Best Islands in Thailand

Is your ideal vacation spending time in the sun and sand?  Do you enjoy lazing on the beach sipping a cocktail, followed by a swim in the ocean?  Do you want something more adventuresome like snorkelling or scuba diving?  How about nightlife?

You can find all of these and more on the islands of Thailand.  Everyone has their favourite, but these are some of the top choices.

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is considered to be one of the best all-around picks for island life in Thailand.  It is located in the Gulf of Thailand, close to Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao. 

With turquoise waters and white sand beaches, Koh Samui is a delight for the beach lover.  When you combine this with world-class hotels and restaurants, you get the complete package.

Koh Tao

Koh Tao is also in the Gulf of Thailand and is world-renowned for its scuba diving.  Although the main attraction is diving, there are also great beaches, viewpoints and hiking trails.

The ferry to Koh Tao is about a 2-hour trip from the pier at Chumphon.  The great thing is you can also take a ferry or speed boat to nearby Koh Samui or Koh Pha Ngan.  It is very easy to hit all three islands in a single trip.

Koh Lipe

Located in the Andaman Sea, Koh Lipe is the gem of Thailand.  Due to its remoteness, it offers a sense of tranquillity unrivalled by the other islands.  It is a favourite for those seeking a romantic getaway. Even if you are travelling solo, this can still be a great place to visit.

With white sand beaches, blue crystal-clear ocean, a large variety of sea life and coral reefs, it’s a must-visit for island lovers

Koh Chang

Koh Chang or Elephant Island is a short ferry ride from the pier in Trat.  The island is popular with Thais, foreign expats and tourists alike as the ferry is only a couple hours’ drive from Bangkok.

With a rugged interior, it is a bit wilder than its more developed cousins.  That being said, there are still plenty of great beaches and a vibrant nightlife.  

Driving in Koh Chang can be an adventure.  Narrow winding roads skirt the mountainous interior with many hairpin curves and blind corners.  


Phuket is an island. There is a short bridge when you enter the island by roadway, making it surrounded by water.

This island is densely populated and offers all the comforts of a major city.  World-class hotels, restaurants, and things to do.  You will find English spoken widely and as a result, it’s very easy to navigate and get around.

Located on the Andaman Sea, it offers over 40 different beaches for you to relax and soak up some sun and sand.

Thai immigration welcomes visitors from around the world, and many countries can enter the country with a visa on arrival.

If you are a first-time visitor to Thailand, these are all great places to visit.  Or you may be a frequent visitor and have a secret place of your own.

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