5 Best Islands to Visit in Thailand
Thailand is made up of thousands of islands, here are 5 you should not miss...
1. Koh Tao
Koh Tao is one of the more well-known Thai islands, it's especially well-known for its scuba diving. Travellers who want to learn how to scuba dive in Thailand should look no further than here, with its cheap rates for PADI courses, Koh Tao is a popular place to learn. There are various company's that go all around the island from areas in the north to the east of the island, there are no shortage of places to learn. Just off this beautiful island is Koh Nangyuan, a very small island, which is accessible from sairee beach on Koh Tao. This place is good for snorkelling and relaxing, this tiny island harbours a small resort. A short 20 minute walk up the island you can view this stunning island. Koh Tao is particularly popular with backpackers, and there are plenty of bars to choose from including the famous Koh-Tao pub crawl on numerous times a week.
2. Phi Phi
Found in the south of Thailand near Phuket, Koh Phi Phi is a mecca for backpackers. A strip of bars are found along the main beach, where it is busy all times of the night. Most people who visit Koh Phi Phi, take a snorkelling trip which includes locations like Monkey Islands and secluded lagoons. As well as a visit to the famous Maya Beach, which is known from the movie 'The Beach' which stars Leonardo DeCaprio.
3. Koh Phangan
Known as the party island of Thailand, and it's famous full moon parties are known all over the world. Once a month the island prepares for it's legendary full moon party on the beach. As well as the main event, the nights leading up to it are just as famous, with options such as the jungle, Eden and pool parties available. There are many activities to keep backpackers occupied during the day like visits to waterfalls and temples, as well as a mini total wipe out course.
4. Koh Chang
A lesser known and visited island in Thailand near the Cambodian border, it is well worth a visit. Koh Chang has some beautiful beaches which aren't as spoilt by travellers, it's more of a peaceful island for those that want to relax. There are options to rent out kayaks to see more of the island, and elephant and jungle treks to do as well. Unlike most of the tourist Thai islands, backpackers can see the traditional village life these Thai people live in.
5. Koh Samui
Finally, Koh Samui, this island is more family based with a wide range of activities for travellers to do, from bicycle routes around the island and Thai boxing matches. For the more adventurous travellers, there are opportunities to go bungee jumping. There are more paradise-esque beaches for families with water sports activities, and for the backpackers a wide range of bars including the famous ARK bar.
By Natalia Andersson-Laing
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