The rush to Thailand for a quick holiday is obvious as the Asian country is a travel paradise. For travellers in the subcontinent, Thailand is the nearest foreign trip that offers exotic travel experience and easy moving around. Once you land in Bangkok, you can head off to several beautiful islands around it. Here are some of the popular places nearest to Bangkok.

Koh Samui

Koh Samui
Sunny beaches on Ang Thong National Park in Koh Samui, Thailand (Getty Images)

 

Koh Samui is a beautiful mountainous island located in the  Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of Kra Isthmus. It is famous for dense rain forests, luxury resorts and spas. Ideal time to visit is from December to April. You can travel to Ko Samui by air which will take slightly over an hour, or by train or bus to ferry, which is the cheapest mode of transport.

Koh Samet

koh samet
Summer sun, sand and sea at Koh Samed Island, in Rayong province, Thailand (Getty Images)

 

Of fine nightlife, splendid white beaches and amazing skyline, the tiny island lies about 220 km from Bangkok.  It is about three hours from Bangkok. One can travel to the place by train, taxi, bus, ferry or speed boat. According to legends, it was once a pirates paradise.

Phuket

Phuket
A luxury hotel in Phuket, Thailand (Getty Images)

 

Colourful and vibrant, Phuket is one of the most popular destinations  and the  largest island in Thailand. Situated in the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea,  the island is about 691 km from Bangkok. The place is well connected to Bangkok by air, rail and road links.

Pattaya

Pattaya
Khao Chee Chan Pattaya, Thailand. A big Buddha image sculpted on the cliff (Getty Images)

 

Pattaya is a popular tourist hub that lies in the eastern gulf coast, about 150 km from Bangkok.  This, once a quiet fishing village, is famous for its beautiful beaches and rocking city life with clubs and bars that open round the clock.  One can catch a licensed taxi to the place from the Suvarnabhumi Airport. It takes about two hours.

Chiangmai

Chiangmai
The Great Holy Relics Pagoda Nabhapolbhumisiri, Chiang mai, Thailand (Getty Images)

 

Chiangmai is a beautiful mountain city with unique royal and nature parks, breathtaking landscapes, temples and pagodas of the 14th and 15th centuries among others. It is about an hour flight from Bangkok. You can also catch a bus or night train which may take about 12 hours.

Ao Nang

Ao Nang
Two longtail boats in the shade at Railay beach, Ao Nang, Thailand (Getty Images)

 

A small resort town in Krabi Province, Ao Nang is a center of long-tails boat tour to beaches of limestone islands in the region. There are overnight buses from Bangkok that take 12 hours long. From Krabi Airport, it takes just about 30 minutes by taxi.