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  • What better way to explore the beautiful tropical destination of Thailand than Island hopping. The Thailand Islands are jaw-droppingly beautiful. From cliff-diving and snorkelling to full moon parties and sea kayaking - you'll never be bored! Explore everything these paradise islands have to offer.

    Relax under swaying palm trees then jump into crystal-clear waters – spend time island-hopping through the best of southern Thailand's islands. Snorkel the warm waters and meet the friendly locals while enjoying this tropical paradise.

    Thailand island hopping can get a little bit overwhelming but follow our list of which islands to hit up for azure blue waters and golden sands. 

    Here is a Guide to Thailand Island Hopping:

  • 01Rustling Palms On Ko Raya

    Rustling Palms On Ko Raya

    A perfect place to unwind yourself and soak in the sun, Ko Raya Island, a stunning coral island is located towards the south of Phuket. A considerably remote island with white-shiny beaches that is still untouched by the overwhelming tourists.The postcard perfect bays, shimmering beaches and the crystal clear blue waters further adorned with coconut palms are some added features that make this island a ‘Must-visit-place’ in Thailand.


    Things to Do: Once you reach Ko Raya, get ready to unwind yourself as this treasure box offers an array of water adventures. Explore the beautiful aquatic life by participating in snorkeling adventure. You can also enthrall in Scuba diving as the rocky reefs make this place an idyllic destination for diving. Apart from these activities, well, you can easily relax and calm your strained muscles on the sandy beach.

    Getting There:This hidden slice of paradise can be easily accessed via chartered boat from AoChalong and Rawai. If you wish to spend maximum time on the beach then prefer travelling via speedboat which will take you to this bounty of joy within 20-25 minutes.



  • 02Secret Islands and Snorkeling Lagoons

    Secret Islands and Snorkeling Lagoons

    Hidden in an inland sea south of Thailand, Ko Yao Yai is an idyllic spot for travelers who like maintaining a distance from crowded beaches and bustling tourists. Embraced by desolate rocky islands perching from the water – this stunning island has a fictional aura attached to it that makes Ko Yao Yai all the more enticing. The mysterious caves and hidden bays further enhance the interest.


    Things to Do: Ko Yao Yai is best known for its snorkeling adventure. The crystal clear waters provide visitors with an amphitheater views of the stunning aquatic life. However, for this ravishing adventure, you will be required to set off in a long tail boat for Ko Hang – an island comprising of two stunning white beaches and a beautiful lagoon. Embark on this stunning snorkeling adventure in the deep turquoise waters of this island.

    Getting There: Your journey to Ko Yao Yai begins from Phuket or Krabi, hop onto a ferry that will take you to this paradise. Enthrall in the beauty of the stunning limestone rock faces that emerge from the water during this one and half hour boat ride.

  • 03Discover the Flavours of Ko Lanta

    Discover the Flavours of Ko Lanta
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    Apart from the pristine beaches and shimmering coastline, there is something else too that makes Thailand a hit among tourists from all over the world – Thai cuisine. The tropical island of Ko Lanta is one stop destination for all the food lovers, from spicy coconut curries to stir fried noodles this place has something for almost everyone. One of the most remarkable features of KoLanta is that this island offers an array of cooking classes so that you can learn more about the Thai cuisine and take away some techniques back with you.

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    Things to Do: Indulge in half-day cooking class (as per your preference) learn more about the traditional ingredients including exotic herbs and spices that are known for giving that signature taste to Thai cuisine. Grab your chance to learn the art of Thai cooking – choose from an array of menu including soups, salads, stir-fried vegetables, and caramelized fish. Master the skill of cooking a scrumptious Thai meal by indulging in these ravishing cooking classes.

    Getting There:  KoLanta can be easily accessed via ferry from Ko Phi Phi or Phuket
  • 04Relaxing On Robinson Crusoe Island

    Relaxing On Robinson Crusoe Island
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    Hidden from the tourist masses, just off the coast in Southern Thailand, lies the hidden treasure of Trang Archipelago and Ko Hai Island. The stunning archipelago comprises of as many as 47 tiny islands, each one differing from the other and offering something new and beautiful to its admirers. Ko Hai Island, (also called Ko Ngai) earns the reputation of being the perfect island of South Thailand. The bright white sandy beaches lined by the swaying palm trees provides perfect escapade experience.

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    Things to Do: While here, relax on the white sandy beaches – a peaceful nap is something that you just cannot miss while here. For those who are seeking thrill can embark on an exciting snorkeling adventure that provides you with some of the stunning views of the aquatic life here.

    Getting There :There exists a speedboat connection between KohLanta and Koh Ngai during peak season. Board your boat at around 09:00 AM from Ban Saladan on KohLanta , enjoy this 90-minute journey while admiring the stunning coastal beauty. From the southern coast of KohLanta another 1-hour boat ride will take you to Koh Ngai.

