The best islands in Southeast Asia

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.

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Islands in Cambodia

Learn more about Koh Rong
Koh Rong

Oh the beaches

Learn more about Koh Rong Samloem
Koh Rong Samloem

A world away

Learn more about Koh Sdach
Koh Sdach

Fishing village island

Learn more about Koh Ta Kiev
Koh Ta Kiev

Beautiful

Learn more about Koh Thmei
Koh Thmei

Almost empty

Learn more about Koh Tonsay
Koh Tonsay

Rustic hideaway

Learn more about Koh Totang
Koh Totang

Drop off the map


Islands in Indonesia

Learn more about Gili Air
Gili Air

Fancy pants beach hangout

Learn more about Gili Gede
Gili Gede

A hideaway

Learn more about Gili Layar
Gili Layar

Beachbum digs

Learn more about Gili Meno
Gili Meno

Family hideaway

Learn more about Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan

Party party

Learn more about Kanawa Island
Kanawa Island

Gorgeous island, crappy resort

Learn more about Karimunjawa Islands
Karimunjawa Islands

Island hideout

Learn more about Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park

Fascinating

Learn more about Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Ceningan

We love this joint

Learn more about Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan

Surf and snorkelling

Learn more about Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida

Go now

Learn more about Pulau Moyo
Pulau Moyo

Fit for royalty.

Learn more about Pulau Weh
Pulau Weh

Diving and beach mecca


Islands in Laos

Learn more about Don Dhet
Don Dhet

The land of the lotus-eaters

Learn more about Don Khon
Don Khon

Charming island getaway

Learn more about Don Khong
Don Khong

Real Lao life


Islands in Malaysia

Learn more about Langkawi
Langkawi

Great for families

Learn more about Pangkor Island
Pangkor Island

Popular with Malaysians

Learn more about Penang
Penang

A favourite

Learn more about Perhentian Islands
Perhentian Islands

Two great island escapes


Islands in Thailand

Learn more about Coral and Raya Islands
Coral and Raya Islands

Escape the main island

Learn more about Ko Adang
Ko Adang

Ko Lipe's wild neighbour

Learn more about Ko Bulon Lae
Ko Bulon Lae

The tranquility runs deep

Learn more about Ko Chang
Ko Chang

Elephant Island

Learn more about Ko Chang Noi
Ko Chang Noi

The other Ko Chang

Learn more about Ko Jum
Ko Jum

Ready to relax?

Learn more about Ko Kho Khao
Ko Kho Khao

No need to leave that beach chair

Learn more about Ko Kradan
Ko Kradan

Great beaches, pricey food

Learn more about Ko Kut
Ko Kut

Glorious beaches, thin crowds

Learn more about Ko Lanta
Ko Lanta

Where the beaches stretch for miles

Learn more about Ko Lao Liang
Ko Lao Liang

Let's keep this one a secret

Learn more about Ko Libong
Ko Libong

Great choice for the quiet life

Learn more about Ko Lipe
Ko Lipe

Welcome to paradise

Learn more about Ko Mak
Ko Mak

In a mellow mood

Learn more about Ko Muk
Ko Muk

More to it than the Emerald Cave

Learn more about Ko Mun Nork
Ko Mun Nork

An exclusive island getaway

Learn more about Ko Ngai
Ko Ngai

A comfortable island getaway

Learn more about Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Pha Ngan

More to it than Full Moon Parties

Learn more about Ko Phayam
Ko Phayam

One laid-back island

Learn more about Ko Phi Phi
Ko Phi Phi

Popular party island

Learn more about Ko Phra Thong
Ko Phra Thong

Golden Buddha island

Learn more about Ko Ra
Ko Ra

Unspoilt island wilderness

Learn more about Ko Rawi
Ko Rawi

Pristine beaches and jungle

Learn more about Ko Rok
Ko Rok

Unspoilt twin islands

Learn more about Ko Samet
Ko Samet

Bangkok's island playground

Learn more about Ko Samui
Ko Samui

Dozens of beaches to choose from

Learn more about Ko Si Boya
Ko Si Boya

Take a break from it all

Learn more about Ko Si Chang
Ko Si Chang

Low-key fishing island

Learn more about Ko Sukorn
Ko Sukorn

Settle into a slower pace

Learn more about Ko Surin
Ko Surin

Breathtaking above and below the water

Learn more about Ko Tao
Ko Tao

A popular spot to learn to dive

Learn more about Ko Tarutao
Ko Tarutao

Awesome

Learn more about Ko Wai
Ko Wai

Why not Ko Wai?

Learn more about Ko Yao Noi
Ko Yao Noi

Leave the crowds behind

Learn more about Ko Yao Yai
Ko Yao Yai

A bay all to yourself.

Learn more about Phuket
Phuket

Thailand's biggest and busiest island

Learn more about Similan Islands
Similan Islands

Say hi to the sea turtles


Islands in Vietnam

Learn more about Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba Island

A great island escape

Learn more about Con Dao Islands
Con Dao Islands

What a getaway

Learn more about Hai Tac
Hai Tac

A backpacker's treasure

Learn more about Hon Son
Hon Son

Island escape

Learn more about Nam Du
Nam Du

A taste of magic realism

Learn more about Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc Island

Island time!