South East Asia Island Hopping in Thailand

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South East Asia is made up of so many islands that vary in theme from traditional culture to modern adventure. The beaches of these islands are often an attraction for sun lovers and diving fanatics but the beach islands also have a lot more to offer when it comes to Asia holidays.

Koh Tao

This paradise in Thailand boasts the most amazing views, and it doesn’t lie! It is diving heaven around this small island, comparable to the Great Barrier Reef. There are snorkelling options for those who are unable to or do not want to dive. There really are the most impressive views from every side of the island so hike up high to get a panoramic view. The nightlife on Sairee Beach hosts impressive fire shows on the waters edge where several bars and clubs lie for an after party of dancing and drinking until the early hours of the morning.

Ko Phi Phi

The small party island in Thailand, which is more akin to Zante or Kavos is predominately English speaking. Here you can lie in beachside clubs and there are plenty of bars, gorgeous beach openings onto scenic bays and shallow water that goes on for miles. A short taxiboat ride away and you can swing by the film location for Leonardo Di Caprio’s film, The Beach. If you fancy a different, less cliché visit around the island, kayaking is easily accessible. A popular tourist attraction is Monkey Beach which is pretty self explanatory with its inventive name; go to this beach covered in monkeys which are likely to steal any item they can grab from your person!

Railey

After visiting some of the party islands, it’s sometimes nice to relax, and Railey is a perfect relaxing location. To sweat away some toxins this beach is sensational for rock climbing and cliff jumping. There is a very laid back atmosphere here with a beautiful setting for the main beach on the island. You can also go elephant trekking!

Krabi

This town in Southern Thailand has an atmosphere that mixes the cultural and nightlife, located near to two National Parks with beautiful scenery. There are plenty of waterfalls to visit during the day, including The Emerald Pool (a natural pool named after the colour of its water) in the heart of a rainforest jungle after either a long or short walk along well maintained paths. Not forgetting Crystal Pool, Krabi Hot Springs for nature’s own hot tub experience, where the water is 35-40C from thermal springs with mineral salts and chemicals giving the feeling of healing effects. It is the ultimate relaxing location, within the naturally hollowed out connected pools.

Koh Samui

Off the East coast of Thailand, this is the largest of the islands. Here most of the South and East are filled with resorts or hotels whilst the north and west hosts Chaweng Beach region. It is a buzzing vibrant strip, alive with restaurants, markets, bars and clubs. Here you can meet plenty of people and have some amazing nights out. Take on Ko Samui’s Football Golf course, which is more challenging than you expect when arriving.

Koh Phangnam

Host of the infamous Full Moon Party and not as well known but equally impressive Half Moon Party this island in South East Thailand is known for knowing how to party. It is also host to the biggest Pool Party in Thailand at Coral Bungalows. This island has a vibrant nightlife which constantly peaks at Full Moon parties. If you’re planning to go to one of these parties book hostels and ferries on/off the island well in advance.

For some frivolous fun stop off at Koh Phangnam Wipeout if you have always wanted to try a Total Wipeout like assault course. You can quite easily spend the day there and end with a tiring timed run.

For such small islands there are so many of them and so much to do but still take the time to sit back, relax and appreciate the stunning scenery of the island life where you can eat traditional food and wade through warm seas. You may not want to leave!

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