South Thailand – Andaman Coast
Idyllic islands and a scenic shoreline combine to make Thailand’s Andaman Coast a memorable holiday location. The Andaman coastline is home to two of the country’s best-known resort areas with Phuket and Krabi attracting visitors from around the world. Although these are the two most popular tourist locations, this region of Thailand has plenty of other options to suit all types of holiday-makers. Those seeking solitude should consider the lovely Trang Islands, Ko Yao or the relaxed Tarutao Marine Park. For family holidays, Khao Lak and Ko Lanta are both excellent choices.
Clockwise from top: Similan Islands; Khao Lak; Krabi Town
What to see & do on Thailand’s Andaman Coast
Go island hopping in the Tarutao National Marine Park
For anybody looking to really get off the tourist trail, the Tarutao National Marine Park is the place to head. For adventurous travellers, the large island of Ko Tarutao offers basic, but comfortable accommodation in National Park bungalows or tents. At the other end of the scale, diminutive Ko Lipe offers some luxurious beachfront properties to enjoy the sea breezes and those incredible Andaman sunsets.
Ko Khai, Tarutao National Marine Park
Relax on Railay Beach
With amazing scenery, emerald seas and classic beaches, you can’t go too far wrong with a holiday in Krabi. Take a longtail boat ride from either Krabi Town or Ao Nang to the gorgeous Railay Beach and Phra Nang Beach. And after a hard day relaxing at the beach, head into Krabi Town and enjoy the local food and ambiance of this laid-back provincial capital.
Railay Beach, Krabi
Stay on Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai
For those who think Phuket is too commercial and Phi Phi too crowded, the wonderful Ko Yao Islands are likely to tick all the right boxes. The twin islands of Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai offer a charming island stay and despite their proximity to both Krabi and Phuket, they remain relatively untouched by tourism.
Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai