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5 Amazing Islands Near Phuket That Are Worth Visiting

There are plenty of experiences that await anyone visiting Phuket, given that it is Thailand’s largest island. If you are looking for more places to explore, however, you can find several other islands that are only a few hours away. If you are looking for more places to visit, here are five islands around Phuket that will captivate you upon setting foot on them.


1. Koh Phi Phi

This island midway of Phuket and Krabi makes up for its lack of cars and roads by hosting a vibrant party atmosphere. Maya Bay is one of the must-see destinations in this location because of its inclusion in the movie “The Beach.”
The limestone cliffs surrounding the bay add to its natural beauty, aside from the clear water and the beautiful white sand. While the island is just a boat ride away, however, it can get busy during the peak season.
Therefore, it’s better to book a boat where you can sleep overnight to ensure that you can take photos with no people in the background. Going there early in the morning allows you to bask in Koh Phi Phi’s tranquility.
Nearby Pileh Bay is perfect for snorkeling thanks to its turquoise waters, and a kayaking trip to Monkey Beach gives you a close encounter with the furry creatures. After touring the sights, return to Phi Phi by night to enjoy the legendary parties and alcoholic beverages at affordable prices.


2. James Bond Island

Those who want to channel their dream of becoming a spy can visit this island in Phang Nga. This island gained international prominence when it became part of the 1974 James Bond movie “The Man With the Golden Gun” as Francisco Scaramanga’s lair.
The location’s main star is the 20-meter limestone karst in the middle of the sea called Ko Tapu, which is a popular subject among landscape photographers. You can visit similar formations and nearby islands through kayaking, especially Koh Panyi, which has a floating village with a predominantly Muslim population.
Sporty tourists can try their floating football pitch while food enthusiasts can savor their fresh seafood.


3. Koh Yao Islands

Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi are just an hour-long ferry ride away from Phuket, and they house rubber plantations and rice paddies that are good for a day-long exploration. You can see more of the islands by renting a motorbike, and Koh Yao Yai offers a more laid back atmosphere even if it’s the larger island.
Aside from the soft white sand and the turquoise waters, the island will captivate you with its mangrove forests and mountains, as well. Accommodation is not a problem because you can save money by booking a Thai bungalow or splurge at luxury-style resort hotels.


4. Coral Island

Known as Koh Hae by locals, Coral Island has excellent snorkeling spots within Long Beach and Banana Beach. Explore the world beneath sea level and witness the abundant corals through scuba diving.
It’s also possible to learn diving from the schools on the island. When not discovering the abundant marine life, you can enjoy more of the island’s pristine beaches.


5. Similan Islands

As one of the best diving sites in Thailand, the Similan Islands offer a plethora of activities beneath the waves. Aside from the colorful fishes, you can also witness manta rays that pass through the area at times. The seabed is also home to stunning rock formations such as the East of Eden and Elephant Head Rock.
When not scuba diving, you can use the boulders around the islands for your social media photos, while caves and forests are abundant around the location. Your retreat after touring the islands

The Galleri by Katathani is the perfect place to stay after a day of visiting the islands near Phuket. They have a rooftop overlooking Kata Noi Beach, which is excellent for events. Replenish your energy by getting delicious meals at Palette Restaurant and enjoy refreshing drinks at Red Bar. Meanwhile, you can pamper yourself by getting a relaxing treatment at Sila Spa. Book your resort in Phuket with The Galleri today!

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