5 Best Islands in Thailand

If you read my post about reasons to visit Thailand you know one of the things that make me go back to this country so often are the amazing and unbelievably beautiful tropical Thai Islands.

Whenever I need a relaxing holiday far away from everyday stress I immediately think of sandy beaches and warm clear waters in Thailand where I can just forget about the entire world.

This beautiful country in Southeast Asia is home to a huge number of Islands, some of which small and some bigger, some completely developed while other wild and uninhabited but all of them equally charming and inviting.

Below you can find my 5 best Islands to visit in Thailand in no particular order.

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Best Islands in Thailand

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the third biggest Island in Thailand and it’s located off the east coast, on the Gulf of Thailand.

Koh Samui is incredibly popular with tourists, with more than 1 million people from all over the world visiting it every year.
Despite the crowd and chaos (especially in the high season), this Island remains a fascinating place that never ceases to amaze me.

The tropical beaches, high palms, and crystal-clear sea will make your holiday there unforgettable.

Talking about beaches, Koh Samui has a wide selection of incredible locations where you can kick back and soak in all the sun you need.

If you are looking for busy places with a lot of entertainment there is the famous Chaweng Beach and also Lamai Beach.

If you want to hide away from the entire world, on the other hand, there are many secluded beaches with only a few people around.

The weather is hot in Koh Samui all year round but the best period to visit is between the second half of January and April as this is typically the dry season.

Koh Samui’s must see attractions include visiting the Big Buddha, Hin Ta and Hin Yai and Namuang Waterfall among others.

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Koh Phangan

Very near to Koh Samui, there is another wonderful Island – Koh Phangan.

It is much smaller than Koh Samui and a little less busy as well so it attracts mainly tourists who are looking for peace and tranquility.

Koh Phangan is a tropical paradise with an authentic Thai atmosphere and it’s still one of the most favorite destinations among backpackers.

Another aspect that definitely draws many travelers to Koh Phangan is the Full Moon Party – a huge party which takes place each month on the beach of Haad Rin Nok.

All in all, this is an incredible Island and a perfect destination if you are looking for a real dreamy tropical location.

Koh Lanta

I had a chance to visit Koh Lanta a few months ago for the very first time and it was a wonderful experience.

I really enjoyed exploring this Island on a rented motorbike, getting to see the Koh Lanta National Park, the Old Town and admiring breathtaking sunsets on the beach.

In fact, there are so many amazing beaches in Koh Lanta that you can go to a different one every day.

Also, if you love snorkeling you should definitely take a one-day trip to one of the nearby islands such as Koh Rok or Koh Phi Phi Islands where you get to enjoy a wide array of marine life.

If you’re planning a trip to Koh Lanta and looking for a great place to stay check out my post about Rawi Warin Resort.

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Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe is a small but incredibly charming Island in Thailand with nature that is still highly unspoiled and the waters clean and transparent.

Since there is not much sightseeing to do there, this is a perfect location for a relaxing holiday where the main activities include swimming, snorkeling, taking the sun and eating the amazing Thai cuisine.

The best time to visit Koh Lipe is during the dry season from November to May.

Phuket Island

Phuket Island on the Andaman Sea had to be included in my list of 5 best Islands in Thailand.

Phuket is the biggest Island in the country so there are plenty of attractions and fun things to do there.

It is best to rent a bike or a car to get around the Island – this will save you a lot of time and will allow you to see as much as possible.

Of course, you will find a wide selection of fantastic beaches such as Nai Harn, Rawai or Karon just to name a few.

Among the best attractions and the top things to do in Phuket, there is the Wat Chalong, Big Buddha, and Kathu Waterfall but the choices are endless depending on your personal preferences.

When it comes to nightlife you should definitely head to Patong – a place filled with bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and night markets.

Phuket Island is surrounded by many smaller islands which are certainly worth visiting. You can rent a long tail boat and spend a day on a secluded tropical island far away from the busy world.

Finally, make sure to try out the multiple dining options available. I’ve also listed what I consider the best restaurants in Phuket that I would highly recommend – from typical Thai food to delicious Italian pizzeria.

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