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7 Top Thai Islands to Treat Your Wanderlust – Phuket to Phi Phi

Are you generally over whelmed with the number of islands in Thailand when deciding which ones to visit? Here are some of the best islands that will treat your wanderlust.


Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan

Known to be the fifth biggest island, the island of Koh Phangan is complete with crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, a lush jungle and a thriving underwater scene which has about 20 dive sites in close proximity. If you're looking for a Koh Phangan resort, you'll find a number of options such as Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, which provide excursions such as island hopping, jungle trekking, kayaking and so much more. Koh Pha Ngan is usually famous for hosting the Full Moon Party at Haad Rin Beach. The island is also famous for having the best night food market where you can buy traditional papaya salad, grilled squid or mango sticky rice!



Everyone knows the famous island of Phuket! Mostly known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, shimmering seas and active towns, the island of Phuket is ideal for partying, dining and visiting attractions. From Phuket, you can take a speed boat trip to the nearby islands of Phi Phi, Phang Nga By and many others. However, Patong beach, Kata, Kamala and Karon are the most popular beaches in Phuket.


Koh Tao

A favourite destination for backpackers and budget travellers, Koh Tao is the first accessible island on the east coast and has seen a rapid growth in tourism over the last few years. Koh Tao is most popular and famous for activites like scuba diving and snorkelling as the world underwater is thriving and colourful. The island can be explored by foot or by quad or motorbike.


Koh Samui

The second largest island on the east coast, Koh Samui is most popular for exotic luxury hotels hidden amongst a lush jungle and surrounded by mesmerizing beaches. Chaweng Beach, located on the island is quite popular amongst tourists who wish to enjoy sundowners or to party the night away!


Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is a newer addition to the trail of scenic islands in Thailand and is made up of a cluster of islands; the biggest being Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai. Koh Lanta is often used to refer to the Koh Lanta Yai. Koh Lanta is a haven for wildlife such as reptiles and birds – and tigers; if you're really lucky!


Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi, located on the western side of Thailand is mostly famous for starring in the movie "The Beach". Since the movie was released, Maya Bay has become quite popular with visitors. Head to famous 'Viewpoint' to get a breathtaking bird's eye view of Koh Phi Phi and the smaller islands surrounding it.


Koh Samet

Koh Samet is a quiet little island closer to Bangkok. Stroll along the stunning, isolated beaches or perch yourself on a beach side hammock while enjoying a refreshing island cocktail. Since 1981, Koh Samet has been market as a National Park and an entrance fee to the island is charged to visitors.