Category: Beaches on Islands near Phuket

Best Small Islands with Beaches near Phuket

picture composing of small island near phuket

Many times I have been asked which are the best small islands with beaches near Phuket? The Island of Phuket is surrounded by an extraordinary number of small islands located mainly on its east coast, from tiny rocks to livable larger pieces of land em…

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Koh Bon Island

Koh Bon Island Beach View

Koh Bon is an island just 1 mile (1.6 km) off the southeastern tip of Phuket Island (off Rawai Beach). Koh Bon is around 4,100 feet long (1.3 km) and covered with dense tree growth except on the coast where you’ll find it to be either rocky or filled with beautiful soft sand. At the northernmost part of the island is the highly rated Bon Island Restaurant, they have a large area of sand where you can throw down a beach mat. One side of the beach is rocky, and the other sandy…

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Koh He Island | Coral Island

Aerial view of the Koh He Island (Coral Island) Beach

Koh He Island is also known as Coral Island. This is a 2 mile (3.2 km) long tree-filled island off the southeastern side of Phuket Island (off Rawai Beach) and just a bit further by boat than Koh Bon reviewed above. Koh He is like other islands that surround the main island of Phuket – covered with heavy forest and rocks on the majority of coastline. The main (biggest) beach on Coral Island is found approximately in the center and on the north coast. Stretching 2,700 ft. (823 m), this is the longest sandy beach on Koh He and it attracts the most people.

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Koh Kaeo Noi Island

View from the sea of Koh Kaeo Noi Island

Located just south of Koh Kaeo Yai Island by about .5 miles (.8 km). Smaller than its bigger sister, Koh Kaeo Noi Island is roughly diamond shaped and about 1,826 feet long and about two-thirds that wide.There is no sandy beach here, but you may be able to persuade the boat captain to drop you off, so you can explore the rocks around the island. If you can navigate the entire way around, it will be about a mile hike (1.6 km). Make sure the boat is staying there to pick you up because there’s literally nothing on this island.

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Koh Kaeo Yai Island

View from the sea of the large Buddha on Koh Kaeo Yai Island

Just .64 miles (1 km) from the southernmost tip of Promthep Cape on Phuket is this small island, which is the bigger of two islands with the same name. At its longest point, Koh Kaeo Yai Island is roughly .5 miles (.8 km) long and at its widest section, about a quarter mile (.4 km). One of the easiest ways to reach the island is by longtail boat you can find at Rawai Beach just up the east coast from the cape. Koh Kaeo Yai Island has a small Buddhist shrine and some resident monks. You should feel free to explore the area. There is a large Buddha and Buddha’s footprint (legend) to take photos of.

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Koh Khai Nai Island

View from the boat of the beach huts on Koh Khai Nai Island

Nearly nine miles due east from Rawai Beach on Phuket’s lower east side is this tiny little island named Koh Khai Nai Island. It’s so small on the map that we’re not sure what’s there, but it appears to be a small beach on the northeast side, and another patch of sand on the south end of the island. The entire island is no more than 146 feet long (45 m) at the longest point.Boats may have a hard time stopping here, the water is very shallow, but there appears to be beach umbrellas or drink and snack stands set up along the beach.

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Koh Khai Nok Island

Aerial view of the large triangular sandy beach on Koh Khai Nok Island

When you take part in one of the James Bond Island Tours going all the way to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket out to the islands, you’ll usually stop at Koh Khai Nok Island on your last stop. Visitors can get out of the boats and go explore this small idyllic island by walking around, swimming, or snorkeling around in the shallows. There are many fish to be seen, even right up where the dry sand meets the water.The actual sandy beach area of Koh Khai Nok Island is a large triangular section of sand roughly 300 – 400 feet (91 – 123 m) on each side.

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Koh Lawa Yai Island

Overview of the beach on Koh Lawa Yai Island

At 1.7 miles (2.8 km) northeast of Laem Yat in Northeastern Phuket, Koh Lawa Yai Island is a small island just southeast of Phang Nga province by 1 mile (1.6 km) in Phang Nga Bay. The island is listed as a Thailand national park.The main beach on Koh Lawa Yai is found on the northwest corner of the island. This is a medium-sized beach at around 1,266 feet (386 m) long. The beach is part of the national parks group, “Ao Phang Nga National Park”.

