thai food at Patong restaurants. No trip to Phuket would be complete without a visit to Bangla Road to witness Phuket’s vibrant nightlife and lively street performances.

Another popular attraction is Wat Chalong, the largest Buddhist shrine in Phuket, and it has some wonderful architecture. Also, a visit to the Big Budhha is definitely worthwhile for some stunning panoramic views and its iconic 45-metre-tall statue.

Stroll around the Old Phuket Town to explore Phuket’s legacy. Adore the bright houses, murals, and museums. You will find amazing Thai restaurants and cute cafes here.

If you looking at exploring beaches, Bang Tao is one of the longest beaches in Phuket and has some of the most luxurious restaurants and resorts. Freedom Beach and Kata Beach are some of the best beaches in terms of beautiful surroundings and calmer waters. Ya Nui Beach and Nai Harn Beach are lovely white sand beaches.

If you are looking for the ideal snorkelling day trip, book this day trip to Phi Phi Islands.

Top Tips for visiting Phuket:

  • Get a relaxing Thai massage to unwind after a busy day.
  • ATMs are available all around Phuket but you should still carry cash.
  • Get the ‘grab’ taxi app for an easy commute.
  • Do try the Pad Thai and Massaman Curry.

Best Months to Visit: November to March is a good time to visit Phuket as the days are warm and sunny. Although it is monsoon season in Phuket in June,  you will find less crowd, great conditions for lots of  watersports,  plus the accommodations and flight  expenses are a lot more affordable.

 this month offers the Phuket Baba Wedding which is a traditional Peranakan wedding ceremony that celebrates the cultural heritage of the Baba-Nyonya community. This wedding typically involves various customs and rituals that are deeply rooted in Peranakan traditions and beliefs. It is a vibrant and colourful affair, with symbolic decorations, cultural performances.
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How to Get There: You can reach Phuket via flight. The nearest airport is Phuket International Airport. You can also fly into Bangkok, and from there travel to Phuket by bus.

Where to Stay in Phuket: Amari Phuket is 9 minutes away from Patong Beach. It offers stunning beach views and is favourable for snorkelling.


13. Koh Naka Yai (Phuket)

the main pool on naka island resort
The main pool on Naka Island

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Best Island in Thailand for: Luxury Resort, Proximity to Phuket

Koh Naka Yai is considered ne of the luxury islands in Thailand, and makes a great getaway for a quick trip from Phuket. Mariott has a luxury resort, The Naka Island Resort, spread across a large part of the Naka Yai island. Part of the resort area faces Phuket and there are sea view villas that face the serene Phang Nga Bay.

The resort has its own private beach that you can use without the crowds at public beaches. There is also a large pool area that faces the ocean. A walk to the other side of the island will take you to the public beach where there are shacks and water sports available, including parasailing. The Naka Island Resort has its own kayaks and paddle boards for the guests to use. 

There is no sightseeing option on this small island. It is meant for relaxation and rejuvenation. Read a book, swim in the pool or the ocean, gaze at the sunset, or have a cocktail at the resort bar. The massage treatment at the resort spa was fantastic! As such, this makes it one of the best Thailand islands to visit for couples.

We did book a long-tail boat from the resort itself to spend a day out on the ocean. We made stops at a couple of small islands. Highly recommended! 

The restaurants on the Naka Island Resort were good offering Thai, and International cuisine, grills and fresh seafood. But the best experience was at the Z Bar. It is an excellent spot for a sundowner. 

Best Months to Visit: Dry season between November to February.

How to Get There: It is just a 30-minute taxi ride from Phuket airport and then a 10-minute complimentary speed boat ride.

Where to Stay in Naka Yai: The Naka Resort


14. Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi (Phang-nga)

white sandbank on koh yao yai

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Best Thai Island for: Backpackers and Holiday Makers Seeking a Laid-Back Vibe

The two islands of Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi are definitely worth a visit, if only for their laid-back vibe and their nickname dubbing them ‘The Maldives of Asia’. It’s right next to Phuket old town, and the party islands of Koh Phi Phi, which are notorious for party goers, ravers, and anyone after some raucous fun. 

