Six of the Best Thailand Islands

Offering exotic elegance, Thailand is a unspoilt country that is much-loved for its food, culture and beach life. But, with over 1,430 islands to choose from, as well as the mainland, it’s hard to know where to begin, especially if it’s your first visit.

With this in mind, we’ve handpicked six of the best Thailand islands, equipped with luxury villa rentals and first-class restaurants for total indulgence. Let’s dive in!

Best for deep relaxation and first-timers: Koh Samui
If it’s your first visit to Thailand, Koh Samui is a great starting point. This tourist-friendly haven is known for its stunning beaches, full-moon parties and luxurious touches… if you know where to find them. This is the destination for laying back in a hammock in your Thailand villa rental under a banana tree, and letting the world float by.

With scenery at every turn, it’s a sun kissed spot for getting back to nature and enjoying the tranquillity of island living. It’s all about rest and relaxation in hearty doses, soaking up the sun more than the culture, and that’s alright too!

Best for water life: Koh Tao
Translated as ‘Turtle Island’ this enticing island is the perfect get-away for deep-sea diving and discovering Thailand’s rich underwater world. This popular diving destination welcomes amateurs and pros alike, and there’s even night diving and shark diving for those brave enough. With crystal-clear waters and pristine white sand, it’s a wonderful choice for beach lovers.

Best for glamour: Phuket
Another popular choice for island first-timers, Phuket eases you into Thai life with all the western comforts you’re aching for. As the biggest of all the islands, Phuket is more ‘on’ than off the beaten track. With this comes a plethora of villa rentals, popular restaurants and even cosmetic surgery clinics, catering to the many tourists it receives. There’s also a fair amount of designer boutiques and stunning beaches for the jet-set crowd.

Best for Beach Selfies: Phi Phi Leh Island
Made famous by the film and book ‘The Beach’, Phi Phi Island certainly lives up to the hype. The main beach, as featured in the film, is sheer paradise with spectacular scenery to wow. However, with this comes an influx of tourists. Hiding away in your own luxury villa is the best way to experience this island, or as many do – stay in Krabi in the mainland and jet over for the day. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Best for exploring wildlife and nature: Koh Lanta
For an authentic Thai experience, Koh Lanta in the Krabi region is enjoyed for its luscious greenery, tropical rainforests and coral beaches. On the cusp of Mu Ko Lanta National Park, it attracts visitors seeking action adventure, such as hiking, biking and discovering its mangroves and waterfalls. At the end of a long day trekking, it’s a joy to come home to your villa rental and enjoy the stillness of tranquil surroundings.

Best for unspoilt beauty: Koh Libong
This small but stunning island is the perfect antidote to the commotion of the other more-discovered islands. While there isn’t much in way of exploration, it provides the perfect base for relaxation and being at one with the world. It is, however, one of few places where you can see a dugong (a bit like a sea cow) in its natural surroundings. If that doesn’t appeal, there’s a number of luxury villa rentals with pools you can retire to instead.

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