Up and Coming Islands in Thailand
It’s no secret that Thailand is every back packers haven, its on my bucket list I mean, when you arrive – it’s almost like the mother is calling you home. Whilst many backpackers are happy with the touristy areas though – many of the secret islands are now popular with tour groups and can be a little busy and crowded for those wanting some peace and quiet – and a more authentic Thailand experience.
Thailand has many islands though, and whilst some which may have once been quiet are now party and traveller centrals – there are always new places to explore and new islands to discover. No trip to Thailand ever has to be the same, if you’re adventurous enough to venture off the beaten path.
Oh course, you have your popular, well known islands like KoSamui, Ko Phi Phi, KoPhaNgan, Ko Tao and KoSamet, but for those searching for something a little bit different and unique – we’ve put together a list of lesser-known paradises for you to find and conquer.
Surrounded by mountains, this little haven makes for a nice change, especially if you’ve only been in the city or in the popular resorts. This islands is already popular among travellers wanting an activity filled holiday, using the rugged terrain, rainforest and jungle as a plateau to do so. There is also lots of colourful coral around the bay – which makes it a great spot for divers wanting somewhere less crowded to enjoy the beautiful nature of Thailand. You can stop there – or even visit for a day from Lipe via boat.
If you’re after a sense of escape and truly getting away from it all – then you couldn’t find a nicer spot than Ko Raya and the Coral Islands. Phuket can feel a little busy at times as it’s one of the major touristy attractions in Thailand – but this little piece of paradise is completely the opposite. It’s great for those wanting to explore the water life as both beaches have safe swimming – but also those just wanting to relax on the beach too. There are bungalows open in peak seasons for those wanting to spend a night or two here – but not at other times during the year.
There are still lots of Thai locals living here preserving the old way of Thai life – which somewhat makes this destination a little special and worth keeping a secret. Whilst this may not be heaven for everyone, for those wanting a truly secluded beach experience and a real break from it all – this might be the place you’re looking for. Don’t expect any of the accommodation to have WiFi or even TVs and Air Conditioning – because it’s very unlikely they will. In fact, electricity only runs during certain hours of the day too, finishing at 11pm. Like we said – it might not be to everyone’s tastes – but most people find they fall head over heels for this once-in-a-lifetime slice of heaven.
For those wanting somewhere similar to the resorts and mainland – but without all the huge crowds, this might be the spot for you. The main draw here are the stunning long golden beaches – perfect for lazing on all day in the sunshine. There are a few resorts popping up here and there – which makes me think this island won’t stay so private for very long. Don’t expect the gorgeous clear waters of others islands here though – as the sea isn’t quite as pristine as other places. Still worth a swim though.
For people wanting a rustic jungle experience (and let’s not forget, Thailand has plenty to offer on that front) this is one of the quietest places you’ll find to enjoy such a lifestyle. On this little island the locals actually outnumber the tourist (I know, that’s rare!) and the traditional way of life is very much still the priority. You won’t get nightlife here but if it’s a real experience you’re after, of real Thai life, such as fishing villages, etc – this place won’t let you down at all as it has all to offer in abundance. By the time you leave you might feel like a local yourself, you never know!