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11 Beautiful Islands in Thailand – Which Island fits you?

11 Beautiful Islands in Thailand
Last Update: November 2019


Do you have your mind set on visiting one or more Islands in Thailand? Well, you’re in for a treat! But which Island in Thailand? Even if you’re hopping 2 or more Islands, you will have some difficult choices.

Your aim might be to spend a few relaxing days in a hammock on an empty beach. In that case you don’t want to find yourself on a ‘hardcore party all night’ type of Island.

Similar, maybe what you’re looking for is luxury and moonlight dinners on the beach. Ending up on the ‘wrong’ Island could mean that you have to machete your way through mosquito riddled jungle just to find that the only food on offer is fried crickets from a rickety old food cart.

There’s something for everyone on the Islands, but what I’m saying is, not every Island might be for you. I will introduce you to 11 beautiful Islands in Thailand so you can decide which Island fits you.



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Thai Islands


Of course there are more than 11 Islands in Thailand, in fact there are hundreds. I made this particular selection, because I have personally visited each of these 11 Islands, most of them even multiple times. This way I can provide you with first hand information only.

The same goes for the accommodations that I recommend. I have personally stayed in every guesthouse and hotel, unless when specifically mentioned otherwise. Paid for by myself, no sponsor deals and no freebees.



How to get to the Islands


There are several international airports in Thailand. Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok serves as a main hub for intercontinental flights into South East Asia. Other major international airports are Don Muang (also in Bangkok), Phuket and Chiang Mai . I recommend using the Skyscanner website to find schedules and the best prices for incoming and outgoing flights.

To get to the Islands involves bus and probably ferry transport. I always use the transport planning tool below from 12Go.com to book online. Especially during high season and public holidays it makes sense to book ahead to secure your seat(s). The tool is incredibly easy to use, just fill out your place of departure, your destination and travel date. It will show the complete schedule and ticket price of all related transport. Make your choice and book your transport instantly.


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Top 11 Thai Islands


Jump to any Island below

Koh Phayam

Koh Yao Noi

Phuket Island

Koh-Phi-Phi

Koh Lanta

Koh Lipe

Koh Samui

Koh Pha Ngan

Koh Tao

Koh Chang

Koh Kood



Koh Phayam


hammock on the beach of of the 11 beautiful Islands in Thailand
Give me a hammock and a book and I’m fine

Probably the least known Island of the bunch, but that’s also its biggest draw. This is indeed one of those Islands to relax in your hammock. Next to small hidden beaches there are two long stretched beaches lined with mostly small scale resorts. It’s a relatively small Island (17km2) without cars, so bicycle, motorbike or motorbike taxi is the way to go.

Surfing, snorkeling and dive tours are pretty much the only things to do here, besides curling up in your hammock with a book that is. There are enough eateries to never go hungry and in the evenings small bars will open that make good places to meet other people.

Where to stay on Koh Phayam

Note that not all resorts have 24/7 electricity and wifi (if any) can be patchy. The Southern part of Ao Yai beach can get noisy at night as that is where the beach parties are organized. The rest of the Island is pretty much party free. Furthermore, some of the resorts close their doors from May to October due to the monsoon.

Dirt Cheap = up to THB500

Rabbit BungalowBuffalo Bay. Who said that staying on a Thai Island is expensive by default? Of course the bamboo huts are basic, but they’re actually ok. The surrounding area is green and lush next to a small lake with hornbills visiting regularly. The owner Lek is friendly and the wifi works like a charm.


Budget = from THB500 to THB1000

JJ Beach ResortAo Yai (Long Bay). My first stay ever on Koh Phayam was at JJ’s. The resort is behind JJ’s restaurant on the wonderful beach. Excellent food at the restaurant by the way. The resort area is well maintained and kept clean. Some of the rooms are as large as 45m2.


Mid Range = from THB1000 to THB2500

Phayamas Private Beach Resort If you want seclusion, but with a private beach and a swimming pool at hand then look no further. Peace and quiet, clean, spacious bungalows and wonderful food is what you will find on the North East Phayam shore.

