Got a thing for tropical islands? I feel you. There is something exciting about them. Something you associate with total relaxation. That’s why a trip to Thailand is high on many holiday wish lists. Below are 17 Thai islands I have visited that could be some kind of inspiration for your next vacation.
1. Koh Kradan, Trang
Koh Kradan is a narrow little island in Trang archipelago south of Krabi. The island boasts excellent beaches between rugged forest and turquoise sea and is offering one of the best off-the-beach snorkeling in Thailand with coral formations and tropical fish.
2. Koh Yao Noi, Phang Nga
Located in between Phuket and Krabi, Koh Yao Noi is an island that has managed to stay surprisingly undeveloped except for the east coast with beautiful resorts lined up by the golden beaches overlooking Phang Nga Bay.
Hotel in the picture above » Paradise Koh Yao
3. Koh Lao Lading, Krabi
Koh Lao Lading, or “Paradise Island,” is what Krabi is all about: stunning limestone cliffs and caves in blue-green waters. Belonging to the Hong Island group, this tiny island can be reached only via a booked day trip.
4. Koh Bon, Phuket
Bon Island is a small island 2 km south of Rawai Beach on Phuket’s southern coast with nothing more than one restaurant. The island has surprisingly few visitors and is a perfect getaway when staying in Phuket.
5. Koh Kho Khao, Phang Nga
Koh Kho Khao is a relatively undiscovered island just north of Khao Lak, and during low season you can walk on the 18 km long beach without meeting a living soul. The water is not as clear as other tropical islands, but the long golden beaches and spectacular sunsets make this island a great romantic getaway.
6. Koh Lanta, Krabi
Koh Lanta in southern Krabi is a lovely island with rainforest-covered mountains and a long coastline with beautiful beaches. However, Lanta is a highly seasonal destination, and the island pretty much shuts down during low season leaving the beaches uncleaned.
7. Koh Phuket, Phuket
Known as the “Pearl of the Andaman,” Phuket is the most talked-about and largest island in Thailand; some hate it, others love it. With over 40 beautiful beaches and a wide variety of restaurants and bars, Phuket attracts millions of tourists each year.
8. Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Koh Samui, located in the Gulf of Thailand, is the second largest island in Thailand. Koh Samui is called “Coconut Island” by the locals since coconut trees grow just about everywhere on the island. With its long white sandy beaches, Koh Samui is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand.
9. Koh Phi Phi Don, Krabi
The Phi Phi Islands are indeed one of the most beautiful places in the world and attract crowds of tourists. The largest island of the group, Koh Phi Phi Don, is well known for its nightlife and will not suit everyone.
10. Koh Phi Phi Leh, Krabi
Koh Phi Phi Leh including Maya Bay, which made world-famous by the movie The Beach, is an uninhabited island. While Maya Bay is temporarily closed, the lagoon right next to it with its incredibly clear water is open to visitors.
11. Koh Similan, Phang Nga
Koh Similan is one of nine uninhabited islands that make up Mu Ko Similan National Park in the Andaman Sea, 65 km off the coastline of Phang Nga Province. The exceptionally clear water and beautiful underwater world attract thousands of scuba divers every year.
12. Koh Poda, Krabi
Koh Poda just 15 minutes from Ao Nang is such a postcard-perfect island with white sand and clear turquoise water. The place around the longtail boats is where the day trippers from Ao Nang stays; keep walking around the corner to find a spot alone on the beach with the softest sand you ever walked on.
13. Koh Kai, Krabi
Krabi is an island-hopping paradise with many interesting karst formations such as Koh Kai, or Chicken Island, a few minutes south of Poda Island.
14. Koh Khao Phing Kan, Phang Nga
How about visiting a famous movie location? Koh Khao Phing Kan in Phang Nga Bay is known as James Bond Island since it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun from 1974.
15. Koh Hong, Krabi
Boasting a gorgeous lagoon with greenish water, a twin bay with fine white sand and clear waters, Hong Island is one of the most beautiful islands in Krabi and can be reached by longtail boat in 45 minutes from Nopparat Thara Beach in Ao Nang.
16. Koh Mae Koh, Surat Thani
Koh Mae Koh, or mother island, belongs to the Ang Thong National Park not far from Koh Samui. From the island’s beach, a stair leads up to a platform where you can enjoy the view of the hidden Emerald Lagoon which is connected to the sea through an underground tunnel.
17. Koh Wua Talab, Surat Thani
Koh Wua Talab is another island belonging to the Ang Thong National Park boasting a beautiful beach with coconut trees lined up. The spectacular viewpoint (way higher up than the picture above) is the main reason most people visit this national park.