Thailand


Thailand has about 2,000 miles of tropical coastline, so there are hundreds of beaches and islands to choose from. The tourist industry is well developed so transport links are efficient, there is accommodation for every budget bamboo huts for the equivalent of 4, five-star indulgence for 100 and the food is exceptionally delicious, from chilli-laced seafood curries to make your eyes water to juicy fresh mangoes straight from the tree.

The big beach resorts on the islands of Koh Samui and Phuket, in Pattaya, and along the Krabi coastline offer the works. You have a huge choice of restaurants and nightlife, a phenomenal range of shopping, and plenty of chances to ride elephants, trek through the jungle or go fishing. There is spectacular snorkelling and diving too, particularly around the Andaman Coast reefs.



KOH CHANG

Located in eastern Thailand, this island has seen a lot of development in recent years but luckily it is still relatively deserted. It’s one of the best islands in all of Thailand, which considering Thailand has hundreds, is saying a lot. Blue water and white sand beaches ring the island and as a bonus it has a milder monsoon season than other places.

When to go:

The best time to visit is November through February, when it is coolest. Avoid the June through October monsoon.

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KOH LIPE

Koh Lipe’s long white sandy beaches, friendly Chao Ley culture, breathtakingly clear water, and laid back style make this island the perfect holiday retreat. It’s located in the gorgeous Koh Tarutao National Marine Park, in the depths of southern Thailand. Koh Lipe is a great choice for your first or last stop in Thailand and a close proximity to Langkawi, Malaysia and other popular destinations in Thailand.

Whatever your island needs, Koh Lipe’s unspoiled beaches and aquamarine water are sure to satisfy even the most discerning beachcomber.

When to go:

The island is open from November to April. The monsoon season from May to October is very severe and the island is closed during this time.

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KOH TAO

Koh Tao is unique in many ways and not just because it offers the best scuba diving in the Gulf of Thailand. Conveniently small, with a real international community, truly great cuisine at reasonable prices, fantastic night life, exciting activities and stunning vistas, Koh Tao really is full of surprises! No matter what you are looking for whilst on holiday or traveling you can probably find it on this delightful island.

When to go:

The best period is from December to April. It is possible to travel to Ko Tao during the rainy season (May to October), though obviously, you should be prepared to run into showers and rainstorms.

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PHI PHI ISLAND

Phi Phi is a stunning group of islands lying in the Andaman in the south of Thailand. Phi Phi Don is the main island here and has some stunning beaches, while the island of Phi Phi Leh is idyllic with fantastic snorkeling.

When to go:

The best time to visit Phi Phi is November to March when humidity and temperatures average 28°C and cool breezes keep things comfortable.

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KOH PHANGAN

Although best known for its full moon parties, which attract thousands of travelers from all over the globe, there is a lot more to stunning Ko Pha Ngan than getting trashed and passing out in the powder-soft white sand. Ko Pha Ngan has swathes of beautiful beaches, great walks, adventurous boat and fishing trips, fabulous diving and even kite-boarding. Equally compelling for many is just spending a few days or weeks in a hammock, watching the sun rise and fall

When to go:

Best time for visit Koh Phangan is from December – June

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PHUKET

Phuket is the top tourist destination in Thailand. This island has amazing beaches, is located near some great diving spots, and has a few national parks on it. The island also contains some of the best spas and golf courses in the region. It’s no wonder why it’s the number one destination in Asia. For those looking for luxury, Phuket offers it.

When to go:

Phuket is best visited from November to February

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