Backpacking through Thailand is a real treat for Irish students. After a busy college year, students love to jet off and explore the Thai islands and find a sense of freedom and some well-deserved fun in the sun. Whether you want to see the fascinating world of South East Asia, swim in the crystal-clear waters, enjoy the picturesque mountain views or experience the most incredible nightlife – these islands have it all! With so much to see and do it’s easy to see why young visitors go backpacking in Thailand every year. However, with countless islands to choose from, planning a trip can be difficult. To help students make the most of their island hopping experience, here is a rundown of what our customers have voted the best islands in Thailand for backpackers.
Ko Samui is one of the favourite destinations in Thailand among students and is easily accessible with its own airport. This island offers students magnificent white sandy beaches, wonderful restaurants and a sparkling nightlife to match. Visit Chanweng beach and feel alive with the hustle and bustle of this vibrant beach surrounded by bars, restaurants, and a fantastic selection of shops. Ko Samui is known for its laid-back charm but also offers an exciting nightlife that will definitely impress you! This is a great point at which to kick off your backpacking adventure.
Only a short ferry ride from Ko Samui is Ko Pha-Ngan, another hotspot for students and certainly one of the best islands in Thailand for backpackers. Situated in South-East Thailand, this island is home to the most stunning bays and luscious rainforest. Explore the island’s diverse flora and fauna, swim in clearest waters and taste delightful local specialities for an experience of a lifetime!
Ko Pha-Ngan is renowned for its monthly Full Moon Party. This night-long party takes place on a stretch of beach each month during the full moon. Imagine a beach packed with people from all over the world, fire dancers, dance stages, drink bucket stands and live DJs – there is nothing quite like it!
Ko Chang, Thailand’s second largest island, is definitely high on the list of best islands in Thailand for backpackers. This island offers students a chance to revitalise and renew their energy levels. It is by far the most scenic island with beautiful beaches and renowned views. Relatively undeveloped, the island is perfect for energetic treks and exploring its untouched dense forests. The island’s beaches have clear calm seas, great for swimming and snorkelling. This is an idyllic Island for any young adventurer!
Koh Tao – Best islands in Thailand for backpackers
Koh Tao is one of Thailand’s smaller islands but that doesn’t mean that it is without plenty of fun activities for students to enjoy. The island’s stunning natural landscapes offer the perfect environment for students to relax, sight-see and soak up the sunshine.
Spend your days practicing yoga on a golden beach for a unique experience that you won’t easily forget. This island offers irresistible charm – not to mention an excellent nightlife – including the occasional full-moon party.
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