5 Best Islands to Visit in Thailand

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. 


Koh Phangan

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. 


Koh Tao

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.


Koh Samui

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



Related Pages


Related Opportunities

Thai Adventure

Explore Thailand on a 18 or 29 day adventure tour. Party, beaches, elephants, culture, trekking and much much more!!

Thai Island Hopper East

Sun, swimming & good times are what you’re into, then the Thai Islands are all yours. Jump your way from Koh Samui to Koh Tao, finishing it up with the legendary Koh Pha Ngan. With multiple nights on each island, you can sit back on island time.

Thai Island Hopper West

Some of the world's best beaches in some of the ultimate places to chill make this Thai Island Hopper trip a must. From busy Phuket, head to paradise on legendary Koh Phi Phi, before Krabi & its amazing scenery.

Best of Thailand

Experience the best of Thailand on this 10 day guided tour! From the bright lights and hustle-bustle of Bangkok to the jungles of Khao Sok you will fall in love with everything this country has to offer. 

Thailand Sailing Adventure - Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

Travel from Phuket on the mainland of Thailand to Koh Phi Phi onboard a large sailing yacht.

10 Day Thailand Island Hop Adventure

Thailand is an amazing place to visit, with loads to see, do and discover. From the bustling streets of Bangkok, to the tranquil lakes of Khao Sok National Park, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. 

Southern Thai Delights

For years, travellers have made a beeline for the south of Thailand.

Thailand Sailing Adventure Trip - Koh Phi Phi to Phuket

4 day sailing experience onboard a yacht in Southern Thailand from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket.

North & South Thailand Highlights

The perfect mix of culture and beach, activities and relaxation, this 15-day adventure hits all the highlights.

Thailand Experience

Take in everything Thailand has to offer with this 29-day adventure through vibrant city streets, emerald green rice paddies, tropical terrains, and blissful sandy beaches.

4-Week Group Adventure Trail in Thailand

Travel with us to ancient Thailand, land of unimaginable beauty, on an adventure that will take you from night bazaars to picture perfect vistas.

Divemaster Course + Internship, Koh Tao, Thailand

Live the life on a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. The Koh Tao Divemaster course means living on an incredible tropical island, diving every day for 8 or 12 weeks, accommodation and equipment included. 

Thailand Full Moon Party Xperience

Imagine spending 13 days backpacking through Thailand in the lead up to the famous full moon party. Fully guided, loads of fun and great value too. Checking out Bangkok, we take you to national parks and paradise islands.

Thailand Island Hopping

Spend time exploring Thailand's spectacular islands, this is the ultimate experience!

South East Asia Ethical Adventure Trail - 10 weeks

Travel with us to the ancient Kingdoms of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in Southeast Asia, famously popular destinations for gap year travellers and it isn't hard to see why.

Bangkok to Bali Shoestring Tour

Travel and explore Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia on this 28 day tour of South-East Asia.

Thailand Coral Reef Conservation and Diving

Join this marine conservation and diving programme and experience life in the crystal waters surrounding Koh Tao, Thailand's most beautiful tropical island.





About  |  Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Company A-Z  |  Advertise  |  Press  |  Contact

One World 365 © 2007 - 2017