  • 05Shimmering Bays and Secluded Beaches

    Shimmering Bays and Secluded Beaches
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    Crowned in the northeast lies stunning bays of Thong Nai Pan Noi and Yai. Well known for its full moon parties, these beautiful beaches certainly knows how to keep their visitors elated. With cushions on the beach, fire-dancing shows, beautiful sunsets and fabulous water for swimming is something that makes this beach unique in our list. Another notable factor, more than half of the island designated as a National Park, thus, while here get ready to explore the tropical rain forest filled with diversified flora and fauna.

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    Things to Do: For a party freak this place is heaven, the well-acclaimed full moon parties are held on the other end of the island at Had Rin Beach. However, in order to attend the part, it is mandatory to coincide your travel dates with a full moon. Peace lovers, on the other hand, can either relax on the sandy beaches or embark on a snorkeling spree for some thrilling time.

    Getting There: The cheapest way to reach Koh Phangan Island is via an overnight bus from Khaosan Road in the evening. With your arrival in Surathani, next morning, hop onto a boat that will take you to the island.

  • 06Daydreaming on Ko Samui

    Daydreaming on Ko Samui
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    KoSamui is one of the favorite destination among travelers from all over the globe looking for some fun-filled time and looking for a high life. The gorgeous trail of the white sandy beaches adorning the azure waves, soothing sunshine combined with the warm Thai hospitality are some added perks that make this place all the more favorite. This delightful island has much more to offer than just crystal clear waters and sandy beaches; while here you can choose from an array of restaurant and bar that will cater your taste buds and will keep you longing for more.

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    Things to Do: While in KoSamui, you just cannot miss traditional junk cruise – this enthralling cruise is conducted over a traditional styled wooden ‘junk boat’ which will take you to a mesmerizing journey to the neighboring island KoPhaNgan. Explore the beautiful – vividly colored underwater, admire the stunning beauty of this coral island and finally get ready to capture beautiful shots of various tropical fishes easily visible under the transparent water.

    Getting there: The easiest way to reach KoSamui is via an overnight train journey from Bangkok to SuratThani. From here, you head straight to KoSamui via ferry. This delightful 2 hour boat ride will take you to KoSamui, on way get ready to pass the beautiful islands of Ko Tao and KoPhaNgan.

  • 07White Sands of Turtle Island

    White Sands of Turtle Island

    Ko Tao or Turtle Island has gained its latter name owing to its resemblance to a turtle nose-diving towards neighboring island of KoPhaNgan. This easily accessible island is much more laid back and is known for providing a completely soothing experience to all its guests as compared to neighboring islands. The powdery white sand touching the azure waters of the beach and the beautiful lining of the coconut trees are certain ingredients that make this place a perfect vacation destination.


    Things to Do: Apart from all the pristine beauty there are two specific elements that make this island all the more popular – coral reefs and colorful fish. While here, get ready to explore these stunning beauties by embarking on a thrilling snorkeling trip. At some specific intervals,it is even possible to feed the fish – get ready to dazzle yourself while feeding these diversifies school of fishes.

    Getting There: Ko Tao Island is easily accessible via ferry from both KoSamui and KoPhaNgan. You can even opt for an overnight bus journey from Bangkok to Chumphon which will then be connected via boat ride to Ko Tao

  • 08Ko Chang Waterfall Island

    Ko Chang Waterfall Island
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    Ko Chang is the third largest island in Thailand, another remarkable feature about this island is that this place is home to Mu Ko Chang National Park which comprises of around 40 islands. Well, if you are done with island hopping then take a break and head to waterfall hopping.Thailand is also home to some of the most beautiful and hidden waterfalls, Ko Chang, is one unique destination that offers you ample beach time as well as varied trekking options that ill keep you elated throughout your trip.

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    Things to Do: Get ready to transform into an explorer, begin your trekking expedition to KlongNonsi Waterfall, one of the most beautiful islands that will mesmerize you with stunning views. Post this, you can head towards mangrove forests via traditional Thai boat – enjoy the serenity prevailing in this place while navigating through still waters. Adventure seekers can opt for snorkeling spree in the neighboring small and large islands.

    Getting There: Ko Chang is just 5-hour drive away from Bangkok, the most economical way is to board a bus that will take you to LaemNgop, the stop for Ko Chang ferry piers

  • 09Patong

    Patong

    The party capital of Asia, Patong is best known for its nightlife and an array of activities that it holds for the regular as well as first-time travelers to this place. Comprising of primary restaurants, nightclubs and various other tourists hot spot, Patong, has both good as well as notorious reasons that make this place a hit among tourists from all over the world. This mysterious place lights up as the night approaches, while Bangla Road is the hub of the night parties, the eastern part of the beach, on the other hand, is well known for its neon lights, hot streets, and erotic massage parlors.

