Top Beaches in Thailand
Thailand’s beaches are well established, have warm water and weather, good food, friendly relaxed people, comfortable accommodation and they’re cheap – incredibly cheap when compared to the Caribbean, Indian Ocean or Pacific island paradises. Phuket and Ko Samui are the only beach areas with international airports, which makes them convenient but crowded. However, Thailand’s roads are generally excellent and transport is comfortable and reliable, so a flight to Bangkok – and anyone with a grain of world curiosity has to see this wacky city – followed by a bus/minibus to the beach of your choice is no hardship.
Patong Beach in Phuket
This is Phuket’s central tourist and night time entertainment district. Over the years, Patong has turned from a fishing village into one of the island’s two cities. The famous bay and 4 km. beach is know as a centre of entertainment with restaurants catering to every nationality. Live music can be found in most pubs and bars. Accommodations range from budget to five-star. Shopping opportunities appear to be endless. Patong is where you go to have fun with more than hundred bars, discos and nightclubs, or just to meet people from the whole world.
Patong beach also have lot’s of water activities like parasailing, jetski, banana boat, windsurfing, wakeboard, waterski etc. Patong beach is particularly crowded and unpleasantly pushy, but comfortable, quiet beaches do exist here, You will not be bored! The best time to visit Patong Beach is from Nov-March.
Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Lei in Krabi Province
A hidden tropical paradise until the movie ‘The Beach’ was filmed there, now another Thailand tourist mecca. Recently becomes one of the most popular destination located on the Andaman Coast after Phuket. Here it offers pristine beaches, impressive cliffs, clear water and fascinating marine life. Phi Phi islands attracts over 1 million visitors a year with its turquoise water, white sand and palm trees. The natural beauty of the island is unparalleled. You can visit these beaches which is half an hour by boat from Phuket.
You can take a day’s trip from Phuket and cover both Phi Phi beaches island as well as Maya beach. The best time to visit is from December to March.
Khao Lak Beach in Phang Nga
Khao Lak, located on Phang Nga province just an hour’s drive from Phuket airport on the gorgeous Andaman sea.This beach with yellow sand and pristine blue water has not yet attracted many tourists, Khao Lak is one of Thailand’s most peaceful resort destinations. No less than three national parks are embraced by the surrounding hills that sweep down to this lovely stretch of coastline with beaches that go on for miles. The bungalows aren’t cheap but the location – Andaman Sea on one side, wildlife-rampant rainforest the other, and Thailand’s scuba superb Similan islands 64 km offshore makes them worthwhile. Khao Lak Beach is well known for tourists who love to stay in a remotely area because the beach is very quiet and no bars or entertainment close to the beach. Best time to visit Khao lak is from Nov-March.
Koh Lanta in Krabi
Ko Lanta is a relatively new resort island in Thailand, with a winning combination of big, soft, sandy beaches on the upper west side, calm clear waters, relaxed locals and cheap accommodation, though the road running down the centre is an unattractive mess. Beaches are only accessible via hotels. The longest and the most popular beach is Khlong Dao – where the best hotels are. Best time to visit Koh Lanta is from Dec-March.
Karon Beach in Phuket
The second largest of Phuket’s tourist beaches. Large resort complexes line the road behind of the shoreline, The sand is very white, and squeaks audibly when walked upon. The southern point has a fine coral reef stretching toward Kata and Bu Island.
Karon Beach, featuring a long stretch of squeaky white sand, is less hectic than Patong but still offers a full range of facilities, dining and activities. While it’s a fast-growing area, Karon is spread out and rarely feels crowded. The best time to visit Karon Beach is from Nov-March.
Hat Farang Beach in Trang
Hat Farang beach, is the most popular beach in the Trang Area with exceptionally clear clean water for swimming and other water sports e.g. snorkelling and surfing. Hat Farang beach is well known for its Emerald Cave, peaceful atmosphere and stunning sunsets. The Emerald Cave on Hat Farang Beach is well worth a visit, however the entrance to the cave is almost hidden at high tide. the only entry is by swimming through a small tunnel that zigzags for approximately 80 metres before emerging into a magical small lagoon that is surrounded by towering cliffs, rich vegetation and a small beach. Hat Farang beach is relatively isolated and only offers a choice of three sets of bungalows. The best time to visit Thailand’s beaches is from December to March.
Railay Beach in Krabi
The coast in the south of Thailand is a luxurious tropical paradise. Towering limestone cliffs shelter incredible beaches, the most beautiful is Railay. Isolated from the mainland, the peninsula of Railay is surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, lush jungle, and twisted rock. It contains enough activities for the most adventurous while allowing those who just want to chill out in paradise the opportunity to do just that. You can be sure that it will never get uncomfortably crowded in Railay as there are a limited amount of hotel rooms available.
