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Top 9 Most Interesting Thailand Islands You Must Visit in 2021


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If you ask what an irresistible factor about Thailand is, it would simply be the gorgeous beaches on the islands of this Southeast Asian country. Some of the world's most beautiful islands can be found here!

Providing multiple unique islands with sun and shore along with some wonderful food, Thailand makes it a perfect tropical escape for any vacationer.

Here are the 9 most interesting Thai islands to add to your bucket list for your next holiday.


1. Phuket

Popular areas: Patong, Kata, Karon, Nai Harn Beach

Phuket is one of Thailand's largest islands, where there is scope for both relaxing and adventures. Hillside has quiet ocean views and sandy beaches that can soothe anybody’s mind.

On the other hand, party people can choose areas like Patong to have an exhilarating experience. Apart from freshening up in the cool resorts and pool villas, visitors can even pamper themselves with the high in demand Thai massages.


2. Koh Phi Phi

Popular areas: Maya Bay, Phi Phi Le National Park, Hat Yao, Ao Lo Dalam, Ao Pileh Bay

Koh Phi Phi, an island off Thailand’s Andaman Coast, is one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands. This place became more popular when Leonardo DiCaprio filmed The Beach in Maya Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in Koh Phi Phi.

However, Maya Bay featuring in the film, does not hide the mesmerizing natural beauty of this place. Its crystal-clear water, lush green forests, and stylishly luxurious resorts make this island a popular tourist hub.


3. Koh Samui

Popular areas: Chaweng Beach, Lamai, Choeng Mon, Bophut

Koh Samui is arguably the most visited Thailand islands when it comes to having trips with families. It consists of beautiful sandy beaches, international-ranked hotels, and shiny shopping centres. The giant golden Buddha of this place also grabs the tourists’ attention.

Fine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters inclined with coconut trees to one side make it perfect for enjoying island life.


4. Koh Pha Ngan

Popular areas: Ban Tai Beach, Haad Rin Beach, Mae Haad Beach, the Challenge Phangan Waterpark, Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai

Every month during the full moon, enthusiastic travellers come to enjoy the lively full-moon parties in Koh Phangan. Although this island is mostly famous for its full-moon parties, there is a completely different page, where there are quieter places.

There are even opportunities for trekking into the middle of the island and hiking to the clouds more than the sea.


5. Koh Tao

Popular areas: Koh Nang Yuan, Mango Bay Viewpoint, John Suwan Viewpoint, Freedom Beach

Koh Tao is one of Thailand's most popular tourist spots, which are named after its turtle-like shape on the map. This island is mostly famous for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Read more: 5 inspiring places you must visit in Thailand for first-time travellers

6. Koh Yao

Popular areas: Klong Jark Beach, Hat Lo Pared Beach, Hat Chonglard Beach

Koh Yao islands are the perfect vacation destination in Thailand that is most easily accessible from Phuket.

It can be considered both developed and underdeveloped since it can give travellers a comfortable yet rural experience.


7. Similan Islands

Popular areas: Koh Miang, Koh Similan, Koh Tachai Island, Similan Islands National Park, Elephant Head Rock Dive Site

Best known for its amazing water sports and boat tours, Similan Islands boast white sandy beaches with blue waters and interesting rock formations. Diving is a must for travellers when they come here.


8. Koh Lanta

Popular areas: Mu Koh Lanta National Park, Lanta Old Town, Secret Beach, Kantiang Bay, Bamboo Bay

With peaceful bohemian vibes, Koh Lanta is a serene place worth going to. It is actually a combination of two islands – Koh Lanta Yai (bigger one) and Koh Lanta Noi (smaller one) – connected by a bridge.


9. Koh Chang

Popular areas: Ban Bang Bao, White Sand Beach, Hat Kai Bae, Klong Prao Beach

Koh Chang is Thailand's third-largest island, and it has become a hot spot for tourism in the past few years.

It is well-known for its well-preserved ecosystem and exciting water sports. It has a rare traditional fishing village to be explored as well.


Although people in Thailand have started getting vaccinated, you need to know that all travellers need to have a Certificate of Entry to enter Thailand and are subject to 14-day quarantine at a state-approved facility.

Except for special visa holders, tourists from countries not on the visa exemption list can apply for a Special Tourist Visa (STV). You can keep up with their basic information just by browsing online sites.

Beautiful Thailand islands don't just captivate visitors, they attract many to stay there as well.

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