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    Things to Do: There is no second opinion that majority of the crowd come to Phuket just for partying. However, if you are looking for some other entertainment sources apart from partying you ca head to the ever-so-famous massage parlors in the region. Adventure seekers can indulge in an array of water adventures available at the Paradise Beach and Kalim Beach.

    Getting There: Patong is easily reachable via a bus that connects to Phuket town every 30 minutes. However, if you are coming by flight, you can opt for a taxi from Phuket International Airport which is just 35 km to the north of Patong

  • 10Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe

    Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe
    Sunrise beach or Hat Chao Ley as the locals call it,is a 2km stretch of white sandy, beautiful beach located along the west side of Koh Lipe with some of the most amazing sunrises in all of Thailand. Sunrise beach is the beach nearest to the small Chao Ley village on Koh Lipe. Be sure to wake up early so you don't miss the exquisite sunrise that happens every single morning, it's a fantastic way to start your day.

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    Things to do: Sunrise beach is the best location on Koh Lipe for snorkeling right off of the beach; You'll be sure to find all types of aquatic life that will take your breath away.

    Best Time: Like all of Thailand, Sunrise Beach is much less visited in the low season (May-October), but once high season rolls around (November-April) you'll be sure to find plenty of foreigners and like-
    minded people

    Getting There: 
    You can get to Koh Lipe from Pak Barra Pier on Speedboats.
  • 11Kata

    Kata
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    The crystal clear waters and the white sands of Kata bay have been known for seducing tourists with its charms. Located just a few meters away from Karon Beach, Kantaia a year-round magnet, well appreciated for its palm-lined beaches, elegant restaurants, and sophisticated nightlife. While Kata Centre, located at the northern end is known for its relaxing beach and soothing atmosphere, Kata South, on the other hand, is a one-stop-destination for food lovers as the latter boasts a variety of eateries.

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    Things to Do: The sprawling 1.5km beach length is one of the most popular destination both for leisure as well as water and air adventures. Kara Viewpoint is another striking tourist hot-spot that provides the panoramic view of the entire island. Out of all, Surf House Phuket is one-stop-destination for all surfers. This artificial surfing center provides the thrill seekers with their required adrenaline rush and is also considered as a warm up session for the actual activity.

    Getting There: If you are commuting from the airport, you can either board a minibus or a cab. While visitors from Phuket, open air bus is a delightful option.


  • 12Kamala

    Kamala
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    This is one destination that is still unspoiled and remains virgin for a majority of visitors. The calm stretch of the white sands with no sign of overwhelming crowds are some factors that make this place all the more interesting. A favorite destination among the retiree, Kamala has its fixed bunch of visitors who are regulars to this place.

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    Things to Do: Kamata is known for providing calm environs. The sprawling stretches of white snow and azure water are best for evening strolls and leisure moments. Elephant trekking is another thrilling activity that enables you to enjoy the mesmerizing landscapes.

    Getting There: The sole mode of transportation to this quieter location is public transport via blue songthaews that commute between Kamala to Surin and then Phuket town. However, you can even opt for a taxi if travelling from the airport
  • 13Surin

    Surin
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    A small town in the Surin Province, this is one quieter place located towards the east of Bangkok. Surin’s only claim to fame is it annual Elephant roundup ceremony. This land of big elephants explodes into a dynamic city after November, as during this period the city hosts giant crowds of pachyderms.

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    Things to do: Surin is untouched by the modernization and still showcases the traditional and agricultural Thailand. While here visit, Surin National Museum and Silk village and know more about the history, tradition, and agriculture of this quiet land.

    Getting There: Surin can be comfortably accessed via public transport. Buses depart from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal to Surin every day.


  • 14Bangtao

    Bangtao

    Bangtao reflects twin lifestyle while one side reflects the luxurious resorts and villages that provide visitors with all the required amenities, on the other hand, there is the rural side that still sustains the age old occupation of fishing and farming by the locals. This is one location ideal for swimming, also, the northern end of the bay boasts a beautiful coral reef.

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    Things to Do: Home to some of the most luxurious and classy hotels, Bangtao is all about relaxation. While here you can indulge in active rounds of golf at Phuket Adventure Mini Golf and Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Horseback riding and Elephant trekking are some other activities known for keeping the visitors contended and elated.

    Getting There: Bangtao has located just 25 minutes away from the Phuket airport and can be easily accessed via bus or taxi. It is, however, advisable to avoid taxi due to their half-broken and sketchy conditions.
  • 15Ko Phi Phi

    Ko Phi Phi
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    Ko Phi Phi, a small archipelago of six islands is the most beautiful and widely popular tourist destination in Andaman. A beautiful bondage of two islands together by a narrow isthmus is something that makes this place this pretty. The postcard picture perfect beaches, unending thickets and craggy cliffs of this island have been known for seducing people from all over the world. Often visitors find it a herculean task to detach themselves from the just flawless beauty that this place offers.

