Even now, weeks later, by just looking at the photos my heart just skips a beat. I’ve fallen so deeply in love with the Andaman Sea and its beautiful islands; I have a hard time finding the words to describe its beauty. But if I wanted to summarize it, the word paradise would do a pretty good job.

As I mentioned in the previous post, we’ve been contemplating which islands to visit on a day tour without bumping into too many tourists. The host of the lovely place we stayed recommended us the tour to Hong Island (or Koh Hong, 'koh' is Thai for ‘island’), what should be the less crowded destination in contrast to Phi Phi Islands and the ‘Four Island Tour’ (Poda, Chicken Island, Koh Tup and Koh Mawr). We took up her advice and booked the tour for the next day.

Although the weather forecast predicted cloudiness and maybe even rain we were blessed with another perfect day; the sun shining bright and just a few clouds decorating the clear blue sky. With a beautiful backdrop already guaranteed (photos of an azure sea, white beaches and those insanely beautiful limestone karsts do ask for a blue sky if you ask me) we were excited for the day and curious what it had to offer.

First destination was Koh Lading, where we moored in front of a small beach. The island (or moreover the beach, except for a small path to another little bay there was nowhere to go) seemed inhabited by a few people, who also sell some refreshments. We were pleased to see just a few other boats, with some people swimming, some just relaxing on the beach. To be honest, I wouldn’t want to visit this island if it was more crowded, it is just too small and it would definitely take the fun and beauty out of it! I sure hope this island will keep its peace, but with the forever emerging tourism I’m afraid these islands (Koh Lading, Pakbia Island and Hong Island) will have the same future as Poda and Phra Nang Beach. Nevertheless we had a beautiful first stop and couldn’t wait to see the next one!

Stay tuned for the next destination, Koh Pakbia!

What islands have you visited in the Andaman Sea? Did you fall in love the same way I did?


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  2. Such BEAUTIFUL picutres here Melanie. I was so close to traveling here this summer, but the ticket prices skyrocketed last minute and were out of my budget, so I booked my flight to costa rica for a week instead.

    How long did you travel there? Was it your first time?

    1. Thanks so much Tony! It was my second time in Thailand, but the west coast was a first for me! We stayed in Phuket for almost a week, and another five days in Ao Nang. I actually prefer the islands in the Gulf of Thailand (we traveled to Ko Samui and Ko Tao last year), but The Andaman Sea is so incredibly beautiful.

      If you ever have the chance, make sure to travel to Thailand, and try to book a round trip - the food in Chiang Mai is the best and the islands are must-sees!