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We’re set to celebrate our anniversary in the South of Thailand… but where?


Our 2nd anniversary is fast approaching and it looks like we’ll be headed to the south of Thailand a week or so before. We’ve had such a great time in the North meeting new friends, like Uncle and the Wagoners; participating in interesting activities, such as the Scorpion Tailed River Cruise; and have stayed at some amazing places, like Soi One Bedrooms in Pai. We’d love to find someplace where we can have a similarly memorable anniversary celebration. We know we want to start exploring the islands after a short visit in Bangkok, but we aren’t sure on which island we want to celebrate our anniversary. So we thought we’d get some opinions about where everyone else would choose.

We’ve given a brief description of our top 10 contenders below…


but, if you’re looking for more information on any of the islands, click on each one for descriptions from our new affiliate, LonelyPlanet.com.  If you’re interested in purchasing any Lonely Planet travel guides, be sure to help support us and use this link.


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1. Koh Samui – We’ve read about street fairs, world class resorts and a bustling nightlife but we also know it is a major tourist attraction and Macrae has already been to this island.

2. Koh Pha-Ngan – This island has rain forests and beaches, temples and a nightlife but is also a pretty big backpacker destination.

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3. Koh Tao – Increasing in popualrity, Koh Tao is supposedly great for recreational activities and boasts a great nightlife

4. Koh Chang – While this island is considered a major attraction, it is less touristy than Koh Samui and has mountains, waterfalls, coral reefs and beaches.


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5. Koh Lipe – This is a small island but has recommended snorkeling and a fairly big nightlife.

6. Koh Phi Phi Don – This is close to Koh Phi Phi Leh where the beach was filmed and while Macrae has already visited both islands, Koh Phi Phi is one of his favourite places…ever.


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7. Koh Phing Kan – Also called the James Bond Island as it was featured in the film The Man With The Golden Gun, Koh Phing Kan has some pretty neat rock formations and beautiful beaches but is apparenty turning quite commercial with many vendors.

8. Koh Samet – Although considered overdeveloped, Koh Samet boasts white sand beaches, a large number of activities and an active nightlife.

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9. Koh Tarutao – This island has both rugged mountain and jungle scenery and, if Carolann had her way, there’s a chance to see some sea turtles as Koh Tarutao has a popular breeding and nesting ground on one of its shores!

10. Koh Kut – This island is mostly a destination for Thai weekenders so it has that local flavour and is not overly bombarded by foreign tourists.

Vote below and let us know which island you would choose OR if you know of a better location, leave a comment and tell us about it!


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16 replies
  1. Nickely Challenged
    Nickely Challenged says:

    I picked Koh Samet because of the white sand beaches, a large number of activities and an active nightlife. That seems like what an ideal vacation would be with your significant other. Well, I will be living vicarious though you. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    Looks like all great contenders! The pictures look gorgeous and I am sure you are going to have fun no matter where you end up!

    PS – THANK YOU for participating in the comment linky party:)

  3. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    Anyone of these islands is a winner.
    I selected Koh Chang for its various options that are available to experience together.
    Wow. Mountain’s, waterfalls, coral reefs, beaches and nightlife if wanting.
    I would also like to suggest hitting all of these islands at some point!


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