While Phuket is widely known as the largest island in Thailand, did you know that it is surrounded by numerous big and small islands? Beautiful beaches, peaceful ambiance, relaxing ambiance, fun activities… are what you can find on these neighboring islands. Easily reachable from Phuket, they are, undoubtedly, worth your visit!
In this article, we will explore two amazing islands: Koh Racha and Koh Hae. Let’s find out what they have to offer!
Voted as the best-preserved aquatic ecosystem, Koh Racha or Racha Island is one of the best islands around Phuket and highly well-known among divers and snorkelers.
Given the clear water and diverse marine species, it is a perfect destination for diving and snorkeling. The colorful coral reefs are awe-inspiring! There are also other water-related activities offered on this island, such as swimming and fishing.
In fact, Racha Island comprises 2 islands: Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi, located 6 kilometers apart.
Koh Racha Yai is usually more popular among tourists as it is home to white sandy beaches with turquoise seawater.
The two largest beaches here are the main beach, Patok Beach and Siam Bay. If you prefer a smaller crowd, we recommend you walk up north Patok Beach for less than 200 meters to Siam Bay.
Patok Beach (Cr. sites.google.com)
On the other hand, Koh Racha Noi consists mainly of rocky hills and beaches. Hence, you will find people fishing here.
Since Koh Racha is uninhabited and motorized activities are not allowed on the island, it is where you can truly enjoy a relaxing vacation. You can also indulge in yummy fresh seafood on the island!
To get here
Located less than 20 kilometers south of Phuket, Koh Racha is accessible by boat. Head to Chalong Pier, where you can buy a ticket for a speedboat ride. It usually takes around 30 minutes to reach Koh Racha. Alternatively, you can travel by long-tail boat, which will take around 1 hour.
Located only around 3 kilometers southeast of Phuket, Koh Hae or Coral Island is where you must not miss visiting. Here, you can participate in several adrenaline-pumping water sports such as riding a banana boat, kayaking, parasailing, and jet skiing.
Parasailing (Cr. phukettravelshop.com)
The island has two main beaches: Long Beach and Banana Beach. Both offer a fantastic spot for snorkeling and exploring the underwater world.
Long Beach is a long and charming beach with white sand and blue emerald water. Apart from the myriad of fun water sports, you can find here, there are a few restaurants and bars to refuel your energy.
Long Beach (Cr. phuket101.net)
Located in the northeastern part of Koh Hae, Banana Beach is another impressive photo spot. So, it will be great if you bring along your camera. As you might get the hint from its name, banana boat riding is popular here.
Banana Boat (Cr. phukettravelshop.com)
For those who simply want to relax, you can rent sun loungers to enjoy scenic beach views or head to the eastern end of Long Beach for massages in an open-air pavilion.
To get here
You can take a speedboat from Chalong Pier. The ride to the island takes no more than 15 minutes. Another option is taking a long-tail boat from Rawai Beach or Chalong Pier, which will take around 45 minutes.
As Koh Racha and Koh Hae have recently gained popularity from locals and tourists, there are various one-day trips to both islands from Phuket provided by tour operators. Hence, you may consider booking the tour or plan your own itinerary. Regardless of your choice, you will surely have a splendid time there!