The best beaches in Thailand are mainly found in the southern reaches around the Andaman Coast and warm Gulf of Thailand. Today, reaching the best Thai beaches is much easier than it once was, with plenty of transportation options directly from Bangkok, the country’s main hub, with some flights arriving direct to islands like Phuket […]
Thailand beaches offer up a diverse array of idyllic oceanfront affording so many different options it’s hard to say which are the best. Diversity is the biggest draw—just about any kind of beach you’d want is here—party beaches, family beaches, adventure-based beaches, and beaches nothing short of heavenly seclusion. There are beaches ultra-convenient to Bangkok; in a few short hours you’re transferred from city streets to islands where blue sky meets transparent water. Travel farther south into a region of islands and mainland areas where options are ample and the scenery is too pretty to leave.
The convenience of visiting a beach close to Bangkok is second to none if time’s not on your side. Several beaches near the capital are also some of the best beaches in Thailand. The only trade-off is these beaches can also be some of the busiest. Koh Samet and Koh Chang are two of the most closely situated islands to Bangkok. First stop Koh Samet’s Hat Sai Kaew Beach, best avoided on weekends when crowds are thick but absolutely heavenly during the week. Koh Chang’s Long Beach is another beauty with a small main road and a long beach sporting everything from basic Thai beach bungalows to larger, full-service hotels.
Follow the peninsula south and find gorgeous Thailand beaches on both the eastern Gulf of Thailand side and the west side along the Andaman Sea. Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and legendary party beach Koh Pha Ngan are ideal for island-hopping by local ferry. Slightly south beyond this point on the Andaman side are islands with two of the best beaches in Thailand: Phuket and Koh Phi Phi (also the most highly touristed). The options in between are amazing. There are so many rising stars on Thailand’s beach circuit, including the islands of Koh Similian, Koh Lanta in Krabi province (a family favorite), and smaller, almost-untouched beaches on islands like Koh Tarutao, a national marine park.
Phuket beaches boast an abundance of soft sand beaches fringing translucent water along Thailand’s beautiful Andaman Coast. Phuket is the largest island on the west peninsular region, and one that draws thousands of annual visitors. Beaches dominate the island’s west side with only a few bays and such on the east. Coastal roads traverse the […]
Patong Beach is Phuket’s most frequented beach, packed with so many amenities and services visitors will want for nothing. From Starbucks to McDonald’s, North American favorites abound. With abundant cafes, local markets, surf and dive shops, there is no lack of development here. Acclaimed as one of the best diving sites in the world, Patong […]
Koh Phi Phi is located in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Thailand, south of Phuket. It is renowned for incredible natural beauty, world-class diving, and solid reputation for great vacations. Unparalleled beauty is the island’s best trait; long stretches of white-sand beaches, limestone bluffs, clear, turquoise water, and miles of jungle forest create […]
Koh Samui is an island in the Gulf of Thailand situated below Koh Pha Ngan and closest to the major southern town of Surat Thani, an epicenter for tourists arriving for the Thailand beaches in the south. Samui is surpassed only by Phuket on the Andaman Coast, making it the second largest and most popular […]