For many years, Thailand has been considered a hub for all kinds of international travelers, from backpackers to families. These travelers flock to the affordable beauty and fun of Thailand, and the islands off the country’s coasts are the most.
Thailand and the islands off the country’s coasts are the most popular destination of all.
While there are hundreds of islands in Thailand, there are a couple that gets the lion’s share of attention. Phuket is largely known as a party hub although it does also have some quieter spots; Koh Samui is a diver’s paradise, and Koh Phi Phi has risen steadily in popularity since appearing in the film ‘The Beach’.
It’s no mystery why these islands are so popular, given their natural beauty paired with well-developed tourism industries boasting an impressive array of restaurants, bars, and fun attractions.
Some people, however, would prefer to trade in the hustle and bustle of these major islands in search of more remote, untouched landscapes. There’s certainly a strong appeal of finding a quaint island where the sound of nightclubs is replaced by the sounds of birds and the lapping waves.
So, if your idea of an island paradise is away from the main islands such as Phuket or Koh Samui, you will not be disappointed by Thailand. Here are our four favorites:
featuring a beautiful horse-shoe shaped bay dotted with only a couple of rustic bungalow-style resorts, Koh Kood is a perfect relaxing paradise. There are a couple of restaurants, but the main attraction is the gorgeous, calm beach.
Koh Phayam – it can be a bit of a hassle getting to this island near the Myanmar border, which has kept the crowds at bay. However, those who make the journey will be rewarded with beautiful beaches and sacred Buddhist sites.
with a somewhat infamous past having once housed a penal colony and also featured on the TV show Survivor, this island boasts a rugged jungle landscape which is perfect for that “Castaway” feeling.
located about two hours away from more popular Koh Lanta, Koh Rok remains relatively untouched by development and is an oasis of calm compared to the larger islands. Kayakers and camping enthusiasts, in particular, will love Koh Rok.