This Area is the most visited and maybe the most beautiful in Thailand. On the one hand Phuket with its beautiful long beaches and on the other the fantastic and scenic landscape of Krabi&Ko Phi-Phi with it's lime-stone rocks is what attracts many travelers. This combined with a well developed touristic infra-structure makes this area a travelers magnet. But keep in mind that while the bigger Islands easily have enough space and capacity to accomondate and entertain a lot of travelers, the smaller nearby Day-Trip Islands can become quite overcrowded during high season.
Island Hopping though is very easy in the Area of Phuket and Krabi. There are several ferries connecting the islands to each other all through the day. If you have enough time, head down south and combine your island hoping with a trip to the lower Andaman-Coast-Area. There you will find even more small, beautiful islands that are very well connected and waiting to be explored without even having to put a single footpr
All of the 3 main Gulf-Coast Islands have been on travelers list for a long time and therefor are all very good developed. While Ko Samui is a touristic Hot-Spot with big range of available resorts, Ko Pha-Ngan with it´s famous Full-Moon-Partys is popular among Backpackers and individual travelers. Ko Tao is also rather a backpackers-place and furthermore widely known to be the place for Diving and Snorkeling in Thailand. Something that definitely shouldn’t be missed is a trip to the beautiful and well protected archipelago of the Ang Thong Marine National Park.
The islands are all well connected to the mainland, with many ferries coming and going all day long. In addition its pretty cheap and easy to hop from one island to another.
But before deciding to go there, keep in mind that due to it´s location the Rainy Season time differs in compare to other Thai Islands. The Monsoon-time here lasts from November to January.
The area around the lower Andaman-Coast is home to in-numerous mostly small and little known island paradises like Ko Ngai, Ko Kradan or Ko Muk. As one of the highlights not only in the area but entire Thailand has to be mentioned Ko Lipe. This small island builds the gate to the surrounding Tarutao Marine National Park, an amazing archipelago of 51islands . Though it takes a little effort to get there, it is definitely worth a visit.
The Islands in the lower Andaman sea are generally getting less tourists than the further up north located ones around Phuket & Krabi. Since the tigerline-ferries constantly run from Phulet all the way down to Ko Lipe and back, the islands are yet nicely connected and you can easily hop from island to island (all the way south) without having to put your feed back on the mainland. For trips and transfer to the smaller nearby located islands just catch one of the many resort-operated longtail-boats.
The Chang Archipelago is located just about a 5h drive from Bangkok, very close to the Cambodian border. Named after the largest island in the archipelago, Ko Chang (2nd largest island in Thailand), the area counts around 53 islands. While many of them are quite small and ideally to explore on a boat-trip, there are three main islands: from the all rounder and still mostly (80%) jungle covered Ko Chang to laid-back Ko Mak or the amazing beaches of Ko Kood, everybody finds his place. And they are well connected to each other and the mainland.
The Upper-Andaman-Coast-Area north of Phuket is home to three of Thailands possibly most attractive National Parks: Similian Islands, Surin Islands and Khao Sok National Park.
The beautiful Similian Islands give you the opportunity to have an amazing nature and diving experience but it can get very busy on the islands since it gets many day-trippers from Phuket. Rather quiet are the further north located Surin Islands, they are also amazing.
The Beach-Resort of Khao Lak is made up of longstreched, seemingly endless mainland-beaches and serves as an ideal base to discover these National Parks.
We recommend to combine the Trips with at least one overnight stay to catch the spirit of these places.
If you are seeking to get more off the beaten track, head further north all the way up towards the Myanmar border. There you will find the islands of Ko Phayam and (the small) Ko Chang. They are both very calm and relaxed. Due to long distances between the island groups, there are no direct b