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    Things to Do: While in Phi Phi Islands, you just cannot miss the viewpoint which is around 186m above sea level and allures you with the breathtaking views of the entire region. Relax and unwind yourself at Lane Beach, take a leisure walk in Yao Beach and enjoy some spectacular views at Hin Kho Beach.

    Getting There: The best possible way to reach Ko Phi Phi islands is by a ferry from Phuket, Ao Nag, RaiLeh, Krabi Town, KoLAnta s per the nearest location. Tonsai Pier is the island’s main pier and supports good frequency of boats from all the mentioned places.
  • 16Thailand - Nai Harn

    Thailand - Nai Harn
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    Relatively less known among the masses, NaiHarn Island portrays the true flavors of Thailand. Untouched by urbanization this stunning beach retreat has just a few hotels thus sustain its flawless charm for the travelers.For people who are looking for some sun-soaked moments and panoramic view – NaiHarn is a heaven. Relaxing evening strolls o the beach while ravishing the coastal beauty are some added features that visitors mostly enjoy while in this slice of paradise.

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    Things to Do: While here, make sure you visit Promthep Cap – one of the most photogenic and popular location. Enjoy the stunning sunset views while relaxing on the beach. You can also visit Windmill Viewpoint, admire the stunning fusion of windmills on this coastal beauty. Satiate your thirst for adventure by indulging in snorkeling and diving adventure at Ao Sane Beach.

    Getting There: NaiHarn is not a remote place to access, you can easily take a songtaew from Phuket town. The island is just 18km from the town.

  • Nai Harn

  • 17Poda Island

    Poda Island
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    Koh Poda is a small island with breathtaking scenic beauty based on the western corners of Ao Nang. A picture perfect tropical island showcasing nature extravaganza, this is undoubtedly a huge miss if not visited. Stretching for not a bit than 1 kilometer in diameter, the beautiful island remains fringed by turquoise blue waters and has a vast treasury of glistening white sands and amazing coral reefs that are simply mesmerizing.

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    Things to do: The island can easily be visited on a day tour from Ao Nang or the Railay Beaches. One can have a wide range of beach activities here but popular sports here are swimming and snorkeling. A visitor fee needs to be paid while visiting the island as the same comes under the part of Mu KohPhi Phi National Park

    Getting There:  The island is located at a distance of about 30 minutes and once can reach there through a long tail boat from Ao Nang
  • 18Chicken Island

    Chicken Island
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    Chicken Island also known as Koh Kai, KohGai or Koh Hua Khwan derive  this hilarious name from its unusual shape that resembles the head and neck of a chicken. Crowned in the south of Poda and Tup Islands, this timeless beauty is just 30 minutes away from the coast of Krabi.One impressive feature about this island is that during low tides, a sandbar emerges from the water which connects Chicken Island to neighbouring tiny islands of KohMor and Tup. This stunning event is called as TalayWaek.

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    Things to Do: Snorkeling is one activity that you just cannot miss while here as the water is crystal clear and azure, thus, bringing the entire aquatic life into existence. This island is known for enticing people for its incredible sandbank that emerges during the low tide.

    Getting There: Your journey to this stunning island begins from AoNanag- board a longtail boat till Koh Kai. You can even board these boats from KlongMuang, NopparatThara, and the Railay Beaches.
  • 19Tup Island

    Tup Island

    One of the most famous offshore islands around Krabi, this stunning island is also known as Tub Island, Koh Tap or KohThap. The mesmerizing vibes of the parting of the sea are something that makes this place all the more popular among tourists from all over the world. Comparatively smaller as compared to rest of the islands, however, the beautiful beach and the raging waves make this place worth visiting.

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    Things to Do: A sandbar emerges during low tides connecting the Chicken Island to Koh Mur and Tup on left and right respectively. It is an incredible feeling to walk over this and bar as the water is shallow and provides a picturesque moment. Tup Island does not support the availability of any water sports, thus, this place is highly recommended to people who are looking for some calm moments.

    Getting There: This tiny island can be accessed via longtail boats from Ao Nang. You can also board the boat from KlongMuang, Nopparatthara, Railay and Cho Fah pier in Krabi town.

  • 20James Bond Island

    James Bond Island
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    James Bond Island earned its popularity by its starring role in the James Bond movie ‘The man with the Golden gun’. One of the most striking features of this island is a tall vertical island that stands out from the bay of KohKhao Ping Kan. The entire island is under national park protection which is the reason behind its true and untouched beauty. Also owing to its position no boats are allowed.

    Things to Do: Monkey cave is one striking tourist hot spot in the region. The best activity for this stunning island is nothing but a sightseeing tour either on a long tail boat or on a canoe. Also, while here explore the stunning hide & seek between the cliffs and the crystal clear blue waters.

    Getting There:The only possible way to admire the stunning magic of Mother Nature in this island is from boats or the small beach on Koh Ping Ghan. Another option that people usually opt for is canoe tour that takes them on slow paced tour around the islands.

