10 Most Beautiful Islands in Thailand - Travel Video - YouTube

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With excellent weather, warm ocean  water, and palm-fringed beaches,  
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Thailand is island living at its very best.  Pair that with top-notch accommodation  
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and a pleasing exchange rate, and you  have the ultimate holiday destination.  
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An abundance of islands each offers  their own unique personality,  
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from bustling markets and extraordinary temples  to enchanting swimming spots, beach bars,  
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and coral reefs. Whether you’re looking to  keep busy kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling,  
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or simply want to relax with a cocktail in¬† hand ‚Äď you‚Äôll find a Thai island to suit you.
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Number 10. Ko Muk.
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Ko Muk,  
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also known as Koh Mook, is a quiet island  in the Andaman sea. Nearly half of it is  
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made up of national park and the rest of it by  fishing villages home to unusual stilted houses  
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perched above the sea. Ko Muk, which means Pearl  Island, is as far from touristy as it gets,  
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reached with a 45-minute ferry ride from the town  of Trang. The island boasts two sandy beaches,  
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dramatic cliffs, and beautiful mountains  along with the famous Emerald Cave.
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Number 9. Ko Lanta.
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Nestled within mangroves, coral-fringed beaches,  and rainforests, the Ko Lanta archipelago is  
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the perfect mix of developed and uncrowded. The  largest island of the group, called Ko Lanta Yai,  
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is where all the tourist action is. It’s  popular with a significantly older crowd  
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than nearby Ko Phi Phi and its attract mostly  tourists seeking a holiday away from the parties  
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although there are plenty of bars on the island.  The southern part of the island is less developed,  
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but there are pretty coves and beach  to discover in the south as well.
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Number 8. Similan Islands.
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Made up of nine primary islands and two far-flung  ones, the Similan Islands archipelago is one of  
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the most popular diving destinations in  the country. Situated in the Andaman Sea,  
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the waters surrounding the islands boast  gorgeous coral reefs and underwater rock  
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formations that take on many unique  shapes. If diving isn’t your hobby,  
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you can still have an amazing time on the  Similan Islands. Camp in paradise, relax on  
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the white-sand beach of Horseshoe Bay and swim  in the warm waters of this tropical destination.
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Number 7. Ko Samui.
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The second largest island in Thailand,  home to its own international airport,  
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Ko Samui is a tourist favorite. Heralded for  its palm-dotted beaches, wild rainforest,  
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and coconut groves, it’s also one of Thailand’s  most beautiful islands. But this natural beauty  
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hasn‚Äôt escaped the eyes of tourists ‚Äď you‚Äôll find¬† endless luxury resorts and spas on the island too.¬†¬†
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Many travelers come here to take advantage  of the hedonistic spa treatments available,  
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from traditional Thai massage to yoga retreats,  tai-chi camps, and chakra-balancing treatments.
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Number 6. Phuket.
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Located in the Andaman Sea, Phuket  is one of the most popular islands in  
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all of Thailand. Once an undeveloped jewel,  Phuket is now a hub for tourism. While the  
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increase in infrastructure and nightlife makes  it an appealing spot for millions of travelers,  
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this isn’t the island for those looking for  solitude. The island boasts luxury resort  
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after luxury resort as well as some gorgeous  casuarina-dotted tropical beaches. If you’re  
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excited for the nightlife, then Patong is the  must-see spot with the largest resort atmosphere.
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Number 5. Ko Phangan.
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The island of Ko Phangan is found in the Gulf  of Thailand, and it is best known for hosting  
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huge parties in honor of the full moon. These  infamous beach festivals are popular with young  
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backpackers from around the world, and the  revelry is unparalleled in Asia. However,  
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that’s not all the island has to offer.  Besides ideal beaches, you can also hike  
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through the jungle and along the coast, go  scuba diving or try out some sea kayaking.
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Number 4. Ko Chang.
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Located near the border with Cambodia, Ko Chang  is the third largest island in Thailand and the  
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biggest in the Ko Chang Marine Park archipelago.  It is a mountainous island known for several  
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waterfalls, thriving coral reefs, rainforests and  long white sandy beaches. In less than ten years,  
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Ko Chang has become a major tourist destination in  Thailand although still far quieter than islands  
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like Phuket or Ko Samui. White Sand Beach is  one of the most popular beaches on the island.  
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Located on the island’s northwestern  corner, it’s the longest beach on Ko Chang.
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Number 3. Ko Lipe.
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The island of Ko Lipe is just outside  the jurisdiction of Tarutao National Park  
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and as such is exempt from certain laws  prohibiting development. The island has some of  
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the best reefs in Thailand, which makes for really  great snorkeling and diving. If you’re looking  
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for a deserted Thai island, Koh Lipe is not the  place to go. However, if you go in low season,  
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which is May to October, you might enjoy the  beautiful sandy beaches without the crowds,  
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though some hotels may be closed.  Any time of the year, however,  
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you’ll find great snorkeling as well  as gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.
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Number 2. Ko Tao.
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Ko Tao is an island in the Gulf of Thailand,  and it is accessible by a high-speed ferry from  
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the mainland city of Chumphon. For travelers who  enjoy diving, the island of Ko Tao is the perfect  
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vacation destination. Around 7000 new divers get  certified on Ko Tao each year making it one of the  
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most popular destinations in the world to learn  to dive. Diving allows you to see bull sharks,  
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underwater evolutionary sculptures at Ocean  Utopia and plenty of turtles, among many other  
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marine species. Other popular activities include  cycling and sailing around the beautiful island.
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Number 1. Ko Phi Phi.
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Ko Phi Phi is possibly one of Thailand’s most  famous archipelagos. It is most notable for a  
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stunning natural bay that was filmed in the movie  The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. But while  
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many come here and have this renowned bay at  the top of their to-do list, there are many  
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more reasons to tempt you to Phi Phi beyond Maya  Bay. The six islands of Phi Phi are jaw-droppingly  
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beautiful, with pearl-white sand beaches and  emerald waters. Spend your days swimming and  
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snorkeling among extraordinary marine life or  hire a longtail boat. The surrounding islets  
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like Monkey Beach are worth a visit, home to  a plethora of cheeky tree-swinging monkeys.