We are planning our third trip to the Thai islands, very excited!! Some friends keep asking us why? Why we go to the same places every year? The answer is simple: we love the Thai Islands! Every trip there we discover new beaches, hidden places and have incredible moments.
If you have already visited some of the Thai islands, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. If you have never been there, don’t worry, you still can travel to paradise. So prepare your credit card, because after reading this post you will need it to book your trip to Thailand.
We could write an endless list of all the amazing things you can do and experience at the islands, but let’s keep it simple, 11 reasons are more than enough to sparkle your wanderlust!
1st » Be hypnotized by the contrast of the lush green mountains and light blue sea
The hills are steep and covered with tropical forests. Even in more developed islands like Phuket or Koh Samui, you still can see beautiful mountains coated with all shades of green. The fruit trees and colored flowers surrounded by the blue sky and transparent sea create amazing scenery. Perfect for an Instagram photo, and also a life-saving spot when you need shade to sit, relax and enjoy the landscape. This shot is from Koh Phi Phi‘s viewpoint.
2nd » Amazing rock formations coming out of the sea
Huge rocks, different shapes and millions of years. The rocky islets just appear in the middle of the sea, like God has decided to sprinkle some grey & green giants to protect the coast. The Andaman sea is the place to find these enormous rocks that seem to be floating on the salty water. You can stay hours looking at them, identifying different animals and even faces. A paradise for wildlife and rock climbers, they are a challenge for the fisherman and boat captains. At nighttime, they have to avoid these hard giants, and during the day, they sail very closely, so the tourists can have a glimpse of the incredible formations.
3rd » Daily golden sunsets: a never boring spectacle
Ohhh, the sunsets! Golden sky and fresh breeze that will make you stop whatever you are doing to contemplate the spectacle. Seriously, the sunsets at the Thai islands are unbelievably beautiful. They will ruin your life, you will never forget that the smell of the sea and the orange sky. Listen to me, around 5:30 pm – 6.30 pm go to a beach bar and grab a beer, Leo is the best-selling beer in Thailand, and our favorite! Seat and relax! Recharge your batteries, celebrate one more amazing day at the Thai island, and welcome a happy new night. That’s how we do it!
In all Thai islands you can find a sunset beach, a sunset point or a sunset boat trip. Thai people take their “sunset moment” very seriously, and I’m not surprised, they know how to appreciate nature. If you like sunsets, plan a visit to Koh Chang, it is famous for the magical sunsets.
4th » Cristal clear water and friendly fishes
Swim! Take a deep breath and open your eyes underwater. If you think the Thai islands are stunning, wait until you dive into the sea. You don’t need to go too far or too deep, in Koh Tao or Maya Bay the striped friendly fishes will swim around your knees. For us, travel to the Thai islands means to explore the place by land and especially by water. Go for a boat trip around the 4 Islands, a few minutes from Krabi, I’m sure you will love it! The boat tour in Koh Tao is a must too, spend all your energy swimming close to the corals at Mango Bay.
If you are a big fan of diving, Koh Lipe is famous for its crystal clear water and great spots for dive.
5th » Delicious Thai food and Leo beer
After spending the whole day in the sea or by the beach, you will be tired and hungry. Don’t worry, at the Thai islands the fish is always fresh and the spices will give you a kick to start the night. Feed your stomach and soul with different flavors, fresh seasonings and fruit juice. If it smells good, it will taste good! In all the Thai islands you can find a local night market to taste fresh Thai food, and don’t forget to order a Leo, the best selling beer in Thailand. Phuket and Koh Phangan are street food paradise, we love them! Can we have a BBQ prawns now?? Yummy!
6th » You can ride a scooter and find your own stunning beach
Wish all the roads in the world have views like this! Travel to the Thai islands and rent a scooter. At every corner, you will find a stunning beach, a little bay or rocky cliff inviting you to stop, take a picture and maybe stay forever. Phuket, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are our favorite islands to drive around, so many secret places and hidden spots that you never dreamed it could exist. You are on holiday and everything looks perfect, but you still need to wear a helmet and drive safely.
