Thailand is home to an array of beautiful islands, but which of these popular idyllic destinations will make it into our top 10 list? Find out below!
10. Koh Poda
Just 25 minutes from the Rai Leh peninsula is Koh Poda island, a kilometer-wide haven of tranquillity and relaxation. In the centre of the island is a striking limestone cliff-face, encircled by sandy white beaches, palm trees and a beautiful clear ocean typical of the southern Krabi Provence.
9. Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
Ang Thong National Park is an increasingly popular destination for day-trippers wanting to experience the sand swept beaches and diverse marine wildlife seen throughout the 42 islands of this archipelago. Its protected status in the Gulf of Thailand makes it a natural and diverse place to visit with awe-inspiring jungles, caves and mountains to conquer.
8. Koh Tao
Koh Tao is the smallest island in the Chumphon Archipelago, situated among stunning coral formations and clear ocean waters. Despite its size, this jungle haven boasts an exciting nightlife and plenty of opportunities for relaxation on the glistening beaches – making it a popular destination for young backpackers.
7. Phi Phi Islands
The picturesque swathes of sand and turquoise waters of the Phi Phi islands were made famous in the Hollywood movie The Beach. Since the movie’s release, tourists have flocked to these islands in the Krabi province, where a variety of golden beaches are framed by stunning limestone cliffs and brought to life by the islands’ diverse marine wildlife.
6. Koh Samui
Every year tourists descend upon the sandy shores of Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s largest islands. With a variety of beaches to choose from including the bustling Chaweng Beach and the delightfully low-key Chaweng Cove, it’s no wonder this place is popular. And capturing its beauty is easy thanks to the many vantage points dotted around the island.
5. Surin Islands
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The Surin Islands is made up of five small islands protected by national park status. This means that the beautiful nature of these places is preserved, with stunning coral reefs beneath the water’s surface, clean and sandy beaches to relax on, and a scenic nature trail for the adventurous.
4. Koh Pha Ngan
Located in southeast Thailand, Koh Pha Ngan is perhaps best known for its night-long beach parties, but it offers much more than this. The beauty of the island is that it balances fun and excitement with peace and tranquillity thanks to the calm beaches and spectacular diving spots.
3. Koh Kut
Koh Kut is a tropical paradise in eastern Thailand, with clear blue seas stretching out over the horizon from Klong Chao Beach, as well as serene and natural waterfalls nearby. Its mountainous terrain offers a diverse landscape to explore when not sunbathing on the many stunning beaches.
2. Similan Islands
The Similan Islands is an archipelago in the Andaman Sea. There are nine islands clustered together in this geologically significant part of the world, where huge boulders perch high up on the shores, spectacular coral reefs and rare marine wildlife bring the seabed to life, and a diverse fauna decorates the landscape.
1. Koh Phayam
Koh Phayam is the epitome of laid back. Tourists love to spend their relaxing days on this Andaman island, notable for its long beaches that never feel crowded, its fantastic array of exciting trails, and its intriguing jungle habitats. It’s no wonder this small island is growing in popularity.