Eastern seashore of Thailand is a popular weekend getaway for travelers and Bangkokers as it can easily reached and has plenty of things to do. Lying along the coast is a number of islands, some of which is world-renowned and some is virgin people hardly heard of. All of them are a great place for your short (or long) holiday in Thailand.
Hotelthailand will take you through a quick guide to the most beautiful islands of the Eastern Shore to make you plan your trip easier and find the best island just for you. Let's find out!
Koh Sichang Koh Sichang
is the closest island to Bangkok, a seaside retreat that can easily reach with just 1.5 hour drive and around 40 more minutes on ferry. Despite the location, the island is rather pure and less developed comparing to the neighbor Pattaya and Chonburi City, though this is a good thing as you can catch the local life of local fishermen and pristine nature effortlessly.
Koh Sichang is a well-known resort island with many things to do. You can rent a bike to go around, half a take fuel is enough for 1 day excursion. Take a visit to "Phra Chudadhuj Palace" a seaside retreat built by the king Rama 5th
almost 200 years ago. There you will find beautiful tropical colonial style buildings by the sea --- look pretty much like a scene from period drama, "Green House
" a café by the sea where you can chillax with nice drinks on the balcony listening to the sound of the sea and gentle cool breeze. Assadang
Bridge is the main icon here; this white wooden pier is symbol of the island where everyone loves to take picture with. Had Khao Tham Pang
is the only beach on the island, surrounded by rock cliffs has stalls selling fresh seafood under shade to sit and enjoy at bargaining price. On the west side of the island locates "Chong Khao Khat
" and "Maha Wachirawut Cape
". These places look much like the famous Promthep cape in Phuket (only smaller), a great spot for sunset, but you need to spend overnight on the island. There are very few luxurious resorts, only small bungalow and family runs guesthouse at service. Atop the mountain north of the town has a viewpoint overseeing Koh Sichang and Sri racha bay.
If you visit Pattaya and want to enjoy more relax atmosphere Koh Larn
is the answer for you. This island is located just 7 km. or 40 minutes off the shore of Pattaya. You can take a ferryboat from Bali Hai Pier
(South Pattaya) which will take you directly to 2 piers on the island " Na Ban Pier
" and " Ta Waen Pier
". From both piers, you can rent motorbike for an excursion around and to go to other beaches on the island.
There are 6 beaches on the island and a few smaller beaches. You can enjoy with white powdery beach and clear azure water which is far superior to Pattaya and Jomtien beach. Ta Waen Beach
in the northern part of the island is the most popular beach. Here you will find long nice beach with sun chairs and umbrella at service. Thong Lang Beach
and Sangwan Beach
offer more tranquillity comparing to the neighbouring Ta Waen. Abundance of coral reef in these areas allows tourists to explore by snorkelling or diving. Had Nuan
in the south tip offers quiet strip of beach fringed with coconut trees. Thien Beach
and Samae Beach
on the western shore is a good place to enjoy with tons of water activities such as Jet Ski and banana boats, beach and many restaurants. Also, here you will find a good spot for sunset.
You can have a day trip from Pattaya to Koh Lan and take the boat back to the shore to enjoy the nightlife of Pattaya City. Overnight on the island is possible as there are many accommodations in Koh Lan ranging from home stay to middle priced resorts.
Koh Kham Koh Kham
is a new popular destination for sea and nature lover. This island locates within the area of Royal Thai Navy in Sattahip --- around 50 km south of Pattaya. As it is under the responsibility of the navy, the scenery is still virgin and does not have any modern buildings, just the perfect place if you love to indulge into pure nature and enjoy the sea without buzzing city noise.
You can reach the island with service boat from Khao Ma Jor Pier
from 08.30 am to 04.00 pm., which will take you nearly 45 minutes to reach. This island is very small, just around 500 meters in length and looks like "X" shape from above. Despite the size, nothing is short from paradise --- there are 2 strip of soft white-powder beach fringed with crystal clear water, pristine shallow coral reefs off the shore, and lush green mountain you can hike up to see the view of the gulf of Thailand. Either spent leisure time on the beach, diving, or lying on the hammock with your favourite book, you will definitely enjoy clam and relax atmosphere the island offers.
On return trip, you will need to catch the last boat at 4.00 am. as there is no accommodation on the island and not allow to camp. Also, it should be noted that Koh Kham is open for public only from October to May and close during monsoon season.
Koh Samed Koh Samed
is the most popular island for Thai People, ranked at the very top of weekend retreat list for Bangkokers. Here you can find everything you need, from choices of nice resorts by the sea, great beach, delicious food, and great place to chill out in the night.
From north to south of Koh Samed, you will find a number of beaches. Each of them offers different mood and view. Had Sai Kaew
, the longest and most popular beach of the island filled with activities. From dawn to dusk you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, jet skiing, wind surfing, riding on a banana boat or even partying at night. Ao Wong Deuan
, half moon shaped beach offers scenic beach with clear water fringed along with number of hotels and resorts from budget to full-flagged luxurious retreat for you to choose. There are a total of 11 beaches on Koh Samed
, but road on the island are quite rocky and not well paved, so you may need more caution when go to the southern end of the island. The further you go from Nadan Pier the more quiet the beach is.