Compare Koh Phayam accommodation prices and read reviews on Agoda.com.


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Koh Yao Noi


Ko Yao Noi is one of 11 beautiful Islands in Thailand
View of Phang-Nga Bay

Situated right in between tourism giants Phuket and Krabi is the Koh Yao archipelago with Koh Yao Noi as the most developed Island. Although equally as beautiful as the former two, the small Muslim community on Koh Yao Noi has been successful in keeping overdevelopment at bay.

There are beaches, waving palmtrees, a green hillside interior and breathtaking views over the distant karst rock formations of Phang Nga Bay. Still, the Island is authentic, laidback and not overrun by tourists. The best way to experience Koh Yao Noi is to take your rented motorbike around the Island to see the beaches in the East and the mangroves in the West. Meet the sea gypsies and witness life in the fishing villages and on the rubber plantations.

Where to stay on Koh Yao Noi

Most accommodations are concentrated along the Eastern coastline where the beaches are. Some of them are high end resorts, but there are also ample budget and mid range options.

Mid Range = from THB1000 to THB2500

Tha Khao Bay View Small bamboo and wooden bungalows that are built uphill guarantee spectacular sea views. The family running this place might not be the most professional, but they make up for it with kindness and hospitality. I also highly recommend the attached restaurant.

Compare Koh Yao Noi accommodation prices and read reviews on Agoda.com.


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Phuket Island


Phuket is one of 11 beautiful Islands in Thailand
Phuket deck chairs

The mother of all Thai Islands. Some regard the overdeveloped beaches along the West coast of Phuket as kind of a let down. However, the immense number of return visitors proves that for many it is exactly what they are looking for. The list of beaches is endless and each one has a more or less different vibe.

The overall tourism infrastructure, although a bit strained, is also well developed. From high end 5 star resorts and water parks to small guesthouses with just a rocking chair and a pool table. From haute cuisine dining experiences to street side food stalls, it’s all there.

By all means, don’t spend all of your time in the designated beach towns like Patong for party lovers or Karon and Kata for package deal visitors. There’s so much more to Phuket. Do get out and visit the Raya Islands or one of the smaller and more laidback beach resorts like Nai Harn, Bang Tao or Rawai.

Above all, do not skip Phuket town, the place that comes closest to the real Thailand on the whole of Phuket. Do rent that motorbike for some exploring of the many viewpoints, the big Buddha or Wat Chalong. Be careful though, the roads are ok, but not all Thai and other tourist drivers are.

Bars and restaurants are abundant and for entertainment there’s the Phuket Fantasea cultural theme park, the zoo, an aquarium and a bird park. For shopping go to the Jungle Ceylon and the Central Festival malls or the weekend and night market in Phuket town.

Where to stay on Phuket Island

Next to the big 4 and 5 star resorts there are plenty of budget accommodations as well. However, ‘budget’ on Phuket, and other touristy Thai Islands for that matter, is not the same as in the rest of Thailand. Note that rates are up by 50% in high season (Oct/Nov/Feb/Mar) and 100% in peak season (Dec/Jan).

Dirt Cheap = up to THB500

Aekkeko HostelPhuket Town. Dorm beds and private rooms in this beautiful, clean hostel in the town center. Everyone spoke so highly of the owner. Unfortunately we didn’t meet during my stay.


Budget = from THB500 to THB1000

Kata Poolside ResortKata Beach. In the middle of the hustle and bustle, yet quiet enough for a good sleep. Comfortable, spacious rooms and a good swimming pool.


Lub d Phuket PatongPatong Beach. Definitely for a party loving crowd. The hotel is modern, hip, trendy and lively. There’s always something going on here. Nice pool and close to the beach. I do recommend.


Sandy HouseRawai. Cozy, small scale guest house away from all the West coast hustle and bustle. Just a 5 min walk to the Rawai beach. Rooms are large with adequate furniture, not tired like typically in many Thai guest houses. They include a small breakfast.


