Thailand is one of the best destinations when you think of beach vacations. Indeed, Thailand boasts hundreds of beautiful islands, and you might have heard of some of them. We will guide you to the most popular islands and some hidden gems in Thailand by locations. Be sure to read if you are planning to go on island-hopping in Thailand.

1. Phuket/Krabi

Phuket and Krabi are the southern provinces in the Andaman sea of Thailand. You can find the largest number of islands and beaches in Phuket & Krabi, throughout Thailand. Whether you are looking for some water sports to enjoy or simply chilling on the beach, you will find something you like here. Read below to find which island is the most intriguing to you!

1) Most popular islands near Phuket & Krabi:

James Bond Island

  • Koh Phi Phi Don: An island that has unusual H shape with its main village built on the horizontal bar. Tonsai Bay which is the main village is famous for its nightlife.
  • Koh Phi Phi Leh: Featuring Maya Bay which was a filming location of a world-famous movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio. There is also a famous lagoon called Pileh Lagoon.
  • James Bond Island: Original name Khao Ping Khan or Koh Ta Pu, but it’s well-known as James Bond after the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun released.
  • Bamboo Island: One of the most beautiful beach destinations where there are no high rocky cliffs.
  • Railay Beach: Small peninsula featuring golden sands and jaw-dropping limestone cliff backdrop. A famous spot for rock-climbing.
  • Koh Lanta: Comprised of 52 islands in the southernmost region of Krabi Province. Boasting pristine beaches and balmy weather.
  • Chicken Island: The name came from the strange rock that looks like a chicken’s head.
  • Koh Mai Thon: One of the best diving locations in Thailand thanks to its crystal clear water.
  • Koh Kradan: Quiet island with emerald crystal-clear water, stunning scenery and privacy.
  • Koh Lipe: White sandy beaches, perfect for relaxing.
  • Koh Muk: Beautiful beaches and exotic landscape with a magical cave.
  • Koh Ngai: Great snorkeling location with the beautiful coral reefs.
  • Koh Yao Yai: Consists of several beautiful beaches that boast a tranquil atmosphere with the azure sea.
  • Koh Yao Noi: Laid-back atmosphere, good for diving and snorkeling.
  • Koh Racha Yai: Presenting crystal clear water of the deep ocean.

Here are the most popular islands hopping tour in Phuket/Krabi area with huge discounts:

Phi Phi Islands & James Bond Island 2D1N Tour – from Phuket

Phi Phi Islands 1 Day Tour by Speedboat (+Lunch/Snorkeling) – from Krabi

James Bond Island (Phang Nga Bay) 1 Day Tour by Speedboat/Big Boat (+Lunch/Canoeing) – from Phuket

2) Hidden gems near Phuket & Krabi:

Koh Hong

  • Koh Poda: Designated as a National Park thanks to its crystal clear water and white sandy beaches.
  • Koh Tup: Boasting crystal blue water offering great photo-taking opportunities.
  • Koh Mor: Connected to the neighboring islands with a sandbar when the tides are low.
  • Koh Khai Nok: A small island where has a rocky headland and snow-white beach.
  • Koh Khai Nai: Popular for its superb sandy beaches and incredibly clear water where some fishes come to swim.
  • Koh Surin Nuea: A home to 150 Moken or Sea Gypsies who have settled here.
  • Koh Hae: as known as Coral island.
  • Koh Hong: Recognized for its fine white sand, coral and lots of varieties of tropical fishes.
  • Koh Lao Lading: Sandy beaches and some beautiful views on the island.
  • Koh Lawa Yai: A limestone island with reefs on all sides.
  • Koh Miang: Known as a paradise on Earth.
  • Koh Naka Yai: Tranquil beaches which are broad and sandy.
  • Koh Panak: Presenting many caves and inner sea areas around the island.
  • Koh Panyi: A steep limestone island with a fishing village.
  • Koh Payu: Famous for its variety of snorkeling spots.
  • Koh Phak Bia: Quiet place which is perfect to spend a relaxing time.
  • Koh Bangu: Lots of beautiful boulder formations.
  • Koh Rok: Beautiful beaches and crystal seas to dive and snorkel.
  • Koh Haa: Beautiful green fields and its great highest point for wonderful views.

