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Welcome to Thai Island Times, an independent, reader-supported newsletter sharing the beauty, challenges and distinctive identities of Thai islands and coastal areas. For more background on the newsletter, paddle over to the About page.

Please note that starting September 20th, 2021, one of at least two weekly articles and some of the archived articles listed below will be accessible only to paying subscribers. The subscription price will increase slightly then, so do consider upgrading soon if you want to lock in a year of paid Thai Island Times articles for only $5 USD per month or $50 for 12 months. You can upgrade or sign up for free articles here:

Below you’ll find a regularly updated table of contents including links to all ‘evergreen’ articles published in this newsletter. I’ve left out the bi-weekly Island Wraps because they tend to be time-specific to when they’re published, but you’ll still find them along with all of the latest articles near the top of the homepage.

Click on any headline below the photo to view an article in full.


Ko Phetra: Gnarly cliffs, brilliant beaches and zero tourism development
Published September 18, 2021

Ko Samet: A ride down the spine
Published September 4, 2021

Ko Bulon: Low-level tourism meets graceful island life
Published June 16, 2021

An overview of the Bulon island group
Published June 9, 2021

Ko Thalu and Ko Kudi: Unexpectedly marvelous scenery east of Ko Samet
Published May 28, 2021

Ko Kradan: The beach walk of a lifetime
Published April 20, 2021

Ko Kradan: A modest name for a dazzling island
Published April 16, 2021

Ko Jum / Pu: Beach walks and bike rides
Published March 9, 2021

Ko Jum / Pu: Why the two names?
Published February 20, 2021

Ko Chik: A pair of obscure, charming islands near the Welu wetlands of Chanthaburi
Published January 8, 2021

Ko Chang (Trat): Hiking the unfinished road to Wai Chaek Beach and beyond
Published December 1, 2020

An overview of the Butang (Adang) archipelago
Published November 16, 2020

Ko Lipe: Finding quiet spots on one of Thailand’s most popular islands
Published November 2, 2020

Ko Rawi and Ko Hin Ngam: Remote beaches and cursed hornfell stones
Published October 17, 2020

Ko Adang: Tremendous views, black sand and jungle trails
Published October 11, 2020

Ko Kradat: Where the deer roam free
Published September 26, 2020

Ko Phayam: Relaxing out a storm
Published September 11, 2020

Ko Wiang: A rugged karst island in remote Thung Maha Bay
Published August 28, 2020

Ko Mook: The island that turned me into an island lover
Published August 14, 2020

Making sense of ALL the Thai islands
Published May 30, 2020

Ko Tarutao: A beastly island with riveting history
Published May 20, 2020

The many shapes and sizes of Thailand’s islands
Published May 13, 2020

Ko Phitak: A serene fishing island in Chumphon
Published May 5, 2020

Mainland coastal areas

Rayong: Gazing back at Ko Samet from Khao Laem Ya and beyond
Published September 9, 2021

Hat Sai Kaew: A gorgeous Navy-controlled beach in Sattahip
Published August 26, 2021

Bang Saray: A slice of peace and quiet near the urban sprawl of Pattaya
Published August 19, 2021

Krabi: Running a solo marathon during a tropical depression
Published May 15, 2021

Trat: Beach hopping in the ‘narrowest part of Thailand’
Published May 4, 2021

Kaeng Krachan: Jungle curry in a rainstorm
Published March 23, 2021

Khao Sam Roi Yot: Caves, cliffs, wetlands and shrimp farms
Published July 20, 2020

Issues and interviews

Trat: Meeting a landmine disposal team on a beach near Hat Lek
Published April 6, 2021

How a solar eclipse viewed from a beach in Prachuap changed Thailand forever
Published December 18, 2020

How tourism and a national park pushed the indigenous people of Ko Lipe into a corner
Published October 26, 2020

Remembering Wally Sanger of Ko Kradan, Hawaii and the open seas
Published August 21, 2020


Should Thailand’s tourism reopening programs be suspended?
Published August 21, 2021

Assessing the Phuket Sandbox and looking ahead to Samui Plus
Published July 15, 2021

The good, the bad and the funny: Highlights from the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ launch
Published July 7, 2021

Phuket Sandbox: A bit of chaos at the last minute
Published June 30, 2021

Phuket Sandbox: Tourism savior or risky rush towards more problems?
Published June 3, 2021

Thailand prepares to drop quarantine for vaccinated inbound travelers to Phuket
Published June 2, 2021

What will it take for Thailand to reopen inbound tourism without quarantine?
Published March 19, 2021

A zero-sum approach to Covid-19 could have a lasting impact on foreign tourism in Thailand
Published August 7, 2020

Tourism workers are struggling in coastal Thailand. Here’s how to help.
Published May 6, 2020

Other stuff

One year of Thai Island Times
Published May 1, 2021

Ko Tako: Respecting the Sacred Pineapple
Published April 1, 2021

Eight questions about Thai islands and coastal areas as 2020 fades away
Published December 30, 2020

Geographical terms and trivia from Thai islands and coastal areas
Published September 4, 2020

A visual tour of coastal Thailand
Published April 28, 2020