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Koh Lon Island

View from the sea of a Koh Lon Island Beach on the west coast

Koh Lon is an island off the southeast coast of Phuket Island and is about 2.3 miles (3.7 km) long and 1.2 miles (1.9 km) wide. The island is a frequent destination spot for locals and tourists who can plainly see the large island just off the coast. Shuttles run back and forth frequently, so it’s something to do for a couple of hours if you have an adventurous spirit.Though the east coast beaches on the coast of Phuket Island are typically muddy and without quality sand, some of the islands surrounding Phuket have nice white sand and little or no mud. The beaches on the island are Baan Mai, Cruiser, Poh, Lek, Y Deang, Bamboo, and Kwan.

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Koh Maiton Island

View from the sea of Koh Maiton Island beach

Koh Maiton Island is a private island, owned by the owners of the resort. There are reports of people being charged 2,500 THB for a beer or stepping foot on the island, and other reports saying it is just 300 THB to enter the island property. So, not sure! The island is beautiful, great for taking photos and walking around.Many tourists come here on a snorkeling package for around 2,500 THB for the boat ride, snorkeling gear, and lunch. On the website, it appears as if the speedboat option is the cheapest way to experience the island and it starts at 2,999 THB. There are prices for overnight stay listed on their website, it’s all quite a mystery what exactly is on offer.

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Koh Maphrao Island | Coconut Island

Aerial view of Koh Maphrao Island Coconut Beach

Koh Maphrao Island in Phuket is found just 2,789 feet (850 m) east of Laem Hin Pier on Phuket’s east coast. This is a small island, less than 2 miles (3.2 km) long and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) at its widest point. There are small beaches all over the island, but the main Coconut Beach is located on the northern coast of the island. There are not many trees on the beach, and it is lined with private villas you can rent.

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Koh Naka Noi Island

Aerial view of Koh Naka Noi Island Beach

Koh Naka Noi Island is just to the southwest of its bigger sister Koh Naka Yai Island and is much smaller at about 0.6 miles (1 km) long, with less to do and nowhere to stay. Nakha Noi Bar – This is a large bar that covers the northern tip of Naka Noi Beach. They offer things to do like billiards, banana boats and jet ski rentals. They of course have a restaurant. Food quality and service was not mentioned in any of the reviews, so give it a try and let us know what you think.

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Koh Naka Yai Island

View of one of the Koh Naka Yai Island Beach

Koh Naka Yai Island is a small island off the northeast coast of Phuket. The island is only about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) long and less than a mile in width at its widest. It is very close to the island of Phuket, only 1.25 miles (2 km) away at the closest part. The island is close enough for a quick getaway from Phuket, even for half-day in the morning. Koh Naka Yai Beach is the largest beach on the island and is located on the southwest coast of Koh Naka Yai. There are numerous places to stay and it has a Muslim mosque and a beach club. Its proximity to the main island of Phuket makes it a busy place for visitors coming for a day or shorter trip.

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Koh Racha Noi Island

View from the sea of Koh Racha Noi Island Banana Bay Beach

Koh Racha Noi Island, the smallest of the two Racha Islands at around 2.25 miles (3.6 km) long, is located 5 miles (8 km) south-southwest of Koh Racha Yai.Koh Racha Noi consist of two small (thin) islands, with the largest beach, Banana Bay, located on the northeast side of the island. The beach is fairly large at around 1,640 feet (500 m) long. Please note, the exact measurement of the beach is a guess because most of it is generally too rocky to enjoy, but there is at least one less rocky area where people can wade and swim.

