Top 10 Beaches in Thailand
Something that Thailand is known for arguably above all else is its beaches. Fringing the mainland and the many islands that lie off its coasts are what can easily be considered some of the most beautiful beaches in the world; it’s no wonder that visitors from across the globe travel here just to relax and play on its sandy shores. Whether you’re looking to spend a holiday island hopping and visiting as many of the beaches as you can, or want to add one to round off a holiday spent exploring everything else Thailand has to offer, we’ve narrowed down a list of 10 of our favourite beaches well worth a visit.
1 - Tubkaek Beach, Krabi
Soft golden sand and shallow turquoise water dotted with an archipelago of islands not too far off the shore, Tubkaek Beach in Krabi is the typical image of a Thai beach that lives in everyone’s mind. Offering privacy and seclusion with an abundant green forest located just behind, this beach is accessed by just 5 luxurious resorts. Our favourite of them has to be Tubkaak Resort, managing to be luxurious and laid back at the same time; this resort lends itself perfectly to a relaxed beach break and is ideal for couples or honeymooners after a romantic getaway.
2 - Choeng Mon Beach, Koh Samui
Choeng Mon Beach in Koh Samui offers a magnificent stretch of powdery white sand and sparkling waters, perfect for enjoying an idyllic sunset every evening. The water here is great for swimming and there is also the opportunity to hire kayaks and even go diving in the much deeper areas, making this a popular choice for families and couples alike with so many fun activities. When it comes to where to stay, our top pick has to be Sala Samui, this hotel and spa resort offers sleek and stylish rooms, many of which have their own private pool, as well as a fantastic spa for those who want to indulge in a little pampering.
3 - Bophut Beach, Koh Samui
Also located on Koh Samui, you’ll find Bophut village and beach, an area that still retains some of its traditional Thai-Chinese heritage. Lined with swaying palm trees, you’ll feel like you’ve reached a tropical paradise as soon as you set foot on the pale sand. When visiting Bophut Beach we highly recommend a stay at the beautiful Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa, particularly for the excellent range of water sports that are offered here including snorkelling, diving, kayaking, and private boat chartering.
4 - Patok Beach, Phuket
Located on a smaller island just off the coast of Phuket, Patok Beach is easily one of the most attractive beaches in Phuket, if not the whole of Thailand. With its pristine white sands and clear water, this beach can sometimes attract a bit of a crowd, however it’s still well worth a visit. To have best access to this beach you should opt for a stay at The Racha which is located right along the sands and blends in seamlessly allowing you to completely immerse yourself in the beauty of your destination.
5 - Na Dan Beach, Khanom
A virtually untouched stretch of golden sand, a visit to Na Dan Beach in Khanom is all about the remoteness of your location, as well as the chance of spotting some of the famous pink dolphins that swim off its shores. Great for those who want a peaceful beach break, we recommend a stay at beachfront AAVA Resort & Spa where you can take advantage of the great spa facilities as well as the fantastic location. Be sure to enquire about the tours offered by the resort too, especially the boat trips to spot the unique pink dolphins.
6 - Sarojin Beach, Khao Lak
A secluded beach in Khao Lak, if it wasn’t for the glamorous Sarojin resort which enjoys private access, it would be easy not to realise this beach even exists. We love Sarojin beach for its seclusion which is ideal for simply relaxing in the sun, however if you do seek something a little more active, you are also conveniently located close to the exceptional dive site of the Similan islands with the resort more than happy to arrange excursions on your behalf.
7 - Ba Kan Tiang Beach, Koh Lanta
Ba Kan Tiang Beach is a serene natural haven where warm water and soft white sand are backed by verdant forests, creating the feeling that you are miles away from anything else on your own desert island. However, that is not to say there is nothing in the surrounding area to keep you entertained, with restaurants, bars, shops, and a handful of resorts all easily accessed from the beach. For ultimate luxury we recommend a stay at Pimalai Resort & Spa where the inviting suite and villa style accommodation are the perfect place to retire to after a day of fun in the sun.
8 - Trisara Beach, Phuket
Found on the South West coast of Phuket, this private beach is great for those seeking remoteness. Both couples and families alike will find this beach great for enjoying some quality time, with it rarely ever feeling crowded. Stay at Trisara which grants you direct access to the beach and be just as impressed by the resort as you are by the beach, particularly all the great facilities for children which will ensure the kids will have plenty of fun while parents can opt for a spa treatment or lounge on the beach.
9 - Mai Khao Beach, Phuket
Undeveloped and enticingly quiet, come to Mai Khao Beach in Phuket for the privacy and natural beauty. For those who are seeking pure relaxation, this beach is ideal, simply lounge in the sun or the shade of the swaying trees as the lulling sound of waves crashing provides the perfect soundtrack. For the ultimate restful break, stay at the nearby Anantara Mai Khao Villas where the spa, excellent dining options and well-appointed rooms will make your holiday even more idyllic.
10 - Phra Nang Beach, Krabi
Easily one of the most beautiful beaches on Krabi, this picturesque shore is everything you would expect of a Thai beach and more. Soft white sands, turquoise water and a dramatic horizon dotted with islands make this beach perfect for relaxing and getting those all important holiday photos that will make you the envy of all your friends. To have them even more jealous we recommend a stay at the nearby Rayavadee resort which offers complete and total luxury as well as direct access to the beach.