7 Islands near Bangkok that should be on your Bucketlist
The capital city of Bangkok is every traveller’s dream – it’s like whipping up all flavours of Thailand in a single dish. From a distinct Thai culture to a bustling metropolis, from its famed nightlife, cultural attractions, world-famous cuisine to tonnes of entertainment avenues, it has everything you could want.
If it had beaches, you wouldn’t have to visit any other city in Thailand. The good news is, there are islands that you can visit in a days time from Bangkok to experience the idyllic beach life.
If you are short on time and want a slice of tropical paradise, head to one of these amazing islands near Bangkok.
1. Koh Si Chang
Once a royal retreat, Koh Si Chang is the place to be if you want to experience local culture in an exotic location. Its beaches are amazing, ideal for lounging about and just disconnecting from the world.
If you are one of the active ones, kayak leisurely along the cost and discovered abandoned coves. Or you could rent a cycle and just explore the pagodas and temples on the island. And it has some really amazing massage places that you shouldn’t miss.
2. Koh Larn
Koh Larn is also known as Coral island for its colourful corals that fringe the coast. There are 6 different beaches for you to loll about. The waters are ideal for swimming, turquoise blue and teeming with corals. You can snorkel just off the shore.
For the adventure enthusiasts, this is a haven. Whether you want to ride a jet ski, zoom around on Banana rides, soar in the skies or walk on the ocean bed, Koh Larn has it all.
3. Koh Khram
One of the relatively less popular islands, Koh Khram is loved by travellers precisely for that reason. Blessed with white sand beaches, crystal clear water and corals, its ideal for that me-time you were craving for.
Koh Khram is under Thai navy so there’s not much happening around here but you can spend a day kayaking and snorkelling.The shacks at the beaches sell amazing food, that taste even better after a session of underwater activity.
4. Koh Samet
Koh Samet has become one of the most popular getaways from Bangkok. In fact, due to the rising number of luxury stay options, it is even challenging tropical paradises like Phuket and Koh Samui.
Beach bums are spoilt for choice. There are all kinds of beaches on the island, right from secluded patches to lively ones lined with bars. At night they turn into venues for fire juggling shows and barbecue parties.
You can spend the day exploring the island on a bike. There are many remote viewpoints from where you can enjoy unadulterated views of the ocean. Or you could snorkel in its electric blue waters and end the day with a soothing beach massage.
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5. Koh Talu
Koh Talu is a true slice of paradise. A small private island with beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise sea waters and blissful silence, it’s the kind of place where you string up a hammock and read a novel. And while lolling on the beaches, you even might spot turtles laying eggs. Isn’t that incredible?
If you want to spice things up, try scuba diving, snorkelling, hiking and kayaking. After all this, you can wash up at a nice massage place and pamper yourself.
6. Koh Chang
Koh Chang is one of the biggest islands in Thailand and yet, has managed to be relatively unexplored. Its full of lush green forests, some of them bordering the island’s flour like beaches.
If you love nature, hike through its jungle-clad interiors to discover hidden waterfalls with the bluest of pools. You can even go for an elephant trek if you feel a little lazy.
Koh Chang is part of a national park, with plenty of hidden islets, surrounded by sparkling blue waters. Scuba diving in these waters is a fantastic experience.
Koh Chang maintains a perfect balance when it comes to nightlife. There are a good number of lively beach bars and chilled out cafes.
7. Koh Kood
One of Thailand’s few unspoilt islands, Koh Kood is the hidden paradise you are looking for. You will find stunning beaches, lush green jungles and sleepy fishing villages.
During the day, you can explore the island on a bike or paddle out into the ocean and kayak along the coast or just pamper yourself with a refreshing open-air massage. At night, you can just enjoy sipping cold beer watching the sunset from a beachside cafe.
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