With many countries lifting lockdown restrictions, that much awaited dreamy getaway is now within reach. But wondering where to go? The answer might just lie in Thailand’s remote islands with their sun kissed beaches and crystal clear waters that offer the perfect and most exclusive of vacation breaks.
Tucked away from the mainland, you can live in beach-facing villas with private pools that have direct beach access, go scuba diving in crystal clear waters or just spend the afternoon walking along the shores of the beautiful coastline here. Peace, privacy, social distancing, protection from crowds, soul-soothing beauty… whatever you need to forget the stress of 2020, Thailand’s off-the-grid secluded islands promise to deliver!
Koh Phangan and Koh Tao
Located just beyond Koh Samui, these two charming neighbouring islands will let you unwind in the lap of nature with lush greenery and peace all around. Thanks to the sparse crowds, you can feel safer even while travelling during Covid-19. You can cherish deep diving and see an enormous variety of water animals in the sea. Be it boating in the blue waters, dipping your feet in the frothy waves, soaking the sun on the beach or playing with cats on the island – your days here will be spent creating memories that will wipe away all lockdown blues.
Nestled in the Krabi province, you can bask in Koh Lanta’s sunshine and enjoy its balmy weather and pristine beaches from November to April when the passenger ferries operate. Laze around on the beach all day long and get a healthy golden tan at Noi beach or explore the Tree-house joint. Watch professional boxers battle it out at the Klong Dao stadium, a uniquely Thai experience designed to showcase the supreme Thai Martial Art, Muay Thai. Rent a scooter to roam around or just take public transport if you find it a bit tricky to navigate the island’s hilly roads on a scooter. You can also visit the nearby Koh Lanta Old Town, which is over a hundred years old and has innumerable stories to tell.
Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi
Sprawling across the Phang-Nga province, located about halfway between Phuket and Krabi, the beauty of these sibling islands will stun you. The aesthetics of the gently curving Laem Haad Beach in Koh Yao Yai, famous for its beautiful crescent shape will please your eye. The row of lush coconut trees that frame the sandy beach provide a great contrast against the blue water. Rent a bicycle to ride around the rocky land or just take a boat to the nearby Koh Yao Noi islands. Its super-clear water, soothing sea breeze, calm and uncrowded surroundings will soothe your soul. This place is also known for its eco-resorts dotted with ponds with magnificent flowers that urge you to reconnect with nature.
Koh Kood and Koh Mak
Getting to witness wild animals and ancient trees more than 500 years old in the dense jungles of Koh Kood, remains one of Thailand’s most memorable experiences. You can feast your eyes on the alluring waterfalls, calm your nerves on the beach or take a stroll on the boardwalk through the ocean. Also, ensure that your checklist includes a visit to the observatory for this is one of the best spots on Earth to gaze at the bright moon and shiny planets of our solar system through a telescope. Near Koh Kood, lies the magical paradise of Koh Mak – a raw and fresh island overlooked by most tourists. You can rent fancy bungalows near the beach and chill in total harmony with nature.
Koh Phi Phi
Phi Phi is a group of 6 islands, a two-hour ferry ride away from Phuket that attracts a lot of tourists with its enthralling beauty. Staying in luxurious resorts and enjoying the nightlife here can make for quite an exciting getaway. Take lessons at its famous diving school, go boating in the lagoon, play with monkeys on the monkey beach and witness the geographical brilliance of Losama Bay – all activities that can bring heart back to your life.
If you go further towards the southern tip of Thailand, in the Satun province, Koh Lipe Island has exceptionally clear and transparent stretches of water that make it a favourite spot for scuba diving and snorkelling. Add street shopping to your list here if you are a shopaholic!
All tourist places in the country are SHA certified, which is a Thai Government initiative that guarantees that certain health, hygiene and safety protocols are regularly followed to ensure your safety while travelling. This makes Thailand one of the safer places you can visit with your loved ones. So pack your bags and get going!