Every traveler dreams of basking in the sun in a tropical paradise, and Thailand is home to hundreds of dreamy, sun-drenched islands that you thought existed only in your wildest dreams. However, with a sheer number of islands to explore, you’ll want to make sure you prioritize only the best, as there’s simply not enough time to visit them all!
Each island caters to a particular traveler. If you’re hoping for a relaxing getaway, you wouldn’t want to arrive at a party island that’s been in full swing for more than ten hours. Similarly, you wouldn’t want to interrupt yoga practitioners working on their spirituality on an island when you’re raring to party. For these reasons, it’s crucial to draw up a list of the islands that match your itinerary best and make the most of your trip. Here are four gorgeous Thai islands to add to your bucket list:
1. Koh Samui
Naturally, topping the list is the ever-popular Koh Samui, one of the original Thai islands hosting some of the best honeymoon destinations and luxury beachfront resorts. Before its current iteration, it attracted backpackers and ravers worldwide due to its affordable huts and wild parties. However, it has since taken on a more elegant ambiance, being home to the world’s most elegant, rejuvenating spas.
Koh Samui is blessed with crystalline waters, abundant marine life, colorful coral reefs, and lush green forests. It is also the second-largest island in Thailand, giving you plenty to explore regardless of your mood!
2. Koh Tao
Koh Tao’s coast, known as Turtle Island, is peppered with sandy coves, quiet restaurants illuminated with lanterns, and dive shops catering to marine adventurers. If you’re keen on exploring the beauty under the Gulf of Thailand’s jewel waters, Koh Tao is the place to be. It’s also one of the best places to learn how to dive while being the cheapest, home to shallow, warm waters and colorful marine creatures that are almost too magical to be real.
Still, even if diving isn’t your forte, there are many things to do to keep you engaged. With its vibrant nightlife, Koh Tao has something for all kinds of travelers, whether you’re hoping to go on an adventure or party all night long.
3. Koh Phangan
If you’re a dedicated partier in search of three-day beach parties, Koh Phangan is the perfect island for you. It is renowned for its full moon parties at Haad Rin, making it a paradise for dedicated ravers. Something exciting happens every night of the week at the island’s many beach and cocktail bars. In fact, during peak season, a staggering 20,000 visitors set up camp on the island to dance the night away!
Even though the island is known for its thrumming nightlife, it is also home to some of Mother Nature’s most beautiful gifts. Tucked away in the island are secluded jungle trails that feel several worlds away from the pandemonium of parties, with awe-inspiring waterfalls strewn all over the island.
4. Koh Chang
Koh Chang is situated near the Cambodian border while being Thailand’s third-largest island. Even though it presents itself as more modest than the other islands mentioned, it encapsulates Thailand. Featuring numerous moonlit waterfalls, breathtaking mountains, vibrant coral reefs, verdant rainforests, and lush, sandy beaches, the island has an endless list of features to see and experience for yourself.
Be sure to visit White Sand Beach, which is the longest and most adored beach. If you want a more bohemian vibe, check out Had Sai Noi Beach. However, if you want to jam with the locals, visit Salakkok Bay to observe a traditional fishing village.
These islands are some of Thailand’s best, offering something for everyone, from the most diehard partiers to those seeking a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. By adding these islands to your bucket list, you’ll get to experience a tropical paradise unlike any other for yourself!
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