If you are looking for nice islands during your Thailand holidays and not far from the capital of Bangkok, you’re at the right place! Bangkok is close to some of the most beautiful islands, the Trat islands, which are made up of 3 main islands, Koh Chang, Koh Kood and Koh Mak.

Trat is Thailand’s easternmost province, located about 315 kilometers from Bangkok. This small province borders Cambodia. With 52 large and small islands featuring long, white, sandy beaches and unspoiled coral reefs, Trat offers delightful scenery and several tranquil hideouts for beach and nature lovers. The province is a major fruit-growing, fishing, and gem-mining region.

We spent 10 days exploring these amazing 3 islands.

Although these islands are near Bangkok, they retain a tranquil island atmosphere, ideal for spending a few days lounging on sandy beaches.

How do you get to these islands?

From Bangkok, you have to take a minivan, which takes about 6 hours, and then a boat for about 45 min to reach the first island, Koh Chang.

The islands are accessible from each other by boat, which you can book on the 12go website or once you’re on the island. I recommend renting a scooter on each island to explore them fully and freely. If you’re looking for other islands in southern Thailand, see my article about my Southern Thailand itinerary.

Suppose you’d like to combine a trip to Thailand with another country or are simply curious about neighboring countries. In that case, I’d like to refer you to my detailed itineraries in the Southeast Asia Tour section.

Koh Chang Island (4 days)

The first island we visited was Koh Chang, as it is the closest to the mainland.

Koh Chang, or “Elephant Island,” is a paradise of lush jungles, superb wild beaches, and small villages surrounding the new resorts. It’s part of Mu Ko Chang National Park and Thailand’s third-largest island, but nowhere near as developed as the two bigger ones, Phuket and Samui.

I recommend Pajamas Koh Chang Hostel for accommodation and Khao Kwan Restaurant.

Koh Kood island (3 days)

Koh Kood is Thailand’s unspoiled paradise, where you can (re)discover the beauty of postcard-perfect nature, and it is an island of dream beaches.

The fourth-largest island in Thailand, Koh Kood has succeeded in developing tourism without succumbing to the call of mass tourism, its money, and its resorts. You’ll find lush, unspoiled nature, friendly people, and dream beaches here.

In Koh Kood, I recommend the Bang Bao Home Food & Drink restaurant and Nomkhon Station: Cafe KohKood for a snack.

Koh Mak island (3 days)

Koh Mak is largely wooded and covered mainly by rubber and coconut plantations. The hotels, concentrated in the south-west and north-west of the island, are mostly run by local families. Here, mass tourism seems a long way off. Have a drink at the Blue Pearl bar, a dream setting for the sunset! Dinner at Dum Noodle restaurant or Zaab Mak Thai & Western Food.

We hope you enjoyed this article about islands near Bangkok. If you’d like more details, please feel free to browse through our other articles about Thailand. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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