TRAVEL; ISLANDS

Best Islands to visit in Thailand

Elke l’Amie

                           05 December 201722 March 2016

Best islands to visit in Thailand?

Thailand has many islands and all are very pretty. So I can imagine you get a bit overwhelmed when you are looking for a nice beach vacation.

Let me give you my top 3 of best islands to visit in Thailand. I’ll promise you they won’t disappoint.

Tropicial vibes at Koh Lipe

Sunrise Beach.

1. Koh Lipe

Number 1 on my list of best islands to visit in Thailand is Koh Lipe.

Koh Lipe is also named as the Maldives of Thailand. Ok, I see you raising your eyebrows. Nothing can beat the Maldives, right? I have never been to the Maldives unfortunately, but I can tell you Koh Lipe comes a long way.

The island is pretty small and you can easily walk around it. But wow Koh Lipe you are beautiful and for sure one of the best islands to visit in Thailand. It has white sand beaches and a clear blue sea. Bring me a cocktail and I call it paradise.

I would recommend staying for at least 3 nights because it is quite a hassle to get to this little island.

Bring me a cocktail and I call it paradise.

Pretty view over Sunrise Beach.

Enjoying the colorful sunset.

💰 Entrance price: 200 THB (even though it is not a part of the national park)
🕒 Time to get here: half day (flight, bus, boat)
💟 Level of excitement (out of 5): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Accomodation at Koh Lipe

Are you looking for a place to stay in Koh Lipe? I walked around the island and the best beach I found is Sunrise Beach. A beautiful white sand beach and not as busy as on walking street.

We stayed at Idyllic Concept Resort, I can totally recommend it. People are super friendly and the breakfast is delicious. 

Viewpoint at Koh Samui

2. Koh Samui

It might be a well-known island, but I have a special bond with the amazing Koh Samui. Our first visit was in 2007 and I am still in love with this island. That is why it is number two on my list of best islands to visit in Thailand.

The best place to stay is either around Mae Nam beach (my favorite) or Lamai Beach.

If you are looking for a quiet, romantic, but gorgeous beach I recommend Mae Nam beach. If you still want the beauty, but also a little entertainment I would choose for Lamai Beach. Here you can find some awesome beach bars. At Mae Nam, the beach is most beautiful, but there is not much to do (especially in low season). 

Chaweng beach is the most popular and touristy area on Koh Samui. If you like to party this is the place to be. But I don’t prefer to stay here.

Chaweng beach is the most popular and touristy area on Koh Samui. If you like to party this is the place to be.

💰 Entrance price: there is no entrance fee
🕒 Time to get here: 1.15-hour flight away from Bangkok
💟 Level of excitement (out of 5): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The beautiful and quiet Mae Nam beach.

Koh Samui

Accommodation at Koh Samui

As I already told you, Mae Nam is my favorite area on Koh Samui.  

A beautiful place to stay at is, for example, Mimosa Resort and Spa. It is direct at the beach and the food is very tasty.

Want to read more about Koh Samui? Read my blog: “Best of Koh Samui – travel guide”.

Enjoying the beauty of Koh Kood.

3. Koh Kood

The third on the list of best islands to visit in Thailand is Koh Kood. But don’t get me wrong it is certainly not last. Koh Kood is gorgeous too!

Koh Kood has no airport so it takes a little longer to get too, but it is totally worth the effort.

Think of beautiful sunsets, beach swings and dining on a white sand beach. It is quiet and not fully discovered by tourist yet. Probably because it takes a little effort to get to. But hey who needs those tourists anyway ;-).

For me, the best area to stay at is Ao Phrao beach. The perfect escape from your hectic life. There is not much to do around here, but you can visit any of the other beaches by motorbike.

Think of beautiful sunsets, beach swings and dining on a white sand beach. 

💰 Entrance price: there is no entrance fee
🕒 Time to get here: half day (bus & boat)
💟 Level of excitement (out of 5): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Beach swing by beautiful suroundings

Koh Kood

Accommodation at Koh Kood

The most beautiful resorts at Koh Kood are the ones of the fairy tale of Peter Pan. 

Check out the luxury Tinkerbell Resort or the Peter Pan Resort itself. Who said fairy tales are not real?

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