Phuket gets thousands of visitors every year owing to its many exquisite beaches, fun club scene, and diving spots off the coast where you can see beautiful coral reefs and all kinds of marine life, including turtles, fish and even sharks. Of course, there is so much more to the province of Phuket than the beaches – the islands near Phuket! In the Andaman Sea and the Phang Nga Bay, these islands are some of the most scenic places in the tropics.
Most Charming Islands Near Phuket
Here is a list of the best islands located near the state of Phuket that you must visit:
1. Koh Phi Phi
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One of the most popular islands near Phuket, this place rocketed to fame when it was featured in the movie – The Beach. It is part of the Phi Phi Islands, completely surrounded by emerald waters on all sides, with abundant white sandy beaches that will take your breath away.
The Maya Bay, a natural open-air theatre of a lagoon surrounded on all sides by cliffs and other rock formations, may very well be counted as a natural wonder of the world. The island is a national park, so you will be treated to some of the best marine life in Thailand.
How to reach: Ferries from Phuket to Phi Phi Islands take about two hours.
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2. Koh Lanta
One of the best islands near Phuket, this place had its beach once announced as the best beach in the world by critics. Still, the place remains kind of a hidden gem. The emerald waters and the white sandy beaches are only made better by the extensive corals that can be found just off the shore and the towering limestone outcrops. One of the best diving experiences in all the world, the waters are so just so clear here, plus you can spot turtles and octopuses in addition to all kinds of fish.
How to reach: Ferry from Phuket will take around two hours.
3. Khao Phing Kan
Popularly known as the James Bond Island (for obvious reasons – it features in the movie The Man With The Golden Gun), Phing Kan is one the best-known islands near Phuket. It is popular for its limestone formations, especially the funnel-shaped rock that is the perfect setting for the perfect shot. The mangrove forests and calm waters are also popular for trekking expeditions here and kayaking.
How to reach: Only minutes away from Phuket, several day tours and boats leave from Phuket.
4. Similan Islands
This group of seven islands is a popular diving destination for all the professionals. If you do go scuba diving here (for which you can only get certified in Phuket) you will know why. The water here is clear and the beautiful coral deposits are objectively some of the best in the world. The volcanic islands are also distinct for the massive boulder deposits atop the hills here, perfect for pictures. The Similan Islands are not visited by many people, and you can chill on the eerily clear beaches here for a peaceful vacation.
How to reach: one hour from Phuket by speedboat.
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5. Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi
These are the typical Thai islands near Phuket to go to if peace and seclusion are on your mind. Simply get off your boat, tie a hammock up between two coconut trees and read a book. The topography is distinct with trees all around. The sand here almost gives off a golden sheen with light blue waters. You can book a two-wheeler to go around the island. Else, swimming, kayaking or diving are always options.
How to reach: one hour from Phuket by slow boat.
6. Surin Island
Close to the Similan Islands, the Surin Island is in the Mu Koh Surin national park. The island is most famous with visitors for its whale sharks, which are found just off the coast here. These enormous aquatic creatures can be as much as 12 metres long, yet they do not pose a danger to humans. In fact, the sharks are pretty friendly to the fishermen who live in villages here. Shark sighting diving tours are common, and seeing these animals in the wild is certainly an experience of a lifetime.
How to reach: 30 minutes ferry from Phuket
7. Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi (Racha Islands)
Think crystal clear blue waters and white beaches, and you have the twin Racha Islands. Out of the two, Koh Racha Yai is the bigger one while Koh Racha Noi is the smaller one. Yai serves as the more popular tourist destination with its sandy beaches and great resorts, while Noi is uninhabited and a bit rockier. Ao Tawan Tok is the most famous beach here which gets a little too crowded towards the evening.
How to reach: Take a ferry. It’s an hour away from Phuket.
8. Koh Hae
The island, more popularly called the Coral Island, is one of the few offshore islands that you get to from Phuket via speedboat. However, because of its proximity, the Long Beach here is extremely crowded. With rows of speedboats from lined up at one end, it looks like a Sundance festival. However, there is the Banana beach at the other end of the Coral Island, which you can get to by walking to the end of Long Beach and onwards for about fifteen minutes.
How to reach: 15 minutes speedboat from Phuket
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9. Koh Bon
The Koh Bon island is relatively quiet even though it is quite close to Phuket, a fate not reserved for other islands around Phuket. The island is known for its extensive forests and crab beaches – yes, you can sunbathe here while hundreds of crabs run around the beach. The island is also known for its different cuisine, and you can find quite a many restaurants inland for some Thai food with a spin.
How to reach: 15 minutes from Phuket by ferry
10. Koh Khai Nok and Koh Khai Nai (Koh Khai Islands)
This beautiful place is extremely close to Phuket, but even the locals are not exactly aware about it. Essentially three islands grouped together, you will find a lot of exotic fishes here. The exciting part is the fishes are not scared of humans. Wanna get that perfect click with fishes all around? This is the place to go to. You can also dive or go for snorkelling. If all that does not appeal to you, simply sunbathe on the beach and take in the simple beauty that this island is.
How to reach: it will take about half an hour by the ferry from Phuket.
These islands near Phuket are some of the most beautiful places you will see near Thailand. No trip to Phuket will be complete without visiting at least some of these. So book your Thailand adventure right away for the best experiences Phuket has to offer!
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