Thailand Island hopping is the one thing that everybody talks about. Thai islands are famous all around the world because of numerous hidden, protected beaches which will make you feel that you’re last person in the world. Ok, maybe a little less by now, but you can still find places that are remote and desolate, with beautiful sand and tropical greenery. Perspectives of crystal clear sea and tall cliffy islands will certainly make you want to come again.
If you want to endeavor on this journey with your sailboat, the best place to start is Phuket, the center of sailing in Thailand. Everybody has different opinion which places to visit on your island hopping throughout islands of Thailand. But it also depend how you go on your journey. It’s a little bit different if you’re a backpacker or a sailor, or a scuba diver. But of course, on jour vacation, you can be all three. And all of three, when come from Bangkok, start in Phuket. There are hundreds of sailboats there for you to choose, so you can take your time and look for a perfect boat for you. After you pick a boat you can start your very first Thailand Island hopping. Every guide about it says different which your next destination should be, but I recommend Ko Phi Phi.
Ko Phi Phi
Even though lot of people think that this is one island and in many guides it is described so, it is actually archipelago, with Koh phi Phi Don as the main island. Archipelago is located southeast of Phuket, between it and Strait of Malacca. Islands are protected as national park and like the rest of this part of Thailand, it wasn’t top tourist destination before 2000. After filming famous movie the Beach featuring Leonardo di Caprio, this area experienced big increase in tourist visits. On your island hopping adventure bring your scuba diving gear when you’re on Ko Phi Phi islands. This place is one of the most popular diving destinations in Thailand.
Ko Yao Yai
After Ko Phi Phi you can sail north and visit Ko Yao archipelago, east of Phuket. Main island there is Ko Yao Yai. This island is little less famous than Phuket or other big centers, but that’s actually better. If you want to experience laying on the golden sand beneath palm trees, just like in the movies, that is the place where you can do it. It has lot of hidden beaches, you just need to drop anchor somewhere and swim to the beach. Or go snorkeling, it’s up to you.
Ko Lanta Yai
After Ko Yao Yai, take your sailboat and sail close to coast, enjoy beauties of Thai coastline. Sail southeast and soon enough you’ll see Ko Lanta island. It’s located between Phi Phi islands and the mainland. The whole island is part of Ko Lanta District, which is also a National Park. The island itself is hidden paradise with lot of places to visit and be perfectly alone or with your significant other. But since the island was featured with all of its beauties in Swedish newspapers, more and more Swedes come to visit it.
After you visit these places you can come back to Phuket via Phi Phi or some other islands. Or you can continue journey. These are places we visited for a short time. Next time we will choose some old and some new small paradises for our Thailand Island hopping.