Thailand is apparently the South Asian beauty that every beach lover dreams to visit once in their lifetime. Already famed for its breathtaking tropical beaches, sublime Buddha temples & marvelous resorts, it’s hard to resist this wonderland for holidays. But smashing all the hit hotspots of this nation in just a single visit might not be possible. How about you explore little Thailands in every visit? Yes, I am talking about the best islands in Thailand that are highly equipped to ease all your desires & senses in a single blow. Serve yourself with this brief list of 10 Thriller Islands in Thailand that makes sure you don’t miss any blissful experience of this enchanting nation.
List of 10 Must-Visit Island in Thailand:
1. Koh Tao
Koh Tao which is also titled the ‘Turtle Island’, is a perfect combination of all the vacation delights you might daydream, during all those busy office hours. It is an incredible infusion of golden sandy coves, soothing lantern-lit restaurants, and breath-taking dive shops that shouldn’t be missed. In fact, this is one of the cheapest islands in Thailand for diving enthusiasts.
Doesn’t matter, whether you are a learner or a professional, this island serves the best underwater diving experiences to all. You just need a PADI or SSI Open Water certification that usually takes four days to be processed. After that, you can explore all four ocean dives. But if you are already certified, night diving, wreck diving, shark diving, or Nitrox diving all welcome you with open arms! Not just diving, it also serves the wildest & fun nightlife, that involves Thailand’s special full-moon parties too.
Activities to Try: Snorkelling, Diving, Speed boating, Kitesurfing
Places to stay: Casas del Sol, Nangyuan Island Dive Resort
2. Koh Samui
Koh Samui is well known for being the best luxury beach resort in Thailand. You can hardly find the leisure Samui offers anywhere in the world. For all those who want to enjoy a beach holiday in Thailand, Koh Samui is the island they must consider. It also has numerous top yoga and spa destinations to visit. Kamalaya is one such signature hotspot nestled amidst the rainforest, best-suited for all kinds of spa and wellness retreats.
The lodges in Koh Samui are also gloriously designed with Thailand’s local timber and stone representing the rich ancient Thai architecture. Such a natural look wonderfully carved from wood, and greenery, definitely rejuvenates all your senses.
Activities to Try: Relaxing by the beach, sunbathing, Diving, Hiking
Places to stay: Panacea Retreat., Gecko Bar & Supper Nightclub, Four Seasons Koh Samui
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3. Koh Yao islands
Koh Yao Island has a unique secluded charm that you won’t find in the rest of the top islands in Thailand. Surely, it doesn’t offer much, to see or do, but that’s exactly the selling point for Koh Yao. It is very close to Phuket taking just a 30-minute speedboat ride to reach. And, as a collection of twin islands entitled Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi this is the perfect island to visit in Thailand for all those who seek tranquil and peaceful holidays.
It possesses an extending patchwork of rubber plantations and lush green paddy fields speared by long dirt tracks and a few paved roads that are fit for a relaxing evening stroll with your beloved.
Activities to Try: Sunbathing, Swimming
Places to stay: Six Senses Yao Noi
4. Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is just an hour’s boat ride away from Krabi. Possessing a collection of several small & beautiful islands, Koh Lanta is a versatile destination for any traveler to explore. Its most-visited island is Koh Lanta Yai.
A divine infusion of beautiful beaches, spectacular diving adventures, soothing massages, fun beach bars, kayaking across the mangrove forests, savoring delicious seafood at the local fishing villages marks this as the most popular island in Thailand to visit.
Activities to Try: Massage at private beach resorts, Diving, Boating, Kayaking
Places to stay: Pimalai, Costa Lanta, Layana Resort & Spa
5. Koh Pha Ngan
Koh Pha Ngan is the best island in Thailand for nightlife explorers & party freaks out there! This island is highly dotted for its famed full moon parties at Haad Rin’s Sunrise Beach. Don’t panic if you miss this one, as frankly speaking, they have a party arranged for almost all the phases of the moon.
But for those who wish to spend some quality isolated time far from the screaming crowds, Bottle Beach is their best chance to explore. They also offer plenty of spas to soothe yourself with an afternoon recovery massage. With a wide collection of basic to the deluxe spa centers, trust me you won’t feel out of place at all.