Mid Range = from THB1000 to THB2500

Baan Karonburi ResortKaron Beach. Just across the street from the gorgeous beach. This is an overall good quality resort with a nice pool area and comfortabel clean rooms. The location is the main draw though.

Compare Phuket accommodation prices and read reviews on Agoda.com.


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Koh Phi Phi


Ko Phi Phi is one of 11 beautiful beaches in Thailand
Loh Dalum Bay on Ko Phi Phi

Another major tourist draw in the Southern Andaman Sea. It’s actually two Islands, Ko Phi Phi Don the bigger Island where all the development is and Phi Phi Leh, which is only accessible for day trips. Both Islands are stunningly beautiful, but overtourism is really taking it’s toll. For now it resulted in the indefinite close down of the famous Maya Bay.

The small isthmus with Tonsai Bay on one and Loh Dalum Bay on the other side is a completely clogged up maze of tourism build up. We couldn’t walk 10 meters without being harassed by touts and we probably had a better chance of winning the lottery than finding a space on the beach. A good night’s sleep was near to impossible, because of the noisy all night parties (every night) and the boring restaurants served mediocre food at best for outrageous prices.

Did I mention the stunning beauty of the Islands, because they are gorgeous. It’s easy to understand why Koh Phi Phi is so popular. The picture perfect postcard vistas and convenient access to all tourist amenities is a winning combination. If a great party on flipflops with a tropical backdrop is your thing, then Koh Phi Phi is for you. Bring money though, lot’s of money.

Where to stay on Koh Phi Phi

It’s incredible how many accommodations there are on this relatively small Island. Still, come peak season, chances are that you will have difficulties finding a vacant room, so book ahead.

Mid Range = from THB1000 to THB2500

Paradise Pearl BungalowAo Tonsai. After a bad experience in the built-up area on the Isthmus we found this stunning location on a quiet part on the far South East of Ao Tonsai (long beach). The resort has a good restaurant, but if you want to go to the main bar area you can use the shuttle boat. Of course the resort is still overpriced, but this goes for all accommodations on Koh Phi Phi. Suck it up and enjoy the gorgeous views.

Compare Koh Phi Phi accommodation prices and read reviews on Agoda.com.


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Koh Lanta


Ko Lanta is one of 11 beautiful Islands in Thailand
Low tide on Ko Lanta

Fairly well known with tourists, but pretty much low key is how I describe Koh Lanta Yai the bigger of two Islands that make up Koh Lanta. The 10 or so beaches along the Western coast might not be as spectacular as those on Phuket or Koh Phi Phi, but they are beautiful nonetheless. There is also a more authentic feel to Lanta and the subdued holiday atmosphere makes it a very agreeable Island.

There’s ample exploring to do on Koh Lanta should you need a break from the beach. For a nature experience head for Koh Lanta Noi, the smaller sister Island to the North. Both Islands are connected through a bridge for easy access. More nature can be found in the Mu Ko national park at the Southern tip of Koh Lanta Yai or at the Khao Mai Kaew Caves near the center of the Island. If you’re culturally curious then Koh Lanta old town is a must visit. This settlement has been here since the 1600’s and still has some century old Chinese stilted houses on display.

Where to stay on Koh Lanta

Mid Range = from THB1000 to THB2500

Lanta Mermaid Beachfront ResortKhlong Dao Beach. The most developed beach and while it’s not the prettiest it has the largest concentration of hotels, bars and restaurants. This resort is on the beach. Rooms come with wifi, safe, refrigerator and coffee/tea maker, but no aircon. Let the sea breeze cool you down.


Lanta Sea HouseKhlong Dao Beach. Also located beach front, but comes with a swimming pool as well. Wide range of rooms to choose from. Apartments in the main building or 40m2 luxury in the garden bungalows.


The NarimaKhlong Nin Beach. Great location on a nice patch of beach. Dreamy, well maintained bungalows made of natural materials with a spacious deck. If you don’t like children, don’t come here as the resort is popular with families.


