Do you LOVE the thought of relaxing on a paradise island, with a cocktail in one hand and a great book in the other, but hate the thought of tonnes of tourists spoiling the moment? Many people who have visited Thailand speak of the changes the islands have seen over the past 20 years. Quiet, peaceful beaches that have turned into crazy party islands.
Now don’t get me wrong, a little partying is alright if that’s what you’re into. But I set out to find the quieter side to island hopping in this beautiful region, and found gold!
1. The Similan islands – these tiny, white sand treasures are found off the west coast of khao Lak, Thailand. There are the options for day trips (which you will see a lot more tourists) and for camping which you would get the mornings and evenings to yourself. I couldn’t recommend a more beautiful group of islands. This is perfect for snorkelling, diving and just swimming.
2. Koh Lanta – this lovely island is located SE of Krabi. It’s reachable from Phuket too. The west coast is excellent for sunsets, there are taxis and tuktuks ready to take you to any point, from the pier to your hotel. The small row of restaurants and bars near the pier adds a lovely bit of life to the islands.
On to the best part, the beaches! Here are a few photos of the relaxing west coast.
3. Koh Mook – by far my favourite island of the 3. Just south of Koh Lanta, it passes stunning Koh Ngai and Koh kradan. Koh Mook is so small there isn’t even a pier, you are straight off the boat onto the beach with your cases! Real back packing style. The island is dotted with bungalows and a few small, but beautiful resorts. A short tuktuk ride / walk across to the other side of the island and you hit paradise. A peninsula made from the softest white sand. So soft it squeaks when you walk on it! An absolute dream land! Staying at the resort here is the best for a relaxing or couples get away!