ISLAND Hopping Around Thailand | 10 Top ISLANDS To Visit

 

If your planning on visiting Thailand, check out these TOP 10 ISLANDS you can visit for some island hopping.

Which one will be your favourite? 

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KOH SAMUI

Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular island, it is located near Koh Phangan and Koh Tao and it is a  one hour flight from Bangkok. Koh Samui is a great island to visit for its stunning beaches, vibrant night life scene and the numerous things to do and see on the island such as temples, Ang Thong national park, shopping experiences, water falls, and many more. On Koh Samui there is a great selection of accommodation choices from beach bungalows to luxury villas. Koh Samui also has a great selection of places to eat from street food to luxury restaurants. The island is easy to get around and you can drive round it in approx 1-2 hours .

Check out our post on The History of Koh Samui – HERE.

Koh Samui – MAP

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KOH LIPE

Koh Lipe is located near Langkawi in Malaysia, and in the Adang-Rawi archipelago in south west Thailand. Koh Lipe is a tiny island and you can walk around in it in less than an hour. There is plenty of accommodation available for all budget types and great selection of places to eat on the island. Koh Lipe is near Tarutao National Park and you can do day trips here. The island is famous for its snorkelling and diving.

Koh Lipe – MAP

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PHUKET

Phuket is Thailands largest and most developed island, approx 1 hour by plane from Bangkok or Phuket has a fantastic choice of things to do and places to see. Many island’s near Phuket can be done as one day trips such as Phi Phi islands, Surin islands, James Bond island, Koh Racha island, and many more. Other attractions on Phuket include some of the following:

Bangla Road – Famous for it;’s hight life (bars, clubs, and pubs).

Beaches – Phuket has numerous stunning beaches to spend lazing the day away.

Temples – There are a lot of incredible temples dotted around Phuket to visit one of our favourite ones is Wat Chalong temple.

View Points – As you tour around Phuket, you will see some beautiful view points on the island, offering you views over the ocean or the island.

Night Markets – There are ton’s of places around Phuket for shopping from huge shopping malls, to street stall and night markets.

Some of the other attractions around Phuket are museums, Phuket old town, monuments, golf course, evening shows, water parks, go carting  and more.

Check out this post on Top Ten Things to Do In Phuket

Phuket – MAP

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KOH CHANG

Koh Chang is the third largest island in Thailand. Located near the border of Cambodia and the largest int he Koh Chang Marine Park archipelago. Koh Chang has beautiful landscapes from mountains, beaches, and several waterfalls, and rainforests. White Sands beach is one of the most popular places on the island to stay but for a more secluded feel there are a vast selection of other places you can stay around the island.  Koh Chang also has a great selections of places to dine and drink around the island.

Koh Chang – MAP

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KOH TAO

Famous for its diving and snorkelling, Koh Tao is fast becoming a very popular destinations for visitors to Thailand, despite some of the deaths that have been in the media in the last few years. If you want to obtain a diving certificate Koh Tao is a great place to learn diving from one of the diving schools on Koh Tao. Koh Tao also has a huge selection of accommodation choices from budget bungalows to luxury villas dotted around the island also in abundance are bars, nightclubs and other activities such a boat trips, fishing, and hiking. There is a nearby island you can visit from Koh Tao called Nangyuan Island.

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KOH ROK 

Koh Rok is made up of two islands (Koh Rok Nai and Koh Rok Nok)  which have a distance of approx 200 metres in-between them. The two islands are part of Koh Lanta National park. Koh Rok Island is one of the many undiscovered islands by tourists and the natural beauty on the island is just breath-taking.  You can take a speedboat from Phuket to this island which takes about 120 minutes. On Koh Rok you can go on snorkelling trips, fishing trips, tours of the national park, exploring waterfalls, beach hopping. If you want to stay on Koh Rok there are camping facilities available and toilets.

beach koh rok yai, Thailand - Strand

 

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KOH KUT

Koh Kut is located near the Cambodian border – it is a mountainous island with a lot of it covered in vast jungles. The beaches on this island are incredible and the sea is rich in marine life. The island has a very laid back scene and a lot of accommodation choices to suit all types of travellers and budgets. Be warned this island had limited internet connectivity in most places making it a great place to unwind for the hustle and bustle of the world. One of the best beaches on the island is Klong Chao beach which nearly 1000 metres of white fine powdery sand. This is a true beach lovers paradise island.