La Laanta Hideaway ResortBa Kan Tiang Bay. We kept moving South and more remote. In my opinion Ba Kan Tiang is the most beautiful beach of Koh Lanta. There aren’t too many accommodation options here, so we were happy to find La Laanta Resort.

Compare Koh Lanta accommodation prices and read reviews on Agoda.com.


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Koh Lipe


Ko Lipe is one of 11 beautiful Islands in Thailand
Stunning Ko Lipe

Oh wow! This Island is gorgeous! It doesn’t have the dramatic karst rock formations that Phi Phi has, but wow! The water has that fresh aqua color and it’s so unbelievably clear. And what about the sand? That’s not sand I say, it’s pure champagne powder. this must be one of the most beautiful Islands in Thailand.

Koh Lipe is not a perfect paradise though, there’s trouble in paradise. It got too built up in too short a time and now Koh Lipe is paying the price. Waste management is being tackled, but still relies too much on volunteer organization ‘Trash Heroes’. Peak season from December through February is incredibly crowded and the Island suffers from water shortage. There’s also a lot of irreversible damage to corals, due to irresponsible tour operators and ignorant tourists.

However, aside from peak season when the small Island’s infrastructure is stretched beyond its limits, Koh Lipe is a great holiday destination. I love the mellow vibe with multicultural visitors from Europe, Australia and the US, as well as China, Japan, Korea and domestic Thai tourists. There are parties, but there’s no real party scene. Instead, expect small atmospheric cocktail bars, rasta inspired beach shanties and a surprisingly creative food scene.

Where to stay on Koh Lipe

Accommodations are abundant on the three major beaches with some additional options in Ko Lipe’s walking street.

Budget = from THB500 to THB1000

A Plus Lipe HotelWalking Street. The best deals are on or around Walking Street. Dorm beds and private rooms for some of the lowest prices on the Island. Most important: the hostel is clean. Second most important is that you are pretty much central to all the main beaches.


Mid Range = from THB1000 to THB2500

Castaway ResortSunrise Beach. Release your inner Robinson. There is no reason why you shouldn’t survive, you don’t have to hunt/gather your food. Just lay around in your hammock and order from the excellent restaurant. Bungalows are a bit rustic, but it all adds to the castaway feel.


Charming Lipe VillaPattaya Beach. Lovely renovated bungalows are situated just behind the resort’s newly renovated beachfront restaurant. Charming owner and staff that try their best to make you feel welcome. Breakfast is included, but walking street is just 50m away should you crave something different.


Luxury  = from THB2500 to THB6500

Asara Private Beach ResortSunset Beach. Allow yourself to be pampered in this luxury resort. The rooms are huge (90m2) with a whirlpool on your deck. There’s a great pool area, free shuttle service and of course a private beach. I stayed here one night for a wedding (not mine ;-)). Just wish more of my friends would marry.

Compare Koh Lipe accommodation prices and read reviews on Agoda.com.


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Koh Samui


Ko Samui is one of 11 beautiful Islands in Thailand
Ko Samui in the golden hour

There are more than a thousand accommodations on this Island of ~40,000 residents. That says it all with regards to popularity doesn’t it? Beach at the front and coconuts in the back as they say here, although tourism has not completely displaced the coconut industry. The hills of Koh Samui are covered in virgin rainforest and fringed with palm trees, which in turn are lined with white sandy beaches and surrounded by a turquoise sea. Tourists are drawn by the millions to experience a piece of this paradise and frankly, I can only agree.

If you want to explore the Island then the big Buddha shrine and Wat Plai Laem, both at Bophut are recommended. Furthermore, you can venture out to the Namuang waterfall near Nathon. While you’re at it visit the secret Buddha garden and the mummy monk at Wat Khunaram. Both are not far from the waterfall.

