5 Beautiful Islands Within Reach of Pattaya, Thailand

Idyllic Koh Samet
Idyllic Koh Samet | © Mark Lehmkuhler/Flickr
Iona Proebst

If you’re in Pattaya and in search of an idyllic island getaway you don’t need to go very far. Thailand’s white sand beaches are world famous and those on Pattaya’s doorsteps are no different.

Koh Samet

Koh Samet is one of Thailand’s most popular islands for both locals and tourists alike. Koh Samet is easily reached from both Pattaya and Bangkok. Expect crystal clear waters, delicious seafood, lazy beach days and party nights. The island can be easily explored by renting a motorbike or taxi. Accommodation options range from cheap beachside bungalows to exclusive resorts, catering for all types of travellers. In the evening check out Ploy Bar which has magical fire shows and buckets (literally) of alcohol for reasonable prices.

Ko Samet, Phe, Mueang Rayong District, Rayong, Thailand.

Chill out spot on Koh Samet

Koh Chang

Koh Chang is one of the biggest and most frequented islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Chang’s diverse landscape includes crescent white sand beaches, lush rainforests and cascading waterfalls. Lonely Beach is the most famous beach for backpackers and offers cheap accommodation and food. Koh Chang has Cambodian influences due to its close proximity to the Cambodian border. If you’re in Pattaya and do not want to trek to Thailand’s southern islands, Koh Chang is a great option to experience island life without needing to make any compromises.

Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand.

Sunset on Koh Chang

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