While in the Philippines we can find thousands of islands, from the huge and overpopulated ones to the tiny and paradisiac, Thailand is surrounded by a much smaller number of islands and islets. Not that I will try to make a competition as to which country has more islands or which islands are the best. But surely, it is definitely worth checking out what our neighbours have to offer and enjoy what is available out there. And oh, boy, they won’t disappoint!
We can’t deny both countries have a lot in common, but the differences also abound, making Thailand a wonderful destination to those looking to travel somewhere exciting in a fairly short distance. Taking all this into consideration, today I will talk about four islands you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Thailand, whether you consider yourself a beach bum or a culture vulture.
4 ISLANDS YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IN THAILAND
1- Koh Samui
Koh Samui may not be the most talked about island in the country, but it surely has its fair share of things to do. Tourism is well developed here and there are several resorts, luxury villas and bungalows. Many luxury Thai homes around the island are also owned by A-list celebrities.
One of the most beautiful beaches in the Gulf of Thailand, Chaweng beach, is located here and it’s a real tourist hotspot. With white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters and rolling hills in the backdrop, it is hard not to fall for the beauty of Chaweng. But popularity comes at a price, so there are a lot of shops, massage parlours and restaurants dotted along the nearly seven kilometres of this pristine beach.
If you prefer something more peaceful, Lipa Noi beach may just be what you’re looking for, though. Stunning as it is, Lipa Noi is less developed than Chaweng, making it the perfect place for those who just want to sunbathe and relax in an idyllic beach location.