12 Beautiful Islands To Visit In Phuket For Amazing Island Vacay – 2020

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Thailand’s islands are blessed with stunning ocean views and white sandy beaches; some are even surrounded by lush forests and amazing peaks that create spectacular backdrops. As the largest island in Thailand, Phuket is not the only place that matches with such description—the smaller islands around are also hidden with lots of surprises!

1.Phi Phi Islands

The Phi Phi Islands consist of six independent islands that features clear, dazzling emerald waters and white sandy beaches. The largest island of all six, Koh Phi Phi Don, is the perfect vacation get-away filled with various hotels, resorts, shops, bars, and restaurants ranges from an oceanic background or lush tropical.

This island inhabits the best marine life in Thailand, so don’t miss out when you have the chance.

2. Similan Islands

The Similans are a group of nine natural islets sitting in the Marine National Park. Those who love the sea and interaction with marine life are highly suggested to take a boat here.

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With clear crystal waters and uniquely beautiful corals to find, this is a popular destination for all scuba lovers. The massive boulders atop the hills creates a special backdrop for pictures. Also, there are various accommodations available for short stopovers.

3. Racha Islands

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The twin Racha Islands are also known as Raya, and they are popular for their diving and snorkelling sites, where visitors will have fun playing with school of fishes circling.

Between the two, Racha Yai is more popularly known with its beautiful beaches and a variety of accommodation options, featuring a few bars and restaurants for its staying guests. On the other hand, Racha Noi is uninhabited where rocks and sea waters are the most interesting to see. However, it is also a good spot for fishing and diving activities.

4. Coral Island (Koh Hae)

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Only 15 minutes from Phuket, this island is a popular destination for one day trips. There are only two beaches available—Long and Banana—which offers great snorkelling and diving sites. However, Long Beach is usually crowded than Banana beach due to its proximity.

The Coral Island Resort is the only hotel here and there are not much of bars and restaurants on both islands. On another note, visitors can merely enjoy the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere as they gaze at the stunning scenery around.

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5. Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi

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Situated in the heart of Phang Nga Bay, Koh Yao Yai and Noi are 2 large islands. Yao Yai is the larger between the two and is characterized by fishing villages, sandy shores, rubber plantations, mangrove forests and great diving spots.

On the other hand, Yao Noi features various hotels ranged from different prices. It is also one of the quieter islands where you can enjoy your peaceful vacation with songs of the waves.

6. Surin Island

Located in the Mu Koh Surin national park close to the Similans, this island offers the perfect place for spectacular whale shark sightings. These enormous creatures are probably the friendliest beings under the sea and you can even experience a special swim with these sharks up close.

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7. Koh Khai Islands

These beautiful islands are a hidden gem in Phuket, and is only 20 minutes ride by speedboat. Koh Khai Nok island is larger than the other two and is a must-visit spot for a relaxing sunbathing and snorkeling.

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The island is also filled with restaurants, bars, sun-loungers and umbrellas to ensure its visitors are having a comfortable stay. A special feature of Khai Nok is where swimmers and divers witness tropical fishes roaming in this natural aquarium.

8. Koh Bon

Koh Bon is a small rocky island situated the opposite of Rawai Beach, and is known for its extensive forests and a beach roaming with crabs. It is also a good place for swimming, snorkelling, and relaxing your stressed minds and bodies.

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Additionally, the restaurants on the island offers delicious and fresh seafood as well as scrumptious Thai and western cuisines. On another note, this island is also popular for weddings!

9. Koh Maphrao (Coconut Island)

Although still an undeveloped island, Koh Maphrao is still a popular destination for its famous floating restaurants between Laem Hin and Koh Maphrao’s jetty, where you’ll get to enjoy various mouth-watering seafood dishes.

The island itself is lined with towering coconut trees, hence its name. It was said that there are plenty of marine lives spot wandering on beaches, if you’re lucky, you might get a glance on a crawling crab or shellfish!

10. Koh Rang Yai

This island offers a range of wonderful entertainments for your adventurous self! From kayaking, hiking, volleyball match, air-gun shooting, golfing, and even camping, there are lots to do and lots of fun! Or, if you want a peace of your mind, you can always opt for a stroll on the 1km white beach where warm sea waters touch your feet.

11. Koh Lanta

This island is a hidden gem that even critics agreed that it is one of the best islands near Phuket. It was said that this place offers great diving experiences where you’ll be able to meet unique corals and and various marine lives under the clear blue water.

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There are also other activities such as kayaking, watching beach fire show or taking a tour around the famous Khao Mai Kaew Cave!

12. Khao Ping Khan

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This place is also known as the ‘James Bond Island’—only true 007 movies fans will understand why the name. Phing Kan is well-known for its limestone formations that creates the perfect backdrop for an amazing shot.

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Furthermore, nature lovers will enjoy their time in mangrove forests for a trekking expedition, or the adventurous could have fun kayaking in the waters.

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