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Most Popular Islands in Thailand – From Breathtaking Scenery to Full Moon Parties

Thailand, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, is surrounded by many small islands. These islands have, over time, become attractions in their own right.


Ko Phi Phi

If you've ever seen the Hollywood movie "The Beach" and wondered how amazing it would be to travel to the breathtaking island on which the movie was filmed, you should plan a trip to Ko Phi Phi. The island, subsequent to being popularized by the movie, became one of the most preferred island destinations in Thailand due to its awe-inspiring natural beauty and tranquility. With blissful white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters, luscious forests and stunning mountain and rock formations, Ko Phi Phi truly is a tropical paradise like no other, making it one of the most desirable islands for those of you who are looking for a retreat where you can just bask in tranquility.


Ko Phangan

Ko Phangan, situated in between Ko Samui and Ko Tao, is another one of the more popular islands of Thailand. Ko Phangan is renowned around the world as being among the best backpacker destinations owing to its relatively cheap cost of living and hip and trendy attractions and nightlife. While the nightlife in Ko Phangan, in general, is also pretty good – with its night markets, nightclubs and bars, especially in the district of Haad Rin – it is the Full Moon Parties that the island hosts that have put Ko Phangan on the map in term of nightlife. In addition to the nightlife and attractions, the island is also known for its natural beauty being home to many pristine beaches, forests, waterfalls and nature trails.



Phuket is arguably the most popular island destination in Thailand. With a reputation of being one of the top tropical island destinations in the Southeast Asian region, Phuket is home to plenty of attractions. Some of the major highlights of Phuket include the mesmarisingly beautiful Phang Nga Bay, the sacred Wat Cholng, the Big Buddha, the historic and cultural Old Town and, of course, the thriving nightlife along Bangla Road. Additionally, the island is home to many great beaches such as Patong Beach, Kata Beach, Paradise Beach, Nai Harn Beach and Freedom Beach, many of which are great spots for water sports, too! The scenery and natural beauty of Phuket is well known, which you can witness by taking a cruise around the island, and experience that will most likely be topped only by a cruise in Bangkok offered by the Anantara Cruises.


Ko Tao

If ever there was an island that specifically catered to tourists looking for adventure, then Ko Tao would be the closest thing to it. Rapidly becoming synonymous with adventure and outdoor activities, Ko Tao is a beautiful island blessed with geography and natural attractions that make it perfect for adventure activities. Ko Tao is being known for its diving sites and facilities, which has given it a reputation of being among the best places to learn how to dive in Southeast Asia. But that's not all, the interior of the island has many mountains, rock faces, rivers and forests and, as such, the island is perfect for hiking, rock climbing, trekking, kayaking and rafting. A visit to this island is must for adventure sports enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies.


Ko Chang

The largest island in the Ko Chang Marine Park, this island is known for its amazing natural beauty. Blessed with a number of pristine beaches, coral reefs, luscious forests, mountain ranges and rivers and waterfalls, the island promises idyllic scenery and tranquility. The island also has a decent nightlife and plenty of great attractions to keep you occupied. The island is gaining more and more popularity with every passing year, and is considered to be a great substitute for islands like Ko Phangan.