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Top 05 Hidden Gems of Thailand – Discover "Secret" Islands

Thailand is a land of many allures and just about all travellers seem to know this, hence the crowds! But to let you in on a little secret; did you know that there are many islands around the nation that are not as popular but as equally gorgeous as Phi Phi Islands or Koh Lanta? Do read on!


Koh Phayam

Even if you are staying at a luxurious 5 star Bangkok hotel do make time to pay a visit to this beautiful island. Located off Ranong, Koh Phayam boasts some fine and wide sandy beaches and lush environs home to a number of cashew trees. The rustic island is just right for those of you seeking a respite away from a high-tech lifestyle where you can hire a bicycle or scooter and enjoy some sunny excursions or simply find your own patch of heaven on a beach and enjoy the sheer bliss of doing nothing.


Koh Chang Noi

In case you decide to base yourself in vibrant Bangkok, this island is located to the north of Koh Phayam and should not be confused with an island of the same name located to the southeast of Bangkok. If staying in the Thai capital at properties the likes of Emporium Suites by Chatrium¸ you can look to plan a day excursion though look to leave early in the morning. The place offers a laid-back vibe, a few beach bars and cashew nut plantations to complete that rustic island vibe. A lovely island to plan a day's visit to, from your Bangkok hotel, Koh Chang Noi should be enjoyed while it is still a hidden gem in Thailand.


Koh Yao Noi

Located in Phan Nga Bay, you can reach the island via speedboat in just 40 minutes from Phuket. The place offers that back in time feel, and is just right for some rest and relaxation. Koh Yao Noi is inhabited by Thai Muslims and while being slightly more 'hip' than the previous island, the place is still old-fashioned enough to stay out of the more popular category of islands, hence, its less crowded, so get there while the going is still 'good' or rather – less touristy.


Koh Jum

Located to the northern edge of popular and crowded Koh Lanta, Koh Jum is most loved for Long Beach, an expansive stretch of sand that is both inviting and serene. The northern beach of the island is still home to thatched-roof huts for those of you on the lookout for authentic island allures, the sea is just right for swimming without the maddening crowds and in the distance you can make out Koh Phi Phi looming on the horizon; while doing so you can be thankful you are not a part of the crowds that throng the popular islands. Instead, you can act out your "stranded on a lost tropical island" dreams, and visit the charming village of Ban Koh Jum where delicious seafood is on offer, as well as a tranquil Buddhist temple to explore.


Koh Bulon Lae

Located within the deep south region of the country, this lovely island famed for its crystal clear waters, and blissful lack of noisy jet skis is easy to reach from the Port of Bak Bara. Just as beautiful as Koh Lipe, loved for its crystals clear waters, Koh Bulon Lae is even better, as it is not crowded, not yet anyway, which is why you need to make the most of the islands laid-back vibes and get there before the crowds do.

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