The sea, its beaches and islands are Thailand's hallmarks. Holiday on an island is one of the most unforgettable travel experiences you can have as a traveller to Thailand. At the same time, the many islands are ideal for island hopping. With speedboats, ferries and longtail boats you can combine fascinating island stays, whereby each island has its very own and unmistakable flair.
The island world in Thailand is diverse. Travelers can look forward to small dreamy islands like Koh Tao and Koh Lipe, but also to large and famous islands like Koh Samui and Koh Lanta or Phuket. Thus, the ideal mix of islands can be put together for everyone.
On the eastern side of Thailand lies the Gulf of Siam. Here the islands Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao are particularly suitable for a round trip. The beaches of Koh Samui have made the Samui Archipelago one of the most popular holiday destinations in Thailand. Since Koh Samui has its own airport, the journey can be made comfortably by plane.
The neighbouring island of Koh Phangan has become world-famous above all for its full moon parties. While the south is preferred by party people and backpackers, those seeking peace and quiet withdraw to the north of the island.
Koh Samui and Koh Phangan have very nice sandy beaches and invite mainly to a bathing holiday. Koh Tao, on the other hand, is the island of divers and snorkellers. The water is crystal clear and offers beautiful spots with colourful corals and fish for unforgettable snorkelling and diving experiences.
Less well known are the islands further north of the Gulf of Thailand. Here are a number of smaller islands like Koh Samet, Koh Chang, Koh Kut and Koh Mak. From Bangkok you can either arrange a transfer by car or fly to Trat and from there by car to the coast and boat to the island. In this region it should be noted that island tours are often only possible by a combination of land and ship transfer.
The Andaman Sea stretches from the Similan Islands before the border to Myanmar down to Koh Lipe just before Malaysia. A vast area with countless smaller and larger islands, offering the most varied itineraries for island hopping in Thailand.
The Similan Islands have become world famous for their beautiful diving areas. However, apart from a few simple accommodations, which are provided by the park administration, there are no overnight accommodations.
Less known, though not far away, are the islands of Koh Phayam and Koh Chang. These offer the northernmost starting point for island hopping on the western side of Thailand. On Koh Phayam the guests are driven by taxi-motorbikes from the pier to their resort. Just a few years ago, only up to 200 holidaymakers a year found their way to Koh Phayam. Meanwhile the offer at accommodations grew and offers its island holiday-makers sufficiently overnight accomodation possibilities.
Most of the islands and most beautiful roundtrip routes are in the southern Andaman Sea. From Phang Nga Bay via Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta in Krabi province, a band of islands stretches to the border of Malaysia. A paradise for island hopping that allows numerous combinations. Islands with beautiful sandy beaches, fantastic snorkelling and diving areas and islands with unique luxury resorts that have not yet been developed for tourism await you!