Thailand is a beautiful country of varied landscapes, with a deep history and a fascinating culture. It is becoming one of the most popular countries to visit in the world for tourists, and one big reason is the fact that it is a boater’s paradise. With thousands of miles of coastline, hundreds of islands, and bordering two seas, there are ample opportunities to enjoy a boating adventure in Thailand.
Naturally, if you are taking a boating destination in Thailand, you will want to take a boat to one of the many tropical islands that exist off the coast of the country.
Here are the best boating destinations to choose from, in no particular order.
- Koh Hae: This day-trip island is well-known for the beautiful beach that is ringed by a reef. It is one of the easiest islands to reach from Phuket, which is good if you are new to the country, but not so good if you want solitude. Also known as Coral Island, its crystal blue seas are truly beautiful and nature life abounds on the island.
- Koh Mook/Koh Ngai/Koh Radang: Located to the southeast of Phi Phi, this small chain of islands features rocky limestone cliffs and the legendary Morakot Cave, perfect for the spelunker in your group. The aquamarine basin is often called The Land That Time Forgot, and is truly a sight to see.
- Koh Phi Phi: Also located off of Phi Phi, this is a very popular boating destination, so you will most likely contend with some crowds as a result. The Beach, a Leonardo DiCaprio film from the late 1990s, was shot here, and it features the Pileh Lagoon, a popular swimming destination.
- Koh Samui: Increasing in popularity, the palm trees of this island make for a great visual of a tropical island. Many tourists come to this island to enjoy the reggae and blues of the local establishments, but it still has a tranquil southern tip you can boat to in order to escape the crowds.
- Koh Pha Ngan: Known for its Full Moon parties, this island is great if you enjoy nightlife. While there is always something to do after dark, exploration of this island’s many coves and secret beaches make it a great destination. If charting a sailboat or yacht will break your bank, renting a kayak offers the same stunning views and an experience that is closer to nature.
- Koh Racha: Located just off the southern coast of Phuket, this beautiful island is not visited by many, so it is perfect if you like solitude. Crystal clear waters and beautiful white beaches make it a great place to visit. Enjoy a great meal at the local bamboo beach restaurant.
- Koh Lanta: Located near the town of Krabi, this island has a great deal of wildlife and a full 27-kilometres of coastline. Also located on this island is the Mu Ko Lanta National Park, which has some great snorkeling destinations.
- Koh Yao Yai: Situated just off the coast from Phuket, the island is home to some great resorts, but as a whole, the entire island has been untouched. This makes it a great place to visit if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle.
- Krabi: Krabi is not an island, but you can boat the wonderful beaches that are as soft as talcum powder. Rallay Beach is a very popular part of the area, and if you want, you can boat from Krabi to Chicken Island, or any of the Phi Phi Islands.
- Phang Nga Bay: With 60 towering limestone outcrops, you can visit the emerald green water of this bay and enjoy the wonderful scenery. In the bay, you will also find the floating village of Koh Panyi, as well as camping opportunities and a hippy hangout in the form of the Railei Beach Club.
Thailand is a beautiful country to visit. The people are incredibly friendly, the landscape is awe-inspiring, and the culture is unrivalled throughout the world. When you are able to go on boating adventures, you have ample opportunity to see any of the many islands located off the coast of Thailand. From pristine beaches nearly untouched by humans, to islands full of a thriving night life, you will not be disappointed when you hop in a boat and take a trip to any of the hundreds of islands off the coast of Thailand.