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 also serves as a major fruit-growing, fishing, and gem mining region.

We spent 10 days exploring these amazing 3 islands.

Traveling Thailand: Islands close to Bangkok


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 of the islands to explore them fully and freely. If you’re looking for other islands in the southern part of Thailand, see also my article about my Southern Thailand itinerary.


If you’d like to combine a trip to Thailand with another country, or if you’re simply curious about neighboring countries, 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 did, was the island of Koh Chang as this one is the closest to the mainland.

Koh Chang or “Elephant Island” is an island paradise, a mix of lush jungles, superb wild beaches, and small villages that surround 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 can 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 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. Here you’ll find lush, unspoiled nature, friendly people, and dream beaches.

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


Koh Mak island (3 days)

Koh Mak is largely wooded, covered mainly by rubber and coconut plantations. The hotels, which are 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.


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