For the most spectacular sights of Koh Samui you will have to venture off Island to the Ang Thong national marine park. The park boasts 42 Islands in a 100 km2 area and is home to a rich variety of exotic wild- and marine life. Towering lime stone rocks, green lush forests and white sandy beaches await you. Day trips to the park offer activities such as snorkeling, hiking, sea kayaking and diving.

Where to stay on Koh Samui

Similar to Phuket and other major tourist Islands in Thailand, Koh Samui is expensive compared to the Thai mainland. Even if you’re not staying in one of the numerous upscale posh resorts you will have a hard time finding a bed under THB1000. You’re buck will go a bit further (but only a bit) if you stay away from busy Chaweng and Lamai beach.

Chaweng beach is the most developed and busiest beach of Koh Samui with numerous accommodations along the beach and in town. Bophut and Mae Nam on the Northern shore are well developed, but a tad more subdued and traditionally attract more families (but not only). There are many more beaches on Koh Samui, with some of them less developed and more secluded.

Mid Range = from THB1000 to THB2500

Montien HouseChaweng Beach. Conveniently centrally located in Chaweng and on the beach. Choose from comfortable rooms in the main building or villas around the nice pool swimming pool area.


Lamai Cocunut Beach ResortLamai Beach. Just South from Chaweng. Quiet on the beach, while just a 5 min walk from bars and restaurants. Rooms in the building overlooking the nice pool area or spacious villas in a garden setting.


Hacienda Beach ResortMae Nam. Good and no nonsense style resort on a relatively quiet patch of sand. Nice rooms in the main building and spacious garden villas of which 2 are beach front.


Luxury  = from THB2500 to THB6500

Sans Souci SamuiChaweng Beach. Maybe not very luxurious, but hey I told you that Koh Samui is more pricey than the rest of Thailand. Still, the hotel is decent and what’s more, it’s right on the beach! And this part of the Chaweng beach gets the least crowds and is kept very well.

Compare Koh Samui accommodation prices and read reviews on Agoda.com.


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Koh Pha Ngan


Ko Pha Ngan is one of 11 beautiful Islands in Thailand
Mae Haad beach with view of Ko Ma

Yes, yes Koh Pha Ngan is infamous for its full moon parties, but to say that it’s only about partying would really be selling the Island short. Because there is so much more to Koh Pha Ngan. First of all, it has a really good laidback feel with that typical Thai charm from Islands like Phuket or Koh Samui 20+ years ago. Secondly, take a good look at the Island, the natural beauty of the dozen or so beaches and many more secret bays is simply stunning.

A good way to explore is to rent a motorbike and just drive away. The ring road is in mint condition and the Island is small enough to visit all beaches in one day. Just be careful since not all tourist drivers may be as skilled as you are. Don’t forget to catch a sunrise and/or sunset at one of the many viewpoints. The best viewpoint however, at Khao Ra, requires you to get off your bike and trek your way up for a few hours.

As far as the full moon parties go, they’re not what they were used to be. They are reduced to main stream parties with mediocre music and basically just a whole lot of people getting drunk or high. In my opinion you’re better off joining the half moon or dark moon parties. Less crowds, better music and a much better vibe.

Where to stay on Koh Pha Ngan

If you come for the full moon party you might want to stay in or near Haad Rin, because that’s where the party is. Note that in the days around the party the whole of Koh Pha Ngan is often fully booked. Prices are double and many accommodations require a minimum stay of 5 nights. Haad Rin and surrounding beaches are most developed and also the busiest. The further North and West you go the more secluded it gets.

Budget = from THB500 to THB1000

Haad Salad ResortHaad Salad. Just a 1 minute walk from the beach. Basic bungalows with fan in a garden setting. The resort has a swimming pool and, as said, the beach is not far. The staff is friendly and personable. Stay here for a week and you’ll have a whole bunch of new friends.


Mid Range = from THB1000 to THB2500

Moonstone StudioHaad Rin. Cozy resort decorated with Thai ornaments to liven up the place. They have small and bigger studios that come with aircon, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, television and dvd player. Not far from the beach in a luscious green environment with a swimming pool.


