Thailand is one of the biggest tourist attractions for backpackers around the world—and for good reason. It offers breathtaking landscapes, fun hikes, rich culture, and a vibrant party scene, depending on what you’re looking for. While Thailand has countless fascinating cities on the mainland, its islands are gorgeous and incredibly fun to visit. If you’re only going there for a short period of time, here are three islands you can check out in just a week!
Koh Samui is a beautiful island just off the Southeastern coast of Thailand. In addition to its enchanting views, it also has a vibrant city life. Walk around town and get to know the locals while getting some great shopping bargains.
After a couple of days in Samui, take a 40-minute ferry up to Koh Phangan. If there was such a thing as a party island, this would be it. Known best for its monthly Full Moon party, where locals and tourists alike flock to Haad Rin beach, you’ll never want to go to sleep.
After a couple of days of partying in Phangan, take yet another hour-long ferry to Koh Tao. While this island is also a party island with the perks of city life, it’s known best for its water sports activities. Not only that, but it offers lessons for aspiring scuba divers.