Koh Bulon Lae
is a magical spot in the Andaman Sea, suspended in time as a backpacker haven. A carefree break from the modern world, twenty-four-hour electricity is limited, so visitors should be prepared to rough it and truly step back into a simpler time. Tiny Koh Bulon has one particularly exceptional beach along the east coast, and an assortment of beach bungalow accommodations to choose from. Monitor lizards rule the island, and a nature walk through the small jungle is highly recommended. Most guesthouses can arrange fishing and snorkelling trips to nearby islets. With a fishing village and immaculately fresh catches to devour, the seafood here is delicious. Despite the hidden feel of Koh Bulon Lae, there are still opportunities to unwind with a beer or cocktail at one of the guesthouse restaurants or the island’s popular open-air Coconut Bar. Where to stay: Pansand Resort
is one of the best guesthouses and offers spacious rooms near the pristine beach. With inviting gardens and light, spacious bungalows the Pansand will be a perfect base for days of doing nothing. The lesser known islands of Thailand still give visitors a chance to enjoy the best that Thailand has to offer. A little persistence and a willingness to enjoy a slower pace of life is essential, but a traveller to one of these islands is sure to be delighted with the incredible beaches, local flavours, and friendly atmosphere. Travellers can spend a few days partying on the mainland or on one of the more developed islands, before retreating for much-needed rest, recovery, and contemplation on the quiet sands of these island sanctuaries.