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Islands in

Multi-coloured, authentic, aestetic, and loved by many... and justly so!

We've had the fortune to enjoy many islands around the globe. There are indeed many gems. And the islands in Thailand and off Peninsular Malaysia is one of them!

There's the Maldives, the Seychelles, the Pacific islands. All unique, all very beautiful in their own way, and all epitomized as paradise on Earth. We've been to these places, and many others, and we've visited Thailand & Malaysia afterwards. And here's the secret: The Malay-Thai archipelago is all as unique and beautiful.


The Thai islands south of Phuket towards Malaysia, and the islands in the South Chinese Sea all have a deep soul, they are authentic, and they possess an appeal that's very hard to beat. Every time we visit these islands we're completely checkmated: Friendly, funny and open locals; oceans, bays, karst isles, and beaches in wild shapes and colors; superior and affordable sea food, fresh fruits, and some of the best cuisine; Thai massages, hammocks, slow moving time; and still islands to be found that are less developed.

These islands invites for the perfect vacation. And they've provided us with this feeling many times, again and again...


Thailand: Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Phang-Nga bay, Krabi islands, Phi Phi islands,

Koh Lanta, Trang islands (Koh Kradan, Koh Ngai, Koh Mook), Koh Libong, Koh Sukorn, and the Adang-Koh Lipe Archipelago.

Malaysia: The Perhentians, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Redang, Pulau Pinang, and Pulau Langkawi.

...during 5 months in the complete archipelago

Our passion for travelling throughout Southeast Asia have led us to Thailand and Malaysia many times, and the more we go there the more we're hooked.


The first time we island-hopped around Thailand we hadn't seen much of great Asia, and we were thrilled. The second time, we must admit that our interpretation developed to be too snobbish, too arrogant: Why go there, when you can go elsewhere along less trodden paths? Why bother seeing something you have to share with so many other tourists... Well, here's why: Try it the other way around and visit 10 exotic island groups around the world. Afterwards then go to the Thai Islands to relax, enjoy the beach life, dive, engage with the locals, and eat well. Just do what you usually do when "island'ing around". You will most likely be very surprised how alluring and enjoyable these beautiful islands really are.

From 1847-1862, ‘the Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia’ was published. In this journal, English ethnologist George Earl proposed two names for the islands of South East Asia: Melayunesia or Indunesia. ‘Malayu' derives from Sanskrit and Tamil words which can be translated as ‘land of mountains’. ‘Nesia’ is Greek for islands. The world’s largest archipelago just south of Malaysia ended up using the name Indonesia.​ However when Malaysia got independence it wasn’t the name referring to its islands that was used, instead a name referring to the unification of three (‘si’) states, the Malaysian Peninsula and the two regions in Borneo, was invented.

During our travels, the Malaysian Peninsula has somehow always been a transit or a short stopover. Once on a travel from Bali to Bangkok. Another time during a circling around the South Chinese Sea. A third time, en-route from Indonesia to the Philippines. And then again, on a fourth trip where we flew in with the Andaman Sea as our primary target. We’ve circumnavigated mountainous Langkawi Island in a rental car, trekked around the tropical Perhentian Islands, and snorkeled along the beautiful coasts of Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Redang. In general, Malaysia’s beaches are supreme and the landscapes are beautiful. 


If you are also keen on island hopping in the SEA region see also our island pages on the islands of VietnamPalawan, Visayas & Mindanao, Sulawesi, and Bali & Lombok.

Selected pics during our island hopping tours:

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