East coast beaches and islands
Koh Samui is the archetypal tropical island, with beaches of powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. In contrast, a mountain ridge runs east to west of the country, covered in forested hills, coconut palms and emerald paddy fields. From Koh Samui, take a boat across to Koh Phangan an island that has recently emerged into the luxury market with pristine white beaches that are some of the best Thailand has to offer. Further into the Gulf of Thailand, Hua Hin is a charming fishing village with a long, curving bay and excellent golf courses in the area. To the far east of Thailand close to Cambodia lies Koh Kood, an undiscovered gem of an island with untouched jungle interiors and deserted beaches.