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18 Best Thailand Beaches

 
  • Thailand is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and stunning, clear blue seas. With over 2,000 miles of coastline and 8,000 tropical islands, Thailand offers it’s visitors a wide variety of beaches to choose from, ranging from quiet, secluded coves and secret snorkeling pools to stretches of sand that are filled with wild partying tourists. It goes without saying that Thailand features some of the best beaches in the world, highlighting a tropical vibe and a plethora of water sport activities to choose from and engage in.

    There are certain things that characterize a Thai beach experience clear waters, white sand, and the iconic longtail boats that dot the shore. No matter where you go, you’ll find vendors peddling food, drink, souvenirs, or massages.
    Visit famous paradisiacal beaches like Maya bay, reachable by boat and famous for it’s appearance in Hollywood movies or private and secluded beaches that would require some effort to get to. 

    Here are some best Thailand Beaches:

  • 01Patong Beach

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    Patong is a beach resort town on the west coast of Phuket Island, in the southwest of Thailand. Its sandy, crescent beach is lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. The famously raucous nightlife scene features beer bars, go-go bars, nightclubs, massage parlors and transgender cabarets that overflow into the street along neon-lit Bangla Road and in the Paradise Complex. This destination is an astonishing combination of breathtakingly beautiful white sand beach edged by the glittering Andaman Sea.

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    Activities: During the day enjoy all the beach-type activities from sunbathing to beach volleyball. Restaurants abound featuring every type of cuisine from seafood, noodle and rice vendors along the beach promenade.

    Location: Phuket
  • 02Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Ley

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    Maya Bay is most famously known for it’s feature in the famous movie starring Leonadio Di Caprio where they escape to a “Paradise-like Island”, Paradise it definitely is. Surrounded by crystal blue-green waters and hidden behind three towering cliffs this is a beach that one has to visit. Due to it’s popularity it’s always crowded with hoards of day trippers. 

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    Activities: Snorkeling and diving are excellent throughout the bay, large underwater boulders are encrusted with coral and brightly coloured fish are numerous. Visibility is excellent. Sea kayaking is also popular. Kayaking tour boats come into the bay and moor while letting clients explore.

    Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Maya Bay is between November and April during the high season when seas are calm and access to the bay is easy. Rough seas from May to October may hinder access but rarely deny entry.

    Price: There is a national park entry fee of 200 Baht.
  • 03Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin

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    Hua Hin is blessed with some attractive, accessible and family friendly beaches. As Hua Hin is situated on the Gulf of Thailand the seas are warm throughout the year, which makes swimming and other beach activities pleasurable at any time. Hua Hin has a little bit of everything and while some might bemoan that it’s somewhat too busy on weekends and national holidays, it continues to be a well-liked beach destination and draws many visitors from all over Thailand and abroad. 

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    Activities: If lying on a sun bed all day is a little too sedate, there are plenty of other things to do. Swimming in the sea poses few dangers and the beach slopes very gently. Water sports are somewhat  limited at the beach’s northern end due to the rocks, so it’s only further south where you’ll find most of the water-based activities.

    Best Time to Visit : This beach can be visited all year round.
  • 04Kata Beach

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    The pleasant bay of Kata, just a few minutes south of Karon Beach, entices and charms many visitors with its white sands and clear waters. Very popular with families, Kata is an all round favourite due to its spectacular palm-lined beach, great restaurants, lively but not raucous nightlife and varied accommodation options - all close to the beach. Visitors will find an abundance of shops to browse in, from souvenir and ready-to-wear outlets, to 7-Elevens and local mini-marts, to branded fashion stores.

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    Location: Phuket

    Activities: Mom Tri's Boathouse features an art gallery with rotating shows by local artists along with a jazz band, Thai cookery classes and a superb menu.

    Nearby Attractions: Dino Park, Surf House, Kata View Point, Kata Temple, etc.
  • 05Lamai Beach, Samui

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    Lamai is a beach community that sits south of Chaweng district. It’s a popular holiday destination on Koh  Samui, with a range of water sport facilities, restaurants and shops. The white-sand beach is crescent- shaped and fringed by coconut palms. 

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    Location: Ko Samui

    Activities:  Take a swim in the Gulf of Thailand. Head down to walking street on a Sunday evening for a wide variety of stalls, live music and activities for children. Located in between the bridge and the local market, walking street is always busy with Thai's and Westerners alike. 

    Getting There:  Minibus transfers between Lamai and Samui Airport cost about 150 Baht per person; a private taxi charter costs around 300-400 Baht.
  • 06Sairee Beach, Koh Tao

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    Haad Sairee, the longest and most popular beach on Koh Tao, boasts a vast stretch of sand lined with bars, restaurants, resorts and dive centers. While the area around the beach is a major hub of activity, the beach itself doesn't get overcrowded – there's always a patch to spread your towel over. The bay can get quite busy with long tail transfers, so keep a keen ear out for boat engines while frolicking. Hawkers do walk the beach selling sarongs, tasty snacks and fresh fruit but are not bothersome. For resort comforts, privacy without total isolation and convenient snorkeling, head north where the coastline gets rockier but the silence makes it worthwhile. 

