If you will be a tourist in Thailand, you will be missing the complete Thai experience if you do not visit even one of its stunning beaches. The Southeast Asian country is one of the most popular places with tourist spots in the region because it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The country has lots of great beaches but here’s a list of some of the best beaches in Thailand:
1. Railay Beach, Krabi
The pristine Railay Beach near the town of Krabi is surrounded by limestone cliffs and small islands. Because it is only accessible through a boat ride, you’d have a private island feel you won’t usually get with other popular beaches in the country. Railay Beach is popular with sporty visitors as it offers areas for rock climbing, kayaking, snorkeling, and more.
2. White Sand Beach, Ko Chang
As the name suggests, the beach boasts white sand on a long, beautiful stretch on the west side of Ko Chang island. The White Sand Beach is lined up with palm and coconut trees with a view of gently sloping hills. There are many restaurants and bars in the area, as well as accommodation ranging from bungalows to four-star hotels and resorts.
3. Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Leh
In the island of Koh Phi Phi, you will see the strikingly beautiful Maya Bay, which is surrounded by high cliffs on three sides that make the bay sheltered and scenic. It is famous for being the setting for Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Beach” film. The island is known for diving and snorkeling activities, wherein you can get a chance to see the colorful marine life underwater. However, no accommodations are found on this island, so it’s best for a one-day adventure.
4. Patong Beach, Phuket
If you’re more of a party-goer than a sporty adventurer, Phuket’s Patong Beach is the place to go. It’s the country’s most popular beach with a vibrant nightlife. It’s impossible to get bored in the place as it is filled with restaurants, hotels, bars, nightclubs, and shopping areas. You can also rent a jet ski or go parasailing here. Volumes are always up, so it’s perfect for those party people who want to have a good time.
5. Hat Pramong, Ko Lipe
Hat Pramong is also known as the Sunset Beach – perfect for those wanting a quiet, romantic time with their loved ones. The Ko Lipe island is facing the west, so dazzling sunsets can be viewed here. It is a place less crowded than other beaches, so you can enjoy by relaxing and calming your mind. Comfortable huts and bungalows are provided, and there are only a few restaurants and bars to preserve its serenity.
6. Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin
The Hua Hin Beach area was originally built for King Rama VII as a royal getaway. Today, it is one of the most favorite vacation destinations in Thailand, not only for its locals but for tourists as well. The five-kilometer white sand beach is lined with tropical sea pines. Aside from boat rides and fishing trips, the main attraction on Hua Hin Beach is its quality golf courses. It’s a popular getaway for the rich, fashionable and famous.
7. Lamai Beach, Ko Samui
If you are seeking a resort that’s both relaxing and great for partying, the Lamai Beach can offer you just what you’re looking for. The Lamai Beach is less crowded, where you can relax and enjoy the sun, the sand and the sea. It also offers plenty of other activities when you are not in the water, as the resort has restaurants and bars where you can have fun and party.
8. Sairee Beach, Ko Tao
You can get to Sairee Beach only by ferry trips or by helicopters, so the place is kept uncrowded. The Ko Tao island was used as a political prison in the 1930s, but in the 80s it started to be a tourist destination. The beach is the longest stretch on the island and is a popular scuba diving and snorkeling site. It has plenty of inexpensive restaurants and accommodations, which is perfect for those who want to relax on the beach on a budget.
9. Haad Rin, Ko Pha Ngan
Internationally, Haad Rin is known for its Full Moon Party where thousands of young people around the world gather on the island to dance and drink all night. Almost every night, the party atmosphere still pervades, so it’s not a good choice for those seeking quietness. During the day, the beach is great for swimming and enjoying the stunning scenery.
10. James Bond Beach, Ko Tapu
The place was named after Ian Fleming’s iconic spy character — the scenes of the first Bond movie Dr. No were filmed right at this beach. Limestone formations at the island of Ko Tapu defy gravity and rise straight from the water. The place is great for canoeing, as you can admire beautiful rock formations and hidden caves within the island.