20 Islands to explore in Thailand
One of the most visited countries in the world. Popular for its serene beaches and isalnds, street foods, temples and jungles.
Koh Kret is a small island located in Chao Phraya River in the province of Nonthaburi and is some 2 km long and 1 km wide. It has seven main villages, the largest and most populous being Ban Mon. Of special interest are the riverside houses of a type which has changed little in a hundred years, the river-based lifestyle of the people, the traditional earthenware pottery, and several old Mon style temples, in particular Wat Paramai Yikawat with its adjoining museum.
Koh Lipe is a small L-shaped island located in southern Thailand’s Satun Province near the Thailand/Malaysia border. It belongs to the Adang-Rawi Archipelago, situated on the outskirts of the Tarutao National Marine Park. Originally only inhabited by Sea Gypsies, the Chao Ley who gave the island its name – Koh Lipe means Paper Island in Chao Ley, Koh Lipe has been through rapid development to face the increasing tourism demand.
Bamboo Island is a true tropical paradise. Known by locals as Koh Mai Phai, the stunning tiny island is just a short strip of white sand beach which rises from the sea, about 600 meters wide and 700 m long, with a shape like a heart. Its central part is covered with lush vegetation, mostly Casuarinas trees and the Bamboo trees, hence its name. On the north-eastern side of the island, under the shade of trees, there is a small bar for visitors, which serves drinks and snacks.
Phi Phi Leh is an uninhabited island that lies 1.5km off the southernmost tip of Phi Phi Don. Stunning vertical cliffs capped with green foliage give way to small sandy beaches and tropical coral seas. Most visitors find their way around Phi Phi Leh on an organised Phi Phi boat tour. However you can rent a longtail boat for your own customized trip.
Ko Phithak or Phithak Island is a small island in Thailand, in Chumphon Province on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. The island has an area of about 1.1392 km2 and there are about 42 households. Most of the local people are Buddhists who earn money by exporting seafood. Other sources of income include growing coconut trees, which explains why the island has many coconut trees. The residents make coconut juice to sell to tourists and to export.
Ko Poda is an island off the west coast of Thailand, in Krabi Province, about 8 kilometers from Ao Nang. It is part of the Mu Ko Poda, or Poda Group Islands, which are under the administration of Hat Nopharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park. The group consists of Ko Poda, Ko Kai, Ko Mo, and Ko Thap.
Ko Samet is one of the eastern seaboard islands of Thailand. It is in the Gulf of Thailand off the coastline of the Thai province of Rayong, approximately 220 kilometres southeast of Bangkok. Ko Samet is part of the Phe Subdistrict of the Amphoe Mueang Rayong, of Rayong Province. Ko Samet is the largest and westernmost of a cluster of islands not far from the coast.
The Surin Islands are part of Mu Koh Surin National Park, located some 60 km off the west coast of Phang Nga Province and 100 km north of the Similans. It's an archipelago of 5 islands: Koh Surin Nuea, Koh Surin Tai, Koh Ri, Koh Khai, and Koh Klang. Excellent diving, snorkelling, hiking and game fishing are why most travellers come to the Surin Islands. Those hoping to find a quiet refuge from tourist traps and urban centres will be delighted with the islands' relatively untouched settings.
Koh Panyee is a small island community about 20 minutes by longtail boat from Surakul pier in Phang Nga province. Koh Panyee is mostly made up of huge and almost vertical limestone cliffs. The hundreds of huts, shacks, restaurants and houses where the villagers live are built on stilts over the surrounding shallow sea. No one seems quite sure how many wooden and concrete piles hold up this extraordinary community, but it's certainly a fascinating and unique feat of informal engineering.
The Similan Islands is one of the best-known island groups in the Andaman Sea, largely because of the wonders that await beneath the clear-blue waters surrounding it. They're around 84 km northwest of Phuket. This little archipelago is one of the most interesting diving areas in the world, as well as a favorite destination for yachties and boat tours.
Wat Poramai Yikawat on Ko Kret island is an old Mon temple built by immigrants more than 200 years ago. It was initially called Wat Pak Ao and today commonly known as Wat Mon. King Chulalongkorn renovated the monastery in the dedication to his grandmother and constructed Phra Maha Raman Chedi to house Buddha relics. The principal Buddha of the monastery is carved with marble in Mon style.