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KOH PHAYAM

This island is located near Ranong, the island will need to be explored mainly by motorbike as the roads are not suitable for cars. There are many beaches located around the island and lovely small restaurants as well as beach type shack bars. The accommodation on this island is very cheap and can be as little as £3-5 per night, don’t expect all the normal luxuries you would get on more developed islands. Many young people flock to the island for the many beach parties events on the island. Other activities on the island include hiking, walking, snorkelling, and boat trips. This is a very unspoilt island with a tiny population of 500-600 people. You can read more about Koh Phayam – HERE.

Koh Phayam – MAP

 

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KOH JUM

You can get to Koh Jum from Phi Phi islands or mainland Krabi – it is largely untouched by mass tourism. The island has a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful views of the jungle covered mountains at the northern part of the island. This island is the perfect getaway and great for snorkelling, fishing trips, scuba diving, exploring beaches, and walking around the island. There is a range of good accommodation choices on the island, but only a few bars and evening entrainment. To see what restaurants the island has to offer check out TRIPADVISOR.

Koh Jum – MAP

 

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KOH PHI PHI

Koh Phi Phi is a small archipelago of island in the Krabi Province. There are two parts of the island, Koh Phi Phi Leh and Koh Phi Phi Don. Koh Phi Phi offers visitors of plenty to do and see, from water type activities, boat trips, a vibrant nightlife scene and Koh Phi Phi is a fantastic place to visit if you want a mix of a relaxing holiday on an island that has a great night scene. There are plenty of accommodations available from luxury to budget and a vast selection of bars and incredible restaurants. The island and its surrounding have the most beautiful scenery from limestone cliffs in the sea to string white sand beaches for you to explore. Koh Phi phi is a perfect tropical Island.

 

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Showing 12 comments
  • Alex
    Reply

    These all look so beautiful! I am really wanting to visit Koh Yao Noi too 🙂

  • Kim
    Reply

    I wanna go to Phucket and Koh Tao. Is it easy to Island hop? Like expense wise? I feel like it’s a great way to experience the different things each Island has to offer since they’re not all the same. Great post !

  • Tyra
    Reply

    I meaaaan can I go to all of,them?! Hehe, Thailand is next on my list! I wanted to go to Koh Lipe while I was in Langkawi, but was too lazy to go anywhere so I stayed in Langkawi for those days😂 Thank you for this list of islands. Ill be needing it soon!

  • Travelquartz
    Reply

    So I have been to Koh Phi Phi and Phuket…I want to see the rest of islands in my revisit now, such an awesome list for travelers to plan a perfect Island Hopping. I went to Krabi too, another of my favorite destination.Thailand is so beautiful 🙂

  • Heraa
    Reply

    Koh phi phi, phuket and koh sumi looks like islands I would love to visit. How lo and would it take to visit all of them? Loved the guide 🙂

  • Aditi
    Reply

    These pictures teleport me to a different planet by itself!! Gorgeous!! As much as I’d love to check out Koh Samui, I’ve heard that Koh Tao is a far more restful yet prettier island. Guess I’ll have to visit it to believe it. 😉 Cheers!!

  • amit
    Reply

    Now I wanna go Island hopping 😀 – I’ve been to most of these but I miss just chilling out on the beach in Ko Tao, and actually miss the parties in Phuket…ok ok I miss all of them …ahhh take me back 😀 😀

  • Michael
    Reply

    Out of the lot, Koh Tao sounds like my kind of place as I wouldn’t mind spending a week exploring the dives there. Nice post.

  • lexieanimetravel
    Reply

    I have been a fan of Thailands beautiful islands, my top would definitely be Koh Phi Phi and second is Koh Lipe, third will be Koh Jum. I super love this post ill be saving this for my hopeful vacation in Thailand in the future.

  • Helene
    Reply

    I went to Phuket 4 years ago and I didn’t know it was an island *Facepalm*… You can tell I’m amazing at geography:P We also got a boat to Koh Phi Phi and it was lovely! I just got a little seasick and couldn’t enjoy it as much:P I think I could spend a whole holiday just island hopping in Thailand, it would be dreamy! I’ll come back to your guide once I decide to plan that:D

  • Noel
    Reply

    So many islands to go to. But I’ll always have Kho Phi Phi in my bucket list. The Beach!!!

    I thought you’re not going to put it but it’s at the very end. Nice list!!!

  • Katie
    Reply

    Love this! I can’t wait to get back to Thailand and explore some more of these gorgeous islands! the beaches just look stunning everywhere!

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