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15 Jaw-Dropping Photos From The Best Islands In Thailand

The best islands in Thailand

It’s not surprising that some of the best islands in Thailand are amongst the best holiday destinations in the world.

Emerald lagoons and secluded beaches, magnificent sunsets, and mountain peaks with jungle views, it’s pretty hard to take a bad photo when you’re backpacking Thailand.

I have been to Thailand many times over the past few years and managed to accumulate a lot of nice pictures.

Below is a collection of my favorite photos from the best islands in Thailand.

I hope you like them!

Angthong National Marine Park

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Angthong National Marine Park.

There aren’t many places in the world as beautiful as Angthong National Marine Park. This is by far the best place to go if you’re wanting to take that perfect photo.

Angthong consists of 42 islands surrounded by turquoise colored water that seems so unreal.

Most visitors will get to Angthong by speedboat.

Travel time from Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and Koh Tao usually takes around 90 minutes.

Many tourism agencies on each of these islands offer day trips to the park where you can hike, kayak, and snorkel on the stunning white-sand beaches.

For those wanting to take photos from the viewpoint, I suggest you check the weather before booking your trip.

Rangers will close the trail in wet conditions or if rain is predicted as it can become dangerously slippery to climb up.

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The amazing viewpoint on top of Wua Talap Island.

Phi Phi island

Just a short 90-minute journey from Phuket, Phi Phi Islands is a must for first timers going to Thailand.

This group of six islands is the ultimate tropical getaway with fine white sandy beaches and dramatic rock cliffs that tower out of the water.

Only one Island – Koh Phi Phi Don – is inhabited and offers a great range of accommodation types from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels.

The Island can also boast some delicious restaurants with high standard Thai and Western food and an increasingly popular party scene on the west coast.

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The short but strenuous walk to the Viewpoint.
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Koh Phi Phi.
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Swimming in Maya Bay, the location of Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The Beach.
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On a cruise seeing the sunset over Maya Bay.

Bamboo island

Lying only thirteen kilometers from Koh Phi Phi, Bamboo Island is the perfect destination for those looking for some peace and quiet.

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You can get a ferry or a speedboat from Tonsai Pier to Bamboo island with the journey time being around 60 minutes. Tonsai Pier is Phi Phi Island’s main ferry terminal.

Take a snorkel with you because Bamboo island is simply amazing!

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Bamboo Island.

Islands near Krabi

I love Krabi. It’s a friendly town with great food and charming people.

It’s also the province that has some of the best islands in Thailand, with picture-perfect beaches that you see in holiday brochures.

There are many areas you can stay in Krabi but I suggest you stay in Ao Nang.

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Ao Nang, Krabi.

Ao Nang beach is not the prettiest but it’s home to most of Krabi’s nightlife with a great range of restaurants and bars.

It’s also a great base to explore other islands with boat tours to Railay beach, Tonsai Beach, James Bond Island, and Hong Island.

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There are some fantastic treks around Railay including the viewpoint.
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Railay beach.
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Swimming in Phra Nang Bay which is a 5-minute walk from Railay beach.

Koh Tao

Koh Tao is the smallest of the three famous islands in the Gulf of Thailand (the other two being Koh Phangan and Koh Samui).

The island has always been known as a scuba diving hub because it offers some of the cheapest scuba diving in the world.

Apart from the diving, the island is also a little slice of paradise ready to be explored and enjoyed!

A 15-min boat ride from Sairee Beach will bring you to three smaller islands connected together by a beautiful sandbank.

The waters around the island are crystal clear and ideal for swimming.

You can also climb up to its famous Nangyuan viewpoint.

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Nangyuan is a small island near Koh Tao that also has an amazing viewpoint.
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Nangyuan Island, Near Koh Tao.
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The Freedom Beach viewpoint in Koh Tao.

Trang Islands

The islands off Trang are some of the best islands in Thailand for those looking for a secluded beach.

Pure white sand, turquoise colored water and hardly any tourists, this is a dream destination if you’re wanting a romantic getaway to an exotic location.

You can see a bit of Koh Mook, Koh Kradan and Koh Ngai in the video below

Similan Islands

Located just 84 km northwest of the bustling crowds of Phuket, the Similan islands are open from November 1st to April 30.

The Similans is a very popular location for divers from all over the world who head to Thailand to sample the fantastic diving in this area.

The easiest way to get to the Similan islands is to purchase a ticket through one of the tour operators in Phuket.

The trip involves a 90-minute minibus ride from Phuket to the pier, followed by another 90-minute ride on a speedboat to the Similans.

Altogether, the journey time will take around four hours. Because it takes so long, I’d definitely recommend staying overnight.

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The Similan islands.

Thailand is the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia, and for a reason.

It’s a country of beautiful landscapes and friendly people.

It’s also a food paradise with thousands of outstanding Thai restaurants from five-star to street stall.

Until next time Thailand!