Thai Island Hopping
Discover the jewels of southeast Asia
White sand beaches, jewel-like turquoise waters, and tropical climates make the islands of Thailand the perfect destination for ocean-loving adventure seekers. Each island is different: whether you’re in the vibrant buzzing city of Phuket, the unspoiled beaches of Krabi, or attending the legendary full moon parties at Koh Pha Ngan — the possibilities are endless.
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Visit the fabulous Nai Yang Beach and browse everything from handmade silk items to turquoise jewelry — all at amazingly affordable prices!
You’re on vacation! Relaxing is never out of style, especially at a gorgeous place like the Banyan Tree Spa right in Phuket. Take a dip in the outdoor baths and then get one of their über-relaxing, body-contorting Thai massages.
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For those of you who don’t mind getting your hair wet, you’ve got to take a snorkeling trip at one of the most famous destinations in the aquatic world: The Similan Islands. Hop on a speedboat, and hop off to see the creatures of the sea!
See the caves and cliffs of Thailand up close by kayaking right up to them! Sea Canoe offers trips every day as well as an overnight trip. Tourists recommend the sunset trip for an absolutely stunning view of southern Thailand.
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Feel the magic of the moon at one of Thailand’s infamous full moon parties. The giant beach parties attract over 10,000 dance-loving revelers who enjoy the fast paced music, jugglers, fire-eaters, and more.
This is the perf time to recreate that Sex and the City episode where Carrie goes trapeze-ing — but in a much prettier place!
What to Pack:
- Hot weather clothing; tank tops, flip flops, shorts.
- Swimwear: bikinis, cover-ups, snorkel gear.
- Sunblock or suntan lotion.
- Insect repellent, since tropical climates = mosquitos!
How to Get Around:
- To travel between islands, the ferry system is your best option.
- There is plenty of public transportation on the islands, including buses and trains There are also car services and flights available so you can see the most of the islands of Thailand.
P.S. We’re not done traveling yet! Check out the six other fab locations you can tour with Contiki in the FabFitFun Travel Guide.
Posted on April 27, 2012