When it comes to beautiful beaches, great food, lovely people and glorious weather, Thailand just can’t be beaten. Millions of people flock to Thailand every year, from tourist families to backpackers, and many end up staying for longer than they had planned. From the Chiang Mai in the North to Bangkok and the islands in the south, Thailand is able to cater for every taste, whether you’re looking for a relaxing family getaway or a party-fuelled holiday. As the tourism industry in Thailand continues to grow, more and more attractions are being built in the major cities, so there is a wealth of choice no matter where you go. Let’s take a look at some of the best islands to visit off the coast of Thailand this summer.
Phuket is one of the most visited islands in Thailand, and many travellers see it as a stopover point between Koh Phi Phi and Koh Penang. From Karon to Kata and Patong, the beaches here are fantastic, however they’re continuously crowded with tourists and backpackers at all times of the year. Thankfully, the beach is big enough for everyone to enjoy, however you’ll be lucky to find a secluded spot. Additionally, the beach is overlooked by a whole host of bars, restaurants and market stalls, so you don’t have to travel far to quench your thirst or get a bite to eat.
Phuket is just one of 40 other major islands off the coast of Thailand, and there are many smaller ones that offer private beaches too, so if you’re not impressed with the commercialisation of Phuket, there’s always somewhere else to go! One of these places is Koh Lanta, and it can be found just off the coast of Krabi.
With over 30 kilometers of golden sandy beaches, a national park, wildlife sanctuaries and great snorkelling opportunities, Koh Lanta is an island not to be missed. One of the best things about Koh Lanta, are the small group of islands called Rok Nai and Hoh Rok Nok, which are only an hour’s boat ride away. Here’s you’ll find secluded beaches, although very small, and as much peace and quiet as you want.
Although getting to and from the islands from mainland Thailand is pretty cheap, over the course of your holiday it can add up. Make sure you save as much money on your flights as you can at http://www.cheapflights.com.au/flights-to-thailand/, where the best offers online can be found.
Koh Hae Coral Island
Koh Hae is an island used by scuba divers to train tourists, and although it is a lovely place to visit, it is not recommended that you stay here. With limited running water and less than satisfactory toilet filtration systems, Coral Island is great for snorkelling and relaxing in the sea – but that is about all.
Koh Mook, Koh Radang and Koh Ngai
This small group of islands can be found just off the coast of Koh Phi Phi, and they’re as rocky as they are lush with forest. This is a great place to try out rock climbing, and there are also a number of underwater caves that can only be accessed with scuba diving equipment. These islands remain relatively free of commercialisation, so take your time and explore the wilderness.
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