Best Islands in Thailand to Relax, Enjoy Waters Sports, and Many More!

Thailand is known for it’s amazing beaches and various water sports activities. Before you decide to go to a certain spot, you should know first what to expect. Although each has its own unique features to offer, the islands listed below are considered as the best three. So if you are still confused about where to go, then you may consider visiting these islands:

Koh Samui
Koh Samui is just one of the most spectacular islands found in Thailand, hosting a number of breathtaking attractions both natural and man-made. It is where you can find the popular Ang Thong National Marine Park, an archipelago consisting of 42 islands resting in the Gulf of Thailand. You can find white sand beaches, fertile mangroves, thick jungles, drizzling waterfalls, Limestone Mountains, as well as hidden lakes and coves.

It is a protected area because it is a home of exotic sea creatures and wildlife. You can try different water sports like snorkelling, diving, sea kayaking, and sailing. If you want extreme land activities, then you can try hiking in Limestone Mountains and discover more animals and plants on the way.
Otherwise, you can simply relax on one of its beaches. Chaweng Beach is the biggest and busiest town of the Island. The buzzy night life of Chaweng manifests that it is the center of restaurants and bars which caters to every taste. You may meet new friendly people while enjoying drinks and music from various bars and restaurants.

Perhaps, one of the most famous landmarks in Samui is the Big Buddha Shrine. It is high as 12 meters and it can be seen even if you are kilometers afar. You can also find various shrines and many other small ornate Buddhas surrounding it. It has a small market where you can buy souvenirs, food, and many more.

The old town in Samui called the Fisherman’s Village is rich in culture where you can find rustic-style buildings, restaurants, boutique stores, and hotels. It is most visited by numbers of shoppers during Fridays because of it’s lively atmosphere.

The rock formation in the southern coast of Koh Samui is considered as a mystery due to the fascinating formations of rocks. These rocks are known as Ta and Yai, which means Granpa and Grandma respectively, forming like male and female genitalia.

Koh Tao
Aside from the beaches found on Koh Tao, the island is like a paradise with its nodding palm trees, pristine white sand, and white flawless beaches. The “Turtle Island” is the best scuba diving destination in Thailand, having colourful coral reefs and vibrant sea creatures including of course, turtles that consider the place a natural habitat.

The Chalok Baan Kao Bay is found in the southernmost part of Koh Tao where you can find rocky headlands which create a beautiful oasis of white sandy beach and spotless sea. There are also few beach restaurants and bars where you can dine and drink a few glass of wine, cocktail, or beer.
If you want to have a spectacular view to the north, including the Haad Tien beaches and the Chalok Baan Kao Bay, then you may precede to the southern tip of Koh Tao- the John-Suwan Viewpoint. Once on the top, the interior of the island could be seen. But, you have to pay 50 baht for the entrance fee.

The main town of the island is the Mae Haad Beach. You may check in to various guest houses or shop your souvenirs, drink in bars, and many more. Perhaps, this is the busiest part of the island. But, if you want to go snorkelling, you may go far from Mae Haad. The Rocky Bay has exclusive resorts offering the cleanest and clearest water. It is sometimes called as the Shark Bay because the beach is a home of a lot of black-tip reef sharks.

Sairee Beach is the longest beach on the island and it is where people mostly enjoy the nightlife. So, if you want to drink a few beers after a tiring day swimming and water sports activities, you may try visiting the place. It also has numbers of accommodation within your budget.

The island is also where you can find the highly-revered stone situated at the end of the Sairee Beach. The Jor Por Ror is a huge rock formation having the initials of King Rama V, written way back in 1899. On the other hand, if you travel in the northwest coast of Koh Tao, you will be amazed of a group of three islets. Although the Koh Nangyuan is the most visited, it is still a perfect place to have a photograph.

Koh Pha-Ngan
Koh Pha-Ngan is one of the best islands in Thailand where you can enjoy water sports and activities from wakeboarding to diving trips as well as land based activities from elephant trekking to archery. You can even get classes from Thai Boxing schools to cooking schools. If you want to stay in shape while in vacation, you are also welcome to stay in Arena Gym and Jungle Gym.
The island is more than just a place to enjoy the beach. You can join the First Bow & Arrow Club and have fun outdoor archery. The activity is one of a kind offering membership and instruction. After the sports activity, you can relax in a bar or a bistro.
You can have a boat adventure to Ang Thong National Park. The exotic island-park is a home of different species of fish. You can also do kayaking to enjoy the waters at your own pace. You may also climb up the ridge so that you can witness the beauty of the emerald-green waters as well as the islands surrounding it.
But, if you want to embrace the deep blue sea, you should experience diving in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Pha-Ngan is the ideal spot for all pro and first time divers with Sail Rock as the best being 15 to 40 meters below sea level.
It is also where the best eats in the east can be found. The Haad Yao Lounge Fitness Center is not only a place to relax, but it is also where you can enjoy Western food along with juices, shakes, and cocktails. Plus, it can be an excellent sport to witness the sunset.
You may also try cruising around Thai Islands including Hoh Ma, Thong Nai Pan, Bottle Beach, Thansadet, and Haad Khom. Booze Cruises will surely make your stay worthwhile as you will be offered lots of drinking games, kayaking, snorkelling, and many more.

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