With so many islands in Thailand to visit it is hard to know where to start. Below is a full guide to the top islands in Thailand and what each island offers.
When to visit Phuket: March - May
Why Visit Phuket: The largest island in Thailand
Best Phuket beaches:
- Freedom Beach
- Kata Beach
- Nai Harn Beach
When to visit Kho Phi Phi: November - April
Why visit KKho Phi Phi: Crazy parties and a huge backpacking crowd
Best Kho Phi Phi beaches:
- Phak Nam Bay
- Laem Tong Beach
- Long Beach
When to visit Koh Lipe: November - February
Why visit Koh Lipe: Called the Maldives of Thailand
How to get to Koh Lipe: Koh Lipe can be reached year around from Pak Bara, Thailand. In high season boats also run to Langkawi, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket and several other islands.
Koh Lipe best beaches:
- Pattaya Beach
- Sunrise Beach
- Sunset Beach
When to visit Koh Samui: December - April
Best beaches in Koh Samui:
- Chweng Beach
- Lamai Beach
- Lipa Noi Beach
When to visit Koh Chang: November - March
Why visit Koh Chang: 2nd largest island in Thailand (after Phuket) but very small crowds
Best beaches in Koh Chang:
- White Sand Beach
- Klong Prao Beach
- Kai Bae Beach
Best beaches in Koh Tao:
- Maehaad Bay
- Sairee Beach
- Chalok Baan Kao Bay
When to visit Koh Lanta: November - April
Why visit Koh Lanta: Closest island to the famous Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Koh Haa sites, so it is very popular with divers.
Best beaches in Koh Lanta:
- Klong Dao Beach
- Kantiang Beach
- Phra Ae Beach
When to visit Koh Pha-Ngan: During a full moon party
Why visit Koh Pha-Ngan: Full Moon Party
Full details on how to attend a full moon party in Thailand here.
Nest beaches in Koh Pha-Ngan:
- Bottle Beach
- Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach
- Malibu Beach
There are also numerous islands in Thailand that you can only visit for the day. Here are my top picks on the ones you cannot miss.
Best way to visit: Rent a private boat from Krabi or join a private tour
Full guide on visiting Hong Island here.
James Bond Island (Phang Nga Bay)
Best way to visit: Join a private tour from Phuket
Best way to visit: Join a private tour from Kho Phi Phi or try and score a spot on the sleep aboard for a truly unique experience in Maya Bay.
Full review of Maya Bay sleep aboard here.
Best way to visit: Take a long tail boat from Krabi
Thailand's islands are so beautiful I am pretty confident you will love anywhere you choose.
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. I always use Lonely Planet's pocket guides since they fit in my ...... pocket.
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