The end of the year is approaching quick, and here are 7 islands to visit during those long holidays! Because everyone needs to relax once in a while.
1. Koh Similan
Located just 84km northwest from Phuket, the Similan Islands is one of the most well-known island groups in the Andaman Sea due to its alluring underwater beauty. It is also considered as the top 10 most interesting diving places. Fun fact, Similan Islands means 9 islands, and each one of them is numbered.
2. Koh Tachai
Koh Tachai is an extension of Koh Similan and was recently placed under protection by the government. However, they’re not very close to each other. The island measures 12 sq.km and much like Koh Similan, it is also another stunningly beautiful island with vast clear blue seas, white sands and luscious greens. Diving is great as there are an abundance of Whale Sharks and Manta Rays in the water.
3. Koh Hey
Koh Hey, otherwise known as Coral Island, is one of the most popular island groups just south of Phuket. As its name suggest, they’re well-known for their shallow coral reefs and excellent snorkeling. It measures roughly 2.5km long with two beaches on the north side of the island. For a more romantic and quieter experience, try and get a boat to bring you to freedom beach, relatively small beach with virtually no people.
4. Koh Racha
Stunning view and an excellent place for snorkeling. Koh Racha is one of the upcoming islands that has garnished quite a popularity amongst tourist. Villas and bungalows too are constantly being built to cater to the demand. Great for those who do not want to visit Bali, but want something similar.
5. Koh Phiphi
Viewed as an iron fortress upon arriving, Koh Phiphi is the hottest topic of conversation when it comes to island travels in Thailand. It has been in many movies, making it an island-superstar! The massive jungle followed by a clean, white and pure looking beach, encased between high-rise cliffs certainly is a sight to remember! There’s also plenty of really beautiful hotels here!
6. Koh Mook
Koh Mook is a small rocky island off the coast of Trang province. Its unique Emerald Cave under the rocky west coast is an attraction on its own, where tourists can actually kayak and swim when it’s in low tide. The island itself has comfortable bungalows at a reasonable price. Though it may not be as villa-like as some of the other islands on this list, it still is a pretty solid place to be.
7. Koh Rok
Protected as part of Mu Ko Lanta National Park, these gorgeous twin islands boast some of the finest snorkelling in Thailand’s Andaman Sea. Like many others, Koh Rok comes with white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, beautiful coral reefs and well, huge monitor lizards for some reason. In any case, Koh Rok still is a great place to through the night, or even snorkel. The only downside to this place now is the fact that it’s heavily populated with tourists, so privacy is an issue.