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Koh Racha Yai Island

View of the Koh Racha Yai Island Siam Bay Beach

If you visit one island during your stay in Phuket, head down to Koh Racha Yai Island stunning beaches and spend the day – or longer! You’ll find the sand on this island to be just what you’re looking for – white, deep, and plenty of it. There are a couple of nice beaches here, and you should see them all! The Koh Racha Islands are comprised of two islands, Yai, and Noi. Koh Racha Yai Island lies just 10.5 miles (16.9 km) south-southwest of the southern tip of Phuket Island in the Andaman Sea. The island is almost 2.5 miles (4 km) long and about 1 mile (1.6 km) wide.

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Koh Raet Island

Sea view of one of Koh Raet Island Beach

Koh Raet Island is also known as Jameirah Island, this is a private island that receives some tourists, but only through their own channels. This is a small, picturesque island with some nice beaches to look at, but you can’t just pull up and drop anchor and go enjoy the island due to it being private.

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Koh Rang Noi Island

View from the sea of Koh Rang Noi Island Beach

Three miles east of the north-south middle of Phuket Island are the Koh Rang Islands which consist of a big island (Koh Rang Yai) and a smaller one (Koh Rang Noi). They are separated by about 1,000 feet (305 m) with Koh Rang Noi Island located just to the northeast.Koh Rang Noi Beach is a small beach to be found on the southwest coast of the island. The north end of the beach appears to be mud mixed with sand. The middle portion is sandy and nice for walking or laying out, while the southern and eastern section of the beach is very rocky, but there are spots of sand to drop a beach mat or towel.

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Koh Rang Yai Island

View from the sea of Koh Rang Yai Island Beach

Koh Rang Yai Island, the biggest of the Koh Rang Islands sitting three miles east of Phuket, is a stop on some of the island tours from Phuket and as such, can get crowded during the 11 am. to 4 pm. time frame. Avoiding this beach during these hours can ensure a better experience. The main beach is on the west side of the island, there is a large bay on the east side of the island you can explore with a hike.

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Koh Sirey Island

View of the sea from Koh Sire Island Beach

Koh Sire Island is partially separated from Phuket Island by a small shallow waterway on the east side of the island. There are many small patches of sand that could be considered beaches on the island. None are named, and there isn’t any reason to go to any of them. Choose another area on the island to find beaches, you’ll be happy you did! There is a large reclining Buddha, and part of the temple is on a hill which provides a nice view of the area.

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Koh Tapao Noi Island

View of Koh Tapao Noi Island Beach from the sea

Koh Tapao Noi Island is the smallest of the two Koh Tapao Islands, close to Phuket east coast at Cape Panwa. There are no real facilities on the island, but it is conveniently located for a quick few hours on the beach, away from Phuket. This is a very small island with nothing but a few small average beaches.

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Koh Tapao Yai Island

View from the sea of Koh Tapao Yai Island Beach

There are two islands close to Phuket’s east coast at Cape Panwa. The larger island is, “Koh Tapao Yai” and the smaller, “Koh Tapao Noi.” There are no real facilities on these islands, and they are not especially beautiful. Visitors to the Koh Tapao Yai Island usually come for a convenient trip from Phuket just to get away for a couple hours on the beach which is not usually crowded at all.

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Koh Yao Noi Island

View of Long Beach on Koh Yao Noi Island

Despite being located in an amazing place, Koh Yao Noi Island is just not filled with soft sandy beaches. Most of the island coast is muddy, and where there is sand, it’s mixed with dirt and the water is not usually very clear. Waves are absent in most…

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Koh Yao Yai Island

View from the sea of one of Koh Yao Yai Island Beach

Koh Yao consists of two islands which are part of Phang Nga province, the larger “Koh Yao Yai Island” and the smaller “Koh Yao Noi”. Koh Yao Yai Island sits east of Phuket east coast and is about 16.6 miles (26.7 km) long from north to south, and two to four miles wide on average – a large island by any standards. Both the islands are well developed and there is plenty to do. Many people come to Phuket only to transfer over to one of the Koh Yao islands because they prefer the laid-back island atmosphere when compared to Phuket. Though Koh Yao Yai Island is filled with bays, there are not many beaches on the island that are worth taking a look at. Ao Muong Beach in the southwest corner is one example.

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