  • 21Koh Lanta

    Koh Lanta
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    Once the domain of backpackers and sea gypsies, Lanta has morphed from a luscious southern Thai backwater into a midrange to luxury getaway for mostly-European tourists, who come for the long beaches unpolluted and nearby dive spots of HinDaeng, HinMuang, and KoHaa. Charming Lanta remains far calmer, culturally rich, and effortlessly caters to all tastes and budgets.

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    Things to Do: Swim snorkel and scuba dive the warm waters meet the friendly locals while enjoying this tropical beach paradise. Visit the national park, the local market, and taste the local street food.

    Getting There:The most common way to travel to KohLanta is by car or minibus from Krabi or Trang or take the local ferry


  • 22Thailand - Koh Hai

    Thailand - Koh Hai
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    Encircled by coral and clear waters, densely forested KoHai is the most developed of the Trang Islands. The long blonde windswept beach on the eastern coast spills into tranquil waters with a sandy bottom. With no indigenous population, a bunch of attractive resorts has the whole island to themselves.


    Things to Do: The Island offers an endless supply of diving and snorkelling activities and leisurely resorts.

    Getting There:Long-tail and speedboat transfers is the easiest way to travel to the island.


  • 23Koh Racha

    Koh Racha

    The Racha or Raya islands, some 12 km south of Phuket, are best known as an excellent diving and snorkelling day trip destinations. RachaYai, however, is quickly developing into a place to stay on for a while with a number of bungalow and resort operations springing up in recent years.

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    Things to Do: The water here is clear and perfect for snorkelling, though the bay gets quite busy with visiting boats in the afternoons. The other large bay, Ao Siam, is a pretty place where the visitors can bask in the tropical forest.

    Getting There:Long-tail and speedboat transfer is the easiest way to travel from Chalong Pier or Rawai, and the trip takes from 45 minutes to more than an hour depending on the boat.

  • 24Ko Tao

    Ko Tao

    The island is consistently gaining popularity and going more upscale. Koh Tao, Thailand -- literally 'Turtle Island' -- is the epicentre for cheap diving and scuba culture in Southeast Asia. More divers get certified on Koh Tao than anywhere else in the world. But even if you prefer life above the surface, the island is a pleasant, fairly laid-back choice in the Gulf of Thailand

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    Things to Do:The Island offers diverse diving experience right off its shores, toast the day with sunset cocktails on a white beach. But even while the island may be synonymous with diving, there is much more to the place. Visitors will find hiking trails of various levels of difficulty that end with the promise of picturesque views, extreme rock-climbing, and even trapeze-flying classes.

    Getting There:The usual way to reach Koh Tao is via overnight bus or train from Bangkok to Chumphon or SuratThani and then a ferry ride in the early morning to the island.

  • 25Krabi

    Krabi
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    When travellers talk dreamily about the amazing Andaman, they usually mean Krabi, with its trademark karst formations curving along the coast like a giant limestone fortress of adventure. Rock climbers will find their nirvana in Railay, while castaway wannabes should head to KoLanta, Ko Phi-Phi or any of the other.

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    Things to Do:Swim, snorkel, kayak and scuba dive the warm waters, meet the friendly locals while enjoying this tropical beach paradise. Visit the local night market and taste the local street food.

    Getting There: The most common way to travel to Krabi is by car, minibus or take the local ferry.


  • 26PhangNga Bay

    PhangNga Bay
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    PhangNga Bay is a classic Southeast Asian bay - bright blue water, limestone pinnacles and all. A large part of it has been protected as a national park. Notable islands in PhangNga Bay include the so-called James Bond Island as it was featured in the movie The Man with the Golden Gun.


    Things to Do: PhangNga Bay is where you can visit a fishing community built out on stilts across the water. You can take tours that will drop you at various beaches to swim and snorkel and take you to James Bond Island and KohPanyee, you can also canoe in the lagoons of the vicinity.

    Getting There:PhangNga Bay is in the Andaman Sea, between Phuket and the mainland of Southern Thailand. You can hire long tail boat from north Phuket to reach the island

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  • 27Phuket

    Phuket

    Spectacular scenery, stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue sea awaits you at Asia's most popular beach destination. This fun island provides an unbeatable combination of perfect silky soft white palm-lined beaches, superb hospitality and great value accommodation. Whether it's world-class diving in the Andaman Sea, golf at international-standard championship courses or exciting eco-adventures in tropical forests, Phuket is a place to extend your horizons.


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    How to Reach:The Island can be accessed by any means of transport.


    Things to Do:Take an exhilarating speedboat trip to the surrounding islands, or enjoy a serene cruise around mystical PhangNga Bay. Or why not simply enjoy Phuket's vibrant nightlife in Patong BeachWith deep-sea diving, high-end dining, and luxury shopping.


