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.
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