Luxury = from THB2500 to THB6500

Chantaramas ResortBan Tai. Really good luxury resort on the Ban Tai beach. Has all the amenities you expect from a resort of this level. Huge 70m2 rooms and a good size balcony. The pool area is amazing and well organized.

Compare Koh Phangan accommodation prices and read reviews on Agoda.com.


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Koh Tao


Ko Tao is one of 11 beautiful beaches in Thailand
Nangyuan Island near Ko Tao

A tiny speck in the Gulf of Thailand, this little Island has a short name, but a large reputation. Koh Tao is notably the most popular place in Thailand to learn scuba diving. Don’t worry, if you’re not into diving it’s still a good place to visit. Due to its size the Island feels kind of cozy, although in high season (December to February and July/August) the strain on the limited infrastructure is obvious. There’s beach, there’s clear water, there’s jungle with hiking paths and above all there’s plenty of sunshine.

Koh Tao is one of the cheapest places in the world to obtain a PADI license. Combined with the presence of about 20 dive sites and the chance of whale shark sightings it’s no wonder that the bulk of visitors are into diving one way or another. Next to scuba diving there are also free diving and snorkeling possibilities on Koh Tao.

Ko Tao is also beautiful above water and a good way to see the Island is to take your rental motorbike across the different beaches and viewpoints. Other land activities are rock climbing, abseiling, muay thai boxing camp, mountain biking and yoga.

Where to stay on Koh Tao

There are hundreds of accommodations to choose from on Koh Tao. The best area for you to stay depends on why you are here. If you’re here to dive then it makes sense to stay near to your diving school. If you’re here to party then stay near Mae Haad or Sairee where most of the nightlife is concentrated. There are also some more secluded beach areas with less crowds.

Budget = from THB500 to THB1000

Sairee Cottage ResortSairee Beach. Popular resort boasting two swimming pools and the beach at arm’s length. Rooms in the main building are poolside while the cottages are spread out in the well maintained garden. Considering the price, this resort offers great value.


Mid Range = from THB1000 to THB2500

Chintakiri ResortChalok Baan Kao. You should stay here if only for the views. This small scale resort (20 rooms) is extremely well maintained. If you appreciate contemporary Thai style design then this is the resort for you. Take in the wonderful views from the pool, restaurant area or from your room. Beware, you have to overcome a fairly steep hill to get to the resort.


Montalay Beach ResortTanote Bay. Very decent resort in one of the quieter bays on Koh Tao. Not really secluded, as the Island is only 16 to 17km2, but nevertheless peaceful. The resort and cottages are situated on a hillside, but there’s easy access to the beach with good snorkel options. Breakfast is included.

Compare Koh Tao accommodation prices and read reviews on Agoda.com.


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Koh Chang


Ko Chang is one of 11 beautiful beaches in Thailand
Lonely beach

Tucked away in the East of the Gulf of Thailand is the 52 Island Koh Chang archipelago with its name giver Koh Chang as the biggest of them all. Off the mainstream tourist radar until the early 1990’s, hi-speed development took off resulting in an uninspired concrete coastline at the main beach Haad Sai Khao.

However, with development in full fledge Koh Chang still has a long way to go before it can measure up to its peers Phuket and Koh Samui. Large parts of the Island are still untouched offering ample opportunities to disconnect and release our inner Robinson.

The interior of Koh Chang is made up of towering hills clad in endless rainforest and inviting you for jungle treks. The Western coast is lined with beaches while the East coast is predominantly rocks and mangroves with a few small hidden beach coves.

If your as fond of motorbiking in Thailand as I am then Koh Chang will mean paradise. Be careful though, since roads are not always in the best condition and some parts can be steep and winding. Cruising on your bike enables you to check out the beaches and sunsets on the Western side, as well as the mangroves on the Eastern side and the authentic fishing village Salak Phet in the South. Not all in one day of course, because at the Southern tip, the last piece of road to cross from East to West is missing.