However, the islands of Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi are much quieter and often missed by the tourist trail and hordes of backpackers. Expect to find boho beach bars, string fairy lights, bean bags and low fi music playing on both islands. Koh Yao Noi has more of a backpacker scene, whilst Koh Yao Yai is still a remote and untouched beauty with plenty of beaches.

You absolutely must visit Klong Jark Beach on Koh Yao Noi which is lined with beach front businesses; make sure you get one of the famous beach front massages.

Top Tip: When on Koh Yao Yai, make sure you stop by the dozens of palm trees lining Sandbank Beach at low tide, you’ll see a sand bar which extends in the ocean close to Koh Yao Noi. 

Best Months to Visit: December through March 

How to Get There: It’s best to fly into Phuket or Krabi, and then get the ferry across. The ferry from Phuket is only 20 minutes. 

Where to Stay in Koh Yao Yai: Stay at the Koh Yao Yai Village which is centrally located, and has all the resort facilities you could want in a hotel.


15. Koh Phi Phi Don

view from above of the island of koh phi phi don in thailand

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Best Island in Thailand for: Snorkelling Enthusiasts and Nature Lovers

The Phi Phi Islands are a famous archipelago located in the southeast Andaman Sea in Thailand. Koh Phi Phi Don is the main and largest island of the six islands, and where you will find accommodation and restaurants if you choose to stay in Phi Phi longer.

If you have the time, we highly recommend spending some time (2 – 3 nights) on Koh Phi Phi Don and using this island as your base to do the various Phi Phi Island hopping trips on offer.

There are lots of things to do on Koh Phi Phi Don that will suit every type of traveller. The most popular thing to do is take a Phi Phi island hopping tour and visit sites such as Maya Bay (made famous by the movie ‘The Beach’), go snorkelling at Shark Point, and visit Monkey Beach, where visitors can observe playful monkeys in their natural habitat.

Water activities abound around Phi Phi Don’s coastlines. Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts can revel in the underwater wonders of colourful coral reefs and exotic marine species. Kayaking along the island’s shores allows you to discover hidden coves and secluded beaches inaccessible by foot. If you prefer to just relax in the shade of a coconut tree, head to Long Beach or Ton Sai Beach.

When you’re ready to immerse yourself in local culture, head to Tonsai Village. This bustling hub offers an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and bars where you can sample delicious Thai cuisine, take a cooking class or shop for souvenirs. The village comes alive at night with vibrant nightlife options including fire shows on the beach.

Top Tip: To make the most of your trip to Koh Phi Phi Don, it’s advisable to book accommodation in advance, especially during peak seasons like May.

Best Months to Visit: The best months to visit are November to May.

How to Get There: To get to Koh Phi Phi Don in Thailand, you can take a ferry from Phuket or Krabi. The journey takes around 2 hours and offers stunning views of the Andaman Sea.

Where to Stay in Koh Phi Phi Don: We stayed at Phi Phi Banyan Villas and loved its central location and walking distance to everything.


16. Koh Phi Phi Lee / Koh Phi Phi Leh (Krabi)

the famous maya bay at phi phi lee
The famous Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Lee

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Best Island in Thailand for: Beautiful and Famous Views

Ko Phi Phi Lee, located in Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands, is home to one of the most famous beaches in the world, Maya Bay. The bay gained international fame in the year 2000 after the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Beach” was filmed there. Although admittedly one of the most crowded places in Thailand, the Maya Bay Beach undoubtedly looks like a small slice of heaven, and definitely worth visiting. 

The Thai Government prohibits swimming at Maya Bay as a means of preserving the coral and blacktip sharks which frequent the bay, particularly during breeding season. Although you can no longer swim in Maya Bay, seeing the views from the shore of this secluded bay tucked away in a cove makes the trip to Phi Phi Lee worth it. 

Aside from Maya Bay, Phi Phi Lee is also home to Viking Cave and Pileh Bay, a popular lagoon for swimming and snorkelling.

Top Tip: The majority of people visit Ko Phi Phi Lee on an island hopping day trip from Phuket, Krabi or Phi Phi Don. While a Phi Phi islands day trip is one of the best things to do in Krabi, for the best experience on this island, stay on Ko Phi Phi Don and visit Phi Phi Lee early in the morning or after 5 pm, when it is least crowded.  

Best Months to Visit: November, April, or May are the best months to visit. These months occur during the beginning or end of the dry season, but typically have fewer tourists. 

