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Give a list of Islands in Thailand

Islands of Thailand

1. Phuket
• Phuket Island has some decent dive sites and the largest diving center in Thailand.
• The reefs around the area are in a healthy condition with both solid and colourfully soft corals.
• There is also an abundance of marine life.
• Most of the dive locations are suitable for all abilities of divers.
• The most well-known dive site in the Phuket area is Racha Yai.
• It has sloping rocky reefs and its plentiful solid coral forests.
• There is also Ter Bay where there is an exciting wreck in the depths of 15–25 meters.
• Just off Phuket is the limestone island of Koh Doc Mai which soars vertically from the seabed.
• It is home to a diversity of fish and offers the opportunity to view leopard sharks, moray eels, octopus and turtles.

2. Koh Phi Phi (Phi Phi Island)
• You might already have heard about Phi Phi Island – a tropical island between Krabi and Phuket, Thailand.

3. Similan Islands
• Located in Pha-nga province, 50 km west of Khao Lak are the Similan Islands.
• Thailand’s most famous and one of the best diving sites in Asia are here.
• The Similans consist of 9 islands. They are:
– Ko Bon
– Ko Bayu
– Ko Similan
– Ko Payu
– Ko Miang
– Ko Payan
– Ko Payang
– Ko Huyong
• It is possible to see chevron barracuda, giant trevally, manta rays, leopard sharks and rainbow runners.
• Of all the islands, one of the most popular with divers is Ko Bon.
• This island has a sheer wall 35 meters deep which is followed by a stepped ridge descending to 45 meters.Other popular diving sites in Similans include:
– Stonehenge
– Snapper Alley
– Sharkfin Reef
– Elephant Head Rock
– East of Eden
– Donald Duck Bay

4. Coral & Raya Islands
• Off Phuket’s southern coast, there are a number of small islands.
• Their pristine shores lure scuba-divers and beach bums away from the mainland.
• Most of these isolated islands are undeveloped.
• Exceptions are Coral Island and Raya Island (also known as Racha Island).
• They have accommodation options and restaurants.
• Both islands have safe swimming, reefs teeming with aquatic life.

5. Ko Adang
• Thailand’s remote Ko Adang is an ideal island especially for nature-loving travelers.
• This is especially enjoyable for who seek a less-populated haven well away from peak-season beaches packed with sunbathing limbs.
• There are plenty of hiking trails, deserted white sand beaches and jungle waterfalls.
• There’s enough enjoyment for day-trippers from nearby Ko Lipe and also with those who plan to spend a longer stretch of time.

6. Ko Bulon Lae
• Bungalow resorts are scattered around the island.
• There are windy hillsides, beaches with or without rocks and mangroves scattered all over the place.
• Every night, the generators switch on and Bulon lights up for another laid-back evening.
• Many travelers come back again and again, to find the particular tranquility.

7. Ko Chang
• Most of Ko Chang’s beaches are on the western coast.
• Each has built up with a distinctive atmosphere based on shopping, activities, partying or chilling out.
• Accommodation offers a style to suit every type of traveler.
• This ranges from independent low budget backpackers to those wanting a touch of luxury.
• There are plenty of activities.
• Snorkeling and diving trips to nearby coral reefs, jungle treks and elephant rides, various beach sports can all be enjoyed here.

8. Ko Chang Noi
• This island is one of Thailand’s quietest, most relaxed, and undeveloped islands.
• Ko Chang Noi makes up for its lack of sparkle with an artsy, laid back atmosphere.
• Don’t expect luxury resorts.
• If you like nature and reggae music and are looking for an escape from the world then Ko Chang Noi is for you.

9. Ko Kham
• This island is barely a kilometer from Ko Maak.
• Ko Kham is a perfect spot to really get away from it all.
• Crystal-clear waters and a number of coral reefs make the island popular spot.
• There is snorkeling crowd and many boat outings from Ko Chang.
• Stop here for an hour or two to have a look into the not-so-deep water.

