An Ultimate Guide for Island Hopping in Thailand

There are two major coastlines in Thailand, and there are islands off of both of these coasts. The Gulf Of Thailand is on the east side of the island, and the Andaman Sea is on the west side. The total number of islands off the coast of Thailand reaches well into the hundreds. However, the islands vary greatly in size. If you’re interested in island hopping in Thailand, these are some of the best islands in Thailand to visit:

Islands Off The East Coast Of Thailand:

Couple standing on a beach in Thailand with rocks surrounding them.

Lamai Beach, Koh Samui / egmuri via pixabay

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, and it is one of the most popular islands to visit. It’s also the second largest island off the coast of Thailand. You can enjoy varieties of activities here. There are many things to do in Koh Samui for both who love retreats and the ones loves adventure. If you are looking for clubs in Koh Samui, there are many options to choose from. There are many excellent options for resorts. In addition to the towns and cities on the island, there are areas of pristine jungle and impressive scenery. A great place to get your island hopping in Thailand started.

Ko Tao

This island is well known for offering world class scuba diving. The waters are exceptionally rich with sea life. There also are many coral gardens under the waters as well. In addition, you can take yoga classes on the beach of the islands. There also are many locations for rock climbing on the island. Furthermore, there are a number of nightlife spots to choose from.

People standing on a boat with island in the background.

Koh Samui is a popular connecting point to Koh Phangan / Patrik Axelsson via Flickr

Ko Pha Ngan

This island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, and it is a fairly large island. There are many well-known events that take place on the island. One of the most noteworthy events is the island’s Full Moon Party. The Full Moon Party is a beach party, but there are other similar parties that take place on the island. In addition, there is always an active nightlife scene on the island.

The island also features many swaths of pristine jungle. As a result, it’s a common destination for backpackers. There are a number of hostels for backpackers to stay in as well.

Koh Nang Yuan

This island is a great place to go snorkeling, and it’s located in the Gulf of Thailand. The waters are quite clear and rich in sea life. In addition, there are many beautiful beaches that are great for swimming. In addition, the island is actually three islands that are linked together by sand bridges.

Island Hopping in Thailand Off The West Coast:

Mural of woman in traditional Thailand attire with two men in traditional attire.

Sino-Portuguese architecture in Phuket old town  / Ellaa12345 via pixabay


Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, and it’s located in the Andaman Sea. One of the most popular places for island hopping in Thailand. This island is known for featuring numerous Buddhist temples. In fact, there are 29 of them located there. One of the best ones to visit is Wat Chalong. There also are many areas where you can see the island’s picturesque beaches and pristine jungles. One of the most beautiful parts of the island to visit is the coastline that includes Thailand’s famous “floating islands”.

Koh Muk

This island in the Andaman Sea is quite small, but there is something unique about it. There is a cavern that leads to a beautiful lagoon. However, the boat will not fit through it. Instead, you will have to swim around 100 meters to get to the lagoon. The beach of the lagoon is a white sandy beach.

Boats on crystal blue water and hillsides covered in green in Thailand.

Phi Phi Leh day-trip tour by longtail boats / Juan_luis via pixabay

Koh Phi Phi

This island is located relatively close to Phuket, and it’s accessible by boat. The ocean surrounding this island is a beautiful turquoise, and there are many areas of pristine nature to see. While the area is a government designated marine park, many businesses offer a boat trip to the island. There also are snorkel tours, and this is a great way to see the corals under the area’s ocean.

Koh Jum

View of white stand beach and clear blue waters with a boat docked on beach.

Koh Jum is located on the Andaman Sea, and there are three major communities on this island. This island is somewhat less visited than many other islands in Thailand, and visiting it provides a good look at the country’s culture. In addition, there are many swaths of undisturbed jungle to see on Koh Jum.Turquoise water on Koh Lipe / Vyacheslav Argenberg via Flickr

Koh Lipe

While Koh Lipe is located off the west coast of the country, it’s technically in the Strait of Malacca due to being in the far southern part of Thailand. It also is one of the best places that you can stay in Thailand. There are a number of different hotels that you can stay in on the island. These hotels are available at all budget levels. There also are many bars and restaurants located on the island. However, it also is one of the smallest of Thailand’s islands. In fact, it’s possible to walk all the around the island in around an hour! It’s possible to book a variety of Thailand island hopping routes from Ko Lipe.

Koh Tarutao

This island is one of the most pristine islands off the coast of Thailand, and it is designated as part of a national marine park. However, it’s possible to camp there. While there is a road on the island, the terrain is quite mountainous. There also are a number of smaller islands that you can view from the coast. Some of these islands appear simply as cliffs sticking out of the water.

Feature Image: Koh Nang Yuan is small island near Koh Tao, well-known for snorkeling / Joan Fruitet via Flickr

About the Author

Riya is an inspired writer. She is now based in Thailand. She is delighted to work with many aspiring small business owners. Riya loves cooking, crafting and yes! sipping a good coffee. Thanks to Riya for sharing some of Thailand’s best islands with us. Check out her twitter, @sanderriya. Thanks for sharing about island hopping in Thailand.

About Riya Sander

Riya is an inspired writer. She is now based in Thailand. She is delighted to work with many aspiring small business owners. Riya loves cooking, crafting and yes! sipping a good coffee. Check out her twitter, @sanderriya.