As Railay is a peninsula surrounded by ocean and mountains, final access can only be by boat. Long-tails depart from Ao Nang (10 minutes) and Krabi (30 minutes) making those towns the gateways to Railay.
Ao Nang Beach in Krabi
Ao Nang has the cleanest of environments in the area. This is the most developed beach in the area. The beach is accessible by road from Krabi. Less crowded and more quiet, it gives a more peaceful atmosphere to the tourist than the Krabi.
The majestic looking limestone cliffs rising straight from calm, clear waters of the sea and the long beach line that runs the whole length of the resort are great attractions claimed exclusively by Ao Nang. The shallow coast line is very safe for children to play with the waves.
Haad Rin Beach in Koh Phangan
Haad Rin is the most popular spot on Koh Phangan, largely for its thriving nightlife, with a long strip of clubs along Sunrise Beach that pump out the techno jams for drunken tourists to dance until dawn every night. This is also the home of the infamous Full Moon Party held once a month on or around the full moon. Tranquility-seekers are advised to stay in town or on Sunset Beach, or better still on a different beach altogether.
Haad Rin remains one of the best-known beaches in Thailand – with a long, wide swath of squeaky white sand and sea deep enough for good swimming even during lower tides, there’s many reasons to come here apart from the party.
Ko Ngai in Trang
The main beach on Ko Ngai is one of Trang’s best — a long sliver of white sand that looks out onto distant limestone karsts — but as you might expect, it’s also one of Trang’s most developed beaches. The trend here is for full service upmarket spa resorts, and the budget options that were once the mainstay of Ko Ngai have been slowly squeezed out. It’s hard to deny the island’s beauty and you can take solace in the fact that most of the island is still left to nature — evident in the pairs of noisy hornbills that occasionally swoop out over the beach. With comfort minded resorts, Ko Ngai is a good option for families. In addition to providing rooms with hot water showers and 24 hour electricity, the island’s resorts will be glad to provide enough activities for the whole family.
Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui
Chaweng Beach remains the most beautiful on the island. Wandering down from your coconut palm-shaded hut to the white-dust sand to the crystal clear water is an unforgettable experience. It’s just a shame that today you have such a short window of opportunity to enjoy it – between sunrise and 7am, at the most. After that the deckchairs, vendors, masseurs, jet-skis and other noisy stuff begin their parade and within a few hours, it’s a mess. Of course, if you like all that hustle and bustle, you’ll love Chaweng as Chaweng has something for everyone
Be aware that theft is on the rise, especially at the cheaper places. Chaweng is a great place to lay on the beach to get that great tan you can’t get at home, eat lots of mid-range priced food from your home country, and head to a club to meet strangers to have sex with. Well, that’s what the bulk of Chaweng’s visitors seem to be up for, and if that’s why you’re coming to Thailand, enjoy.
White Sand beach or Had Sai Khao as it is called by the locals, is some 2kilometers in length and although it probably the most developed area of Koh Chang it is still offers a magnificent backdrop of jungle clad mountains, fine powdery white beach sand and spectacular sunsets. It is the most popular place to stay on the Island and offers the most diverse ranging from simple shacks to 5 star luxury units. White Sand Beach is with a doubt the tourist center of the island, a wide variety of restaurants, shopping plaza, mini-markets, Internet café’s, banks and ATM’s which take all sorts of bank and credit cards.
Early mornings and late afternoons are great times to catch up on some exercise, with a gentle stroll at sunset being a favorite activity. For the more energetic visitors jogging along the water edge is an idea, and when the tide recedes during the afternoon the beach offers large flat sandy banks to kick a ball around, or chuck a Frisbee. After dark many resorts plot tables on the beach and stoke up the barbecues to cook their wonderful fresh seafood. It’s a memorable way to spend an evening, sitting under starry skies whilst feasting on the catch of the day; it’s also extremely kind friendly as well.
Bang Kao is the first pier on Koh Samui. Although it is a short beach like Baan Thale, it has white powdered sand. Ban Kao south is down in the south of the island, which is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Samui, and is a good spot if you’re after the quiet life in visually pleasing surrounding. The beach is about 2kilometers in length and fairly good for running. The sand is flat down by the water’s edge and soft and fine elsewhere, so it’s fine for rolling around with beach games and merriment at your leisure.
At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than relaxing on the beach and enjoying the sunset. The Ban Kao sunset is one of the highlights of the island. The merging of sultry colours and abundance of meteorological marvels are a sight to see every evening. Bang Kao are amongst the least developed part of Koh Samui with only a few resorts spread at leisurely intervals along the beach on the island’s south west tip. So if you want total peace and quiet…this is it.
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