Bpristine white sandy beaches, mind-blowing swimming and snorkeling or trekking through lush green jungles… Koh Chang, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Adang are three must-see islands in Thailand and here are some tips to help you choose which one is right for you the best thing!
How to decide which Thai island to visit?
Your choice of island will depend on how long you plan to stay in one place, which part of the country you are thinking of going to and, of course, what you like to do…
If you are a party lover, sometimes staying up all night until early and even late in the morning, then Ko Phi Phi, or Phi Phi Don to be specific, is the place for you.
If you're looking for adventure, head to Koh Adang, located in the Tarutao archipelago, which boasts some truly pristine uninhabited islands. Scuba divers should head straight for the breathtaking depths around Adang, Ravi, Batuang and Kata, all in the Tarutao archipelago.
Generally speaking, the beaches are more crowded than the hinterlands, which nevertheless offer unparalleled places for hiking and walking... What makes such walks even more attractive is that a series of hikes through the most beautiful islands in Thailand culminate at the foot of a waterfall. where it is simply impossible to resist jumping into the refreshing water!
Unique Koh Adang
Koh Adang is part of the 51 islands of the tropical archipelago Tarutao, the oldest marine park "National Park of Thailand", founded in 1974. Unlike Koh Lipe, which is more suitable for establishment of hotels and is only a few kilometers away, the steep slopes of this mountainous island are covered with dense jungle and offer a haven for wildlife and plants. Therefore, the island is dedicated to lovers of sunbathing, gentle sea and small wild beaches, where there are still very few people.
On the other hand, on Koh Bulon Leh and Koh Lipe you can hire a fisherman to take you to the dive sites around Adang, Ravi, Batuang and Kata. Don't miss one mythical dive site; Seven Corals, whose coral reefs are the highlight of any driver's log book, whether he is a beginner or an experienced diver.
We recommend stopping by Koh Hin Ngam, a tiny beach covered in strange pebbles that turn amazing colors when they come into contact with the water, reminiscent of ancient mosaics.
Popular Koh Phi Phi: Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le
Located on the west coast overlooking the Andaman Sea, Ko Phi Phi is essentially a paired place, that is, it consists of two beautiful islands, with the consonant names of Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le. Only the first, the largest and most famous, is inhabited permanently by residents.
Phi Phi Don is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand. It really looks like a postcard. 8 km long and a little less than 3 km wide. Two crescent-shaped beaches facing each other.
To be honest, this paradise for beach lovers, as well as one of the best diving spots in the country, can at times border on a festive and bustling atmosphere, thanks to the blaring music from the 24-hour bars and nightclubs, as well as the bustling arrivals and departures of tourist boats. .
However, if this is not for you, then you can get away from the noisy crowds by going up to the observation deck, which offers a fantastic view of Phi Phi Don and its neighbor, the island of Phi Phi Le.
The small island of Phi Phi Le, about 3.5 km long and 1 km wide, can be explored in half a day, including time for swimming, relaxing on the beach and walking around the island itself. As with its more famous neighbor, try to avoid the tourist rush hour when fifty or so boats will compete for space in the same spots to better appreciate the island's magnificent beauty.
The sea has turned the steep coastline of the reef into a lacy rocky curtain, behind which lie grottoes and depressions, in which you can see amazing stalactite landscapes.
Other activities on Koh Phi Phi Le include boat or kayak trips around the island, which are well worth it if you have the time.
Stunning Koh Chang
Tucked away in the Gulf of Thailand on the doorstep of Cambodia, Koh Chang's stretch of white sand remains unspoilt, but its secret is spreading like wildfire. The second largest island of Thailand in terms of both land and sea area, Koh Chang is home to over 74 bird species and a rich variety of mammals and reptiles.
If you are lucky, you may see wild boars, macaques or deer, as well as monitor lizards, pythons or even king cobras during the hikes. But be extremely careful!
The most stunning beach of Koh Chang is undoubtedly Hat Khlong Phrao: Khlong Phrao. A natural, partially underground channel that crosses the island from one side to the other, originates in the forest and flows into the sea, forming a strip of spotless white sand on both sides of its channel.