  • 28Similan Island

    Similan Island

    The beautiful Similan Islands Marine National Park lies 70km offshore from Phang-Nga Province. It's smooth granite islands are as impressive above the bright aqua water as below, topped with rainforest, edged with blindingly white beaches and fringed by coral reefs.

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    Things to do: Similan beaches and dive sites get completely packed with day trippers. There are huge queues to climb viewpoints and plenty of snorkelling outlets around the island.

    Getting There: The Similan Islands are about 65km offshore, about 75 mins by fast speedboat, in the Andaman Sea with the main departure pier being Tab Lamu, which is about 20 minutes from KhaoLak which is the most popular starting point

  • 29Kata Beach

    Kata Beach
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    The pleasant bay of Kata, just a few minutes south of Karon Beach, entices and charms many visitors with its white sands and clear waters. Very popular with families, Kata is an all round favourite due to its spectacular palm-lined beach, great restaurants, lively but not raucous nightlife and varied accommodation options - all close to the beach. Visitors will find an abundance of shops to browse in, from souvenir and ready-to-wear outlets, to 7-Elevens and local mini-marts, to branded fashion stores.

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    Location: Phuket

    Activities: Mom Tri's Boathouse features an art gallery with rotating shows by local artists along with a jazz band, Thai cookery classes and a superb menu.

    Nearby Attractions: Dino Park, Surf House, Kata View Point, Kata Temple, etc.
  • 30Ko Mak

    Ko Mak
    A beautiful tiny island in the Trat province of Thailand, Ko Mak is a paradise for beach lovers. With an area of 16 sq KM and a coastline of 27 km, Ko Mak is the third largest island in the Trat Province.

    Highlights: It is popular amongst tourists for its beautiful White sandy beaches and Clear Blue waters. It has a region with amazing coconut plantation and mangrove vegetation along the coastline and has also been home to a few hills. One can explore this tiny, beautiful island on foot, Motor bikes or bicycles. It has a range of various water activities like snorkelling, kayaking, night fishing, etc. and services like Massages to offer.

    Location: It is located in the National Marine park 35 kms on the east of the Gulf of Thailand and forms a part of Ko Kut district.

    Price: No charges to explore the island. However a room can be booked in one of the 20 resorts with as low as 800 Baht.

Attractions

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Warorot Market (Kad Luang)

Situated approximately two minutes from the Chang Mai Night Bazaar and sitting beside the Ping River, Warorot Market is a daytime hub of Locals. It opens early in the morning and closes when dark. You can buy almost anything from here. This is basically a Local market where you get goods better than a tourist market at even cheaper prices.

Highlights: Everything is here, fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, bakery items, handicrafts, souvenirs, ceramics, clothes etc. Also, it is an amazing place to try on local snacks and sweets from the food stalls in this market. There are back and side streets around the Warorot market full of hill tribe and Northern Thai Handicraft products. Visiting this market is a must when you are at Chang Mai to witness local Thai shopping.

Location: Near the Chang Mai Night Bazaar, by river Ping.

Price: The experience is free. 
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Saxophone Pub

One of the most popular and sought after live music bar which has been entertaining the people of Bangkok for years have been is none other than Saxophone Pub. Near the Sky train station and close to BTS Victory Monuments this place has been ruling the hearts of Bangkok locals and visitors for the last 30 years. Some of the greatest events of live music have been hosted here and almost every night there is some performances which make the place so special. Acoustic, Jazz, Blue, soul all can enjoyed in this live music bar. Popular bands of the city have been known to perform in Saxophone Pub. A mix crowd of both locals as well foreigners can be seen here. Music plays from 7:30 in the evening and continues till 1o clock at night.



Location
: 3/8 Victory Monument, Bangkok

Timings: 17:00pm to 2:00am
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Tuba Bar

What does a colossal Yoda statue, a nineteenth Century plunging cap and Spiderman have in like manner? They are all part of the furniture at Tuba, a bar and eatery in Bangkok where resistance is a design proclamation. From the naked representations on  the dividers to the vintage confounding furniture, Tuba is similar to no other bar in  Bangkok – or Thailand. Part classical display, part bohemian home base, with a differed  Thai­Italian propelled menu and one of the longest cocktails records in the city, Tuba  feels more like a whimsical companion's home than a bar and restaurant. Come here with a gathering of companions, get yourselves anunfastenedniche, sink Into an old fashioned couch.The choice of European draft brews on offer puts most  different bars to disgrace, with Boddingtons, Paulaner, Guinness and Hoegaarden to  look over for around 230 baht a half quart.



