Are you looking to immerse yourself in a rich, ancient culture while enjoying some crazy parties and nightlife? Thailand should be your next destination. The hot and sour food prepared by street vendors using kaffir lime leaves, galangal, fresh lemongrass and its pristine white beaches where you get to play beach football ensure you have a great time in this country.
Thailand is famous for its many coastlines and wonderful tropical views which make island hopping an engaging activity for visitors. From the famed jagged rocks of Koh Phi Phi to the laid-back island vibe of Koh Samui and tranquil bungalows of Koh Phangan, Thailand boasts the best islands for sunbathing, swimming and relaxing. This guide explains the best islands to visit in Thailand.
Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
Getting to Koh Yao Noi is not difficult. There are so many activities you can engage in at this amazing island of Koh Yao Noi. If you are adventurous and would want to hike and later climb a cliff, then you are sorted at the island. You could even visit the locals at the Koh Yao Noi village.
If you are a food junkie, then the town will be a perfect place for you thanks to the many restaurants and stores located there. Again, if you are looking for a place that is quiet and away from the busy life in the cities, the island offers the best environment for meditation. You can also try kayaking during the day.
The nightlife at the Koh Yao Noi Thailand is perfect for the visitors who would want to merry all night long. However, be careful because the island has no defined transport system. The free ferries and boats are only available at specific times. Koh Yao Noi weather makes the place accessible at any time of the year. However, most travellers prefer visiting during the dry season between January and April.
Koh Samui Island
If you have never seen rocks that are shaped like the male and female genitals, you should visit Koh Samui in 2019. Other than the beautiful waterfalls found on the island, it is lined with beautiful palm trees and clear waters. To get the best experience of Koh Samui, you should take a tour on a jeep with a guide. The journey will enable you to explore the different sites and beautiful terrains in the jungles of Thailand. As you take the tour, make sure you visit the prominent Buddha Temple located on the island.
Your holiday should not end without visiting one of the best beaches in Thailand, Chaweng Beach. Most importantly, sample the delicious meals at the Thai Experience. Many restaurants offer unique experiences by allowing visitors to interact on one large table which is great when you travel alone. When on the island, you can sample from affordable to sumptuous brunches in Koh Samui For sure, you can’t exhaust the long list of activities you can do on the Koh Samui island tour.
The island has over thirty beaches, and this makes it ideal for people who love swimming in clear waters as they bask out on the sun. If you like, you could even build sand castles. Some of the beaches include Kata, Karon, Surin Beach, Bang Tao, and Kata Noi Beach. The island of Phuket also has many spas and retreat centres that are perfect for couples on their honeymoon.
Since the island has many hotels, it is possible to sample the different Thai dishes. Being the largest island in Thailand, you should also brace yourself for possible overcrowding in common areas, especially during peak travel seasons. However, you can be sure of a smooth transport system within the island.
Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi islands are composed of six small islands. The islands have a myriad of things to do and see. For instance, the Maya Bay is one site that tourists fall in love with any time they set foot at the island. If you love camping, Koh Phi Phi Don is ideal for such activities. While at the islands you will realize that it is impossible to leave without trying out some diving. You can dive from Shark Point or many other sites designated for the same purpose. Captain Bob’s Sailing Booze Cruise can also interest you if you want an experience of having unlimited alcohol as you sail across the Phi Phi waters.
If you are travelling from Phuket to Krabi. Koh Phi Phi is another destination to pin the map. Moreover, you will not get to worry about where to stay in Krabi because there are many hotels that are also suitable for families and anyone at any age.
Koh Similan Islands
Located in the Andaman Sea, the Similan Islands are composed of nine small islands. Interestingly, the Similan Islands have many rocks some as big as the size of a house. The islands also have white sandy beaches full of coral reefs that you can carry home as souvenirs.
The place is best suited for activities such as kayaking and scuba diving. Other than the good marine life found underwater, the Similan Islands have dense forests that are home to many monkeys that you can feed while there.
Koh Lipe is the perfect destination for honeymooners or couples on their anniversary vacation. The island is serene with three public beaches and other private beaches. These beaches are Pattaya Beach, Sunrise and Sunset Beaches. The island is quite small, and you could even explore it all in a few hours.
Pattaya Beach has the best nightlife. If you want some quiet time, then Sunset Beach is the best place for you. There are many resorts that offer massages for that time when you want some pampering as you sip on some wine.
Thailand islands should be on your bucket list for the year 2019. Some of the best islands to visit include Koh Samui, Koh Yao Noi, Koh Lipe, Koh Similan, Koh Phi Phi, and Phuket Islands. The islands are home to some of the best beaches, marine life, restaurants, resorts, and diving spots.
Caroline Bird is a lifestyle writer. She loves exploring the world, and shares her travel experiences with other passionate travellers out there! Connect with Caroline on Twitter @bCarolinebird12