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Thailand Island Adventures Away from the Beach

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Written by Duke Stewart

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Thailand Island Adventures Away from the Beach

Thailand has some of the most wonderful islands that offer so many ways for travelers to relax. You’ll always have top beaches, boat tours and so much more for visitors in search of pure relaxation. But there are many more Thai Island adventures away from the beach, and that’s what this guide is here to show you.


Kathu is where many people start their Phuket experience and for many good reasons. Bangla Road in Patong is a popular stop for haggling and for a good bar scene. Patong Boxing Stadium draws big crowds and even some big celebrities staying in the area, so keep your eyes out for more than a good fight. If you want to get away from Patong, visit Kamala Beergarden with friends or search for new ones at this friendly establishment.

The Rest of Phuket

Get away from Kathu and there’s still tons more to see in Phuket. Head to the Phuket Big Buddha in Chalong or Wat Chalong in Phuket Town. Thalang’s Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is known as a great way to support responsible tourism. Most of us visit Thailand for the food and the Phuket Town Weekend Night Market is a big hit with travelers in search of wide varieties of food in one spot.

Ko Phangan

Ko Phangan’s Full Moon Parties bring backpackers from all over but many people also have fun at the various Muay Thai centers on the island, with Kobra Stadium ranking at the top. Than Sadet Waterfall National Park is a big hit with swimmers in search of fresh water to cool off from the hot temperatures outside. Whether it’s rainy season or you just want to learn a new skill, head to Bow and Arrow Club and make the most out of your trip to Ko Phangan.

Ko Phi Phi

Tucked between Phuket and the mainland, Ko Phi Phi visitors will quickly learn about The Beach, but can stick around for more. Walk up and head to the Ko Phi Phi viewpoint for a sunset panorama that’s worth sticking on your walls after returning. You can also go on one of the many climbing tours and challenge your mettle when looking down. A great way to spend a morning or afternoon is by learning to cook Thai Food from the best at a local cooking class.

Ko Samui

Spend a night in Ko Samui and get started with the Thai Experience where you’ll meet lots of new people and eat local food throughout the night. Another big hit in Ko Samui is Wat Plai Laem and if you go, be sure to wear proper attire when visiting this colorfully decorated temple. Bophut’s Fisherman Village is another great way to find delicious eats in Ko Samui and won’t disappoint with its wide array of options.

I bet you’re ready to book a flight towards one of these Thai island destinations now. Which one did you decide on after reading? Either way, enjoy your trip and these wonderful spots for relaxation and more.

About the author

Duke Stewart

As a recovering Expat, I write about Life through Travel and want you there with me through captivating stories followed by guides on how to do the same. My work has been featured in various magazines throughout Korea and in online publications including the awesome I am also a nerd and love to point out a situation's similarities to any of my favorite movies, books, or tv shows. You've been warned:) Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for daily updates.