The small island of Koh Thalu is certainly not one of Thailand’s best known beach destinations but just may be one of its best kept secrets. Whilst Koh Phi Phi, Samui, Lanta, Koh Chang et al are internationally famous, and all have their undoubted attractions and stunning scenery, it’s also great to find a beautiful little island that few others know about.
The spectacular coast line of the Andaman Sea’s Trang and Krabi provinces can get rather buffeted by the western monsoon during the rainy season months anyway whereas Koh Thalu, situated in a sheltered part of the upper Gulf of Thailand in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, provides a much better chance of clement weather during the May to September period.
The island’s tiny, with only one resort on it, and little room for anymore so Koh Thalu’s never going to see any ‘walking streets’ or full moon parties but it does offer a wealth of activities other than the obvious swimming or just lying on the beach. The resort has sailing dinghies and kayaks available and also organizes diving, snorkelling and fishing trips or hikes around the island’s scenic interior so certainly enough to keep you busy for a few days.
As befits the small island the ‘resort’ is low key too with cozy, individual wooden chalets set on the edge of the beach. Facilities are split between Koh Thalu’s 2 main beaches with the jetty, restaurant and reception located at Ao Yai, (Large Bay), and our accommodation set on the smaller, tranquil Pearl Bay a 5 minute stroll across the island.