10. Ko Kho Khao
• There are a cluster of resorts already operating on the island.
• There’s an excellent beach along the coast looking out to sea and there’s a fine selection of lodgings.

11. Ko Kradan
• It remains best-known for its annual mass underwater-weddings rather than the stunning beach and large coral reef.
• The view from the beach is spectacular, looking out and over other islands including Ko Muk.

12. Ko Kut
• Despite being a beautiful mountainous island with white sandy beaches and crystal blue water, Ko Kut can be a difficult destination to explore.
• Ko Kut is a terrific island to escape the hordes of foreign tourists and experience some of the hospitality Thailand is famous for.

The other islands are:
• Ko Lanta
• Ko Lao Liang
• Ko Libong
• Ko Lipe
• Ko Maak
• Ko Muk
• Ko Mun Nork
• Ko Ngai
• Ko Pha Ngan
• Ko Phayam
• Ko Phi Phi
• Ko Phra Thong
• Ko Ra
• Ko Samet
• Ko Samui
• The Similan Islands
• Ko Sukorn
• Ko Surin
• Ko Tao
• Ko Tarutao
• Ko Wai
• Ko Yao Noi
• Ko Yao Yai

Best time to visit / climate

• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country.

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How to get there?

1. By Plane
• The main international airports in Thailand are at Bangkok and Phuket.
• Both are well-served by intercontinental flights.
• Practically every airline that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok.
• International airports are also located at Hat Yai, Krabi, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai.
• Kuala Lumpur and Singapore make excellent places to catch flights into these smaller Thai cities.
• The national carrier is the well-regarded THAI Airways with Bangkok Airways filling in some gaps in the nearby region.
• Bangkok Airways offers free internet access while you wait for boarding to start at your gate.
• Chartered flights from and to Thailand from international destinations are operated by Hi Flying group.
• They fly to Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Udon Thani.

2. By Road
• Cambodia – six international border crossings.
• The highway from Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor via Poipet to Aranyaprathet
• Laos – the busiest border crossing is at the Friendship Bridge across the Mekong between Nong Khai and the Lao capital Vientiane.
• It’s also possible to cross the Mekong at Chiang Khong / Huay Xai, Nakhon Phanom /Tha Khaek, Mukdahan / Savannakhet, and elsewhere.
• Vientiane / Udon Thani.
• A bus service runs from the Morning Market bus station in Vientiane to the bus station in Udon Thani.
• The cost is 80 Baht or 22,000 Kip and the journey takes two hours.
• The Udon Thani airport is 30 minutes by Tuk Tuk from the bus station and is served by Thai Airways, Nok Air and Air Asia.
Malaysia and Singapore driving is entirely possible.
• Main crossings between Thailand and Malaysia are Padang Besar (Padang Besar) and Sadao (Bukit Kayu Hitam) in Songkhla province, Betong in Yala province, and Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat province.
• There are regular buses from Singapore to the southern hub of Hat Yai.

3. By Train
Thailand’s sole international train service links to Butterworth (near Penang) and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, continuing all the way to Singapore.

4. By Ferry
• It is possible now to travel by ferries in high season (Nov-May) from Phuket and island hop your way down the coast all the way to Indonesia.
• This can now be done without ever touching the mainland, Phuket (Thailand) to Padang (Indonesia).
Islands en route:
– Ko Phi Phi
– Ko Lanta
– Ko Ngai
– Ko Mook
– Ko Bulon
– Ko Lipe
– Langkawi
– Penang

Some Travel Books about Thailand

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at tourismthailand.org
Hotels at gothailand.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – The list of islands of Thailand

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at travelfish.org
Blogs at divetheworldthailand.com
Blogs and reviews at padi.com

Images and photos of Thailand – the list of islands of Thailand

Images at google.com
Images at phiphi-scuba.com
Images at santanaphuket.com
Images at travel.nationalgeographic.com

Videos of Thailand – the list of islands of Thailand

Diving Elephant Head Rock, Similan Islands, Thailand from Remy Sautaux on Vimeo.

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