With a coastline that stretches for miles and miles of soft sands and crystalline waters, selecting Thailand’s best beaches is no easy feat. Whether you’re looking for laid back living, a sumptuous spa break, adrenaline on the sea, or hardcore beach parties, you’ll find it all along Thailand’s paradisiacal shore. We suggest packing some lightweight luggage and touring the lot, getting in as much of this gorgeous country as possible.
Here are our top picks:
Just a couple of hours from Bangkok, Hua Hin is one of the most convenient beaches from Thailand’s capital. Originally built as a royal spa, the area has maintained its connection to Thai royalty and the king still has a residency here. Among the quaint fishing village charm are regal palaces, including the stunning Phra Ratchaniwet Marukhathaiyawan palace en route to Cha-am. The beach itself stretches for five kilometres, before coming to an end at Kao Takiap, where a Buddhist temple rests atop the towering cliffs.
Situated on the island of Phuket, popular Patong Beach is arguably the country’s party capital. People come here to enjoy the bustle of the busy beach by day and to experience the vibrant seaside nightlife when darkness descends. For a bit of peace and quiet, head over to Kalim Beach. You’ll find a stretch of rocky shoreline where the lower volume of activity and noise provides a welcome break from the buzz of Patong.
Only accessible by boat, picturesque Railay is a rock climber’s paradise, with more than 700 routes up the limestone faces that jut from the clear blue ocean. The climbs are challenging but incredibly rewarding thanks to the breathtaking views across the Andaman Sea. Adventurists will find further wonder beneath the waters that surround Railay, with some great diving and snorkelling opportunities to be found here. After all that adrenaline, relax and enjoy the scenery from a spot on the beach´s silky sands.
Beaches along Ko Samui are notoriously busy; however, Lamai offers the ideal blend of relaxation, stunning landscapes, and activities to keep you occupied day and night. The sandy bay is lapped by glistening waters and blanketed with fine white sands, providing the perfect spot to unwind in the tropical sun. This is a great choice for those looking for a slightly cheaper option as guesthouses, restaurants and shops are generally more affordable than neighbouring resorts.
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