If you’re thinking of beaches, sand, warm weather, you know the typical images of paradise, then look no further than the Thai Andaman Sea islands. There are tons of options down there, with something for everyone. Whether it is quiet beaches, romantic honeymoons, warm swimmable sea water, diving or water sports, there’s an island down there for you.
If you want to play it safe, then Phuket is certainly the place. This is Thailand’s biggest island and a magnet for visitors (both foreign and local) yearning for that island escape. There’s all kinds of beaches here, quiet ones, commercial ones, rocky ones and smooth ones, just to list a few. Scuba excursions are also available as well as yachting and parasailing. Plus, Phuket is your base for exploring some beautiful natural sea scenery, like the limestone formations of Phang Nga Bay (where James Bond Island is).
Koh Lipe is one of the quieter alternatives to South Thailand’s islands. Situated in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s east coast, tranquil beaches and fabulous marine life are the highlights here. Beaches are calm, clear and feature shallow water. The island is small enough that you can pretty much cover it by foot. The reefs around Koh Lipe are prime spots for divers and snorkelers to explore. Or if you enjoy lazing around and doing absolutely nothing, this island is for you.
Koh Lanta, off the Andaman Coast is another quiet island option. If you like walking along the beach and admiring the sunset, then this is certainly your spot. Divers are certainly welcome here, but may need a boat escort to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. Both rated in the in the world’s top ten sites. Now, you know. Koh Lanta is also a highly suggested honeymoon island spot. Families, friends and group travelers are also welcome.
So, you’re looking to hit the Similan Islands? We suggest to first head over to Khao Lak. Just 100 kilometers from the town of Phuket, it is a destination in itself. Imagine long stretches of pure smooth sand and blue clear waters. That is Khao Lak. And the Similans? They are just a short boat transfer away. If you want to head over there, it can happen.
So, if you’re looking for a memorable beach break, we highly suggest Thailand’s Andaman Sea Islands. There is a plethora of choices. Any one of them can be the right one.
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