Location: Address: 34 SoiEkkmai 21(SoiChamchun) or Thong Lo Soi 20, Sukhumwit Road, Bangkok

Timings: Every day 11:00 AM – 02:00 AM
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Iron Fairies

Iron Fairies is a mystical bar that is outlined like an ironsmith's workshop: dim and broody, with fashioned iron staircases, uncovered pipes and broken down timber and block. Bottles pixie dust are stacked in lines, and all over you look, you could risk upon minimal iron dolls of the winged animals that give the bar its name. Open subsequent to 2010, Iron Fairies moved in 2013 (however just three entryways down the road) and extended its operation so now it is a labyrinth of staircases, mystery entryways and dim recesses. The previous premises were tiny to the point that it was a steady fight to get in or out, keeping in mind it is still a tight crush, however, no matter you are standing or sitting you will certainly be in awe with its stylistic theme.



Location: 394 Thonglor Road, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok

Timings: Every day from 06:00 PM – 02:00 AM
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Maesa Elephant Camp

If the love is for Asian elephants then the apt place to get close to them is the Maesa Elephant Camp. The camp is by far the largest one in assembly of domestic elephants in the Northern part of Thailand. It also showcases the most entertaining as well as educational elephant show which has managed to enlist itself in Guinness book of Records 2005. The camp houses nearly 80 elephants which were all employed in timber and logging industries but with modern process they are all now taken care of in these centres for conservation and training. Visitors can enjoy the location playing with the baby elephants, feeding and bathing them and also interacting with the same. The elephants draw excellent pictures which can be purchased here.



Location
: Tapae Road, North of Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Price: Entry: 200 Baht,

Elephant ride: 1200 Baht for 1 hour and 800 Baht for 30mins
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Fat Gutz Bar and Saloon

The reputation Fat Gutz Bar in Thong Lor precedes its reputation that is far beyond the popularity that any other bar enjoys. The décor is all black and the hooks will remind of being at a Docker’s yard.  The vintage furniture and lighting is reminiscent of an easier time of the 1920s. The bar boasts of a hige collection of signature cocktails and a varied and yet cool crowd. The bar is famous around town for its good selection of music and its servings of fish and chips. The dimensions of the bar being a little smaller than most other bars, early reservations are highly recommended. The atmosphere is excellent on the weekends and everyone ends up being a part of the entire scene.

Location
: Thong Lor

Highlights: Cozy, warm atmosphere amidst a highly reputed interiors.
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Saturday Walking street market

Based on the opposite side of Chiang Mai Gate, Wui Lai Market or Saturday Market is another popular market in Thailand. On every Saturday the 1 km stretch market area remains close to traffic so that visitors and locals can shuffle around various shops and purchase goods according to preference. There are plenty of shops in Saturday Market almost like Sunday Market on all goods but the silversmiths shops are the primary attraction here because of the silverware sculptures and goods available here. Apart from this one can find clothing, belts, lanterns, candles, perfume, shoes, street performers, food stalls, sketch artists, wood carvings and woodwork ornaments, housewares etc. Evening time remains entertained with local night show and puppet show.

 

Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 4pm to Midnight

Highlights: Thai Massage and 7 Eleven Supermarket.

Location: Wu Lai Road, Thailand
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Chatchak Market

Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’. If you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed. There is a system to help you navigate your way through Chatuchak. Inside, one main walkway encircles the entire market, and it branches off into a series of numbered alleyways called Soi 1, Soi 2, Soi 3, and so on.



Highlights
: There is an information centre along with ATMs and foreign-exchange booths at the Chatuchak Park Office. Schematic maps and toilets are located throughout the market. The whole
market is divided into sections to make it easier to explore.

Location: The Phahonyothin, Bangkok

Timings
: Open from Saturday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00

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Full Moon Party in Thailand

The Full Moon Party begun in the late 80's (and grew in the early 90's) when friends arranged intimate parties in the light of the full moon. Obviously as the years passed it is not was it used to be now. There are about 10,000?15,000 people participating every month at this beach party on the island of Koh Phangan. The crescent shaped beach of Haad Rin beach is packed with people from all over the world all having a great time. If you’re looking for the ultimate island party this is where you should head to, great music, colourful lights, UV paint and a whole lot more makes the full moon party one of a kind.



Best time: This party takes place in the occurrence of a full moon and there are approximated set dates to book it in advance.

Getting there: There are ferry boats that take you to the Island from Buddha Pier (Bang Rak) and Maenam in Koh Phangan Island.
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Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Nong Nooch Garden is a beautifully landscaped park and can easily make for an all-day trip. The entire area is more like a theme park, with daily cultural shows, restaurants and accommodation as well as a vast area showcasing individually themed gardens. A leisurely stroll through the botanical park is like taking a journey around the world, through its many famous gardens, whether 17th-century French garden, Stonehenge, or European Renaissance garden.



Highlights: An interesting feature is the skywalk; a shaded 1.1km elevated walkway that takes you through various gardens. Apart from the botanical park, Nong Nooch Garden features daily shows at the Thai Cultural Hall. Other activities include paddle boats, elephant rides and cycling.

