7 Amazing Islands near Bangkok that should be on your Bucketlist
The capital city of Bangkok is every travelers dream – its like whipping up all flavors 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. So if you are short on time and want a slice of tropical paradise, head to these 7 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.
How to reach: Ferries run regularly between Sri Racha in Pattaya and Koh Si Chang. The island can be reached in less than half an hour from Pattaya City. Take a bus from Bangkok to Pattaya,which would take about 2-3 hours.
2. Koh Larn
Koh Larn is also known as Coral island for its colorful 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 ride a jet ski, zoom around on Banana rides, soar in the skies or walk on the ocean bed, Koh Larn has it all.
How to reach: Reach Pattaya city and take a speedboat or ferry from there. The speed boat takes 20 mins to reach,while ferry takes about 45 mins. The drive from Bangkok would take 2-3 hours.
3. Koh Khram
One of the relatively less popular islands, Koh Khram is loved by travelers 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 snorkeling.The shacks at the beaches sell amazing food, that taste even better after a session of underwater activity.
How to reach: Reach Pattaya city and take a speedboat from there. The speed boat takes an hour to reach. The drive from Bangkok would take 2-3 hours.
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.
How to reach: Take a bus from Bangkok to Nuan Thip Pier. From there, you can take a ferry to reach Koh Samet. It would take around 5-6 hours for the entire journey.
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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, its 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, snorkeling, hiking and kayaking. After all this, you can wash up at a nice massage place and pamper yourself.
How to reach: Reach Hua Hin from Bangkok by road. From there, a ferry can take you to Koh Talu.
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.
How to reach: Reach Trat from Bangkok by minibus. From Trat, you can take a ferry to Koh Chang. The total journey would take around 7-8 hours.
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.
How to reach: Reach Trat from Bangkok by minibus. Hop on the ferry from Laem Sok pier to reach Koh Kood. The total journey would take around 7-8 hours.