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    Activities: Apart from snorkeling, Haad Sairee is a top spot to watch the sunset in Koh Tao, and with many beachside bars to choose from, sipping a cocktail as the golden orb dips is a great way to round off a hectic day.

    Location: Koh Tao, Koh Phangan
  • 07White Sand Beach, Koh Chang

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    White Sand Beach is generally split into north and south, with the vast majority of the actual beach at the northern end and the southern section generally held to start at the point where the sand gives way to rocks and the cliffs. White Sand Beach is a popular choice for those that want a Thai beach/resort holiday with no hassle – during the day, a good stretch of sand with clear calm waters for swimming and sunbathing and in the evening, dining under the stars at the tables laid out along the beach, with the chance to hit the odd nightspot later.

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    For those not seeking this or unsure as to whether the atmosphere 
    will prove too touristy for their tastes, it is probably best to look elsewhere on Koh Chang. 

    Activities:  Diving and snorkeling are very popular on the beach; you can go trekking in Koh Chang.
  • 08Haad Rin

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    Haad Rin can be divided into two sections, Haad Rin Nok the lively party beach and Haad Rin Nai, which has a quieter bohemian feel. The beach itself is one of the biggest on the island and it fills with 
    sunbathers by day and party goers at night, visiting the many beach clubs and bars that Haad Rin is so famous for. Haad Rin Nai is only a short walk to the party beach, so it's an ideal place to stay, within 
    walking distance to all the action but far enough away for some peace and quiet.

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    Activities: Several boat trips takes you to waterfalls and beaches around the island. You can enjoy fishing trips and watersports such as sailing and diving, beach volleyball, beach football and of course  sunbathing! There are also some great walks over the hills of the east coast to secluded beaches. This beach is known for its famous Full Moon Party. 

    Location: Koh Phangan
  • 09Koh Mun Nork

    Koh Mun Nork is the only private island beach resort in Thailand and just three hours from Bangkok. This is the ultimate destination for privacy, rest and relaxation, and amazing views of one of the most stunning locations on earth. Accessible only by a private boat, this resort is the only one on the island surrounded by untouched forest and pristine white sand beaches. An idyllic setting that is endlessly peaceful, this island is about you, the sea and the trees.



    What to Expect:  Those looking for peace and quiet on a beautiful beach plus comfortable mid-range 
    accommodations will find everything they need on Koh Mun Nork. Meals are served at set times in the morning, afternoon and evening and include mostly Thai and some Western options. Snorkel gear and kayaks are available for rent for those who want to take part in activities. 

    Location: Rayong 

    Approximate Price: Cost of a room ranges from 3,500 Baht ($115) to 6,500 Baht ($215) per person for a night.
  • 10Koh Nang Yuan

    Ko Nang Yuan is a small island very close to Ko Tao. It is famous for its diving spots and its great snorkeling beach. Many day trippers come from the islands of Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Samui, as 
    well as from Surat Thani and Chumphon on the Thai mainland. Koh Nang Yuan consists of three small islands connected by a double sided white beach in the middle.



    On the middle island, which also is the 
    smallest, you will find the Nang Yuan Dive Resort. It’s breathtakingly beautiful with blue-green waters and has a private feel to it. It’s really small and can only be explored by foot. 

    Activities: Relaxation and water sports are probably two most popular things to do. Diving and snorkeling is popular, with many good diving sites such as Twin Peak, White Rock and Green Rock. Rock 
    climbing, kayaking and canoeing are also rather common activities on this "three piece island".
  • 11Hat Pramong

    Sunset Beach or Hat Pramong is a small half kilometer bay along the west side of Koh Lipe. It gets its name from the magical sunsets one experiences here. The sun slowly descends and casts an exquisite glow all along the coast reaching far out into the horizon, an excellent way to end a long, hot day on Koh  Lipe.  



    Sunset Beach is the most relaxing destination on Koh Lipe, it's quiet, less visited, and excellent for 
    relaxing and getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are a few restaurants and bars on the beach and is a short 10 minute walk to Walking Street the bustling area of Koh Lipe.
  • 12Phra Nang

    Phra Nang beach is part of a small peninsula located between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang beach. Phra nang beach is also beside Railay beach which is accessible only by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. There is the famous "Princess Cave" or Tham Phra Nang Nok in Phra Nang beach. It is believed by local fishermen to be the home of a mythical sea princess. 



    Activities: Phra nang beach is so spectacular that you can just lie there and soak in the sun. If you are adventurous it is possible to hike to the top of the headland to get spectacular views of the entire area. Swimming and snorkeling can also be enjoyed off this pristine, white sandy beach.

