Exploring Thailand Islands

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1. Island hopping in Koh Lipe

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Monkey in koh dong, thailand

 

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Koh dong, thailand

Koh Lipe is a must-see when you’re exploring Thailand, particularly since this island in the south is one of the few remaining off-the-beaten attractions in the country. While you’re here, one of the best things to do – aside from beach bumming, of course – is to island hop!

There are 2 main island hopping tours in Koh Lipe, called Program A and Program B. These tours will take you to different beaches and snorkeling spots. One of our favorite stops is Koh Dong aka Monkey Beach, which is included in Program B. Koh Dong seems uninhabited and the beach is gorgeous, and what’s more, you can see wild monkeys in the area! You can take pictures of them in the background, although of course certain precautions have to be taken – such as eating lunch in the boat so the monkeys won’t be able to steal the food and distancing yourself away from the animals.

There are also tours called Sunset Tour and Plankton Trip. A Sunset Tour starts late in the afternoon and ends with a barbecue dinner, while the Plankton Trip is a unique tour where you can see the planktons glowing in a beach at night. It’s easy to sign up for an island hopping tour in Koh Lipe. If you’re with a group, you can also rent your own private boat instead.

By: Katherine from taraletsanywhere.com

 

2.  Phang Nga Bay – James Bond Island

Koh Phang Nga Bay

Koh Phang Nga Bay

If you’ve ever seen a postcard from Thailand, there are high chances that the image it depicts comes from the Phang Nga Bay, the Thai region famous for its limestone karsts coming out of the emerald-green water. And if let’s say, you are not such a big fan of karsts, then perhaps you will fall in love with the immense mangrove forests floating in the bay, or with the fishing villages where people’s lives depend solely on the Andaman sea surrounding them.

Because it is located between the famous Thai destinations, Phuket and Krabi, you can easily visit the bay as a day trip from either one of the mentioned places. Also, Phuket is a good base to go around and there are plenty of places to stay in Phuket.

Surely, your trip will include some incredible snorkeling, some lagoons, a stop at a fishing village where you can explore the way of life of the locals, and of course, a stop at the James Bond Island. This island, known initially as either Koh Tapu or Khao Phing Kan became famous due to the 1974 James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, which had a couple of scenes filmed there.

Unfortunately, James Bond not only made it famous but also increased the waste in the area because of all the garbage is thrown by tourists. So, if you do decide to visit, make sure to be mindful of the environment and take your trash with you back to your accommodation.

By Andra from ourworldtowander.com

3. Koh Tao

Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao, Thailand

One of the top visited islands in Thailand is Koh Tao. The island of Koh Tao is particularly know for diving activities. There are several diving sites around Koh Tao, serving almost every interest. If you are facing lack of time, Koh diving trip can also be done as a day trip from Koh Samui. There are pre-packaged diving trips available from Koh Samui – reliving you of planning pain.

4. Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Located just an hour away from Krabi, Koh Lanta is actually a cluster of small islands. The sight of pristine beaches of Koh Lanta Yai is sight to behold. The beaches are often secluded, perfect for someone looking to get away from the crowd. For staying on the island, there are many resorts to choose from. The island crowd is usually older, from 30 and above, which helps in having a peaceful break.

5. Koh Chang

Koh Chang, Thailand

Koh Chang, Thailand

Is this island the place which lends it name to famous Thai Beer Chang? The stunningly beautiful island is known for the national parks which can be easily hiked individually as well part of the group tour. Due to its closeness to Cambodia, many travelers choose to visit Koh Chang while coming or going to Siem Reap (angkor wat).

If you are looking for a bar scene head to Had Sai Noi Beach, the most popular one in Koh Chang. If you are looking for more traditional option, head to Salakkok Bay which is known for the fishing villages nearby. There are several activities that one can pursue, including Yoga, Thai cooking classes and kayaking through the mangrove forests.


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