The Top 5 Islands to Visit in Thailand

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Traveling to Thailand can be an exhilarating experience for you and your friends, but did you know that the islands of this magnificent country offer so much more than the largest city of Bangkok.  While you can spend an enjoyable time on one island, soaking up the sun, drinking, and bathing in your swim trunks, your trip will quickly become amazing when you choose to do a little island hopping. 

The Top 5 Islands to Visit in Thailand

  1. Phuket


Phuket is one of the closest islands to Bangkok and you can easily reach this island via a one-hour plane ride from the city.  In fact, you may want to use this island as your home base, as it has everything that you will need during your time on the other islands.  The locals love spending their time on Nai Harn Beach, so throw your board shorts on and join them for water sports and to see what they recommend you do on the other islands. 

Phuket Thailand


2. Koh Samet


When you are on Koh Samet, spend your time over at Hat Sai Kaeo and Ao Hin Khok. Those areas are busier, and they offer the best nightlife on the entire island.  If you're a thrill seeker and enjoy water sports, you can chose to partake in windsurfing, otherwise you will find some tranquility over in Ao Noina, Ao Wai, and Ao Phutsa. These destinations still offer fun and adventure when you need a change from relaxing.

Koh Samet Thailand


3. Koh Phangan


Everyone needs to visit Koh Phangan at least once in their lifetime, especially during the time when the full moon is present in the sky.  Those full moons bring the electric Full Moon Party and those parties take place down on the beach and last until dawn.  You will spend your night drinking and dancing to the music that plays as the moon and string lights sparkle in the background.  Throw on your boardshorts and spend the next day recovering by the pool or on the beach.

Koh Phangan Thailand


4. Koh Chang


Adventures are everywhere on Koh Chang, so you should spend a few extra days on this massive island in Thailand.  The beaches offer water sport activities and the rainforests contain awe-inspiring waterfalls. When you make your travel plans, choose a hotel or resort on White Sand Beach, you definitely won’t be disappointed!

Koh Chang Thailand


5. Koh Tao


Scuba diving is what is going to capture your attention the most on Koh Tao, especially if you do not mind taking risks when it comes to seeing sharks and sting rays up close!  Your days can be spent improving your diving skills amongst the marine life and at night you can head to the nearest night club. Fortunately Tucann Swim Shorts are quick drying! While everyone parties hard on Koh Tao, you will discover that they are much more laidback than the people you see on many of the other islands. 

Koh Tao Thailand


These are the five best islands to visit in Thailand and each one will have you craving more!  Spend more than a day or two at each one, or you will feel that your trip was lacking in more ways than one. 


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