From the island you can also have a day trip to Koh Kudi
to enjoy snorkelling. Here is one of the best spot in Rayong province, offers pristine underwater under clear water.
Koh Mun Nork Koh Mun Nork
, another paradise island of the eastern sea you can wind-down and slowly coddle in peaceful atmosphere. This is a small resort private island located in Rayong Province, approximately 35km away from "Koh Samet" or around 3 hours from Bangkok. You will need to buy a resort package to visit here and 55 more minutes on the resort's private boat to reach.
This small island is a great place you can enjoy with untouched forest and pristine white sand beaches, probably the ultimate destination for privacy, relaxation, and amazing views. At first step, the island welcomes you with white beach and clear water as well as calm atmosphere. Check in to your villa and change into your favourite bikini, you are ready to enjoy with line of activities that will keep you occupied all day long. In the morning you can catch sunrise at the beach in front of the resort, have breakfast while listening to the sound of the sea, trekking around the island, read a book on the gazebo by the sea and feel the fresh air and quiet atmosphere. These is yet to includes snorkelling in crystal clear blue waters right from your door, kayaking, and private picnics on Koh Mun Nork or neighbouring islands. The choice is all yours.
Koh Chang Koh Chang
or "Elephant Island" is the second largest island in Thailand locates around 300 km east of Bangkok in Trat Province near to Cambodia border. From Bangkok, you can drive along Sukhumvit road to Laem Ngop Cape where you can catch a ferryboat to the island. This island is a popular long weekend getaway --- full of beaches, pristine forest and tons of activities you can enjoy.
As for the huge area of the island, there are a number of beaches along the western coast you can visit. All of them feel more serene comparing to other popular beach of eastern Thailand. White Sand Beach
the most develop where is the vital stop if you short of anything. Klong Prao Beach
is a long quiet beach fringed with coconut trees --- you can enjoy idyllic moment here on hammock with your favourite book and while listening to the music of the nature and ocean waves hits the shores. Kai Bae Beach
fills with many beautiful resorts, shops, bars and restaurants. Lonely Beach known for cheap accommodation, just right for party loving, backpacker with bar to enjoy throughout the night.
On the east shore does not have beach but there are lots of beautiful mangrove forest and abundant chance to see the local way of life. Also, if you are an adventurous type traveller, Koh Chang has loads of activities for you from kayaking, jungle trekking, scuba diving, to snorkelling.
If Koh Chang is too crowded for you, just a few kilometres south lay Koh Mak
, magnificent resort island covered by coconut and rubber plantations. The island is known for long white sand fringed by palm trees --- ideal destination for those who prefer to spend holiday in good resort with calm atmosphere and stunning surroundings. Koh Mak
is approximately 10 km from north to south and 5 km from east to west. It lately becomes one of the top beach retreats of eastern sea, popular among traveller who seeks serenity. Despite it's rapidly growth, the island keep its virginity well, offering many pristine white sand beaches with clear blue water. Among all beaches on the island Ao Suan Yai
is the most known. This west-facing sand stretch offers magnificent white beach which said to be the most beautiful on the island and a good spot for romantic sunset. Ao Kao
in the southern coast offer longest beach that almost deserted. Here you will enjoy can enjoy white beach that is great for swimming, sunbathing, or just walking along and enjoy with soothing atmosphere and sound of the waves hit the shore.
Koh Kut Koh Kut
is the eastern most island of the eastern shore of Thailand, near to the border with Cambodia, south of Koh Chang and Koh Mak. It is a large mountainous island with evergreen jungle dotting with beautiful white beach by clear water on the western and southern coasts --- renown among travellers as "Maldives of Thailand". Koh Kut
is the most relaxing island on the east coast you can reach without paying a fortune. There are a number of resorts on the island. Many of which offer package tour with round trip transfer from mainland where you need to take speedboat and ride for another 1.15 hour.
There is virtually no city on Koh Kut, though a village is available for buying basic stuffs and hire a motorbike to explore island by yourself. The West coast has some breathtaking beaches with Bang Bao Bay as the main spot. All beaches are unspoiled and almost empty. You can slowly indulge yourself in calm atmosphere and enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters, sunbathing, kayaking, or just relax and read a book. If you want to change from the beach, resorts usually organize a jungle trekking tour to Klong Chao Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Koh Kut. There you can swim in a huge pool under lush leaf foliage of trees. Photo from: Lebedev_S, Nattee Chalermtiragool, tolotola, puwanai, Chatrawee Wiratgasem, alet, K-Kwan Kwanchai, PanatFoto, ShutterStock.com, munnorkprivateisland.com, navy.mi.th
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