Thailand’s Castaway Islands
We know Thailand better than most and we are pretty sure that this is one of the most idyllic island itineraries out there. This is our insiders’ guide to hopping between the most beautiful beaches on Thailand’s tropical treasure islands.
There is so much more to discover as we seamlessly transport you by between three very unique castaway islands in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Siam. Epicurean travellers know that no two beaches are the same. The views, the quality of the sand, the changing ocean moods all contrive to make each beach unique.
We start in bonkers Bangkok for a couple of days before flying south to Koh Samui. In a hop skip and a very short jump, you’ll be cruising across the turquoise waters of the Bay of Bophut towards the hippy hangout of Koh Phangan and the fabled Thong Nai Pan Noi beach.
After a few blissful days, you’ll jet over the Thai mainland to Phuket and venture out once again by speedboat to the exclusive one-hotel island of Koh Racha. This is the ultimate castaway experience, with the crystal clear waters of beautiful Batok Bay at your toes. A handful of nights here will leave you levitating. And to cement your chic credentials, your final stop will be the jaw-dropping Six Senses Yao Noi, fronting onto James Bond’s playground in Phang Nga Bay.
A couple of glitzy urban nights in Bangkok is a great way to set you up for the chilled beachside R&R to come. And The Siam is our Art Deco boutique bolthole of choice. Spend a couple of lazy days lounging by the riverfront pool and when you need a change of scene, the frenetic city is all around. We’ve lined up exciting experiences from witnessing mesmerising monks chanting at the Grand Palace, to a private longtail boat tour, to the floating market via the maze of canals known as the Venice of the East.
Your pulse will slow when you settle into your barefoot existence at Anantara Rasananda. Unquestionably perfect, Thong Nai Pan Noi beach will cast its tranquil spell on you. You can flit between the perfect sweeping arc of fine sand backed by palms, the infinity pool overlooking the ocean and the quaint village that lies behind the beach.
After a flight and two speedboat journeys you’ll be richly rewarded when you arrive at the one-hotel island of Koh Racha, a few miles south of Phuket. If there is paradise on earth, then this far-flung island has to be it! Imagine a crescent-shaped cove of find white sand, azure water with iconic boulders at its edges and teeming marine life. When you are done exploring the beach’s delights at The Racha, you can visit the sensational spa or just land on a lounger beside the picture postcard infinity pool. It’s hard to imagine a more restful island retreat.
The final leg of our insider’s guide to island hopping in Thailand is a sensational sojourn at the Six Senses Yao Noi overlooking the iconic islets of Phang Nga Bay. The glam rustic buildings, the endless infinity pools, mosquito nets billowing in the breeze and jaw-dropping views all come as standard. You can venture out to the James Bond island by private speedboat, dive amongst the world’s most spectacular underwater scenery or lounge during the balmy tropical night during the outdoor cinema movie night. And when it’s finally home time, you’ll fly back to Bangkok to connect into your internal flight.
What you get for your money
This itinerary would typically cost from £3,900pp per person inclusive of international flights, staying in the specified hotels and having the services of private chauffeurs and guides. The costs can vary based on season, room type and board basis. All our holidays are tailor-made and can be created around your budget.