Here are the great tours to explore the hidden gems in Phuket & Krabi area:

Krabi 4 Islands 1 Day Tour By Speed Boat (+Lunch/Snorkeling) – from Krabi

Krabi 4 Islands Tour by Big Boat & Speedboat (+Lunch/Snorkeling) – from Phuket

Hong Island 1 Day Tour by Speed Boat (+Lunch/Snorkeling) – from Krabi

2. Pattaya

Pattaya is the largest city in Chonburi province. Pattaya is a super popular vacation spot, being easily reached from Bangkok within 2 hours. Here, you can enjoy exciting water sports such as kiteboarding and flyboarding. Also, there are numerous islands near Pattaya where you can enjoy a relaxing vacation with pristine sandy beaches and clear water.

1) Most popular islands near Pattaya:

Koh Larn

  • Koh Larn: Surrounded by hundreds of colonies of beautiful coral.
  • Koh Sak: An uninhabited tiny horseshoe-shaped island near Koh Larn.
  • Koh Samet: Featuring turquoise sea, crescent bays with fine white sand, plenty of water sports and a throbbing nightlife.
  • Koh Samae San: A home of sea turtles to lay and hatch their eggs which preserved by the Royal Thai Navy.

Check out the most popular islands tours in Pattaya below:

Pattaya Coral Island (Koh Larn) 1 Day Tour (+ Thai/Seafood/Indian Lunch) – from Pattaya

Pattaya Coral Island (Koh Larn) 1 Day Tour with 4-5 Water Activities (+ Seafood Lunch) – from Pattaya

Koh Samet Island-hopping Tour (+Thai Lunch/Snorkeling) – from Pattaya

2) Hidden gems near Pattaya:

Koh Kham

  • Koh Kham: Under the protection of the Royal Thai Navy in order to preserve its marine ecosystem.
  • Koh Kudee: Presenting the seafloor, comprised of solid rock which gently slopes into deeper water.
  • Koh Phai: Recommended for swimming and snorkeling but not permitted to stay overnight because it is under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy.
  • Koh Man Wichai: A showcase of sandy coves.
  • Koh Rin: Great for diving and snorkeling which you can see a resident family of sea turtles.

If you want to have a great diving experience at quiet islands near Pattaya, be sure to check out the tours below:

Pattaya Snorkeling & Discover Scuba Diving 1 Day Tour (No License Needed)

3. Koh Samui/Koh Phangan

Koh Samui and Koh Phangan are also undoubtedly one of the most popular island destinations located in the Gulf of Thailand. They are surrounded by small islets with a lot of beautiful scenery waiting for you to explore. All those stunning islands won’t disappoint you when it comes to white sandy beaches and emerald waters.

1) Most popular islands near Koh Samui & Koh Phangan:

Koh Tao

  • Koh Tao: Known as the Paradise island of Thailand.
  • Koh Taen: A heaven for snorkeling lovers. You will be amazed by the beautiful underwater world.
  • Koh Mat Sum: Beautiful small island located only a few minutes boat ride from the south coast of Koh Samui.

Here are the tours that will take you to the must-visit islands near Koh Samui. Check out the links below!

Koh Taen & Koh Mat Sum Tour (+Meal/Snorkeling) by Long-tail Boat/Speedboat – from Koh Samui

Private Picnic Lunch Tour at Koh Taen / Koh Mudsum by Long-tail Boat (+Snorkeling) – from Koh Samui

Escape the Island in Koh Taen – from Koh Samui

2) Hidden gems near Koh Samui & Koh Phangan:

Ang Thong National Marine Park (Koh Wua Ta Lap)

  • Koh Rap: Nice place for swimming, snorkeling, and having some peaceful rest by the clear ocean.  
  • Koh Mae Ko: One of the islands comprising the Ang Thong National Marine Park. Boasting its must-visit spots, Emerald Lake.
  • Koh Nang Yuan: A set of three islands that are connected.
  • Koh Sam Sao: Home to the colorful reef of the Gulf of Thailand.
  • Koh Thai Phlao: Offering opportunities to explore small caves, lakes, and beaches.
  • Koh Wao: Has colorful corals and shallow caves. Not-to-be-missed if you are a diver.
  • Koh Wua Ta Lap: The largest island in the Ang Thong National Marine Park with the best viewpoint.

Don’t hesitate to explore these hidden gems near Koh Samui. Book Ang Thong National Marine Park tour today and make the memories that will last a lifetime! :

Ang Thong National Marine Park Semi-Private Yacht Tour (+Snorkeling/Kayaking) – from Koh Samui

Ang Thong National Marine Park Tour by Speedboat (+Snorkeling/Kayaking) – from Koh Phangan

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