Other activities on Koh Chang are jungle trekking from waterfall to waterfall, diving, snorkeling, boat trips, Muay Thai camp, yoga and cooking class.

Where to stay on Koh Chang

From busy Haad Sai Khao in the Northwest down to family friendly Khlong Prao. Kai Bae is lively and Khlong Kloi beach in the far Southwest has a mellow vibe with reggae inspired beach bars while party people can go to Lonely beach.

Budget = from THB500 to THB1000

Fine Times ResortKhlong Prao. If you want to stay a little longer and you need a budget place to stay then check out Fine Times Resort. Situated in the middle of nature, but still close to everything. Shops and restaurants at Chai Chet village and the beach of Khlong Prao are but a short walk away.


Mid Range = from THB1000 to THB2500

Koh Chang Grand View ResortWhite Sand Beach. Right on the sea front with wonderful sunsets. Nice pool area and some rooms even come with a small private pool. Bars and restaurant are just a short walk away from the quiet resort area.


Luxury = from THB2500 to THB6500

The Erawan Koh ChangWhite Sand Beach. The Erawan offers the best value for money in the luxury segment. Not beach front, but across the road from the beach. The rooftop pool and bar ensure sea views. Unfortunately I never got to stay here, because of budget reasons. The staff however was nice enough to give me a tour with lot’s of information.

Compare Koh Chang accommodation prices and read reviews on Agoda.com.


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Koh Kood (Koh Kut)


Ko Kut is one of 11 beautiful Islands in Thailand
Chillin’ on Ko Kood

Yup, the cat is out of the bag. Travelers are starting to discover Koh Kood for the gem that it is. Situated below Koh Chang and Koh Mak in the far East of the Thai Kingdom, Koh Kood is relatively difficult to reach. Up to now this has delayed serious development. However, as said the Island appears increasingly on the radar of potential visitors that have outgrown the tacky and overcrowded tourist magnets like Phuket, Samui and even Koh Chang.

Like other Islands in Thailand Koh Kood has a hilly jungle interior with mangrove and rocks bordering its coastline. Predominantly on the Western and Southern side the rocky coast is alternated with the most beautiful beaches that Thailand has to offer. Some of the 20+ pristine beaches have only one resort present, which makes for wonderful secluded beach holidays. As a result Koh Kood has virtually no party scene.

Water activities on Koh Kood include snorkeling, scuba diving, mangrove kayaking and fishing trips. On land you can do various jungle treks including waterfall spotting and visiting the Khao Rearub cave or the ancient Makka trees. The very authentic fishing village Ao Yai in the Southeast is really worth a few hours of your time. But actually, the best thing to do here is to find a good beach and just relax.

Where to stay on Koh Kood

About 20 beaches await you with some of them only accessible by boat. Note that weekends and Thai holidays can see an influx of domestic tourists so you might want to pre-book your accommodation. Also, during the rainy season from May to October about 50% of the accommodations are closed. The ferry stays operational all year round.

Budget = from THB500 to THB1000

Big Dreams ResortKhlong Chao Beach. Rooms are just basic, but on an Island with so many expensive accommodations this is a real find. You’ll feel part of the family in no time at this Italian/Thai resort. Good food, friendly people, wonderful stay.


Luxury = from THB2500 to THB6500

Dusita Koh KoodBang Bao Beach. Not really a luxurious place, but it’s hard to find a bit of comfort at beach front for a decent price on Koh Kood. Still, this small scale resort delivers on service, cleanliness and good vibes. Furthermore, the garden and the small beach make staying here worthwhile.

Compare Koh Kood accommodation prices and read reviews on Agoda.com.


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Don’t forget travel insurance. You’ll probably take part in a whole bunch of adventurous activities like scuba diving, snorkeling and maybe touring the Island on a rental motorbike. You know what they say. If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!




Is there any other Island in Thailand you think should also be in this list? Let us know in the comments below. I wouldn’t mind an excuse to research another beautiful Island at all.


Safe travels,


RJ


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