Thailand has a lot to offer to a traveler, be it the beautiful beaches, laid-back vibe or adventure activities like scuba diving. Whether you plan to stay for a week or you have got a long-term plan of delving deep into the country’s magic and aura, there is one thing that you shouldn’t miss doing – Island Hopping.
With over a thousand islands under its possession, it’s a daunting task to scrutinize which islands to explore. Nevertheless, Island hopping is a great way to take in this mesmerizing part of the country.
There are hundreds of companies and tours to choose from when you go island hopping. You will have different packages based on how many islands you’ll cover and which boat you’ll be hopping into – the long tail boats, cruise or speed boats. You can book it online or head to the many street vendors and stalls. Always compare the prices and bargain.
While I don’t prefer Phuket over the many islands we’d visited, there is one thing which you shouldn’t miss!
Yes, the flight from Bangkok to Phuket and the landing was one of the bests I have experienced in life! You can travel via bus or train too and I’m told they offer interesting sceneries as well.
Ko Phi Phi
Phi Phi Leh offers some ecstatic limestone cliffs and beaches including Maya Bay. Maya Bay is famous for the movie The Beach starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Of course, there are a lot of tourists here, thanks to the movie, but it is an absolutely stunning beach- baby powder sand and crystal clear water. You can see three different colors of water leaving you enthralled.
Stay at Ao Nang and head over for an Island Hopping in Krabi. You’ll able to see some stunning views at Poda Island or you can head over to Phrang Nang beach which was our favorite among them all.
Waterfalls, beaches and idyllic islands make Ko Samui special. We couldn;t cover this island on our trip this time, but we were told by our friends that this is one of the bests.
Ko Pha Ngan
Famous for its full-moon party, Ko Pha Ngan draws thousands of people from around the world for a world-famous dance party every month.
Safety Tips as you go Island Hopping:
There are hundreds of tours and travels available but do your research before choosing any.
Check for life boats and also ensure that your boat isn;t over-crowded.
Listen to your crew ALWAYS. While you may want to capture the scenic beauty and walk on the boat, it may not be always a safe thing to do.
Use your better judgment. People may seem friendly and Thai laws on drugs is also pretty strict. It is better to be safe than sorry.
There is one more, which I will cover tomorrow 🙂
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STAY TUNED AS I WILL BE TALKING IN DETAIL ABOUT SOME OF THE EXOTIC ISLANDS, THAILAND HAS TO OFFER.
I am writing all about Thailand this April for the A to Z Challenge 2017. Thanks for all the love you’ve showered on this space! You can also check out my food blog for A to Z Indian Dishes to Die For.
Ritika Tiwari says
The pictures are stunning Shalini! I have been planning a Thailand trip since forever!
When is the best time to go? And is the night life great on the islands too?
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SHALINI BAISIWALA says
Wow! your pics are just stunning Shalzz. I want to get on a plane to Thailand to see all of it. You are doing a fabulouso job with this series!! 🙂
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Mocktail Mommies says
Had heard of the various islands but never knew what they specifically offered. Good info. Thumbs up again ????
I have not tried island hopping in Thailand so far but sure the next time I am there I will bear all points in mind.Truly Yours Roma
Another breathtaking trip to the islands of Thailand.
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Lovely pictures! A virtual tour to the islands today
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Sanch @ Sanch Writes says
Amazing photos! Island hopping would be one of my favourite things I reckon!
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Beautiful pictures. My J post tomorrow also has a picture of a plane – very similar to yours.
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Island hopping was one of the best things of out trip! Poda island was my favorite though 🙂
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shubhangi srikanth says
What amazing pictures you have here girl! The deep blue waters are a treat to the eyes! Btw, you didn’t say why the Bankok Phuket landing was so special? I’d like to know.
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Roshan Radhakrishnan says
Loving this series. On one side, I am saving your recipes on Pinterest and on the other, the Thailand series on Pocket!
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Anmol Rawat says
You must be enjoying this challenge the most I believe! 😀 And yes, you must be leaving so many people in envy. I’m not talking about myself (yes, I am). Lovely pictures and I will suggest you to compile your posts and make an ebook guide out of it when you are done.
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Tina Basu says
i love your photos Shalini – love the Blues of Thailand waters!
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Woww ohh I really want to visit this place… Like right now. Beautiful captures … I love how informative all your posts are.
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Nick Wilford says
It looks absolutely glorious. I wish I’d had time to explore the islands. Hopefully one day!
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Ooooh stunning photos (though I couldn’t see the embedded IG one (office network)). Maya Bay received a sudden influx of tourists after the movie came out. I heard some locals felt it disrupted the quiet place.
I’ve heard so much about those full moon parties. Really wanna go someday
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Wow – Great photos. I can only imagine how great it must be to be there but also to snorkel or dive in those waters. The color of the water is unbelievably beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!
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