How to Get There: A speedboat tour from either Phi Phi Don, Krabi, or Phuket is the easiest way to get to Phi Phi Lee.

Where to Stay in the Phi Phi Islands: Staying at SAii Phi Phi Island Village Resort on Phi Phi Don offers beachside luxury and puts you close to Ko Phi Phi Lee so you can visit in the morning or evening.


17. James Bond Island / Khap Phing Kan (Phang-nga)

limestone rock jutting out of the water, made famous in the james bond movie

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Best Island in Thailand for: Movie Sites, Kayaking, Boat Tours, Photography

The James Bond Island is a very unique island in Thailand that got its nickname from appearing in the 1974 Bond movieThe Man with the Golden Gun.’ There’s a remarkable balanced rock on this island that was used as a background for a duel scene in the movie. This rock is one of the main attractions of the island, and you have to see it!

James Bond Island is normally visited on a day tour from nearby Phuket or Krabi, and these tours also include a full day of exploring other great sights in the Phang Nga Bay National Park. Aside from the fun bit of movie trivia, the rest of this bay is also great for island hopping and sightseeing. There’s a floating Thai village called Koh Panyee, where most tours normally stop for lunch, and if you’re lucky you might even see monitor lizards or other wildlife at James Bond Island.

The main beach on the island is relatively small and simple, so it’s not much of a beach destination, although you’ll still want to take a dip in the water and get your picture taken with the unique balanced rock in the background. The bay doesn’t really have fish or coral for snorkelling, but there are lots of nice caves and small islands that are perfect for kayaking, and most tours include some kayaking and swimming in the itinerary.

Top Tip: Viator has high-rated speedboat tours of James Bond island that include a visit to the main island and its famous pointy rock from the movie, plus some kayaking and sightseeing in Phang Nga Bay. It’s an entire day of island hopping bliss.

Best Months to Visit: November to April. However, since it’s in a sheltered bay, the waves are never very big at James Bond Island, so you can visit in any month.

How to Get There: Private tour or shared tour. The only way to visit James Bond Island is with a tour, although you can choose from private tours (if you want to be alone) or shared tours (if you’re on a budget).

Where to Stay: There’s no hotel accommodation on James Bond Island since it’s very small and it’s part of a national park. However, there are lots of great places to stay in nearby Phuket, which is where most people base themselves for visiting James Bond Island. A great option for couples is the Pacific Club Resort in Karon Beach, Phuket.


18. Koh Hong (Krabi)

a group of small islands as a part of hong island in thailand

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Best Island in Thailand for: Pristine Snorkelling and Scenic Escapes

Tucked away in the Andaman Sea near Krabi lies Hong Island, a true gem within the Ao Phang Nga National Park. This island, which I consider the ultimate haven for snorkelling and pristine views, has an allure that makes it a must-visit destination. From the mesmerizing limestone formations to the vibrant marine life, Hong Island is an unforgettable experience for those in search of serenity and natural wonders.

Hong Island’s allure lies in its untouched beauty. With its clear turquoise waters and breathtaking landscapes, the island offers a serene retreat far from the bustling city life. Its shallow coral reefs provide a haven for snorkellers, while kayakers can explore hidden lagoons and emerald caves that add an air of mystique to the experience.

A highlight of Hong Island is its Hong Lagoon, a hidden cove accessible only during low tide, where the water takes on a stunning shade of green. Paddle through the entrance to discover an intimate sanctuary surrounded by towering cliffs. Additionally, don’t miss the chance to hike to the island’s viewpoint, which treats you to a panoramic spectacle of the Andaman Sea.

Hong Island presents a unique blend of natural wonders, tranquillity, and adventure that makes it a true treasure of Thailand. Whether you’re an avid snorkeller or simply seeking an escape into nature’s embrace, this island promises an experience that will leave an indelible mark on your memory.

Pilae Beach is the best beach on the island and stands out as a pristine paradise with soft white sand and crystal-clear waters. It’s an ideal spot for swimming and picnicking. Relax beneath the swaying palm trees and savour the tranquillity that defines Hong Island’s charm.

Top Tip: For an unforgettable experience, consider booking a guided kayaking tour. This allows you to explore the island’s hidden caves, lagoons, and beaches with the guidance of knowledgeable locals who can share insights about the island’s ecology and history.

