Known For : Phi Phi Viewpoint Koh Phi Phi Leh Bamboo Island
Phi Phi consists of a group of six islands. Only 40 km away from Phuket, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are the two most famous islands of the six. With their pristine waters and vibrant parties, these islands are a wonderful way to spend a few days in Thailand.
Phi Phi is an island group which is famous for backpackers and travellers who wish to enjoy beach life in a relaxed manner. A party lover's haven, Phi Phi may not have the traditional Thai feel to its ambience which other places in Thailand do. The two major villages are Laem Thong and Ko Phi Phi. Although badly hit by the 2004 tsunami, Phi Phi islands have come back full-force in terms of touristic revenue and local lifestyle up-gradations.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Situated in the south-east of Phuket, Coral Islands offers its visitors a bustling array of options for a fun vacation. With its lovely beaches and coral reefs, tourists are free to spend the day doing a number of activities - ranging from enjoying relaxing massages to taking scuba-diving and snorkelling lessons a variety of other water sports
Known For : Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park Surin Islands Bang Niang Beach
Khao Lak is a string of villages which lie on the west coast of Thailand. Once a quiet and unknown land, these villages are fast becoming a hotspot for adventure sports and beach activities between both Thai locals and tourists alike.
Khao means mountain so Khao Lak literally means Lak Mountain. A combination of six beaches, these villages all combine to form 'Khao Lak' as we know it. The beaches are a starting point for those wishing to explore nearby areas and northern andamans too.
Distance from Phuket: 103 km
Best Time: November to April
The quiet, beautiful and pristine island of Koh Yao Yai is one of the best places in Thailand for a laid-back, leisurely holiday. Almost untouched by the development happening all around it, Koh Yao almost seems like a parallel universe in itself. It gives a glimpse of local culture and tradition, and lets you experience nature like nowhere else - through its scenic landscapes of quiet beaches, rubber plantations and rice fields.
Though Mu Ko Similan literally means ‘group of 9 islands’, it is an archipelago of 11 islands; with two remote islands being included after a few years. If you are a fan of snorkelling and scuba diving, Similan Islands, with its white sand beaches, clear water, and abundant coral life, is possibly the best place to venture to. Further, visitors can expect to see distinct aquatic and bird species at these islands including Nicobar pigeons, blueface angelfish, and sea turtles, among others. It is difficult to find accommodation on Ko Miang, the headquarters of the park. This is the reason why many choose to stay in hotels in Phuket and plan day trips to the park, which take hardly two to three hours through a boat trip.