As usual, coming to Thailand, quite a few tourists take a stop in familiar cities like Bangkok or Pattaya for sightseeing or shopping. To make your trip more fascinating, you can reach the islands of Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Phuket to start an exciting discovery. The following 5 islands in Thailand are the suggestions for you to plan a summer vacation.
Long ago, Koh Tao island is one of the favorite destinations of backpackers. Although the tourism industry has been strongly developing, the natural environment and the scenery here are still preserved.
Koh Tao is an ideal place for those who are interested in snorkeling and watching coral reef. The island is the combination of blue water and long white sand beaches. One of the largest diving schools on the island is Big Blue, which fully meets the demand of a diving course and provides with accommodations.
To explore Koh Tao island, you can choose to go hiking, ride a bicycle or drive a motorbike. Besides, you rent a boat to Koh Nang Yuan, a small island that is just 15 minutes from Koh Tao. Koh Nang Yuan is a marine reserve. To enter this reserve, visitors have to pay 100 baht per turn (about $3) for sightseeing.
This is the second largest island in Thailand, and also the provider of resorts that offers most of a vacationer’s wants such as spa and hotel with the five-star quality. The beauty of Koh Samui is the harmony of stunning beaches and lush tropical forests. The specialty here is coconut – a fruit that has different uses, for example, making curry or processing into sunscreen that is used after bathing.
In the early morning, you can climb mountains; take a stroll in the sun in the afternoon, and enjoy a refreshing cocktail at night. Chaweng beach on Koh Samui is one of the ideal places for relaxation and night party celebrations.
Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi is one of the most popular islands in Thailand. This most outstanding destination here is Maya Bay, which was used as the background of some famous films such as The Beach.
When the film was televised, a large number of visitors flocked to the island. In addition, it is worth taking a tour for a boat sailing to discover the island. In reality, there are a lot of hotels, motels and travel agencies offering tours; therefore, you are advised to carefully consider so that you will have a tour suiting your pocket.
Visitors can choose to lie on the deck all the day; swim in the water or go kayaking and go diving to admire the coral reef. When returning to the shore, it is recommended to come to Sunflower bar, which was built from damaged boats after the tsunami in 2004.
If you want to explore the jungle, enjoy the beverage and watch live performance of Muay Thai, you should go to Reggae Bar. For party enthusiasts, clubs and bars along Ton Sai beach surely make you satisfied.
The island draws a lot of tourists because of the beauty of the town of Phuket; heritage buildings bearing the Chinese architecture together with the southern coast such as Ao Sane and Siam.
Khao Phing Kan (also known as James Bond Island) is an attractive destination located near Phuket island. The peak season is from October to February. If you prefer to private space, it is suggested to rent a boat to do a sightseeing around the area of stunning coral reefs like Koh Rang Yai or Koh Hae.
For the travelers who want to leave the mainland for a journey of exploration but do not have much time, Koh Chang may be the best choice. To get to the island, it takes about 5 hours to move from the center of Bangkok or the international airport by car or bus, then you take a 45-minute ferry to the island that is surrounded by mountains, sea, waterfalls and green parks.
The island has a beach called Lonely. Completely different from this name, this area is the center of a host of vibrant and crowded bars. Furthermore, numerous parties are monthly held on the full moon day. The locals here are quite friendly and hospitable. They are willing to guide to help you to have a great holiday here.