Best Months to Visit: The best time to enjoy Hong Island’s splendour is during the dry season, which typically spans from November to April. Avoid the monsoon season, which falls between May and October, to ensure calm waters and clear skies.

How to Get There: The most convenient way to reach Hong Island is by long tailed boat or speedboat. If you are staying in Krabi, this is about a 45 minute ride. There are plenty of day tours from Krabi that take you to Hong Island.

Where to Stay in Hong Island: Hong Island is known for its untouched beauty, and therefore you cannot stay on the island. If you are staying in Krabi, consider staying at the Rayavadee Resort Krabi for luxury or The Tubkaak Boutique Resort for direct access to Hong Island.


19. Koh Mook / Koh Muk (Trang)

beautiful white sand beaches of koh mook, one of the best thailand islands to visit
Charlie Beach on Koh Mook

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Best island in Thailand for: A local experience

Koh Mook is a great island to visit if you are looking for an authentic Thai island experience where tourism has not taken over just yet. The highlight of the island is Emerald Cave and most tourists visit the mesmerizing cave on a boat trip from nearby islands, making it one of the best things to do in Koh Lanta and Trang. The cave is reached only by sea and you must swim 80 meters to get into the little idyllic beach inside it.

However, it is well worth spending a few days on Koh Mook. The beaches are spectacular and you might even be lucky to have them all for yourself – if you do not mind sharing it with crabs, that is. There are also plenty of hiking routes through lush, thick vegetation. To see the temples and get around, the best way is to rent a scooter or a bike.

Foodies will love to try different local restaurants for fresh seafood and vegetable dishes.

Top Tip: Rent a kayak and paddle to Emerald Cave at sunrise to avoid the crowds that come with the boat trips throughout the day.

Best Months to Visit: December to March

How to Get There: The best way to get to Koh Mook is by boat from either Koh Lanta or Trang. There are daily departures in the high season from both places, but in the rainy season (May to November) ferries might stop completely.

Where to Stay in Koh Mook: Mook Lamai Resort and Spa offers a comfortable stay with an outdoor pool and located right on the beach.

20. Koh Lipe (Satun)

aqua green waters along the coastline on koh lipe

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Best Island in Thailand for: Snorkelling and Diving

Koh Lipe is a breathtaking island in Thailand and definitely one of the best places to visit for enjoying the beach, for snorkelling and diving. Located in the Andaman Sea, at the southernmost tip of Thailand and close to the Malaysian border, this is a small paradise island.

Koh Lipe is well-known for its beautiful marine life, attracting divers from around the globe. In addition, the island has absolutely stunning white sandy beaches with turquoise blue water and palm trees, perfect for a beach holiday in Thailand. One of the most amazing ones is the Sunrise Beach at the East of the island.

What’s really cool about Koh Lipe is that it’s very small, which means that you can easily walk around and explore all the places to go. Don’t miss the Koh Lipe Walking Street in the centre of the island. It is the main attraction and here you will find fantastic restaurants and many charming bars with a vibrant nightlife.

Moreover, Koh Lipe is included in the Tarutao Marine National Park, which consists of 50 other islands, islets and numerous coral reefs. The best thing to do is book a day tour to explore some of these small islands, such as Koh Adang, which is very close by.

Top Tip: One of the most amazing views to Koh Lipe can be enjoyed from the Koh Adang Viewpoint, which you can reach via a wonderful hike!

Best Months to Visit: The best time to visit Koh Lipe is December to April.

How to Get There: A speedboat or ferry from Satun or other nearby islands is the fastest way to reach Koh Lipe. Satun is also served by flights from Bangkok. Check various transportation options here.

Where to Stay in Koh Lipe: A true recommendation is the Hotel Ten Moons – the perfect choice for a very special stay on the island!


21. Koh Adang (Satun)

views from koh adang viewpoint
Views from Koh Adang viewpoint

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Best Island in Thailand for: Hiking and Snorkelling

Located near the tourist-flocked Koh Lipe, Koh Adang is a beautiful underdeveloped island home to crystal clear seas and tranquil lush greenery.

