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4 Popular Islands in Thailand – Discover the best of Thailand's Offshore Islands

With a multitude of islands along the shores of Thailand, it is the best place for those who like to surround themselves with water.


Koh Samui

Located on the eastern coast, Koh Samui is quite similar to Phuket but much quieter and laid back. The second largest island in Thailand, it has idyllic palm fringed beaches that host great beach parties that start at noon and go till late into the night. Take a step past the beaches and you will be greeted by a thick rainforest present on the mountains. With plenty of accommodation, it is easy to find a good beach resort in Koh Samui. The island is also home to an iconic landmark; the Big Buddha statue standing at 12 meters. With clean roads, world class cuisine and resorts such as the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, Koh Samui promises to be a surreal experience. The island also has its own airport, so it is easy to get in and out of the island.


Koh Lipe

A remote island, you will not find many parties in Koh Lipe, but the tranquillity and romance of the island are sure to appeal to many. The island has no cars and a handful of motorbikes that rarely break the serenity. The island is surrounded by calm and turquoise waters that are mostly shallow, making it an ideal place to swim for families with kids. The tiny island is located on the western side of the country. The popularity of Koh Lipe has gradually increased over the years and so has its infrastructure.


Koh Phi Phi

One of the most popular islands in Thailand, Koh Phi Phi is located on the Andaman coast and is roughly 38 kilometres from Krabi. An exotic island with a unique shape that makes for a number of beaches, the centre of the island offers lush greenery and jagged rocks that add to the appeal. The island is a strange mix as it caters to both budget backpackers as well as upscale tourists looking for resorts. Whether it is a trek through the jungle or a party on the beachfront; Koh Phi Phi can cater to everyone. This marine national park consists of 6 islands. This island group is widely touted as being the easiest to access in the world


Koh Tao

Also known as Turtle Island, Koh Tao is the place to be if you are looking for inexpensive diving and scuba diving. The island has long moved beyond just diving. Present in the Gulf of Thailand, the party culture of the other nearby islands have gradually spilt over to Koh Tao and currently is a hotbed for backpackers from South Asia. It is also included in the Banana Pancake Trail. With the rough shape of a kidney, the island is small compared to the rest of the islands in the country. The 2 most popular beaches on the island are aligned towards the west, so rest assured, you are treated to wonderful views of the sunset.