A lot of travelers find beaches as their first and main reason for their trip to Thailand. With over 3,000 kilometers of coastline, not to mention an abundance of idyllic islands, this country is tropical heaven for the beach lovers from all over the world. The only problem here is, you can find it difficult to pick a perfect spot. Here’s a list of some best beaches in Thailand divided by preferences according to our Thailand travel experts:
Sand Beach is the most developed beach on Thailand’s second biggest island. This beautiful stretch of white sand is fringed with lines of palm and coconut trees lying on gently sloping hills. It used to be a popular spot for backpackers, however, several four-star resorts have been established in recent years, as well as restaurants, bars and stores. If you want to keep off the crowds in Pattaya to have an intimate getaway with your family, White Sand Beach in Koh Chang seems to be a good choice.
White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
Hua Hin is first established in the 1920s as a getaway for King Rama VII. Today, it remains a favorite beach destination for the Thais as well as foreigners. Hotels, restaurants, and bars are abundant here. The beach slopes are very gentle and kid-friendly. Besides, there are a wide variety of outdoor activities such as golf, horse riding and hiking in one of Thailand’s prettiest national parks, Sam Roi Yot. Finally, the proximity to Bangkok makes Hua Hin a great choice for a short getaway from the capital city.
Bicycling along the beach close up Hua Hin
While Phuket is generally a touristy spot, Kata Beach is less-visited than the rest of the island. Although it lacks the presence of luxury hotels and resorts, Kata offers everything that makes Phuket famous, from palm-lined trees, warm water, nice scenery to great restaurants. For families, the best time to visit is from November to April because, at other times of the year, sea waves can be quite intense for children.
Located on the west side of the stunning island of Koh Tao, the one-mile-long Sairee Beach is most popular to snorkelers and scuba divers. But there’s more than just diving. There are plenty of good resorts and restaurant as well as some nightclubs and bars here. As it is only accessible by a ferry trip, Sairee Beach remains relatively uncrowded.
If you’re looking for a real desert island, Koh Mun Nork is the one for you. Staying here will give you total peace and tranquility. Taking a private boat is the only way to get to Koh Mun Nork. The island provides 23 rustic bungalows, all appointed with modern amenities. Activities here include snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and trekking. Island rental is also available if you wish to have the entire Koh Mun Nork yourself.
Although it is not an island, Railey Beach is accessible only by boat. This relatively desert destination features clear blue waters which makes a great place for snorkeling. Cliff climbing is another exciting activity here as the beach is surrounded by imposing limestone peaks. Despite limited number of accommodations and restaurants, Railey Beach is an ideal choice for those who seek for a laid-back and quiet holiday.
From the map, this small island looks like a satellite to the bigger Koh Tao. As a matter of fact, it is a popular day trip from Koh Tao. Similar to Railey Beach, the water here is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.
If you wish to stay away from the crowds while still being able to enjoy a long holiday in one place, Koh Lanta will be perfect for you. There are more than 70 islands in this area, with Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai the two most prominent. Apart from drinking, it has a little bit of everything, from beautiful coastline to emerald waters and plenty of underwater life as well as several good restaurants and resorts. Koh Lanta is also emerging as one of Southeast Asia’s premier honeymoon destinations.
Koh Lanta Beach in Thailand
Commonly known as the party capital of Phuket, the 3.5 kilometers long Patong Beach is filled with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. And they’re all within walking distance so you don’t have to look far. It’s just impossible to get bored here as thousands of travelers from all over the world gather here to get immersed in a partying atmosphere along the white sand. Those who are into nightlife will surely like Patong Beach.
Similar the Patong Beach, Lamai Beach is packed with plenty of nightlife spots. However, it is less crowded than the former. The seascape here is also considered one of the best in Thailand.
This one is world famous for its monthly Full Moon Party which attracts thousands of international travelers. Once a month, they fill Haad Rin with a crazy atmosphere of all-night dancing, music, and drinking. Other times of the month, the partying atmosphere still doesn’t go away. Apart from that, the gentle slope of Haad Rin also makes a good spot for swimming and enjoying the scenery. One of the special things about Haad Rin is its superior location on a jutting out peninsula which enables visitors to enjoy both sunrise and sunset in the same day at the same destination.
Koh Phangan, Thailand
Locally known as Hat Pramong, Sunset Beach provides one of the best sunsets in the country, amidst peaceful surroundings. The pristine beach here will give you a glance at how beaches in Thailand looked 20 years ago.
Sunset beach - Koh Lipe
This is arguably the most gorgeous beach in Thailand. Also famous for being the site of Leonardo Di Caprio’s movie “The Beach”, this hidden gem is surrounded by immense limestone peaks on three sides. Maya Bay’s emerald water is excellent for diving and snorkeling as well.
Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Ley
Similar to Maya Bay, the secluded Phra Nang Beach is blessed with clear waters, white sands and framed by massive limestone cliffs. Rock climbing is becoming more and more popular in Phra Nang. If you’re interested, you can easily find a good instructor yourself.