Photo: Ao Ta Khian, Ko Kut.

Planning well is an integral part of getting the most out of your trip. Be it picking the right backpack, the right vaccinations or the right country, the simple decisions are often the most important.


Too many islands, too little time! Thailand alone has more than its fair share of islands, and for the first time visitor, picking the right Thai island can be a pretty daunting undertaking.

So, here's an overview of some of the best islands in Thailand, including the best-known spots like Ko Samui, Ko Phi Phi, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao and Ko Samet. We've also covered a smattering of the lesser known islands that you probably won't read about in your guidebook -- in our opinion these can be some of the best islands in Thailand.

Thailand isn't the only country with great islands though, Cambodia has some terrific islands, as does Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia -- we've even found a few in Laos! So be sure to scroll all the way down.

Follow the individual links through for detailed guesthouse and hotel reviews, restaurant and bar listings, attractions and activities, a bunch of photos and maps and of course information on where the best beaches are.


 Be sure to have adequate insurance cover before you travel. We recommend World Nomads

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Islands in Cambodia


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Islands in Indonesia


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Islands in Laos


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Islands in Malaysia


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Islands in Thailand


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Islands in Vietnam


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