First-timers often start with Ko Samui, Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao, a chain of three popular islands along the gulf coast. Although well and truly on the beaten track, the Samui archipelago is the definitive introduction to Thai island life. Easily accessible, well developed yet dramatically beautiful, these islands provide for party-goers, beach bums and active adventurers in equal measure. If you're wondering which island will suit you best, use this guide to help pinpoint your paradise.
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