One of the main attractions of this island is Koh Adang Viewpoint. The island has 3 viewpoints in total, with the highest one having the unobstructed breath-taking view of Koh Lipe and the surrounding sea.

Thanks to the secluded location and clear seawater, Koh Adang is also an ideal snorkelling and diving spot. You can expect to see pretty untouched coral reefs and clown fish, barracuda, and groupers swimming around while snorkelling.

Koh Adang has a gorgeous white sandy beach with a pine forest backdrop at the southern end of the island. Since the island has few tourists, you can have the beach all to yourself admiring nature’s beauty at any given time!

Recommended Koh Adang Tours:

Top Tip: The hiking terrain is rocky and uneven, so it is best to wear covered shoes when hiking up Koh Adang.

Best Months to Visit: The best time to visit Koh Adang is from mid-November to mid-March every year. You can expect dry and warm days during these months. N.B. For everyone’s safety, the whole national park (Tarutao National Marine Park) is closed during the monsoon season. The monsoon season lasts from May through October, featuring heavy rain and rough sea conditions. 

How to Get There: You can get to Koh Adang from Koh Lipe by the long tail boat. Simply walk over to one of Koh Lipe’s main beaches and plenty of the boat owners will be waiting there. The journey takes about 5 to 10 minutes with a fee of 100 baht/person (US$3) for each trip. 

Where to Stay in Koh Adang: If you plan to stay overnight in Koh Adang, your best bet will be at Adang Island Resort! You can get air-conditioned beachfront bungalows with stunning ocean views for as low as USD50 / night when booking early.


Getting Around the Thai Islands: Transportation Tips for Island Hopping

With so many stunning islands to choose from, it’s essential to understand the various transportation options available and how to get to Thailand islands. Luckily, Thailand offers a range of convenient and efficient ways to travel between islands.

We use and recommend 12go.asia for all our transportation bookings in Thailand. We have found this the most convenient way to book buses, ferries and transfers.

One popular method of getting around the Thai islands is by utilizing the extensive ferry services. These ferries connect different islands seamlessly, allowing travellers to easily hop from one paradise to another. Whether you’re looking to explore Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, or Koh Samui, there are reliable ferry services that can take you there.

One popular method of getting around the Thai islands is by utilizing the extensive ferry services. These ferries connect different islands seamlessly, allowing travellers to easily hop from one paradise to another. Whether you’re looking to explore Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, or Koh Samui, there are reliable ferry services that can take you there.

Another option for island hopping is taking advantage of speedboat transfers. These speedy vessels provide a thrilling experience while swiftly transporting you between islands. If you prefer a quicker journey with breath-taking views along the way, opting for a speedboat transfer can be an excellent choice.


Understanding Travel Times Between Islands

Before embarking on your island hopping adventure, it’s crucial to plan your itinerary wisely by considering travel times between each destination. While some islands may be closer together and require only a short boat ride, others might be further apart and necessitate longer journeys.

For instance, if you’re traveling from Phuket to Koh Lanta in the Andaman Sea region, expect approximately 4 hours on a ferry or 90 minutes on a speedboat. On the other hand, reaching Koh Tao from Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand typically takes around two hours by ferry or just under an hour via speedboat.


Tips on Booking Tickets and Arranging Transfers

To simplify your journey and ensure smooth transitions between Thai islands, here are some helpful tips for booking tickets and arranging transfers:

Research in Advance: Start by researching different ferry operators and their schedules online before your trip. We highly recommend 12go.asia as the best source for finding accurate information and seamless booking.

Book Early: Popular routes can get crowded, so it’s advisable to book your tickets as early as possible to secure your preferred departure time.

Consider Package Deals: Many travel agencies offer package deals that include transportation and accommodation, which can save you both time and money.

Flexible Dates: If you have flexibility in your travel dates, check for off-peak times when fares may be lower and availability more abundant.


Transport When You Arrive on an Island

Navigating local transportation options upon arrival at your chosen Thai island destination can be an exciting part of your travel experience. It allows you to explore the islands independently and discover hidden gems that are off the beaten path. Here are some tips on how to get around once you arrive:


Renting Scooters or Bicycles

One of the most popular ways for travellers to explore Thailand’s islands is by renting scooters or bicycles. These modes of transport offer flexibility and freedom, allowing you to venture wherever your heart desires. Scooters are readily available for rent at affordable prices, and they provide a thrilling way to zip through scenic routes, feeling the wind in your hair as you soak up the amazing views.

