The Less Known Thai Islands You Have To Visit

The 10 Less Known Thai Islands You Have To Visit

27 July 2016

The 10 Less Known Thai Islands You Have To Visit

I think if you ever see a picture of a Thai Island in all its glory, there probably isn’t a destination or place that is more luring in the world. It immediately gets you wishing you were by them crystal clear waters sipping on a coconut with the sun shining brightly with not having a care in the world. Let’s face it, we all have some love for the Thai islands as they’ve been on our radars for quite some time now.

But how about the touring the islands of Thailand that you are missing out on? We’re not talking Koh Tao, Koh Phangan or Koh Phi Phi – these we all know about.  Have a read on...


Koh Chang is actually Thailand’s second largest island. Although it's not as crazy busy as Samui or Phuket, it does get busy in high season. This place has a population of 5,000 residents. Plenty of things to do here - especially outdoors with an abundance of waterfalls, beaches and jungle hikes available. There are some bars that you can have a dance and drink but nothing as eccentric as the other more commercial islands.


Koh Lipe is a small island shaped almost like an ‘L’ with typical Thai island traits. Its turquoise water, coconut tree’s and paradise like beaches make Koh Lipe a favourite for relaxing. Bamboo huts are common for accommodation here, and Koh Lipe actually means Paper Island. Head here if you want a slow paced lifestyle... although you can party, dive and snorkel here too if you want!



Typically a more expensive island, Koh Samet was once a backpacker place. It is more made for the luxurious way of living for a Thai island and attracts families to relax with kids too. It has over a dozen beaches and is part of the Khao-Laem Ya-Mu National Park which is includes clusters of smaller islands- ideal for day trips.


Koh Lanta is gorgeous and is actually made up of several islands. Koh Lanta Yai is the most popular one, and normally for travellers who want something a little quieter than other islands like Koh Phi Phi. Diving is popular here with beautiful coral reefs. If you want to walk on the beach and enjoy your sunsets, get to Lanta!


If you were told about Koh Bulon Lae from a whisper of a fellow traveller, you would think you’ve been put into a similar spot as the movie ‘The Beach’ depicts. It's tiny, although not a lagoon - you can walk around it in under 20 minutes. The kind of place you don’t do anything apart from chill out. It is relaxation at its finest.


If you are looking for a lagoon, then Koh Mook provides that. Although you may think twice first as getting there consists of crossing a 70m emerald cave, you won’t be disappointed once you reach this place. Surrounded by incredible nature, beaches, high cliffs and tropical plants, this one is our favourite because of the journey itself in getting there.

  1. KOH MAK

Koh Mak has delicious Thai cuisine on offer, with comfortable stays also available. The place is perfect to spoil yourself in moderation.  If you fancy partying, this is miles away from that. Perhaps perfect for a detox.


Widely seen as the most undiscovered Thai Island because of its lack of commercialism, Phayam is a gem of a place. If you want small, cute and fairly desolate in comparison to other islands, this may be the one. There are no ATM’s and no roads for cars, just motorbikes. Enjoy your time here as prices are rising and tourists are flocking more and more.


About 300km away from Cambodia, Koh Kood is Thailands fourth largest island at 25km long and 12km wide. Koh Kood has mountains and waterfall features with its most popular one, Nam Tok Khlong Chao and is perfect for a swim. Kood has no nightlife and is limited on sights to see. You can dive of course and see turtles, stingrays and barracuda.


The Similan islands are located off the Andaman Sea and around 2 hours away from Phuket Island. Like the other Thai islands, water sports like diving and snorkelling are popular.  The Similans have a couple of the best white sand beaches to match in the whole of Thailand.  Elsewhere though, you can wildlife watch on some of the inland areas and view the Nicobar Pigeon or the hairy-legged mountain crab, or locally called the Chicken Crab as it sounds like one! Bizarre but why not!