Away from the hustle and bustle? Thailand’s islands are oases in the ocean. We introduce you to ten untouched islands and the best beaches right there!
Fancy a long way away? Completely different culture? Warm should it be? And maybe a beautiful beach? Then off to Thailand. Here we present 10 islands (actually 12 and a small bonus there above), which were recommended to us by locals, and you perhaps do not know!
1. Koh Kood
Koh Kood (only Koh Kut) is only 23km long and is located in the southeast of Thailand. It is a real secret tip, as it is not as developed as neighboring islands. So if you’re looking for party and hustle and bustle, this is not to be found in Koh Kood, but it is ideal for relaxing!
Popular beaches on the island are Tapao, Klong Chao (very close to the beach is also the Klong Chao Waterfall) and Yai Kee. The Phrao Bay is also worth seeing. In general, there are more beaches on the west coast of Koh Kood.
2. Koh Ta Chai
Koh Ta Chai is part of the Similan Island group but is a little secluded from the main islands on the west coast of Thailand and about 50km from the coast of Phuket. The sea around the Similan Islands is considered a paradise for divers, but also for anyone who does not like white sand. There are some vendors of day trips there and the island is easy to reach by speedboat.
Since the island is so small, there are not a lot of beaches, but an 800-meter-long absolutely white sand beach!
3. Koh Similan
The largest and most named island of the Similan Islands, which form the national park Mu Ko Similan, offers fascinating rock formations; The one pictured above is called “the sail” and is an attraction. Like the already mentioned sister Island, Koh Similan is famous for its diving sites.
Very beautiful is the Donald Duck Bay, which thanks to its shape has received the funny nickname. There is also the famous rock formation. Animal names seem to be common on Koh Similan, as in the East there is the Elephant Trunk Bay (in German: Elefantenrüsselbucht).
4. Koh Surin Nuea & Cow Surin Tai
The Surin Islands also form a national park and are located north of the Similan Islands along the west coast of Thailand. In total, there are a group of five islands, two of which are inhabited: Koh Surin Nuea and Koh Surin Tai, which are close together.
The unspoiled beach shown above is located in the May Ngam Bay on the west coast of Surin Nuea. The largest bay on the island is Mae Yai on the eastern side. On Surin Tai, you can find the divers paradise like the beach in the Tao bay and Bus Pariwisata.
5. Koh Phi Phi Leh
Koh Phi Phi Leh is part of the island group of Koh Phi Phi and is located right next to the main island of Koh Phi Phi Don. Those who have seen the movie The Beach will recognize the Mayan Bay because it was shot there. The bay is one of Thailand’s most popular photographs and is also highly popular with divers. The island group is located on the west coast of the southern tip of Thailand.
Phi Phi Leh is a rocky island and there are numerous bays accessible only by boats, such as the Sama or Pi Leh Bay. A boat trip is worthwhile in any case as there are also numerous fascinating cave formations and one directly from the boat into the cool water.
6. Koh Tao
Koh Tao is located in the Gulf of Thailand just north of Koh Samui and is only 7.5km long. Tourism has developed very slowly there, today it is very popular with divers. So if you want to experience pure Koh Tao, you should hurry, the island becomes more and more accessible due to constantly improved infrastructures, which of course also brings more holidaymakers with it. It is booming right now.
The sandy beach of Sairee stretches along the west coast of Koh Tao, but this is also one of the liveliest. If you are looking for freedom, the Freedom Bay should make your way, this small bay right next to the well-developed Chalok Ban Kao beach offers little hustle and bustle. And do not forget: Koh Tao is currently the “Place to be”!
7. Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Nang Yuan is a very unusual island formation because it actually consists of three islands connected by a beach. The private island is only a few hundred meters long and therefore a small untouched paradise with hardly any infrastructure. It is also right next to the larger island of Koh Tao, which can be reached quickly by boat.
The mini-island next to Koh Tao offers, as already mentioned, a very individual beach formation, which connects three micro-islands.
8. Koh Wua Ta Lap
Koh Wua Ta Lap is part of the imposing Mu Ko Ang Thong national park, which comprises a total of 42 islands, which are very unaffected and accessible by ferry only. So if you are looking for seclusion and want to experience the insularity of Thailand as local people do, you should rent a bungalow on the main island and share the island with only a few tourists and locals.
The untouched island has white sand beaches, but one should definitely go to one of the viewpoints to have a stunning view of the surrounding islands of the national park.
9. Koh Li Pe
Very close to the border with Malaysia (there is even boat service from the neighboring country to the island), Koh Li Pe is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park and is now well-developed touristy, especially as it is in the Marine Park, But does not fall into the nature reserve. The island has beautiful beaches, but it must also be mentioned that the area around the border to Malaysia is not one of the safest areas of Thailand and can lead to unrest.
Party fans, the Pattaya beach is recommended, because there is also in the evening something. The Sunrise Beach (Hat Chao Ley) is also well developed and is near the village of Chao Ley. Those who prefer relaxed should go to the Sunset (Hat Pramong) beach, which is quiet and invites you to relax.
10. Koh Lanta (Lanta Yai & Lanta Noi)
Koh Lanta offers two in one, and it is a twin island divided into Lanta Yai and Lanta Noi, the latter of which is far less inhabited than the more tourist-oriented Lanta Yai. Koh Lanta is a little southeast of the much smaller Phi Phi Islands. The two island halves are separated by a water strip about 1km long and are part of the Mu Ko Lanta National Park.
The west coast of Koh Lanta Yai offers numerous beaches, most of which are very popular and lively, such as the almost famous Long Beach (Phra Ae). On the part of the island are also most restaurants, bars, shops and there is generally more infrastructure. In the southern part of Lanta Yai, you are much more secluded; The Klong Yak Beach and the Bamboo Bay would be two of the quieter and most natural beaches. The latter is located right next to the national park, where you can find the lighthouse shown above. Lanta Noi, who stands in the shadow of her sister island, should not be left alone, but who is completely unaffected and wants to be discovered.
11. Railay beach
11? After the 10 islands, we want you as a small bonus, of course, a beautiful beach on the mainland of Thailand not withheld. Above is the famous and fantastic Railay Beach, which is located in the south of the country in the province of Krabi and not far from the city of the same name. Immediately there is also the imposing beach Phra Nang, also with impressive limestone formations.