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16 Day Island Hoping in Thailand – South Thailand Itinerary

Southern Thailand is so much more than just the islands the region is famous for. The national parks, filled with diverse wildlife and amazing sceneries, offer a memorable experience too. If you’ve been wanting to visit the region, check out this south Thailand itinerary.

South Thailand Itinerary 

If you are looking for a quick 10-day south Thailand itinerary with some island hopping, this is my recommendation according to my experience:

As an alternative, you can customize this south Thailand itinerary to suit your wants. For instance, if you want to spend a few days in Phuket and Krabi, you may turn this into 5 days Phuket and Krabi itinerary or a 3-day Phuket Krabi itinerary.

If you, on the other hand, are looking to do some island hopping, stay tuned for the full itinerary I have prepared below with some recommendations of where to go, things to do, and what you must eat.

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Thailand Island Hopping Itinerary

First thing’s first, if you’re visiting the beautiful islands of Thailand, including some of the following activities in your Thailand island itinerary is a MUST:

  • Go snorkeling
  • Take a yoga class
  • See a Muay Thai fight or take a class!
  • Take a cooking class

Again, make sure you spend at least 2 days on each island as they have a lot to offer. Plus, getting around them is both easy and cheap, that makes this island hopping in Thailand itinerary so much better.

Without any further ado, here is my 16-day Thailand island hopping itinerary:

Day 1 & 2 – KOH PHANGAN

Your Bucket List for Koh Phangan:

  • Bubba’s Coffee

Bubba’s Coffee has been creating amazing breakfast experiences for Koh Phangan since 2015. They offer an extended all-day brunch and dining menu with the best coffees direct from the roastery.

  • Half Moon Festival

The Half Moon Party, formally known as the Half Moon Festival, is noted for symbolizing the strength of freedom, free speech, love, and harmony. The festival is one of the most well-known worldwide open-air events on Koh Phangan.

  • Co-Working Spaces

If you want to be a digital nomad in Asia, Koh Phangan is one of the greatest places to visit. It’s a paradise island with beautiful beaches and co-working spaces.

  • Srithanu

Srithanu is a settlement on the western side of the island of Koh Phangan. It takes around 25 minutes to drive to Srithanu from Thong Sala. Most Westerners who moved to Koh Phangan live in this area.

Where to Stay in Koh Phangan?

Tiki Beach Koh Phangan

Havana Beach Resort Phangan

Beyond The Blue Horizon Boutique Bungalows

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Day 3 & 4 – KOH SAMUI

Your Bucket List for Koh Samui:

  • Wat Phra Yai

Though by no means an ancient temple (it was erected in 1972), Thailand’s Wat Phra Yai, or the Big Buddha Temple is a cultural and aesthetic marvel well worth a visit. You can take a guided visit to know this temple.

  • Fisherman’s Village Night Market

Fisherman’s Village was formerly a bustling fishing hamlet. The fishermen have now relocated, and the main pier has fallen. Only the ancient wooden shophouses remain, with several tiny lanes running through them.

Where to Stay in Koh Samui?

Avocado Koh Samui

Samui Sunsets Luxury Villas

Crystal Bay Beach Resort

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Day 5 & 6 – KOH TAO

Your Bucket List for Koh Tao:

  • Koh Nang Yuan

Koh Tao is a popular Thai island, particularly among divers and snorkelers. Even if you don’t want to dive, a trip to Koh Tao is well worth it.

  • Ocean Utopia

In March 2016, Koh Tao became the setting for a monumental undertaking: the installation of an artificial reef unlike any other. Valerie Goutard’s Ocean Utopia is a spectacular underwater art installation that also acts as an artificial reef.

Where to Stay in Koh Tao?

Moov Inn Garden Hostel

Sunrise Koh Tao

The Ozo Kohtao

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Day 7 & 8 – KRABI

Your Bucket List for Krabi:

Nature’s own hot-tub jacuzzis can be found in the south of Krabi province in the Klong Thom district. It’s bout 70 kilometers from town and near the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve.

  • Thung Teao Forest Natural Park

Thung Teao Forest Natural Park is one of Krabi’s most impressive natural attractions. It’s extremely popular among photographers and environment lovers. The old lowland forest is home to waterfalls, hot springs, and the Emerald Pool, a natural lagoon where you may swim.

  • Ao Nang

Ao Nang is a popular base camp for exploring Krabi’s karst islands, with all the amenities of a contemporary Thai harbor town.