    Known For: There is shrine built inside the limestone cave which is dedicated to an ancient fertility goddess. Inside the limestone cave is a collection of strange phallic symbols, offerings and objects believed to help with fertility. Local fishermen still leave offerings although it's now becoming a local tourist attraction.
  • 13Ko Lao Liang

    If you thought that all of Thailand’s finest islands had been ruined by mismanaged development, Ko Lao Liang will prove you wrong. A little-known remedy for travellers seeking breathtaking Andaman Sea 
    scenery without the crowds, the isolated pair of islands doesn’t even register among Trang province’s more popular destinations. Part of Mu Ko Phetra National Park, Ko Lao Liang’s two islands stand side-by- side some 40 kilometers west of the mainland. All facilities are set up on the southern island, Ko Lao Liang Nong, or “Little Brother Island.” Sporting sunrise views to Ko Sukorn, almost-white-sand beach touches clear teal water that blends into deep emerald and azure blue as you reach the hard coral.



    Activities: Rock climbing, Kayaking and snorkeling are famous activities on this beach. 

    Location: Hat Samran District
  • 14Nai Harn Beach

    Nai Harn is one of the island's most popular places with in-the-know locals. Great for swimming from November to April, care should be taken in the low season (May-October) when there can be strong undertows. The local restaurants just above the beach make a great place to relax with a sun downer. Further south is Ya Nui, a sandy cove that attracts snorkelers and divers. Another out-of-the way spot nearby is the tiny beach of Ao Sane, a great spot for snorkeling, reached by taking the road that starts at The Royal Phuket Yacht Club car park.



    Activities: Snorkeling and swimming are the two best pass time’s people partake in whilst on this beach. 

    Best Time to Visit:  Anytime apart from monsoon season is ideal to visit this beach and take part in a wide array of fun activities. Forget swimming during low season as that can prove to slightly dangerous.

    Location:  Muang District, Phuket

  • 15Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe

    Sunrise beach or Hat Chao Ley as the locals call it,is a 2km stretch of white sandy, beautiful beach located along the west side of Koh Lipe with some of the most amazing sunrises in all of Thailand. Sunrise beach is the beach nearest to the small Chao Ley village on Koh Lipe. Be sure to wake up early so you don't miss the exquisite sunrise that happens every single morning, it's a fantastic way to start your day.

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    Things to do: Sunrise beach is the best location on Koh Lipe for snorkeling right off of the beach; You'll be sure to find all types of aquatic life that will take your breath away.

    Best Time: Like all of Thailand, Sunrise Beach is much less visited in the low season (May-October), but once high season rolls around (November-April) you'll be sure to find plenty of foreigners and like-
    minded people

    Getting There: 
    You can get to Koh Lipe from Pak Barra Pier on Speedboats.
  • 16Thong NaiPan Noi

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    Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai are twin coves that form a scenic double bay and are the most popular beaches in the east and sunrise side of the island. Both beaches are the image of paradise with softly curved white sand bays surrounded by mountains covered in rich tropical rainforest. The surrounding mountains make these beaches fairly inaccessible with a steep and rutted dirt road the only overland option. 

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    Activities: There is no coral reef on the east coast of the island, and it is possible to swim at both beaches all year round, though Thong Nai Pan Noi is the best as It has the deepest bay. There is little to 
    see in the way of marine life, but there are some decent waves for body surfing. Thong Nai Pan Noi is the most popular of the two beaches with a bohemian vibe and has a small village with some quirky bars and restaurants. People get up early for sunrise as it’s breathtaking. 

    Location:  Koh Phangan
  • 17Karon Beach

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    Karon features the third longest beach on Phuket Island. Located on the west coast, between Patong to the north and Kata (with which it shares a common municipality) to the south, Karon Beach is the  second favorite holiday destination in Phuket. Karon Beach road is ideal for taking an evening stroll and is mostly occupied by large resorts interrupted by restaurants and shops (including the popular Karon Bazaar). Karon is centered on Luang Poh Chuan Road, towards the southern end of the beach, which houses excellent restaurants and the ‘hottest’ nightlife spot of the resort town. Here the sea is calm throughout the dry season and the sand is fine and powdery.

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    Activities:  The beach has excellent snorkeling and diving spots at its southern end. 

    Location: Phuket
  • 18Freedom Beach

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    Freedom beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket and the least accessible too. If you are in a mood for beach trek through the thick jungles near the beach, you can only reach via boat. The whole beach is elongated on a private bay and consists of beautiful powdery white sand, a perfect place for long beach walks.  The beach is surrounded by the hills and thick jungle, giving you a feeling of a hideaway on the beach.



    Highlights: No sports activities are done here to spoil the peaceful atmosphere on the beach. On the south end of the beach, there are various authentic restaurants to carve your hunger. You can even rent a lounger and relax on the top of the beach under the coconut palms.

    Getting There:
    The only option to reach Freedom beach is via boat. You can catch a long-tail boat from the south end of Patong Beach.