I’ve been coming to Thailand for years. I first came in 2005 and I feel in love with the country right then and there. I came back here in 2006 and have lived here on and off ever since. I love everything about the country- the people, the atmosphere, the food, and the climate. I especially love the islands in the country. I’ve been to a ton of them and these are my favorite:
Located in eastern Thailand, this island has seen a lot of development in recent years but luckily it is still relatively deserted. It’s one of the best islands in all of Thailand, which considering Thailand has hundreds is saying a lot. Blue water and white sand beaches ring the island and as a bonus it has a milder monsoon season than other places.
Phuket is the top tourist destination in Thailand. This island has amazing beaches, is located near some great diving spots, and has three national parks on it. It’s no wonder why it’s the number one destination in Asia. The island contains some of the best spas and golf courses in the region. For those looking for luxury, Phuket offers it.
Koa Tao is famous for its diving and great off shore reef. The weather is temperate and the diving classes cheap making it the best place to learn diving in Southeast Asia. Additionally, you can head to Ko Nangyuan, three little islands off the coast that are connected by a sandbar during low tide.
Located in southern Thailand, this island is well of the tourist trail though every year seems to bring it a little closer. White sand beaches, abundant fish, and friendly locals make this heaven. My three days turned into three weeks and you might also have a hard time pulling away. It’s located in a national park giving you a chance to explore hundreds of deserted islands.
Ko Phanagn is home to the infamous Full Moon Rave. This monthly party see about 15,000-30,000 people depending on the season. During New Year’s, this place is bursting at the seams with people. You can get peace and quiet in the northern part of the island but people really just come here for the party. That’s why I do. If you want a crazy out of control party, head here during the full moon. It’s a wild time.
When I want an out of the way place to go but that’s still not too far from the mainland, I head here. It’s a tiny island off the west coast near Ko Phi Phi. There’s isn’t much to do here but sit on the beach and relax. That’s pretty all you need here on this peaceful island. If you are looking for a peaceful place, this place is it.
Thailand has hundreds and hundreds of islands to choose from. There’s something for everyone really. From dive islands to luxurious islands to party islands, you’ll find whatever you want here. But for me, these are the only places I find worth going to and where you’ll find me when I’m in Thailand