Island hopping in Thailand, Guide To Charting Your Spectacular Journey
When it comes to beaches, clear waters, cultural experience, exotic food, iconic islands, and tremendous nature trails, Thailand is the place to go.
With its numerous landscapes, including multiple islands and coastlines around its vicinity, it counts as one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. So, pack up and head out for an exhilarating island-hopping holiday trip to Thailand from Bangkok City to Koh Tao, passing by Hua Hin and Koh Samui.
Bangkok to Hua Hin
The gateway to Thailand is no other than its bustling capital city of Bangkok. The town offers several enchanting sites that you can visit to get a welcoming taste of Thailand, or as known by many, the land of smiles.
Afterwards, you can head out to Hua Hin Island, located 145km south of Bangkok. Hua Hin is famous for its picturesque beaches and the glittering blue waters. It is a 4-hour drive by road, but you can also opt to travel by train. While on the island, you can visit some famous attractions such as the Maruekhathaiyawan Palace, Hua Hin Railway Station, the cicada market, and Hua Hin night market. After you have experienced the much that Hua Hin can offer, you can head out into the seas and blue waters to the Island of Koh Samui, 356 miles from the mainland.
Hua Hin to Koh Samui
To get to Koh Samui from Hua Hin, you can use the ferry, plane, bus, or train, charging varying ticket prices and the travel duration. Nonetheless, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the island’s landscapes before arriving.
On arrival at the island, you will be treated to some breath-taking views of palm-fringed beached dotted with sugar-white sands, coconut palm trees, beach bars, luxurious hotels, and resorts. Once at the island, you will be spoilt for choice owing to the unique attractions on offer.
To enjoy religious imagery, then you can visit the Big Buddha and the Wat Plai Laem. You can head out to Namuang waterfalls for an encounter with nature, one of the many waterfalls on the island, and Hin Ta Hin Yai rocks formed from years of geological activity.
To sample the island cuisine, you can visit Fisherman’s Village that plays host to different hotels and eateries. Done enjoying yourself in Koh Samui? Travel to Koh Tao for your final leg of the trip and enjoy an even better experience with Thailand’s nature.
Koh Samui to Koh Tao
Famous for its deep blue waters and white sands, Koh Tao got its name from turtles that swim beneath the crystal-clear water. Situated 41miles north of Chumphon Archipelago, it is uniquely surrounded by coconut trees, a beach line, and hidden coves.
The only mode of transport from Koh Samui to Koh Tao is by boat, and the cost varies with time and company. By private speed boat charter, it costs 1000$ for 1.5 hours, break-in Koh Phangan costs 20$ for 6hours, catamaran costs 18$ for 1.5 hours, and high-speed ferry costs 18$ for 2hours.
The cheapest mode of transport would be a speed ferry though it is slower and takes 2 hours. Your stay in Koh Tao can be fun, as you can get to perform different activities, including scuba diving, rock climbing, mountain biking, snorkeling, fishing, and hiking. There are no famous attraction sites on the island, but it offers an opportunity to engage in fun activities.