Are you tired of the hustle and bustle? Here are ten of the most beautiful islands and beaches in Thailand for you to relax.
Would you like to escape the daily hustle and dive into a completely different culture? Looking for some heat? Want to bask on an amazing beach? Okay, so let’s go to Thailand.
1. Koh Kood
At 23 kilometers wide, the island of Koh Kood (also known as Koh Kut), in the south-east of Thailand, is a true discovery because it has been spared by mass tourism and is much more protected only neighboring islands. If you want to party like crazy, this is not the destination for you. But if you are looking to relax and enjoy heavenly landscapes, take the opportunity to visit this dream island of Thailand.
The most popular Thai beaches in Koh Kut are Tapao, Klong Yai Kee and Chao, which are near the beach at Kong Chao Waterfalls. Phrao Bay is also worth a visit. No matter what you choose, you will not be disappointed.
2. Koh Tachai
Koh Tachai is part of the Similan Archipelago, but is a bit isolated from the main islands of the west coast of Thailand and is located about 50 km from the Phuket coast. Day trips are offered and this island of Thailand is easily accessible by boat.
The island of Koh Tachai is so tiny that the beaches are rare, but you can enjoy 800 meters that look like paradise in the heart of the Similan Islands.
3. Koh Similan
Koh Similan (also known as Koh Pad) is the largest island and the one that gave its name to the Similan archipelago. It is part of the National Park and features fascinating rock formations, including the “candle”. Like the other Similan Islands, it is known for its diving.
Donald Duck Bay is a welcoming cove, with a particular shape and rock formations that gave him his nickname sympathetic.
4. Koh Surin Nuea and Koh Surin Tai
The Surin Islands are also part of the national park and are located north of the Similan Islands, off the west coast of Thailand. The archipelago consists of five islands in the waters of the Andaman Sea and two of them are inhabited: Koh Surin Nuea and Koh Surin Tai, two Thai islands very close to each other.
The photo represents the incredible beach of Ngam Bay, on the west coast of Surin Nuea. The largest bay on the island is Mae Yai, on the east side. On Surin Tai, you will find incredible diving areas like the beach of Tao Bay. But if you do not want to see the fish closely, you can always lie on the sand and relax.
5. Koh Phi Phi Lee
This is the main island of Koh Phi Phi Don. If you saw the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo di Caprio, you will certainly recognize Maya Bay because the film was shot there. This is one of the most photographed places in Thailand and the island of Koh Phi Phi is a very popular destination for divers and tourists. The archipelago is on the west coast of the southern tip of the country.
Phi Phi Lee is a rocky island and you can find many caves accessible by boat, such as Sama or Phi Lee Bay. The boat trip is well worth it and you will see many rock formations and caves off the coast.
6. Koh Tao
Koh Tao is located in the Gulf of Thailand, north of Koh Samui and is only 7.5 kilometers wide. Tourism has developed slowly, but this island of Thailand is now very popular for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. The island has many facilities adapted to practice these sports. If you want to discover Koh Tao in its purest tradition, you must hurry because the island fills with tourists as it develops. And Koh Tao is booming.
The sand of Sairee beach is particularly pleasant. This Thailand beach stretches along the entire west coast of Koh Tao and is one of the most populous. If you’re looking for freedom, have a look around Little Freedom Bay, where Chalok Ban Kao Beach is located. But remember that Koh Tao is particularly fashionable.
7. Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Nang Yuan is an atypical island because it is actually three islands connected by a beach. This island of Thailand is a private property, it is a few hundred meters wide and is therefore a small natural paradise without any infrastructure. It is located right next to the larger island of Koh Tao, which can be reached quickly by boat.
8. Koh Wua Ta Lap
Koh Wua Ta Lap is part of the impressive Ko Ang Thong Mu National Park, which includes 42 islands in total, which can be accessed by ferry. If you want to live like locals, rent a bungalow on the island and spend your time among the few tourists and friendly locals.
This almost pristine island of Thailand is home to white sand beaches and is an incredible place to enjoy a view of all the surrounding islands that are part of the national park. If you are looking for a beach in Thailand to live a real heavenly moment, you are at the right place.
9. Koh Lipe
Close to the border with Malaysia (you can even take the boat to this neighboring country from the island) is Koh Lipe, which is part of the Tarutao Marine National Park and is a relatively popular tourist destination that serves as a base to explore the rest of the islands in the area. This Thai island is home to beautiful beaches, though the border area of Malaysia is not one of the safest in Thailand.
If you are a party lover, you will love Pattaya Beach, although it is not the most idyllic. Sunrise Beach is also very developed and is located near the small village of Chao Ley. But if you’d rather rest, we recommend going to watch the sunset on the beach at Sunset Beach, a beach in Thailand that invites you to romance.
10. Koh Lanta (Lanta Yai and Lanta Noi)
Koh Lanta is two islands in one. These Thai islands are divided between Lanta Yai and Lanta Noi. The latter is much less touristy than the more developed Lanta Yai. Koh Lanta is right next to the smaller islands of Koh Phi Phi. Its two parts are separated by an arm of sea about 1 kilometer wide and they are part of the Mu Koh Lanta National Park.
The west coast of Koh Lanta Yai is home to many beaches, including Long Beach (Phra Ae), one of the most popular and touristy. The majority of restaurants, bars, shops and tourist facilities are located in the northern part of this island of Thailand. The southern part of Lanta Yai is much more isolated. Klong Yak Beach and Bamboo Bay are some of the most tranquil and unspoiled. This bay is in the National Park and offers views of the lighthouse as you can see in the photos.
BONUS: Railay Beach
After so many beaches, we offer you a bonus beach in Thailand. This is the famous Railway Beach, located in the province of Krabi, near the homonymous city, in the south of the country. You will also find the impressive Phra Nang Beach, home to incredible limestone formations.
Thailand is made up of hundreds of islands and the continent also has an extensive coastline dotted with incredible beaches.