A Collection of Island Selection Guides for Phuket, Take Them All!

Phuket is Thailand's largest and earliest developed island, boasting numerous beautiful natural beaches and coconut groves, and is known as the "pearl of the Andaman Islands." With so many islands, how do you choose? What are their unique features? Follow me and I'll take you on a tour!

One of the top ten diving sanctuaries in the world, the most beautiful island in Phuket! The gorgeous underwater scenery is known as the "Maldives of Thailand". The best time to travel is only 150 days a year, and every appearance is definitely the top choice among Thailand's many beautiful islands. (Latest opening time: October 15, 2018 – May 15, 2019) The Similan Islands consist of nine islands: Koh Huyong, Koh Payang, and Koh Payan are turtle breeding protection areas; Koh Miang allows island access; Koh Bon and Koh Pahyu are unique scenic spots connected by two large reefs, where you can go snorkeling; Koh Pabu has a great chance of encountering turtles while snorkeling; Koh Similan, the main island with a lighthouse, allows island access and is the largest island where you can also experience rock climbing and hiking; and Koh Bangu is a great place for snorkeling and you can see beautiful corals.
Emperor Island is located about 20 kilometers south of Phuket Island. Although there are not many attractions compared to Pipi Island, its beautiful scenery, clear water, abundant marine life, and pristine environment are loved by many Chinese travelers. The water quality around the island is very clear, and you can snorkel directly from the beach into the sea. There is no commercial area on Emperor Island, and the only souvenir shop is in the hotel. Unlike Pipi Island, the waves on the way to Emperor Island are bigger, and it is necessary to take seasickness medicine in advance to be mentally prepared for the bumps. However, the scenery on the island is beautiful, and the boat ride time is not too long, which is very suitable for leisure vacations. In addition, Emperor Island is also a paradise for deep-sea diving enthusiasts. It provides differentiated diving services for travelers who want to try diving or professional divers who want to obtain dive licenses. There is a Chinese diving institution on the island, which facilitates communication and training. However, due to the limited number of diving instructors, if you need diving services, you must make an appointment in advance. The one-day diving itinerary is roughly divided into three types: Emperor Island speedboat tour with additional diving experience (no need for a diving license, one dive per day); dedicated diving boat to Emperor Island waters for diving (no need for a diving license, two dives per day); staying on Emperor Island and directly scheduling with a diving instructor in the hotel (no need for a diving license, one or two dives). If you need to obtain a license, it will take at least 3-5 days. However, once you obtain a PADI Open Water Diver license, it will be internationally recognized.
The Phi Phi Islands are located approximately 20 kilometers southeast of Phuket and consist of two main islands. Established as a national park in 1983, the islands enjoy abundant sunshine all year round and are famous for their shrimp production. The islands boast pristine white beaches, crystal clear waters, and unique natural caves, all of which are preserved in their natural state. This makes them stand out from the more than 30 other surrounding islands near Phuket. Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Leh was the filming location for the movie "The Beach", and the waters around it have moderate depths and many coral reefs, making it a great spot for diving. Today, the Phi Phi Islands have become one of the most sought-after holiday destinations.

Khai Island

Preferred for parent-child trip! There are three islands on Egg Island: Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nai, and Koh Khai Nui. Egg Island is super suitable for kids to play in the water and feed fish. Many fish gather in the shallow waters, and they are not afraid of humans. They swim freely past your face, even kissing the camera, biting your arms, and rubbing against your legs. Friendly reminder: There are three nice beaches on Koh Khai Nui, forming a Y shape. The best snorkeling spot is behind a large reef, and the sea water is black. In fact, there are many lovely small fish and Nemo and sea urchins living among the coral reefs.
I chose a day tour to Koh Rok Island in Lanta Island. The underwater scenery is filled with fish, sea urchins, and stunning coral reefs. The beach has clean sand and clear water.

Tachai virgin island

Artistic youth are the most niche group. The continuous light pink sandy beach is smooth and delicate, and the incredibly blue seawater is distinct in layers. The purest seawater and beach, even just a swing, look as beautiful as a fairytale world. However, due to the destruction of the marine ecological environment, the island has been closed indefinitely.
Coral Island is a small island very close to Phuket, and is one of the classic team travel projects, which is called "Haha Island" by Taiwan tourists. The sea here is very clear, even more transparent than Phuket, and it only takes 15 minutes by speedboat, which is very convenient. If you are someone who loves water activities, Coral Island will be a paradise that makes you excited. You can try activities such as parasailing, banana boat, underwater walking, and scuba diving. All of these activities are operated by professional tourism companies and the tourism fees also include travel insurance, which is very safe and reliable. For itinerary arrangements, you can choose a half-day or a full-day tour, and the specific price depends on the route and quality provided by the operating company, usually between 800-1500 baht. Starting from Chalong Pier or Rawai Pier in the south of Phuket, you can book water activities with a day tour in advance, or directly sign up on the island. Booking in advance can also enjoy certain discounts. No matter which method you choose, I believe that coming to Coral Island will be an unforgettable travel experience.