In Southern Thailand there is an area called the Andaman Coast, home to some of the most unspoiled and idyllic beaches available. Travelers have been arriving in this area’s islands for decades to swim, sunbathe and find there bliss in one of the world’s natural beauty spots.

Southern Thailand attracts a huge amount of annual visitors and is thought of as one of the most beautiful vacation destinations; in fact around 5.3 million people take flights to Thailand each year. The attraction is obvious – year round high temperatures, clear waters, white sand beaches and luscious mountain backdrops. The islands along the Andaman Coast are a definite ‘vacation of a lifetime’ experience and you can choose from premier beach resorts or enjoy a back to nature experience.

Phuket Island Sunset, Thailan

Thailand’s largest island

Phuket is not only Thailand’s largest island – it’s also one of the most popular destinations along this coastline. The island offers a number of beautiful areas to visit such as the infamous Patong Beach, which is a stunning stretch –bear in mind that it becomes very busy during the day. However, those looking for a bit more seclusion should head north from Patong to the more tranquil beaches of Surin and Bang Tao. Phuket offers plenty to do from elephant rides, to scuba diving, to the most lively nightlife options on the islands. You’ll also find towering rainforests and majestic waterfalls within its immense national park.

Late evening on Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

Far from the crowds

Maybe you’ve spent a few days enjoying all that Phuket has to offer and are in the mood for something a little more peaceful. If this is the case then head to the island of Koh Yao Noi, which features pretty much tourist free white sand beaches where seclusion will not be a problem. Koh Yao Noi hosts a romantic island atmosphere and is small enough to traverse in an afternoon. The beaches here are pristine and just the place to lounge in hammock with a drink, while viewing the sun setting over the sparkling sea waters. Sounds perfect, right?

Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Leh, Thailand, Island

The jewel in the Andaman Sea

Once you’ve visited famous Maya Beach, location of the film The Beach and the reason for the crowds at Ko Phi Phi, you can then head south to the island of Kho Lao Liang. This is one of the most unspoilt and eco-friendly destinations along the Andaman Coast.

The island is a haven for those interested in rock climbing, with many routes cut into the rockface. Alternatively spend your days watching the dolphins swim, or kick back at the island’s one and only low-key beach bar.

The islands along the Andaman Coast do offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for buzzing beaches and incredible nightlife, or simply a place to leave your cares behind for a few weeks. Island hopping is one of the best ways to explore this area and find your favorite island but let’s just keep the island of Kho Lao Liang as our little secret.

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Images by mst7022 and VyacheslavArgenberg (1 and 2) used under creative commons license.


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