7 Best Islands in Thailand

There is no doubt that in Thailand, there is something for everyone. There might even be too much leaving you not knowing where to start. However, if you know you want to visit an island but unsure of which to choose – you’ve come to the right place!

Keep in mind, the islands mentioned below are also great for the solo traveller, the beach bum of course, and are generally very safe for women travelling alone. So, keep the mozzie spray close and read on to find out which Thai island caters best to your needs:

1. For the Party Animal: Koh Pha Ngan

It would be a crime not to mention Koh Pha Ngan as a prime stop for partygoers, home to the legendary full moon parties at Haad Rin’s Sunrise Beach. Here, crowds of thousands from around the globe smothered in glowing neon colours, gather to dance from dusk until dawn under a round yellow moon and glittering fireworks. Even if you don’t make it in time for the island’s iconic full moon spectacle, half-moon and black-moon parties still guarantee fun and revelry. Despite the wild festivities at night, by day, Koh Pha Ngan promises a relaxing vibe with plenty of sandy-white, picturesque beaches such as the idyllic Bottle Beach, for a soothing recovery.

2. For the Culture Seeker: Koh Klang

Experience Thailand in a different light through the charming island of Koh Klang, comprising of a traditional fishing community frozen in time. Located at the mouth of Krabi River, cheerful locals are proud of their culture and heritage that has been passed down through generations. Mangrove forests are kept pristine, ocean waters are sparkling and blue, green rice paddies are sprawling, while water buffaloes and goats graze, and roosters sing. Koh Klang makes an inspiring spot, as well as a serene place to recharge, and indulge in fresh seafood.

3. For the Diver/Snorkeler: Similan Islands

The Similan Islands are remote, uninhabited, and simply breath-taking. Considered worldwide as one of the best places for diving, these islands offer an abundance of exotic sea creatures, as well as thriving, multi-coloured corals teeming with life. Not only are the waters rich and warm, but the visibility is crystal clear. In between late October and early May, you can even spot unworldly manta rays and slow-moving whale sharks. For non-divers, snorkelling opportunities are still incredible with an array of vibrant fish at your fingertips.

4. For the Yogi: Koh Samui

Whether you’re a fully-fledged yogi or merely a beginner, Koh Samui is undoubtedly a haven for the yoga lover. Get bendy with an ocean-view, practice your downward dog in an open garden manicured with red and pink hibiscus flowers, or relax in a child’s pose in a wooden bungalow overlooking the lush mountains. Finally, finish off with a dip in the pool or an immunity-boosting green smoothie. On Koh Samui, there is a retreat for every budget and lifestyle, yet the outcome is always the same: rejuvenation and relaxation. Koh Samui’s increasingly expanding options make for the perfect wellness break and a healthy holiday.

5. For the Hiker: Koh Adang

For spectacular views and untamed jungles, head to Koh Adang with your hiking shoes in hand. The island boasts three sensational viewpoints overlooking Koh Lipe and the vast Andaman Sea. Yet paths can be steep, slippery, and at times difficult to read. The same goes for the hikes to Koh Adang’s several majestic waterfalls. To complete these hikes safely, you may even need a local guide or help from a ranger. 

6. For the Honeymooners: Koh Yao Noi

For the perfect balance of romance, seclusion, fun, and uninterrupted sea views, Koh Yao Noi will not disappoint. Nestled between Phuket and Krabi on the Andaman coast, Koh Yao Noi is a prime option for honeymoon seekers looking for an unspoiled escape. This tropical dreamland provides a unique cultural experience off the beaten track. Home to friendly locals, romantic resorts, and a hub for activities such as diving and jungle trekking, couples can enjoy being at one with nature and with themselves.

7. For the Family: Phuket

Thailand’s largest island is a first-rate destination for family vacations. Phuket is a hotspot for numerous family-friendly resorts with an abundance of entertaining activities to keep the little ones busy. Many hotels even have a kids club to mind the children while mum and dad spend some well-needed R&R on the beach. From Phuket’s Trickeye Museum, the sprawling Splash Jungle Water Park, ziplining opportunities, day-trips to the stunning Phi Phi Islands and even ice-skating, Phuket has much to offer in terms of family-friendly entertainment and attractions. Not to mention, there are plenty of dining options that suit any palate – even the pickier ones!

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