Thailand is renowned for its beautiful beaches and is one of the reason travellers
keep going back for more.
Koh Lipe is the definition of wanderlust, well to me anyway. Famous for its turquoise sea and white sandy beaches, It’s easy to fall in love with this quirky island. Koh Lipe is located close to the Malaysian border in the South Andaman sea.
You almost feel like you’re on the set of The Beach, with wooden huts, scattered cushions and giant dreamcatchers at every turn.
There are many small islands around Koh Lipe which are perfect for snorkelling and can be reached by a longtail boat, it’s possible to hire a boat and a driver fairly cheap. You will most likely be able to hire a snorkel and mask from your resort which usually costs around 50baht.
Walking street leads you from one side of the island (Sunrise beach) to the other (Sunset beach) and is full of bars, restaurants and shops and is only a 20-30 minute walk.
Koh Lanta’s Khlong Khong beach is a bohemian paradise, the beach is scattered with bamboo built reggae bars and the hammocks call out for daydreaming whilst taking in the beautiful sunsets. During the evening the bars come alive with colourful lanterns, fairy lights and parties that carry on until the early hours of the morning.
Koh Lanta’s national park is found at the southern tip of the island and is home monkeys, beaches and breath-taking views.
Snorkelling, kayaking and SUP are all popular activities on Koh Lanta and if diving is more your thing then mantra rays, whale sharks and turtles can all be found close by.
Koh Phangnan is best explored by a scooter, but the roads can be dangerous so it’s important to always wear a helmet and be careful! Ban Tai is a beautiful beach resort located on the south of the island, it’s a lot quieter than the popular resort of Had Rin which is famous for the full moon parties.
Some of the most beautiful beaches to visit are Salad beach, Secret beach and Hin Kong beach.
The night market in Thong Sala is a great place to grab some cheap and tasty food and meet up with friends before heading for a night out.
Koh Tao is a firm favourite with most backpackers and travellers and it’s easy to see why. The laid back island has it all from stunning beaches to deep sea diving and fantastic nightlife.
Sairee beach is the place to stay if you like to be where the action happens. Lotus resort is worth checking out as they have a number of budget rooms which are modern and spacious along with sea view rooms which are a little more expensive.
Many people come to Koh Toa for the diving as it’s well known for its cheap PADI courses, there are a number of dive schools here which offer accommodation along with the course price – Crystal Dive Resort is a professional dive school which is safe, friendly and fun. If you are apprehensive about diving, then speak to one of the dive resorts as they may be able to help you overcome your fear. If you find that diving is not for you, then try out a snorkel trip as they are a fantastic way to see some underwater life and some beautiful islands, you will also make it to the gorgeous island of Koh Nang Yang with its impressive view point.
Be sure to check out the amazing nightly fire shows at lotus bar, be careful of the 2-4-1 buckets as you will wake up with a sore head the next day! Sunset bar is another party spot which goes on until the early hours and the whole beach turns into a huge party.
May Bay is a stunning bay just off the coast of Phi Phi with 100-metre-high cliffs sheltering the sandy white beach, crystal clear waters and fascinating coral reefs. Maya Bay was made famous by the 1999 film The Beach and since then has become more and more crowded.
It’s possible to stay overnight on a sleep abroad tour which means you get the bay to yourself… well kind of. Small groups are able to visit the bay once all the day trippers have gone and spend the night enjoying food and drinks on the beach underneath the stars before hopping back on the boat to sleep.