SOUTH THAILAND IN A SNAP SHOT

SOUTH THAILAND IN A SNAP SHOT

Thailand South islands are some of the most visited on Earth!  After spending a month exploring the beautiful coral reefs and beach parties these places have to offer it's easy to see why. 

Here's my Thai South islands snap shot & why I think you should visit too! 

 

KOH SAMUI

Koh Samui is possibly the most famous of the Islands in Thailand but it's also my least favourite due to being overrun by tourists and honeymooners. Beyond the insane amount of 5 star hotels there is still some traditional Thai culture left to be discovered. Chewang Beach is the most popular beach on the island also being the longest and most beautiful. Photo ops are best from the southern part of the beach, with stunning views over the hilly headland to the north.

WHERE TO STAY:

W Retreat Koh Samui or Nora Beach Resort & Spa

WHERE TO EAT:

Barracuda @ The Wharf & The Larder

KOH PHA-NGAN

Koh Pha-Ngan is most famous for its monthly full moon party tied to the lunar calendar hosted on Hatt Rin beach. Beyond the chaos that the full moon has to offer there is so much more to discover. I recently attended a yoga retreat on this magical island which you can read more about here. Most festivities revolve around Sunshine beach which attract mostly a backpacker crowd but on the north of the island you will find quieter white sandy beaches at Khuat and Hat Tian.

WHERE TO STAY: 

Bamboo Huts or The Sanctury 

WHERE TO EAT: 

Bamboo Hut ResturantThe Sanctury, Big Blue & Eden

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KOH TAO & KOH NANGYUAN

Koh Tao is famous for some of the best diving and coral reefs in the Gulf of Thailand & it's nearby tiny twin island of Koh Nangyuan that impresses most. The sand bar dividing the islands at low tide makes this place truly paradise. Koh Tao is by far my favourite of all the islands I visited as I am a water baby at heart. Growing up in Australia on the east coast I am in my element once I'm in the water. 

The reefs off Koh Tao were some of the best I've seen in my current short life and is defenitly one not to miss. 

WHERE TO STAY: 

Sairee Cottage Diving Resort or Bans Diving Resort

WHERE TO EAT: 

Zest, Sui Chilli, Barracuda & Portobellos

KOH PHI PHi

Koh Phi Phi is yet another Thai island that screams breath-taking beaches, stunning rock formations and tranquil turquoise waters that despite the high number of visitors, the island is still extremely stunning. A vibrant nightlife and a huge array of activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and diving you will never become bored. 

WHERE TO STAY: 

Tara Inn or Tea Tree House

WHERE TO EAT: 

View Point Resturant & Capulatte

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KRABI & Railay beach

Impossibly awe-inspiring angular limestone cliffs beautifully surround the hustle and bustle of Krabi Town. But along the main street you’re bound to be overwhelmed by the huge volume of guesthouses & travel agencies. I wouldn’t recommend spending much time here apart from in transit en-route to Koh Phi Phi or Phuket. Alternatively head over the Railay beach also pronounced Rai Leh. This is easily one of my favourite beaches in this region that you can only access via taxi boat.  

WHERE TO STAY: 

Railay Village Resort or Anawin Bunglows

WHERE TO EAT: 

Krabi Town Markets 

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