Where to Stay in Krabi?

Pak-Up Hostel

Poonsiri Varich Pool Villa Aonang

Diamond Beach Resort

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Day 9 & 10 – PHUKET

Your Bucket List for Phuket:

  • Big Buddha Statue

The Big Buddha in Phuket is one of the island’s most famous and cherished icons. The massive icon, which stands 45 meters tall on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata, can be seen from as far away as Phuket Town and Karon Beach.

  • FantaSea

This cultural theme park is organized into three sections: the Festival Village for shopping, the Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant for dining, and the Palace of the Elephants for Vegas-style entertainment.

  • Pa Tong Beach

Patong’s three-kilometer stretch of golden sand is one of Phuket’s most popular beaches. You can enjoy many parasailing and jet ski operators, boat drivers, beach merchants, and massages here.

Where to Stay in Koh Phuket?

Baan Baan hostel – SHA PLUS

Koh Sirey Beachfront Pool Villa

The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket – SHA Extra Plus

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Day 11 & 12 – PHI PHI ISLANDS

Your Bucket List for Koh Phi Phi:

  • Island-Hopping

If you’re staying on Koh Phi Phi for a few days, taking an island tour is a great way to spend your time. Island trips are simple to organize once you arrive at Koh Phi Phi Island.

Where to Stay in Phi Phi Islands?

Voyagers Hostel

Phi Phi Indigo Hotel

Viking Nature Resort

ChaoKoh Phi Phi Hotel and Resort- SHA Extra Plus

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Day 13 & 14 – KOH LANTA

Your Bucket List for Koh Lanta:

  • Diving

Koh Lanta has some of the greatest diving on Thailand’s west coast. Koh Lanta is a popular destination for scuba divers searching for adventure. It features magnificent reefs, steep drop-offs, and enticing caverns.

  • The Old Town

Lanta Old Town began as a sea gypsy encampment. It evolved into a trade-influenced community throughout the years. Many businesses, restaurants, and houses are now erected on stilts above sea level.

  • Lanta Animal Welfare

Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW) is a non-profit organization headquartered on the Thai island of Koh Lanta. LAW’s goal is to rehabilitate ill and suffering animals on the island. LAW is also available to the public every day and offers one tour each day.

Where to Stay in Koh Lanta?

The Travelers Friend

Sleep In Lanta Resort

Long Beach Chalet – SHA Extra Plus

Villa Siam Lanna at Kantiang Bay

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Day 15 & 16 – KOH LIPE

Your Bucket List for Koh Lipe:

A yoga session is one of the greatest things to do in Koh Lipe if you like to relax and unwind. You may start your day right alongside the ocean with a slow-paced Hatha yoga lesson or a dawn meditation. Yoga courses last an hour and are held every day except Sunday.

  • Cooking Class

Do you want to learn how to make all of your favorite Thai foods so you can impress your friends and family back home? Not a problem! Cooking courses on Koh Lipe are a popular request and are the ideal activity for a rainy day or when you want to take a break from sightseeing, scuba diving, and exploring.

  • Diving

Koh Lipe has over 25% of the world’s tropical fish species, as well as dugongs, dolphins, whale sharks, minke, sperm whales, and blooming soft and hard corals. Koh Lipe is also home to beautiful rocky formations, pinnacles, and boulders.

Where to Stay in Koh Lipe?

Leelawadee Lipe Resort

Castaway Resort Koh Lipe

The Reef Hotel

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Lastly, if you think that you can take on the challenge of going to more islands and want to maximize your Thailand islands itinerary while having fun traveling around the region, I advise your island hopping Thailand itinerary to look something like this:

  • Bangkok
  • Surat Thani
  • Koh Phangan
  • Koh Tao
  • Koh Samui
  • Koh Phangan
  • Krabi – Phuket
  • Phi Phi Islands
  • Koh Lanta
  • Koh Lipe
  • Bangkok

Conclusion

Want to visit the most famous spots in Thailand? No problem!

The order of the destinations is up to you, there are so many amazing things to do and see in southern Thailand, you’ll most likely love it anyway. I’ve made this south Thailand itinerary according to my experience going around the region, but there is no actual right or wrong. Either you want to visit the most famous spots in Thailand or going off the beaten path, be mindful of the environment. If you are also looking for a northern Thailand itinerary, check this out.

So what are you waiting for? Bookmark or print this itinerary and book your ticket to Southern Thailand now!

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