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Islands in Thailand: From Koh Phi Phi to Koh Chang

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Islands in Thailand: From Koh Phi Phi to Koh Chang

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Koh Phi Phi is one of those magical places that became overcrowd once the word of its existence spread around. Nonetheless, it is worth a look and if you plan your visit carefully – maybe during an off-season period – you will enjoy an unforgettable experience. Phuket – the biggest Thai island has much more than beaches to offer. Its main town, bearing the same name, is a charming Thai-Portuguese hybrid, while the island itself offers beaches open to the Andaman Sea and others which face the mainland and are more protected. Koh Samui – is island that began the tourism boom in Thailand and despite all the development, has an overwhelming beauty, the boat taking you there crosses incred...Read More

Koh Chang

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Ferry Photo, Thailand, Asia
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Koh Chang landscapes present a dichotomy to the traveler; it is possible to keep there the illusion of being in a green-blue paradise if staying on its northern and eastern sides or to move to the top-end resort on the western, open to the gulf side. Hence, the civilization to wilderness ratio of the visit can be adjusted to fit the traveler’s desires just by moving along its coasts. The most beautiful characteristic of the beaches here is the dense, green forest backdrop that begins climbing uphill almost as soon as the beach ends. Despite the overdevelopment of the western coasts, it is the greenest among the big Thai islands and offers the most serene surroundings as well. The side fac...Read More

Koh Phi Phi

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Sunset in Koh Phi Phi Photo, Thailand, Asia
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Our eyes like symmetry, they involuntarily search for it when we evaluate a new sight, analyze the unknown trying to fix it into a pleasant pattern. Maybe, that is Koh Phi Phi Don’s secret: the island has several axis of symmetry and most of us won’t forget its first sight. Two ovals connected by a narrow isthmus that feature striking beaches on each one of its sides form Koh Phi Phi Don, the biggest of the islands in this group. However, despite the beauty, Koh Phi Phi has the highest probability among the locations surveyed in this journal to give the visitor the feeling of being in a tourists’ trap. The island is one of those magical places that became overcrowd once the word of its exist...Read More

Phuket

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Chinese Temple Photo, Phuket, Thailand
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Phuket – the biggest Thai island has much more than beaches to offer. Its main town, bearing the same name, is a charming Thai-Portuguese hybrid, and adds a cultural interest to the visit. Opposite Phuket Town is Patong, the second biggest settlement in the island. It faces the Andaman Sea, meaning it has higher waves than those offered by the Gulf of Thailand. Water sports are hence more developed here and in Koh Phi Phi than in islands on the other side of the mainland. Patong is expensive: a wise strategy is to find accommodations in Phuket – its beaches face the mainland and thus a...Read More

Koh Samui

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Bophut Photo, Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui is the island that began the tourism boom in Thailand; despite the development that followed its discovery by the tourists, it has an overwhelming beauty. The boat reaching it crosses incredibly beautiful turquoise waters spotted with small islets; this view justifies the trip by itself. Despite the views, Koh Samui endures a deteriorating reputation, regardless of better-advertised island locations in Thailand suffering of the same tourism industrialization. The island is big enough to offer a wide variety of environments and beaches; like in the othe...Read More