It’s no secret that Thailand has some of the best beaches and islands in the world. With approximately 1,430 islands, the tropical nation is a paradise for travel enthusiasts looking for the perfect holiday location. Offering pristine white beaches with clear turquoise water, the country’s islands have become some of the most popular in the world.
While some have been consumed by mass tourism, there are still plenty of quiet and peaceful islands in Thailand for those seeking a calm and relaxing experience. Are you wondering where to go for a quiet and peaceful holiday in Thailand without masses of tourists? These islands will be perfect for you and your family.
#1 KOH KOOD - The perfect place for a relaxing getaway
Arguably Thailand’s ultimate island getaway destination, Koh Kood has kept its peaceful and laid-back charm. Located very close to the Cambodian border, this relatively undisturbed paradise has long been off the tourist radar. While its sister island, Koh Chang, has become more developed over time, Koh Kood continues to wow wanderlusts with its incredible beaches, jungles, numerous cascading waterfalls and eco-friendly resorts.
• Getting there: Ferries depart regularly from Laem Ngop, and high-season speedboats connect Koh Chang to Koh Mak
• Bring cash: There are limited ATM and banking facilities, so it is essential to bring enough cash
• Scooters: Due to the lack of transport, the easiest way around will be to hire a scooter
#2 KOH MAK – Eco-friendly retreat
This star-shaped island is still one of Thailand’s best kept travel secrets. You won’t find a hedonistic atmosphere here, as the small 16 square kilometre island has very limited nightlife options. Instead of dancing the night away, you can support the local’s sustainable tourism project. The Koh Mak community is encouraging visitors to take part in various activities to protect the island environment and minimise the carbon footprint of their stay.
•Swimming: Be careful swimming in the sea due to the presence of jellyfish
•ATMs: There is only one working ATM on the island, so be sure to bring cash
•Bicycles: Due to the nature of the island, many locals and tourists rent pushbikes to get from a to b.
#3 KOH LIBONG - Family paradise
If you’re looking for a beautiful and unspoiled island, Koh Libong is an ideal option. You can experience an authentic Thai village life far away from tourist crowds and enjoy picturesque sunsets on empty beaches.
Koh Libong is the largest of the Trang islands and famous for the presence of endangered dugongs. You can take your family on a kayak tour and try to spot these gentle creatures.
Getting there: The closest airport is Trang. From Had Yao Pier you can take a long-tail boat to the island
Cash: Again, like most lesser known islands, cash is king.
Visit: Take the time to visit Ba Tu Pu Te Fishermen’s Village, an amazing village where all the houses are on stilts!
#4 KOH YAO NOI - Sporty
Koh Yao Noi is located halfway between Phuket and Krabi. It tends to attract a much smaller crowd than its larger neighbours. This little slice of paradise has a relaxed and eco-friendly atmosphere which will allow you a break from the party bustle of Phuket.
The island is surrounded by crystal clear water that is perfect for activities such as diving, snorkelling and kayaking. Koh Yao Noi is also famous for rock climbing, yoga and Thai boxing classes.
Getting there: The closest airports are in Phuket and Krabi. Speed boats or longtails depart hourly from both islands and take you to Koh Yao Noi.
Deserted beaches: You’ll be sure to find a beach to have all to yourself.