Thailand homes a total of 1430 islands that serve home to some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches, diving spots and tropical forests in the world. With so many options, it surely would be a difficult task to choose the perfect holiday destination for you in Thailand. To help you decide, we’re here with a list of top 10 islands in Thailand you can visit to enjoy the much-awaited tropical getaway to Thailand
1. Koh Phi Phi
Just a 45-minute speed boat ride away from Krabi and Phuket, this Island is one of the most popular holiday getaways in Thailand. Lined with the lush green tropical forests and surrounded by turquoise blue waters, this island is nothing but a paradise. The Phi Phi Islands are a group of 6 islands in total. The two bigger, main islands are the Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh and the smaller ones home some of the most stunning white-sand beaches in the world. The island also homes various luxury resorts for you to stay at and some of the best bars and pubs in all of Thailand. If you’re looking for places to visit on the island other than its beaches, visit the beautiful Tonsai village here.
2. Koh Pha Ngan
Koh Pha Ngan is one of the largest islands of Thailand and is known for its Full Moon, Half Moon and No Moon Parties. The island is an unspoilt beauty with its lush green forests and undiscovered hilly areas. The island also has 20 diving sites and is an amazing spot to go scuba diving and discover the exotic aquatic species of Thailand’s sea. If you’re looking for the best party spots in Thailands, this island is a must-visit for you.
3. Koh Yao
This offbeat island in Thailand is one of the most beautiful islands in the country. If you’re looking to spend some quiet days in Thailand, away from the clubs and parties, this island is just the right place for you. Explore the mangrove forests and the paddy fields of Koh Yao or just spend the day exploring the traditional rural villages on this island- either way, you’re bound to have lots of fun! Koh Yao is actually a twin-island comprising of Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai. If you’re looking for luxury resorts away from the crowd, Koh Yao Noi has tons of options for you.
4. Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is a group of 52 islands, away from the hustle and bustle of Phi Phi and Krabi. The island is comparatively quieter and serves as a great escape from the major tourist hotspots in Thailand. Comprising of lush green mangrove forests, hilly areas in the north and untouched white sand beaches in the south, the island surely has something for everyone. Visit the south area of the island to spend a quiet day soaking in the sun at some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand or explore the coral reefs with a snorkelling or scuba diving session at the island.
5. Koh Tao
This untouched island of Thailand is known to be one of the most popular diving destinations in the country. The name Koh Tao which means ‘Turtle Island’ has been borne due to the natural existence of turtles in large numbers here. The crystal clear water surrounding the island also homes various other species of aquatic animals and coral reef that can be explored with a scuba diving session here. There has been an increasing number of restaurants and beach bungalows on the island too, that serve some of the best local food and promise the best hospitality services to tourists.
6. Koh Chang
Koh Chang or ‘Elephant Island’ is one of the biggest islands in Thailand but is still less crowded than the other islands in the country. The island is also home to the famous Mu Ko Chang National Park. Some of the most popular beaches on this island are Klong Prao and Kai Bae beach which is the longest beach on the island. The island homes tons of resorts and hotels for you to choose from to stay. These range from luxurious resorts to medium and low budget hotels on the island.
7. Similan Islands
The Similan Islands are known for their huge rock boulders that are the first noticeable feature when you visit here. The waters under these islands are also known to be one of the cleanest and home to some of the best coral reefs in the world. The same has made this island an adventure playground for the adrenaline-junkies. Thousands of travellers fled to this island to witness these corals with scuba diving and snorkelling sessions. Relax at one of the white sand beaches or explore the turquoise blue waters and the exotic wildlife that stays beneath it with a diving session- either way, the island is sure to give you an experience of a lifetime!
8. Koh Samui
Koh Samui is one of the most popular islands in Thailand for tourists. The island has something for everyone- tons of white sand beaches, exciting nightlife, a marine park, a fisherman’s village, and the Big Buddha temple. The island also homes some of the most luxurious resorts and hotels in Thailand, so you will have an ample amount of options to choose your accommodation. Spend your day lazing around in the sun at Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut or Maenam or Lipa Noi beach and party the night away in Chaweng- the party area of the island!
9. Koh Si Chang
Koh Si Chang is situated near Bangkok and can be reached from Si Racha in 45 minutes. The island homes various stunning beaches, temples, and is popular for experiences like kayaking, biking and snorkelling. One of the best things to do on the island is to hire a bike and explore the colourful villages and temples around the island. The island also homes some amazing spots for you to witness the picturesque sunsets of Thailand and to revel in the beauty of the evening sky as it bursts into a million colours.
10. Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe is situated on the southwest end of Thailand, near the Malaysian border. This quiet island is an amazing holiday destination away from the popular tourist spots of Thailand. Home to some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches and the clearest water in Thailand, this island is surely a delight to live. The island has three popular beaches- Sunset Beach, Sunlight Beach and Pattaya Beach that also serve home to various luxury resorts. You can also go Snorkelling or scuba diving here to explore the coral reefs that are situated just a few meters away from the island, thanks to the clear and unpolluted water.