Thinking of a tropical escape? Check out Thailand’s best beaches – golden shores, turquoise blue waters and tropical palms, wow what a piece of paradise!
Thailand’s Best Beaches
Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
Of all the beaches in sunny Koh Samui Chaweng is the resort that brings the majority of the tourist trade in, largely due to English (11%), Russian (12%) and Thai (10%) holidaymakers. With the influx of travellers to the island not set on slowing down Thailand has had to adapt to the demands of the tourism sector, thus both expanding and preserving the Chaweng Beach region.
We’ve included this as our top entry because of the diverse and visually stimulating landscape that includes a six kilometres of soft sand that is tailor made for the perfect postcard photo or selfie, depending on who the recipient is! Clear, warm waters cater well for those who want to try snorkelling as well as more adventurous activities such as jet-ski racing or paragliding. Massage huts and mobile food vendors set out their stalls at a short distance from the hotels and bars so that you’re never without the option of exquisite local cuisine and relaxation therapy… morning, noon or night.
Patong Beach, Phuket
Patong is the island’s most popular beach as it delivers a sublime balance of beach and leisure activities for the modern traveller. An abundance of bars and shopping facilities are a short walk from the vast open sandy shoreline that thousands of holidaymakers flock to each year. Whilst closer to the ocean one can take advantage of the many activities such as a jet ski ride, sunset beach walk or full body massage.
Although Patong Beach is becoming a tourist hotspot in its own right, Thailand is taking extra special care to ensure the increasing levels of tourism aren’t spoiling the surroundings. So if you’re looking for a relaxing and aesthetically pleasing beach is easily accessible to a hub of town entertainment, Patong is a top contender you shouldn’t rule out.
Ko Nang Yuan, Koh Tao
Tiny Ko Nang Yuan is the must-see beach attraction if you are making your way over to the tropical island of Ko Tao, for a short or longer stay. We’ve included this beach because it resembles no other sandy coastline on our list, and so remarkable and unique is its beauty that the government chooses to limit travelling to the island to certain times of the year to avoid overcrowding and pollution.
Accessible only by boat, there is an entrance fee to set foot on Ko Nang Yuan, and for good reason: the slender and bendy beach strip offers an excellent setting for sunbathing and wading in the deep blue ocean amongst myriad species of tropical fish. Snorkelling and diving are popular activities available to those who want to explore marine life up close. Visitors can stay on the island, notwithstanding an advanced booking due to such high popularity.
Sunset Beach, Ko Lipe
Sunset Beach, also referred to by travel guides as Hat Pramong, is located on a small bay on Ko Lipe. This is a west-facing beach that lives up to its name by offering some of the most spectacular sunsets in Asia, which is why travellers earmark this spot of paradise as one for the all-time bucket list. A host of beach bungalows and modest shopping facilities are amongst the local amenities that makes Sunset Beach a warm, welcoming and hospitable location for the aspiring traveller
Koh Koh, Pi Pi
Often dubbed the Paradise Island, Koh Phi Phi is the setting of crystal clear waters and golden sands that have been the backdrop of man y a Hollywood movie, namely the iconic The Beach. Koh Koh has gone through something of a resurgence after being hit by the Tsunami of 2004, an unfortunate way of warranting further media interest from across the globe. Now not a day goes by without the beauty of tiny region of Thailand being referenced by high end travel guides or mounds of backpackers and travellers through social media platforms as the place to be in 2015.
A fleet of boats from Krabi leave the Chao Fa Pier or Klong Jilad Pier two to three times per day, enabling regular access to Koh Koh and its surrounding areas. As a word of caution, if you are planning a stay on Pi Pi you may wish to book up in advance as to secure a spot. The high level of tourism may come as a shock to those who are visiting from more remote locations in Thailand.