East Coast Beaches and Islands
The narrow peninsula running from Bangkok to Malaysia provides an obvious demarcation between the east and west coast beaches and resorts. The islands lying in the Gulf of Thailand are stunning, with beautiful white sandy beaches, clear warm waters teeming with sea life, amazing food and big smiles, all making for an ideal holiday destination.
Possibly the most famous of all Thai islands, Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand and continues to prosper as the quintessential Thai beach holiday destination. Warm crystal clear waters, a lush jungle interior, friendly locals, excellent food and a vibrant nightlife all make this island a great choice, and it’s not hard to escape the crowds and find a quiet corner all to yourself.
To the far east of Thailand close to Cambodia lies Koh Kood, an undiscovered gem of an island with a dense jungle interior and deserted beaches. Although it’s the fourth largest island in Thailand, it retains a small island feel and offers a taste of traditional local life as well as a pristine natural environment. The largest community is located in the small Ao Yai village, with a colourful harbour where local fishermen seek refuge during the seasonal monsoons. Its oldest inhabitants still make a living from the planting of rubber trees and cultivating coconuts.
A popular choice for its accessibility from the capital Bangkok, Koh Samet is safe guarded as a national park and has avoided the overzealous construction, which has hit parts of other islands in Thailand. This small and friendly island has splendid beaches and white silky sands, surrounded by coral reefs and crystal clear waters. Visitors can also enjoy delicious local cuisine and the laid back nightlife on the island.
A big factor in deciding which coast to go to is the time of the year – ask our Thailand consultants about the best time of year to visit each side of Thailand.