N.B. If you do decide to rent a scooter, Thai law requires you have to an International Drivers Licence PLUS an official motorbike license in your own country. We really DO NOT recommend renting a scooter if you are inexperienced!

Bicycles, on the other hand, offer a more leisurely pace and allow you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty surrounding you. Pedal along coastal roads, passing by picturesque beaches and lush landscapes. With both options, make sure to wear appropriate safety gear i.e. a helmet at the least, and adhere to local traffic rules.


Taxi Services or Songthaews

If you prefer not to drive yourself, taxi services or songthaews (shared taxis) are convenient alternatives. On popular islands like Phuket or Koh Samui, taxis are readily available at major tourist hubs such as airports, piers and resorts.

Songthaews are open-air vehicles with two rows of seating along each side. They operate on fixed routes and can be flagged down anywhere along their designated path. These shared taxis offer a budget-friendly option for getting around while also providing an opportunity to interact with fellow travellers.


Boat Transfers or Long-Tail Boats

As Thailand’s islands are surrounded by crystal-clear waters, boat transfers or long-tail boats are essential for reaching nearby attractions. If you’re staying on one island but wish to visit another nearby paradise, ferry services will take you there in style. Enjoy a scenic voyage as you sail across the sparkling waters, soaking up the sun and breathing in the refreshing sea breeze.

For those seeking a more intimate experience, long-tail boats are an excellent choice. These traditional wooden boats feature a long propeller shaft at the rear, giving them their name. They can take you to secluded beaches, hidden lagoons, and even snorkelling spots where you can marvel at vibrant marine life. Negotiate prices with the boat operators for a personalized voyage tailored to your preferences.


FAQ’s: Best Islands to Visit in Thailand

What is Thailand’s most beautiful island?

The most beautiful and the best island in Thailand are the Phi Phi Islands. With stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, an abundance of marine life, and breath-taking cliffs, it is a paradise for travellers.

What is the most touristy island in Thailand?

The most touristy island in Thailand is Phuket. It is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a wide range of tourist attractions.

What is the most unspoilt island in Thailand?

The most unspoilt island in Thailand is Koh Lipe. Its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and limited development make it a true paradise for nature lovers.

Is Koh Samui better than Phuket?

It depends on personal preference. Koh Samui offers a more relaxed and upscale experience, while Phuket has more nightlife and a wider range of activities.

Can I visit multiple Thai islands in one trip?

Yes, absolutely! Island hopping is a popular activity in Thailand, and many travellers visit multiple islands during their trip. With convenient transportation options like ferries and speedboats, it’s easy to hop from one island to another.

Are there any visa requirements for visiting the Thai islands?

For most nationalities, a tourist visa is not required if you plan to stay in Thailand for less than 30 days. However, it’s always best to check with your local embassy or consulate before traveling.

What is the best time of year to visit the Thai islands?

The high season for visiting the Thai islands is typically from November to April when the weather is dry and sunny. However, keep in mind that this is also the busiest time with more tourists. If you prefer fewer crowds, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of May – June or September – October.

Is it safe to swim in the waters around the Thai islands?

Yes, swimming in the waters around the Thai islands is generally safe. However, it’s always a good idea to check for any warnings or signs indicating unsafe conditions such as currents or jellyfish before taking a dip.

What should I pack for a trip to the Thai islands?

Some essential items to pack include sunscreen, swimwear, lightweight clothing, insect repellent, and a hat. Don’t forget your camera to capture all the beautiful moments!


In Summary – Best Thailand Islands to Visit

We hope that this comprehensive overview has given you all the information you need to plan an unforgettable island hopping adventure in Thailand. From the stunning beaches of Koh Samui and Koh Tao, to the iconic Phuket and Phi Phi Islands, there’s something for everyone in this tropical paradise.

Now that you know which are the best islands to visit Thailand and how to get around, it’s time to start packing your bags and embark on your Thai island adventure. So grab your sunscreen, put on your flip-flops, and get ready for a journey filled with turquoise waters, palm-fringed beaches, and incredible memories waiting to be made. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, Thailand’s islands have it all.


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