Location: Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya

Timings: Opens from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: 500 Baht
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Jomtien Beach

With a 6 km stretch of sand, Jomtien beach is a perfect place to find some quiet time from the hustle and bustle of Pattaya in Thailand. You can spend a leisurely day on the sandy shores of the beach or indulge in the various activities provided near the beach. If you do not love relaxing on the beach, there are myriad of things to indulge in.  Either you can carve your hunger in some of the finest restaurants in the area or you can have a peaceful walk in the renowned botanical gardens. 



Highlights
:  If you are looking for some water sports, enthralling water parks are waiting for you near the beach. There are even some of the awe-inspiring sites, highlighting the authentic Thai culture and religion.

Getting There
: This beach is only 9.6 km from Pattaya. The visitors can take direct buses from the city to the beach.

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Wat Tham Sua

If you are in search of spiritual experience in Thailand, The Tiger Cave Temple aka Wat Tham Sua is one place you must visit. Surrounded by the stunning natural surroundings and located close to Krabi town, the temple is one of the finest natural wonders of Thailand and deserves your visit. The temple has various natural caves, which are formed within the beautiful jungles and are home to numerous monks. With lots of things to see here, the major attraction is the ‘footprint of the Buddha.



Highlights
: ’ Reaching to the top of the Temple Cave is not an easy task. You have to climb 1,237 steps up to the limestone tower, which is daunting, especially in the Thai climate. Reaching the top, you can witness the panoramic 360-degree views of the tropical islands, limestone cliff formations, the Andaman Sea and rainforests.

Getting There: The Tiger cave temple is just three km from the Krabi town and can be reached via a mini-bus, taxi or tuk-tuk.

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Splash Jungle Waterpark

When the idea is to search for a full family entertainment then nothing matches the Splash Jungle Waterpark. Overlooking the fascinating beauty of Mai Khao Beach, the water park hosts a series of rides in different difficulty levels suitable for kids and adults both. Over six million litres of water remains distributed in the waterslides for a complete fun and enjoyment time here. Added attractions are the Splash Bar and the Spa Village with sauna. There are two in-house restaurants where one can have small filling eateries and loads of snacks options. Though not very large it is one place to enjoy good fun and entertaining time with near and dear ones.



Location: Soi Mai Khao 4, Mai Khao,Phuket
  
Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Price
The approximate price starts from 1250 THB adults and 650 THB for kids
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Pattaya Night Bazaar

Visit the Pattaya Night Bazaar to have a pleasurable shopping experience. Unlike the outdoor markets which become too crowded and hot during the day, Pattaya Night Bazaar offers you the opportunity to shop in the relaxing covered and air conditioned structure. It is a perfect place to buy souvenirs of your journey or to shop for trendy summer outfits. There are a number of shops inside which sells assortment of items that you can buy as souvenirs like Thai Crafts, furniture and more. If you are looking for summer wares, you can get a lot of them at a very reasonable price. Whether it is jeans, t-shirts, shorts, tops, hats or scarves, you will find everything here. Pattaya Night Bazaar also sells a number of accessories like scented soaps, shoes and also bags and luggage. It is also known as Made in Thailand Market.

Location: Pattaya Second Road, South Pattaya
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Mae Fah Luang Art And Culture Park

The culture of Thailand is quite unique due to the presence of a large number of tribal communities here. Mae Fah Luang Art & Culture Park was imparting education to certain ethnic minority tribes. Today, since it doesn’t impart education anymore, it is a museum which holds priceless collections reflecting authentic Thai and Lanna cultures.

Highlights – The Golden Pavilion (Haw Kham) containing intricate woodworks of Lord Buddha (belonging to as early as 17th century) and the Haw Kham Noi Pavilioin containing an enviable collection of timeless mural paintings.

Location – Quite far from the main town of Chiang Rai; can be reached by taxis and tuk-tuks.

Timings – Open from 8.30AM to 5.00PM on all days of the week except Mondays.

 Price – Students, Seniors & differently-abled – THB50, Officials – THB70, Local tourists – THB100 and Foreign tourists –THB200.

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Elephant's World Kanchanaburi

Elephants are cute, aren’t they? But sadly, they are an endangered species in many parts of the world. That’s why, Elephants’ World has decided to protect these animals who giving people a rendezvous with the lovingly species.

Highlights: This is a non-profit organization that reduces animal abuse, favors human-animal interaction and at the same time promotes quality time with the animals. During a day program, one can work for the elephants, plant and prepare their food, feed them with fruit and sticky rice or even enjoy scrubbing them in the river. Other plans, particularly the overnight ones include several day program activities, along with overnight accommodation next to the River Kwai.

During this stay, people also get to walk elephants to the forest and get to relax along with countryside. The mahout program is for those who truly love elephants and want to be in close contact with the nature while experiencing Thai culture.



Location: Wang Dong, Mueang Kanchanaburi District.

Price: 1000-1500 Baht