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Railay Beach in Krabi
Railay Beach in Krabi

The best places to visit in Southern Thailand & the Islands

With over 2,000 miles of coastline, Thailand’s sun-kissed islands and idyllic beaches are its top attraction, drawing sun-worshippers, scuba divers, rock climbers and sunset cocktail drinkers alike. The soft, white sands, turquoise seas and gentle coastline, backed by palm trees and thick jungle, is the stuff of desert island fiction, and you’re never short of corals to explore and temples to admire. To help you plan your southern Thailand holiday, we’ve listed our top islands stops below.

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Phi Phi Island, Krabi Province Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi

The Beach

You’ll have seen photos of Ko Phi Phi before; its perfect blue waters and towering karsts grace many a guidebook cover, and with good reason. When not sinking your toes into the white sands of Maya Bay, filming location for The Beach, you can hike up Phi Phi’s viewpoint, a favourite sunset-watching spot. Stay a day or two and snorkel the waters, or stay a week and laze on the sands.

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Long boat cruising through lagoon in Phuket Phuket

Phuket

Phuket

The Pearl of the South

Surrounded by translucent seas and white beaches, with pineapple and rubber plantations covering the interior and a smattering of temples and mosques, Phuket is eternally popular with fun-lovers, sun-seekers and diving enthusiasts alike. Discover the colourful marine life by boat trip, sea kayak or scuba, then head into town to experience the buzzing nightlife. 

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Phulay Bay Krabi, CJ -Thai Island Explorer Phulay Bay

Krabi

Krabi

Karst peaks

Krabi’s soaring limestone pinnacles and rugged coastline make it an excellent choice for those looking for a bit of adventure on their beach holiday. For it is here among the sheer cliffs and karst peaks of Railay Beach, accessible only by boat, that you can have a go at rock climbing, while Krabi itself is one of the best places in the country for sea kayaking to offshore lagoons and sea caves.

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Elephants bathing at Elephant Hills Elephant Hills

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

Elephant Hills

Khao Sok National Park is the perfect beach antidote. Its dense jungles and dramatic waterfalls are home to monkeys, tapirs, sambar deer and gibbons, as well as various tropical plants and insects. But what you’re really here to see is the Asian elephant, and there’s no better place to get close to one than at the eco-friendly Elephant Hills, an award-winning elephant conservation and awareness project.

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Round the World Expert Dan Marsden

I had the best two years of my life travelling around Thailand, and experiencing its beautiful culture. I spent a lot of my time on the east coast island of Koh Tao. Its an absolute tropical paradise, and a Mecca for SCUBA divers!

- Dan Marsden, Expert
Sunset over a jetty in Krabi
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