The Best Islands in Thailand for the Chilled Out Traveler


The islands in Thailand has some of the most beautiful in the world. The pristine beaches and the diverse landscape all have come together to make a very pretty setting. From watersports to crazy adventures, these Thai islands have a variety of opportunities for all kinds of explorers.

But among the many beaches in Thailand, it is always challenging to figure out where you should go to. After conversing with the travel experts, we have curated a list of best islands in Thailand for you to fly to next.


Koh Chang

Koh Chang

Koh Chang is a complete island package. Its tranquil beaches complement the vibrant party scene, and the island has grown into a major hub in just a few years. You will find anything from 5-star luxury resorts to homely local stays there. The best way to explore the island is on a scooter. There is a nearby fishing village, Bang Boa Floating village that is also a major attraction here. The fresh seafood in the restaurants there is to die for.

 

Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is a beach addict’s dreamland. There are as many as 11 beaches for you to choose from. Klong Nin Beach is one of the best beaches in Thailand itself. It is relatively less crowded compared to the beaches in the north of the island.

The local life is also a thriving attraction of the island. There are also national parks, animal sanctuaries and plenty of water sports options available on the island. You could snorkel, dive and when done with the beaches, head to south to the Lanta Old Town.
 

Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the second largest Thai island. The white sand beaches and lush rainforest is also aided with coconut palms and stunning waterfalls. You could easily rent out a beachside bungalow and stay there for months relishing the island life.

The island is also a center of all things that Thailand can offer. From hiking, adventure sports, water sports to leisure activities like golfing and water parks, Koh Samui is full of fun things to do.

On a lazy day, you could go for a Muay Thai fight,  just roam around the big malls or even get a full body Thai massage. The fisherman’s village in Bophut is a favorite of many travelers. WIth a fresh feel to it, there are many cafes, bars, restaurants, and the lifestyle is very outgoing here.

 

Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan

Its world-renowned full moon party makes it a top reason to visit the island. But it has much more to offer than 24 hours of partying and booze. Koh Phangan has very dynamic Thai beaches that fitness lovers would love.

They offer everything from beach volleyball to yoga retreats. But the most fun thing to do here would be the jungle trekking. Whether at day or night, the views from up the Stone Wall offers spectacular views of the town below.
 

Phuket

Phuket

Phuket Thailand is not just one of the popular beaches in Thailand, but also in the world. With luxury resorts and famous beach parties, Phuket has so much to offer for all kinds of travelers. The beaches might be a bit overcrowded, but if you have rented a motorcycle, then you can explore the island, and for sure you will find a patch of paradise just for yourself. The weekend night markets in Phuket Island also offer some of the best local you will find in Thailand.

 

Koh Tao

Koh Tao

If you are keen on scuba diving, Koh Tao would be the best spot for you to get your certification. The waters there have coral reefs to shipwrecks to explore. It is more of a backpacker’s beach where you can enjoy the sunset with a beer in your hand and toes in the water.

The surrounding hills also have many lookout points and hiking trails to explore. The other nearby attraction also includes Koh Nang Yuan, a small island only 15 minutes from here. If you need a bit more of serenity, head here.

 

Koh Phra Thong

Koh Phra Thong

Koh Phra Thong would be the least touristy of all the islands in Thailand. The island has long stretches of undeveloped beach which is exactly what holds the allure for many tourists. It's secluded and tranquil ambiance makes it worthwhile. You can still find a few excellent accommodations there with all the privacy you could hope for. The intense unsullied interior is also a special aspect of the island.

 

Koh Tarutao

Koh Tarutao

The largest island in Tarutao National Marine Park, Koh Tarutao is a beach with a lot of scope for adventures. The thick jungle has many hiking trails whereas the water is perfect for snorkeling. There are also waterways including mangrove, and you can canoe to the abandoned crocodile cave. WIth no natural light to guide you, but only your flashlights, this could turn out to be a fun exploration for you.

 

Koh Phan Yee / Koh Panyi

Koh Phan Yee

The island is mainly known as a fishing village built on stilts. Most of the island of Koh Phan Yee has huge limestone cliffs, Offering a very diverse cultural experience, the travelers come here to explore the local lifestyle and eat fresh seafood. Majority of the population is Muslim, so you should dress respectfully while visiting.

 

Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe Thailand is one of the best-kept secrets of the country. Accessible only via boat from Pak Bara or Langkawi, this difficulty in reaching makes it a very secluded island. The beaches are very tranquil and have sunsets that are gorgeous. The local food is still made to the taste of locals and not for tourists, so you get to taste the authentic food here. The town has many shops, restaurants, bars that are really entertaining.
 

Koh Mak

Koh Mak

Koh Mak is another island that is only accessible by a boat. The Koh Mak Resort is a completely sustainable hotel, and that alone is worthy to visit this island for. WIth its own private vegetable and fruit garden, the food is absolutely fresh and divine. Koh Mak is the one and only privately owned island in Thailand. That also makes the beaches very fine for its residents.

 

Koh Miang

Koh Miang

Koh Miang is one among the Similan Islands that has suffered the least of tourist invasions. Located inside a national park, the place is well protected. Koh Miang is also the only Similan Island where overnight accommodation is possible.

The Princess Bay and the Honeymoon Bay are two attractive beaches on separate locations in the island they are connected by trails in the forest. Honeymoon Bay is adorned with rocks and boulders while Princess Bay is apt for swimming.

 

Every traveler who has been to Thailand has only thing to say; that it is very difficult to choose a favorite island in Thailand. WIth the suggestion we have given, you could still book cheap flights to Thailand go in search for new islands. To start your explorations, book your international flights with us at FareDepot.