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Pearly white sand. Emerald seawater. Jade jungle. Talk about a treasure trove! The islands of Thailand, quite frankly, look like a painted backdrop. The colours are too vibrant, the landscape too fresh. But they are, in fact, very real. Many have been inhabited for thousands of years and even a select few have been used to film Hollywood movies.

On land, strips of unadulterated coastline are peppered with coconut trees, ancient temples and imposing forest and waterfalls. Under the sea, technicolour reefs and other tropical marine life swish, swirl, sway. A kaleidoscope of marvels to behold, these islands have staggering panoramic views from every angle. They’re peaceful, they’re majestic, they’re restorative.

Outside of temple in Thailand

 There are hundreds of Thai islands in total. Most are grouped together in archipelagos, almost giving new meaning to being able to go ‘island hopping.’ Small but mighty, Phi Phi Island is one of the most popular. It’s actually a group of six islands located forty kilometres from Krabi province. Here, you can witness the bright pink corals of Moo Sung stones up close and personal by diving into the deep blue waters or from above after trekking straight up to Phi Phi Don Island.

Phi Phi Don Island

Possibly the most sought-after island paradise in Thailand is Koh Samui. It’s actually the third largest in Thailand, following Phuket and Koh Chang. Fondly referred to as the Coconut Island, Koh Samui’s coastline is dotted with coconut trees, giving it the ultimate tropical look (as someone could conjure up this image to paint a backdrop as beautiful as this actually is). But this island is rapidly developing. It’s become home to fisherman villages, resorts and tour agencies. Luckily for the intrepid traveller seeking the utmost pristine destination, Koh Samui maintains its atmosphere of peace and relaxation.

But to feel like you’re truly finding lost treasure, voyage to Mu Koh Ang Thong National Park, where an unsullied reserve sits in serenity. It’s comprised of 50 islands, including Koh Mae Ko and its breathtaking emerald lagoon.

Boats docked on sand

The look of fantasy becomes your holiday reality on the Thai islands. Sail away, and then keep sailing. You’ll find your treasure on – or in – these waters.