10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Thailand
A guide to the most-beautiful, dazzling beaches in Thailand
10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Thailand
12 March 2015
Life’s a beach in Thailand… Every year millions of people pack up their swimsuits and flip-flops and jet off to the dazzling shores of Thailand. This unique paradise offers warm turquoise waters, soft white sand and breathtakingly beautiful views. Each beach in Thailand has something to offer every visitor, so whether you prefer to soak up the view on a secluded beach, get active with fun water sports or even party on the sand, you are bound to find the perfect beach for you.
We have scoured this stunning country and have created a list of 10 of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, (beware: these photos will cause instant jealousy and wanderlust).
Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi
Maya Bay is the definition of paradise. This stunning, beautiful bay consists of several small, exotic beaches and is surrounded by 100-metre high cliffs on three sides. The main beach in the bay is 200 metres long with soft, white sand and warm, turquoise waters full of tropical and colourful fish. Maya Bay is home to a large coral reef, which makes it the perfect place to snorkel, and you will surely feel as if you have stepped into another luxurious world. In 1999 this beach was made famous by the very popular film “The Beach”, so unfortunately this spot is usually packed with tourists. If you want to avoid the crowds, then we suggest visiting early in the morning or after 5pm.
Lamai Beach, Koh Samui
Lamai beach is Koh Samui’s second largest beach, after Chaweng, but offers a more relaxing and quieter atmosphere. It’s clear to see why this beach continues to entice and attract tourists from all over the world, as the palm tree lined shores, golden sand and dazzlingly clear waters will make you feel as if you have stepped into paradise. The deep, central stretch of the beach is perfect for watersports, and you will be able to find plenty of places to hire jet skis and kayaks. As the sun goes down, plenty of restaurants and bars along this stretch pull tables onto the sand, so you can end a perfect day at the beach with dinner or cocktails under the stars.
Named “The Perfect Beach” on National Geographic’s “Best of the World 2012” list, this amazing, secluded island is home to two luxurious beaches, Sunrise and Pattaya. This perfect island is only accessible by boat, but the silky, white sand and crystal clear waters will be well-worth the trip. This area is also one of the best places to snorkel in Thailand, as its coral reef is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park and is home to 25 per cent of the world’s tropical fish species.
Railay Bay, Krabi
Railay Bay (also spelt like Rai Leh) is the place to visit if you are seeking typical postcard beauty and a laid-back atmosphere. There are not many beaches that can match up to the tropical beauty that is Railay, as this slice of paradise offers you a perfect shoreline of clean sand, clear waters and dramatic, steep limestone cliffs. Whether you want to just chill on the beach, climb the rock faces or enjoy the bars along the seafront, Railay Bay is an exotic paradise that all can enjoy.
Koh Nang Yuan, Koh Tao
It’s impossible to take a photo on this beach without making your friends back home very green with jealousy. Koh Nang Yuan is made up of three little islands connected by one long sandbar, which offers you blinding white sand and crystal clear waters that are full with exotic marine life. You can easily whittle away a day in this paradise spot – you can sunbathe on the soft sand, snorkel in one of the best spots in Thailand, hike to the viewpoint and take amazing photos of the bay, zip-line between the two islands, and relax with a cool drink in the bar.
Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
Being the largest and most popular beach in Koh Samui, Chaweng is buzzing with life, culture and plenty of things to do. Other than relax on the impressive white sand, Chaweng also offers bars, restaurants and nightclubs that cater for all audiences. At dusk the beach really comes alive, as restaurants and bars take their tables and chairs onto the beach, so you can either enjoy a romantic dinner for two, or party with a big group of friends. Surprisingly, despite all of the crowds and partying, this beach is still incredibly picture-perfect.
Surin Beach, Phuket
Sometimes referred to as the “Hollywood of Phuket”, this is where you are most likely to bump into a celebrity on the beach. The Surin area is packed with luxury resorts and million-dollar houses, which dominate the best spots on top of the hills overlooking the Andaman Sea. Fine, golden sand and turquoise-blue waters entrance tourists and Thais alike to this picturesque beach, and this has naturally led to an array of high-quality bars and restaurants popping up along the shore. The waters are also ideal for snorkelling and kayaking if you wish to get active in this pretty setting.
Phra Nang Beach, Krabi
Phra Nang beach, located between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang beach, is the best place to spend a lazy day. In every direction that you point your camera you will be able to capture this beach’s breath-taking beauty, including its jaw-dropping scenery of high cliffs, untouched sand and inviting waters. Phra Nang has the right amount of facilities without being too spoiled, including barbeques cooked on the beach, people selling tasty, cool drinks and plenty of opportunities to have a relaxing massage. After spending a day in this paradise you will surely be reluctant to leave.
Maenam Beach, Koh Samui
The glistening Maenam beach with spectacular views of Koh Phangan, offers white sand lined by impressive coconut trees. The 7km stretch of beach is set back quite far from the road, so you are really able to soak up the sun in a relaxing and calm environment. This beach is perfect if you are looking to have a lazy day sunbathing, and is also a great place to watch the sunset, as the east end of the beach tends to offer incredibly pretty views.
Kata Beach, Phuket
Kata beach is one of Phuket’s most popular spots, which is not surprising when you see its gorgeous palm tree lined shores, white sand and crystal waters. The shoreline is dotted with great restaurants and lively bars, so there is plenty to do between the sunbathing and swimming. Here you will find two stunning beaches, Kata Yai and Kata Noi, which are both roughly 10 minutes apart and offer the ideal atmosphere to relax, have a massage and sip on a cool, delicious cocktail.
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Written by Alissa Johnson