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5 Best Thai Islands to Treat Your Wanderlust – Islands Punctuated with Attractions

Going on a shopping frenzy in Bangkok seems to top the travel schedules of everybody. However, there are many Thai 'islands' wrought with attractions that'd bring some variety to your travel plans.


Koh Samui

You'll not be surprised at the mention of Koh Samui as you've certainly heard of the island. Claiming the accolade for being the second largest, Koh Samui's trademark is the beaches outlined by stretches of tropical jungles. Bedecked with luxury lodging options, the island seems to attract both young and old to enjoy its charms. Koh Samui is famous for coconuts – not a surprise given the streaks of palm trees found on the island – which is a versatile fruit used in cooking, skin care and hair care. The Package of treks, sun lounging afternoons, beach parties and safaris is what awaits you on Koh Samui, so make sure you reap the full benefits of your trip to Thailand.


Koh Tao

A favourite with backpackers, Koh Tao is the first stop you'll make if you are on an east island-hopping excursion. Though the tourism industry has taken root on the island, it has done nothing to tarnish its natural beauty. If you are a fan of snorkelling and diving, you'll come to think of this island as the best place for the sport. The underwater world that resembles a mosaic is a treat for anyone who's looking for a hiatus from their everyday life fraught with stress. If diving is unknown territory to you, there are dive schools on the island that'd be willing to educate you on the know-how.



The Chinese heritage-laden with charming beaches as the emblem, Phuket is an island overlooked by tourists. This is the perfect starting point of your trip to Kata, Patong and the James Bond Island. However, if you are planning on visiting the James Bond Island, know that it gets a little crammed during the interval between October and February. For a spot of privacy, you can head off to Koh Hae or Koh Rang Yai which will come as a pleasant diversion.


Koh Pha-Ngan

There's a lot more to this paradise of an island than just endless partying. With a distance of 70km to the mainland, Koh Pha-Ngan does not enjoy the perks of having its own airport, but rather it shares the facility with Koh Samui and the mainland. Though when it comes to accommodation options, the island doesn't resonate with the lack of an airport, in fact, tourists can, without much difficulty, find a hotel Koh Phangan for their stay – for example, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas are in full rage with the enrooting of their like. The ferry services are available to those who want to get to the island. Boasting over 20 dive sites with the thick jungle backdrop, this unadulterated natural stunner is known to attract visitors of a diverse range throughout the year.


Koh Lanta

Though a new host of fun to the whole Thailand island hopping itinerary, it's fast becoming one of the most sought-after travel destinations. The convergence of small islands, Koh Lanta, is actually the sobriquet for Koh Lanta Yai – one of the two biggest islands and the other one being Koh Lanta Noi. If you find yourself inclined to visit Koh Lanta Yai, you'll be witness to a coastline that's enlivened by many national parks – bird watchers will find these parks to be a dedicated haven for their calling.