Magnificent Islands of Thailand
Famous for its rich history and even richer culture, Thailand also known as ‘the land of smiles’ is home to more than 250 fascinating tropical islands of all shapes and sizes offering ideal travel experiences that will entice any traveler. Thailand islands are among the unique places where dream becomes reality. The fresh, floral air makes you energetic, white sandy beaches and tranquil azure waters warmly welcome to refresh and the breathtaking exotic nature spread everywhere rejuvenates you.
While planning a trip to Thailand you should probably have difficulties in deciding which island to visit, but be sure that no matter you are going to spend a romantic honeymoon or a family vacation, Thailand has at least one island to match your taste. If it’s isolation you seek, rent a boat to an uninhabited island where footprints in the sand can be yours alone, and if you feel more social, no problem, head to Ao Phra-Nang’s famous full-moon party.
Some of the island groups of Thailand are clustered with numerous individual islands; Phang Nga bay comprising 67, Tarutao national marine Park having 51, Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park — 52, and Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park — 42 islands.
The diverse climate and topography have made Thailand a destination with remarkable diversity of flora and fauna. The sandy beaches and languorous islands of southern Thailand are a real paradise of exotic palms whispering in the breeze, white sand and azure seas. Thailand’s islands are also a real destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, rock-climbing, sea-kayaking and trekking.
Phuket, meaning ‘crystal mountain’ is Thailand’s largest and most populous island, located 850 km south of the capital Bangkok. Home to 17 dazzling beaches, Phuket is the ultimate tropical resort getaway with amenities of a western country including international facilities, luxurious hotels and delicious and spicy cuisine. Around six million tourists visit this charming island annually. The tropical Patong beach is the most famous and the most visited of Phuket’s beaches and is located on the West Coast of Phuket. Other famous beaches include Nai Harn Beach, Rawaii Beach and Ka Lim Beach. The tropical rainforests of various types have provided the island of Phuket excellent opportunities for trekking. Phuket is considered one of Southeast Asia’s main Yaught destinations.
Ko Chang, Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket, covering approximately 420 square kilometers is the best island near Bangkok. Famous for its stunning natural beauty, amazing beaches, wide range of wildlife, rich and fertile forests, magnificent waterfalls, steep hills and cliffs, it’s no surprise that Ko Chang is the busiest and one of the most scenic islands of Ko Chang National Park, offering fine island entertainment, outdoor adventures in the mountainous interior, elephant rides, and good scuba diving and snorkeling. During your visit to Ko Chang be sure to visit temples and the National Park and Museum. Enjoy your vacation and experience Thai hospitality.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Ko Samui is the third-largest island in Thailand after Phuket and Ko chang. It is 700 kilometers south of Bangkok, and the permanent population is estimated at 40,000. Ko Samui is famous for its blissfully warm seas, long, uninterrupted beaches, Buddist temples and busy nightlife, also offers diving and snorkeling opportunities. In the vicinity of Samui Island you can find the beautiful islands of Ang Thong Marine National Park. The best time to visit this island is from March to June. Apart from the largest islands of Thailand, mostly popular among tourists are the perfect Phi Phi islands or Ko Phi Phi (in Thai, the names of island are usually preceded with the Thai word ‘Ko’ meaning ‘island’) where you will find unimaginative natural beauty, exotic white sandy beaches and, of course, relaxing atmosphere. Explore the marine world to uncover the magical coral reefs inhabited by multicolored tropical fish. Ko Phi Phi is one of the best exotic destinations to spend your time diving, rock-climbing or snorkeling. Ko Phi Phi is the best island for family vacation.
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