Island lover? Here are top 5 Islands in Thailand You Must Visit

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Stretching thinly down to Malaysia, it is southern Thailand that gives you the choice of seas. Every land mass is surrounded by water and deciding which Thai islands to visit can be a daunting task. Whether you are looking to party, relax or dive, Thailand is surrounded by plenty of islands, just waiting to welcome you. While every island is unique in its own way, they all share one common trait: they are breathtaking!

Here are 5 most beautiful islands, you should definitely visit.

One of Thailand’s top destination for beaches and luxurious hotels, you can head here for snorkelling, sailing and the nightlife. It offers plenty of sandy beaches and attracts millions of travellers every year. While you are in Phuket, do visit the beautiful tropical beaches like Nai Harn Beach and Surin Beach. Besides, Phuket also has sporadic waterfalls and caves which you can surely enjoy on the island.

Top things to see and do: Also, take time to visit the Kata Noi Beach. See the Phuket big buddha or go shopping at Phuket night market. You can also hang out at Tiger Kingdom!

Where to stay: Ibis Phuket Kata (Rs 5,000 onwards), The Tint At Phuket Town (Rs 2,300 onwards). For more options, check here.

Koh Phi Phi is a cluster of 6 islands situated between the island of Phuket and the western side of the Strait of Malacca Coast. Just a 45-minute speedboat ride from Krabi or Phuket, the good news is that Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are two of the main islands from the clusters. Phi Phi Don is developed, lively and touristy whereas Phi Phi Leh is undeveloped with bleached beaches sans the crowd.

Top things to see and do: Take a trip to Phi Le National Park. Try Snorkeling In Hat Yao or hire a boat to the Viking Caves. Try rock climbing or simply kayak around the island.

Where to stay: Ibiza House Phi Phi (Rs 2,000 onwards), Phi Phi The Beach Resort. (12,000 onwards) For more options, check here.

With virgin rainforests, palm beaches, and pristine blue water of the sea, with accommodation available in expensive resorts to cheap bungalows, Koh Samui is one of the largest islands in Thailand. It can be the most luxurious island for a spendthrift tourist, yet doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket of a budget traveller. Also, with its close proximity to the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a wildlife enthusiast will fall in love with the place. For a spiritual traveller, the 12 meters tall Buddha statue at the Big Buddha Temple is a sight to behold.

Top things to see and do: Try visiting the Bophut's Fisherman’s Village too. You can also pay a visit to Koh Tao - turtle island or explore the Namuang Waterfall

Where to stay: P168 Hostel Samui (Rs 1,000 onwards), Ark Bar Beach Resort (Rs 10,000 onwards). For more options, check here.

Koh Phangan is a divers paradise! With almost 50 diving sites this island is rich in natural beauty. Just 12 km from Koh Samui, Koh Phangan is an abode of lush, tropical forests, granite hills and of course the white sand beaches. Apart from its full moon parties, the island is worth spending some time to visit the night market in Thong Sala.

Top things to see and do: The food market - do not miss sampling the lip-smacking seafood there. For the adventurous soul, you have the options of Sailing, Windsurfing and Kayaking.

Where to stay: Pearl Villa (Rs 6,000 onwards), Tommy Resort (10,000 onwards) For more options, check here.

As you look up to the limestone tower karsts, you will find yourself in awe of nature and its creations. Khao Phing Kan is a mesmerising karst and got its fame from the James Bond movie ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ and since then have been swarmed with travellers. And you know what? Khao Phing Kan is the perfect postcard memory you can take back home.

Top things to see and do: Go kayaking. Feast on a delicious local lunch in Panyee Village or just discover the mysterious caves, limestone cliffs and more.

Where to stay: Phang Nga Bay Resort Hotel (Rs 2,000 onwards), Supalai Resort & Spa Phuket (6,000 onwards) For more options, check here.

Flight cost

Round-trip fares to the capital start from 20,000 onwards. Once you land, you have a choice to travel by either bus or a flight to the islands. Book in advance to get the best price.

Best time to visit

The weather varies throughout Thailand, you can visit all year round. However, the best time to visit is between November until early April.

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