Activities to Try: Partying, Diving, Snorkelling
Places to stay: Suncliff Resort, Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa
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6. Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi is well-known as the solo traveler’s paradise. Therefore all the solar or single friends who are spamming their browsers for a perfect beach holiday, Koh Phi Phi is their dreamland to conquer! Your days are spent sunning, swimming, or relaxing whereas the evenings feature aesthetic Thai dancers juggling with fire while showing their best moves.
Not only chilling but this famous island in Thailand also offers numerous water activities such as diving, snorkeling, cliff-jumping, boat trips to Koh Phi Phi Ley & many more. So you ready to conquer this exotic piece of Holiday wonder then?
Activities to Try: Sunning, swimming, Diving
Places to stay: Zeavola Resort, The Pool Villas
7. Koh Lipe
If I were to define Koh Lipe in one sentence then I would say- “It is a magical combination of remoteness, picture-perfect beaches, and luxury hotels”. Whereas, the small geographical extension of this island, makes it perfect for the top island in Thailand for honeymoons list.
Pattaya Beach is one of the most celebrated landmarks of this island. Such fame apparently makes it the busiest of the beaches. But the astounding nightlife compounded with unforgettable scenic views definitely makes it a worthwhile visit. Just in case you need quiet and secluded escapes then Sunset Beach is your buddy to land upon.
Activities to Try: Relaxing by the beach, sunbathing, Speed boating, Underwater diving
Places to stay: Idyllic Concept Resort
8. Similan Islands
The Similan Islands are a coupled collection of nine islands settled from north to south in the Andaman Sea. This is one of the most-visited islands in Thailand for all water sports enthusiasts. It gives your the much-awaited opportunity to explore the untouched coral reefs in the turquoise crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. Richelieu Rock is one of the world’s best diving spots and whale shark territories here.
Though the glistening white-sand beaches of its number 4 island- Koh Miang are no less a paradise to relax. But if you wish to capture the softest and sparkliest sand in Similan then Koh Tachai is the popular junction to book.
Activities to Try: Sunbathing, Diving, Snorkelling, swimming with the whale sharks.
Places to stay: The Sarojin, Monkey Dive Hostel
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9. Mu Koh Ang Thong Marine Park
Mu Koh Ang Thong Marine Park is a fabulous group of 42 islands in Thailand. ‘Mu Koh’ in Thai literally translates to a group of islands where ‘Ang Thong’ means Bowl of Gold. It has some of the best beaches and tropical forests of the nation that you should explore.
The accessibility to reach this island is also super easy. You just have to take a direct ferry from Koh Samui or Koh Phangan to Ang Thong Marine National Park. Snorkeling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, and simply chillin’ on the beach are the main activities to explore at Ang Thong.
Activities to Try: Hiking, sea kayaking, diving, snorkeling
Places to stay: Bualuang Angthong Hotel, Ayutthaya Retreat, Tony’s Bed
10. James Bond Island
Yeah, you heard it right, that’s a real name! This island got popular after being featured in the most iconic James Bond movie – The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974. It basically comprises two islands named Koh Khao Phing Kan and Koh Tapu.
Settled in the Phang Nga Bay, several tapering limestone cliffs of James bond island in Thailand mark its signature highlights. These vertical wonders stand all amidst the emerald green waters just a few meters away from the beach. And if you wish to visit the very rock( known as James Bond Rock) where the movie’s lasergun, shot was filmed then head over to Koh Tapu Island. It is just 40 metres from the shores of Koh Phing Kan.
Activities to Try: Sea kayaking, diving, snorkeling, hiking
Places to stay: Koyao Island Resort Paradise Koh Yao Beach Resort
So found your favorite Thailand island to explore this year? Well, I hope this list of top 10 thriller islands in Thailand might have helped you a lot. I’ve poured all the unexpected drama, careful travel insights & exhilarating adventures, that you can expect from all the aforementioned islands. Damn sure, you’ll love the vibes & offerings of these beauties. Who doesn’t highly adore relaxing massages & breath-taking natural retreats after all? Still, if you got any doubts regarding the travel hustles in Thailand or anywhere across its popular delights just ping me in the comment sections below. I will try my best to soothe your journeys with all I’ve got! Till then keep dreamin’ big & enjoy the best Thailand offers my friend! Lā k̀xn(Good Bye in Thai)