Deciding Which of Thailand’s Beautiful Islands to Visit on Your Holiday
As people are readjusting and beginning to start travelling again, you have made the excellent decision to visit Thailand on your next holiday. You have got as far as a period of initial acclimatisation and site seeing in Bangkok; you are undecided on where to travel to next but like the idea of seeing one of Thailand’s beautiful islands. We will look at the main options available and how best they might suit you, whether it is a relaxing spa retreat in Koh Samui, the staggering beauty of the Phi Phi islands or the livelier islands of Phuket and Koh Pha Ngan.
Thailand’s Biggest Island
As Thailand’s largest island Phuket is a popular destination and an excellent base to explore the other smaller islands; easily reached on a one-hour internal flight from Bangkok, its main areas are on the coast at Patong, Kata and Karon. Phuket caters for all types of travellers with quiet sandy beaches, many adventurous activities and nightlife while also showcasing Thailand’s awesome cuisine in its many restaurants.
A Popular Favourite
Also easily reached by a short internal flight Koh Samui is perfect for first-time visitors and travellers often return to experience clean sandy beaches, spa retreats and luxury resorts. For seclusion and peace, head to the south or west of the island or attend one of the legendary full moon parties for a slice of nightlife. There are awesome waterfalls and stunning Buddhist temples to visit on a day away from the beach.
The Movie Location
Reached by day trip or ferries from Phuket, the Phi Phi islands are a great choice for honeymooners with their natural beauty and seclusion. Made famous by the locational use of Maya Bay in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach, its steep cliffs and clear blue seas are just simply amazing.
The Party Islands
If nightlife and partying are your thing, then the only place to head for is the famous Koh Pha Ngan. The Moon parties on Haad Rin beach are legendary, with crowds of up to thirty thousand people attending the Full moon parties can get a little crazy. The island is a one-hour ferry ride from Koh Samui.
Other Options Open to You
The four islands I have described are only some options; divers should head to the Simian islands or the stunning island of Koh Tao; it is a bit of a longer journey but well worth it. Less well-known but equally beautiful are the Koh Chang and Koh Lipe islands, which feature some of the best beaches in Thailand.
Wherever you decide to go there really is not a bad decision, and I am sure you will have a wonderful holiday.