Thailand – Spectacular Island Hopping

With a plethora of idyllic islands, it’s no wonder that many visitors to Thailand choose to explore these little samples of paradise scattered off the shores of the mainland. The islands that you will want to visit will depend on what you’re after. These islands provide everything from luxury escapes to scuba diving hotspots, from lively beaches to secluded getaways. It’s a good idea to tailor make your island hopping expedition to meet your specific interests and preferences. I’ve selected just a few of the many options that you might want to consider:

Ko Lanta

This protected island is a must for all scuba diving enthusiasts. It is rated as one of the best dive spots throughout Thailand’s islands. In addition, the beaches, lagoons, caves and forests provide ample opportunity for a range of adventure activities.

Thailand Island Hopping Ko Lanta

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Ko Raya

This small undeveloped island is perfect for those looking to find an undeveloped destination. There are beautiful bays and beaches for swimming and snorkeling. It’s delightfully calm and peaceful in the evenings when all you want to do is unwind.

Thailand Island Hopping Ko Raya

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Ko Yao Yai

This is a great option for travelers who want an authentic Thai experience. It is less well known than some of the other islands but nevertheless offers fantastic beaches and tranquil lagoons for swimming and snorkeling.

Ko Phangan

This island is arguably home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches. These bays are well known for their entrancing atmosphere and full moon parties. Imagine beautiful sunsets, cushions on the beach, and amazing fire dancing shows. And during the day you enjoy the breath-taking waters.

Thailand Island Hopping Ko Phangan

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Ko Tao

Ko Tao, also known as Turtle Island, is a great choice for many reasons. Its waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving. Nangyuan National Park is well worth a visit – it is here that you can walk along the sand bank at low tide.

Thailand Island Hopping-Ko Tao

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Ko Chang

Ko Chang is Thailand’s second-largest island and is located near the border with Cambodia. It is quite undeveloped and allows visitors to explore unspoiled natural surroundings. The white sandy beaches lead into calm clear waters that are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving. In addition, the interior of the island provides many opportunities for hiking through dense forests and climbing waterfalls.

Thailand Island Hopping Ko Chang

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Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.

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