Hidden Gems of Thailand – The Surrounding Islands

Most people who visit Thailand have Bangkok and Phuket on their schedule. What the first time traveller to Thailand does not know is that there are many other beautiful islands around Thailand. In fact, there are thousands of islands around Thailand that the more discerning of travellers can make their way to if they so desire. Holidaymakers who are travelling in Thailand should make an effort to see at least one of these islands around Thailand during their trip as more often than not, it might turn out to be a lot better than you would have expected.

Thousands of islands around Thailand worth exploring

Thousands of islands around Thailand worth exploring

Visiting Phuket Island
Phuket is the largest and most popular island in Thailand. This island is suitable for families, couples and luxury travellers. Unlike other parts of Thailand, Phuket is very expensive. Due to this, it is not suitable for budget travellers or backpackers. That being said, Phuket has a lot to offer to those who can afford to travel there. There are pristine beaches, good food and numerous activities.

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

Diving in Koh Tao Island
Anyone who likes diving or snorkelling should visit Koh Tao Island. This is one of the few Thailand islands that are known specifically for its diving. The dive sites in this area allow visitors to see spectacular displays of fishes, corals and other underwater creatures. Over the last few years, travellers whom are not into diving have also discovered Koh Tao. As a result, there are new non-diving activities cropping up on the island such as jungle trekking, off-road activities, and numerous sea sport activities.

Diving in Koh Tao

Diving in Koh Tao

Koh Tao Island, Thailand

Koh Tao Island, Thailand

Relax on Koh Chang Island
Koh Chang Island is one of the Thailand islands which is approximately one to two hours away from Bangkok. This makes it relatively easy to visit if you’re staying in Bangkok for your holiday. This island is well-known for having a relaxed “hippy” atmosphere. Backpackers love Koh Chang Island as the prices on this island are still relatively cheap compared to the other places in Thailand which have been heavily commercialized due to the tourist trade. However, this will not last long as more and more people travelling in Thailand are discovering the nature beauty of the island.

"Water Houses" in Koh Chang is a must-visit for tourists

“Water Houses” in Koh Chang is a must-visit for tourists

Koh Chang is famous for its jungle treks

Koh Chang is famous for its jungle treks

See the Infamous Koh Phi Phi Island
Leonardo DiCaprio starred in the famous movie “The Beach”. The movie focused on a group of backpackers who were looking for paradise. They found an island that was both beautiful and closed off from the rest of the backpacker community. As you would have guessed, this island is the infamous Koh Phi Phi Island, otherwise known as Phi Phi island for short. This island had a beautiful lagoon which is now world famous. Much of this movie was filmed in Koh Phi Phi. Unfortunately, the island is not as isolated as it was in the movie. The movie generated tremendous buzz about the location. People now flock to the island to see the lagoon on the beach. Most are surprised to see that the area is now very tourist orientated.

The Koh Phi Phi Island Lagoon that made it famous

The Koh Phi Phi Island Lagoon that made it famous

Here’s a short video showing the beautiful Koh Phi Phi island, where the movie “The Beach” was filmed.

Conclusion
Overall, there are some amazing Thailand islands that you should consider visiting on your next trip to Thailand. Thailand is considered to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world due to its exotic culture, cheap exchange rates compared to most developed countries, and a friendly, tourist-orientated community in Thailand. A large part of this is due to its beautiful islands and beaches and it would be a huge mis-opportunity if you don’t take some time to explore them!

The Cultural Aspect of Thailand

The Cultural Aspect of Thailand

Let us know in the comments below if you have some other hidden gems that travellers like yourself should visit!

2 Responses to Hidden Gems of Thailand – The Surrounding Islands

  1. When someone writes an article he/she retains the image of a user in his/her mind that how a user can understand it.
    So that’s why this article is amazing. Thanks!

    Juliann August 7, 2013 at 6:31 am Reply
  2. Man there are great islands in Thailand. Currently I am exploring the islands between Phuket and Krabi… there are many. Just last weekend we went to Koh Hae, also known as Coral Island. Great snorkeling.

    Brian December 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm Reply

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