Virtually unknown until a decade ago, Samui Island (in Thai, "Ko"
= island) rivals Phuket as Thailand's most popular beach resort.
island supplied with fresh water year round, its strongest attraction
is the green sea turtles that come ashore between September and
December to lay their eggs.
lacks Ko Samui's spectacular beaches but makes up for it with plenty
of secluded, jagged bays adorned with corals. Though much smaller
than Samui, it is definitely more rustic and rugged.
Phi Phi is made up of two islands, Phi Phi Don with its endless
beaches and Phi Phi Le, a private enclosed area girdled by
Tarutao National Marine Park features waterfalls, streams, beaches,
and caves. Protected dolphins, lobsters, and dugongs reside here
as well, along with other wildlife such as mousedeer, wild pigs,
fishing cats and crab-eating macaque.
island of Yao is made up of both Ko Yao Yai and Ko Yao
Noi. These islands are covered by forests, beaches and rocky
headlands with views of the surrounding karst formations characteristic
of Ao Phang-Nga.
Muk & Ko Kradan
Muk introduces some of the loveliest corals and small beaches that
make for great camping and swimming.
Rawi & Ko Lipe
of Ko Adang is Ko Rawi, which is a rather small island although
many coral reefs and tropical fish populate its southeast coast.
the south of Ko Adang lies Ko Lipe, which is inhabited by
about 500 chao nŠam (sea gypsies) who were thought to have originated
from the Lanta islands in Krabi Province, making a living for themselves
through fishing and the cultivation of vegetables and rice.
Gem of the Andaman Coast, and Thailand's top beach resort is Phuket
Island. Shaped like an irregular pearl and measuring approximately
21 km wide by 48 km long, Phuket is Thailand's largest island and
a province in its own right.
enthusiasts should not miss the Similan Islands (Muu Ko Similan)
with its incredible underwater sightseeing that is so clear you
could see it at depths ranging from 2 to 30m.
of mangrove, coral-rimmed beaches, rocky hills, and large umbrella
trees clearly describe Ko Lanta.