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Koh Kood

Best for: Deserted beaches

Well there certainly aren’t many of these left in Thailand, but there is one sandy spot left that you could genuinely call secluded.

Koh Kood is an absolute pain to get to (from Bangkok it’s a flight to Trat airport, then an hour’s boat ride from the mainland), which puts off lots of tourists but explains its serenity.

But once you get there ... no landlines, virtually no internet access or electricity, just clean white sands, the odd hammock tied to a palm tree and plenty of blue waters if you fancy a dip.

Aow Pharo, Bang Bao and Siam Beach are some of the most pristine stretches, perfect for a lazy day sunbathing, while Tapao Beach is also known for being a top swimming and snorkeling spot.

What else: If you can be bothered to climb out of your hammock, Koh Kood island has lots of pretty waterfalls to visit.

Klong Chao Waterfall is a top spot for splashing about and has the royal seal of approval, as it was once visited by Thailand’s King Mongkut in the 1850s.


Koh Sirey

Best for: Temples

It wouldn’t be right to visit Thailand without checking out at least some of the country’s fabulous monuments to Buddhism.

Most of the most impressive temples and statues are on the mainland, but the tiny Koh Sirey, which is connected to Phuket by a bridge, has one that’s well worth exploring.

Wat Sirey, located at the top of a hill, is an unusual Buddhist temple with a series of rooms housing golden Buddha images.

There’s also a giant reclining Buddha statue here.

Once you’re at the top of the hill, the views of the island are every bit as impressive as the Wat itself. 

What else? The island is home to hundreds of cheeky wild monkeys.

Every evening islanders and tourists go to the recreation park near a mangrove swamp to feed the savvy primates their favourite bananas.

Find your paradise adventure over at TNT Tour Search.


Photos: Getty, TNT


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