Tourism to Thailand has been increasing over the years.  There is so much to see and do in this land rich with culture.  Whether you are on a small budget or mega wealthy, Thailand is a sought after destination.

There are 4 classic Thai islands that you must visit on your travel through Thailand:

 

Ko Samui1.  Ko Samui boasts the biggest diversity of travelers. If you are on a shoe-string budget, you can stay in beachside bungalows.  If you have more money to spend, there are luxury resorts and upscale villas for your stay.

With crystal blue waters, Samui is a popular beach spot. Chaweng beach, Lamai beach, and Ang Thong Marine Park offers relaxation in the ocean breeze.  Diving, sailing, and fishing are popular past times in this region.  Make sure you do not miss the variety of waterfalls scattered over the island.

Ko Samui has some of the best night life.  There are discos, bars, late night shopping, parties and men’s and women’s boxing. Chaweng is the most popular night spot destination for dancing and Muay Thai boxing.

The cultural aspects of Samui cannot be missed. The Big Buddha shrine is one of the most popular visitor spots.  Secret Buddha gardens house many statues hidden in the lush gardens. Samui is also home to several  mummified monks which is to be a physical reminder of Buddha’s teachings.  Loung Pordang is the most famous of all mummified monks and can be found at the Wat Khunaram temple.

 

Koh Pha Ngan2.  Ko Pha-Ngan is known as the best place to see the beautiful moon in Thailand. Ko PhaNgan then became home of the Full Moon party where 30,000 people can gather to celebrate the moon. Like the name implies, each month during the full moon, people gather on the beach to party long into the night.

The styles of music are varied and appeal to all different types of taste.  Jugglers and fire manipulators can be seen entertaining the crowd.  Food and drinks are available all night long and you also have an option of sitting in the warm night surf.

 

 

Ko Tao3.  Ko Tao is known as Turtle Island. After people have spent time in Samui, they move over to and fall in love with Ko Tao. This areas boasts turquoise waters and is the most popular diving spot in all of Thailand. Whale sharks are visitors to this area and you can get a close encounter with them while scuba diving in March through May.

This is one of the most rustic islands, even with a transformed modern look.  Yoga and hiking are popular non-water sports found all over the island.

Despite the political unrest and violence in the South of Thailand, Ko Tao is relatively untouched by these factors.

 

 

Phi Phi Islands4.  Phi Phi Islands.  This is the aquamarine paradise that is made up of 6 islands and is often pictured in movies. This area is the crowning jewel of all Thailand’s islands.

Phi Phi Leh is unoccupied by inhabitants and the Maya Bay is the area filmed in the Movie “The Beach.” Phi Phi Don is the most popular and is the only island on Phi-Phi that has inhabitants. It is devoid of roads making large amounts of travel impossible.

Mai Phai and Ko Yung are great swimming and beach spots. Ko Bida Nok and Ko Bida Noi are full of steep limestone cliffs and are more to look at  then to actually visit.

Traveling to these 4 classic Thailand islands will be something you always remember. The beauty and Buddhist influence will make your vacation unforgettable.