Thailand is known for its tropical islands located on both sides of the southern tip. Think of crystal clear waters, out of this world sunsets, sipping from a coconut that fell from the tree next to your sun bed and some of the best views, rock climbing, snorkeling and diving locations in the world. Needless to say updating this during the 2020 pandemic, it sounds like heaven! The islands need to be added to your itinerary when planning a trip to Thailand.
What makes Thailand so great is how easy it is to travel through as a solo traveller, you will find that most hostels will help you to arrange your transport or find you a suitable tour at a great price. This makes a 2 week island hopping adventure all the more enjoyable.
In this post I have included the Islands to visit as an itinerary for experiencing the best of southern Thailand in two weeks.
Day 1 -5 :Koh Tao
Koh Tao is one of the most talked about islands when it comes to diving and it is definitely one of my favourites. Koh Tao is known for its laid back atmosphere but also it’s diving schools which are found dotted in every corner of the island. Most dive schools offer accommodation to those completing dive courses but also to the general visitor.
Interested in diving? Do you open water course in Koh Tao.
Time to spend here: 3-5 days
Day 6 – 7: Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach is actually part of the mainland next to Ao Nang, however it can only be accessed via boat. Tonsai is very chilled out and attracts a lot of rock climbers. Monkeys love this area so be warned you will come across many on your stay here.
Time to spend here: 1 – 2 days
Day 8: Railay Beach
From Tonsai Beach you can walk or rock climb to the infamous Railay beach which features in many well known films. You can either spend the day on the beach or take a visit to one of the restaurants for breakfast.
Tip: visit the beach early to avoid the crowds.
Time to spend here: 1 day
Day 9 -10: Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi is well know for it’s full moon parties so if you are looking to party, this is the Island for you. This island is definitely one of the most crowded and commercialised of all the Islands, with fast food chain McDonalds setting up shop here and most, if not all businesses catering for tourists that visit. This island was hit by the 2004 Stephen’s day tsunami but has since then redeveloped itself. From the island you can take snorkelling and diving trips as well as visit other Islands such as monkey island and take a boat ride passed Maya beach (the set of Leonardo’s di Caprio’s ‘The Beach’).
Note: You can no longer set foot on Maya beach as the Thai government recently closed it to visitors to maintain its natural beauty.
Day 10 -14: Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is the most relaxed of all of the Thai islands, so it makes a great last stop on your island hopping itinerary. From the Island you can take a full day trip by boat to snorkel and see 4 other islands located not too far from Koh Lanta.