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7th » You can spend your day surrounded by the sea
I know, you are traveling to the Thai Islands, for sure you will be surrounded by a beautiful sea, but let’s take this experience to another wet level. At the Thai Islands, you can spend your whole day on the sea, surrounded by crystal clear water. Go on a boat tour, or rent your longtail boat [or a sailboat, if you prefer], and enjoy the day on the water. Sunbathing, swimming, relaxing and enjoying. Life can’t get better than this!! I’m sure you gonna ask yourself: Can we stay here forever??!! I wish we could!
8th » Party from the sunset to the sunrise
Let’s celebrate life! Doesn’t matter what music you like, or if you just want to chill out, at the Thai islands you can have fun from sunset to sunrise. Beach bars will play Bob Marley and put you in a reggae mood. If you wanna get some serious party go to Patong Beach in Phuket, but take care, things can get really wild around there.
Feel the sea wind on your hair, dance and play with fire, Koh Phangan has the full moon party, half-moon and black moon party doesn’t matter in which lunar week we are, there will be a good party going on. But don’t go too crazy, and don’t forget to keep the beach clean. Drink a Leo, the best local beer in Thailand, make new friends and when the sun comes up you will have a huge smile on your face and no regrets.
9th » You can live a simple island life and be happy
At the Thai islands you don’t need much to be happy. A bamboo hut on the top of the hill overlooking the sea is all we want after a long and lazy day on the beach. You won’t mind the steps to get there because you know that from your balcony you have a view of paradise. You don’t need fancy closes, high heels, or full makeup on. Bikini, flip-flops and a beach towel will be your daily uniform. Your skin will get that golden brown tan, the best souvenir you can take home.
10th » But if you want some luxurious days, a top villa is just around the corner
If a bamboo hut is not your thing, don’t worry, you can find 5 stars resorts and villas that are waiting for you. For all styles of travelers [and pockets], at the Thai islands you can experience truly Thai hospitality. Guilty pleasures are permitted here, no one will judge you, even if you want to spend hours soaking in a bathtub under the stars.
If you want to enjoy the best hotels in the Thai islands, here are some recommendations:
Phuket » in Phuket you can stay at SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort, beautiful villas with a pool and open-air bathroom. Taking a bath in the moonlight is something you will never forget.
Koh Lanta » Stay at the Crown Lanta Resort & Spa, the best place on the island to watch the sunset, two pools, exclusive villas and a reggae bar!
Aonang, Krabi » our tip is Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort, the views and the infinity pool are to die for. The Panorama Suite is incredible, with a bathtub on the balcony and a stunning sea view.
11th » Viewpoints to die for
The view from your room, the view from your swimming pool, the view from the top of the hill and even the view you have from the water when the boat is approaching the shore…. The views in the Thai islands are to die for.
Now you understand why we are planning another trip to the Thai Islands? We can’t get enough of it. Nature is majestic, the people are lovely and the food delicious. I’m not even talking about travel budget and the variety of hotels, restaurants, tours and activities.
If you never visited the Thai islands, is time to do it! Cancel your next holiday and buy a ticket to Thailand, you won’t regret it. If you have visited only one of the islands, come back and explore more. Each island is different, if you like the party scene, backpackers bars and yoga retreats go to Koh Phangan. A big fan of diving, so Koh Tao is your place. Looking for luxurious resorts and family activities, Phuket is the biggest Thai island and has so many things to do and see. For Hollywood movie location, jump on a boat to Maya Bay or “James Bond” Island. And if you want to walk barefoot on the sand and sleep by the sound of the waves, Koh Lipe and Koh Lanta are still unspoiled and picturesque.
I will give you another tip: travel to the Thai islands with an open heart, try the local food, drink the local beer, learn about the local culture, visit the ancient temples and respect nature. Enjoy the real Thai island feeling, the amazing life surrounded by forests and sea.
Have we inspired you? Time to plan your trip to the Thai islands! Share with us your travel itinerary, or even better, your favorite place and beaches around the Thai Islands, we might catch up there for a beer!
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