Creeks , fine white sand, crystal clear waters to get lost in, lush nature . There are still idyllic islands to discover. Immersing yourself in such a calm and unpolluted sea will be a marvel: you will almost feel like entering a large swimming pool . This is Thailand , which with its archipelagos and coral reefs offers many different ways to enjoy a tropical vacation by the sea. A treasure along 2,500 kilometers of coastline , and we show you the most beautiful beaches :
- Khao Phing Kan Island Beach
- Patong Beach, Phuket
- Phang Nga Bay, Phuket
- Phi Phi Don Beach, Phi Phi Island
- Maya Bay Beach, Phi Phi Island
- Ton Sai Bay, Krabi
- Rang Yai Beach, Phuket
- The beaches of Ang Thong Marine National Park
- Thong Nai Pan Bay Beach
- Haad Rin Beach, Koh Phangan
- Lamai Beach, Koh Samui
- Pattaya Beach, Bangkok
- Railay Beach, Krabi
- Phra Ae Beach, Krabi
- Ko Nang Yuang Beach, Koh Tao
- Kai Bae Beach, Trat
- Lonely Beach, Trat
- Bottle Beach, Surat
- Aow Leuk Beach, Surat
- Sunset Beach, Ko Lipe
- White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
- Bamboo Bay Beach, Koh Lanta
- Hat Sai Kaew Beach, Koh Samet
Khao Phing Kan Island Beach
There is a marine park , among the most popular attractions in Thailand ‘s Pang-nga province . And there is an island, Khao Phing Kan, which is attracting more and more visitors, starting with its unique shape, a kind of big nail . You have to imagine huge and majestic rocks, hovering above the sea. On the island, which lies in an archipelago of a dozen atolls , you will find lush and flourishing vegetation . It is located northwest of Phang-nga Bay. It is also known as James Bond Island , thanks to film and The Man with the Golden Gun , a film in the Agent 007 serieswhich was shot here.
The island is easily accessible from Khao Lak, Phuket, Krabi . Once there, you can choose from several options, including a tour with traditional wooden boats . You will make a crossing through the mangrove forests , alternatively by motorboat. The island’s caves and coves are almost always accessible by sea and can also be visited by canoe.
Patong Beach, Phuket
Phuket is a well-known island and its beaches cannot go unnoticed. A pristine sea and a soft, clear beach are features you will find everywhere, along with lush vegetation. The island’s main tourist district is called Patong , and covers about 17 square kilometers, it was rebuilt after the devastating 2004 Tsunami.
Patong Beach is a successful mix of soft white sand , turquoise water and an unbroken succession of accommodations, shops, restaurants and clubs. A half-pipe with a length of 3 kilometers. There will be plenty of places to take a break, kiosks and restaurants, but also points for renting pedal boats, boats, snorkeling equipment . Patong is also the best dive center on the island and can offer many specialist facilities.
Patong Bay covers the entire territory: here you will find picturesque coves with spectacular views and calm waters. Tri Trang is the longest and easiest cove to reach; it has soft white sand and directly overlooks Patong.
Paradise Beach is truly a wonder. It is home to two bays of different sizes, but united by the beauty and magic of the rocks. Freedom Beach is a unique strip of sand , present in all the routes in the region. It extends for a hundred meters, has all the necessary services and also has a beautiful view, with sun loungers that get lost in a palm grove. It is an ideal place to rest and spend a nice day with friends.
Phang Nga Bay, Phuket
One of the area’s premier attractions is the Phang-nga Bay National Park . The area, active since 1981, extends over almost 500 kilometres. It is a very famous marine national park in the country, which includes islands, varied mountains and forests . The bay is one of the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia.
A special place, in small rocky islands that emerge from clear and unspoiled water . Nature also enhances wildlife: over time, the environment has become the habitat of many species of reptiles and birds . Among the most curious and rare specimens we can find the sea eagle and the water lizard.
Phi Phi Don Beach, Phi Phi Island
Beautiful, famous and recognizable : Phi Phi Island is one of the two most beautiful islands in southern Thailand. One of the must-see sights is the main bay of Koh Phi Phi Don . Imagine a rocky cliff covered by rainforest. The bay is thus “protected” and a safe and natural port has been created, sheltered from the winds. From here begins a strip of white sand, lined with palm trees , which in the eastern part breaks up into small charming coves. Both islands offer unmissable landscapes , calm waters, sandy beaches and lush nature.
Maya Bay Beach, Phi Phi Island
The most popular beach on the islands is Maya Beach . An absolute charm, thanks to the immense and sinuous cliffs , as well as a dazzling nature: a combination which creates an intact and wild charm. Add to that clear waters, fine sand and a wonderful postcard landscape . The Thai beach, which has become too famous for the film “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio, had to close access to tourists to preserve its ecosystem.
A difficult situation, which had been clear for some time and which could not continue without adequate countermeasures, given the massive influx of tourists : last year, the authorities had already implemented a first seasonal shutdown so that nature can regenerate. But that wasn’t enough, prompting the announcement of an ‘indefinite’ closure, until the area’s ecosystem returned to normal. And so, as the authorities have officially explained, the beach will be closed during the first half of 2021 . The situation will be assessed every three months with a view to a possible reopening.
Ton Sai Bay, Krabi
Tonsai Beach is one of four beaches located on the Railay Peninsula. It retains the magic of the past and has a quaint air , as it houses a number of bamboo huts that tourists love. It is a very scenic and very popular place in Krabi . And nature is the protagonist, thanks to the lush forest and the majestic rocks .
Rang Yai Beach, Phuket
Rang Yai Island is a beautiful island , located just over 5 kilometers east of Boat Lagoon . A wild Robinson Crusoe lifestyle awaits you: the island will offer you, among the services, camping and bamboo bungalows. You won’t be bored because you can go kayaking , learn how a pearl farm works or even ride a bike . The beaches are famous for their white sand and the fantastic shades of the water.
The beaches of Ang Thong Marine National Park
It is a marine park located in the south of Thailand, precisely in the province of Surat Thani: we are talking about Mu Koh Ang Thong, formed by 42 islands . Institutionalized in 1980, the park covers 102 square kilometers, only a fifth of which is on land. The islands are characterized by mountains of rocky origin that reach 500 meters above sea level.
The islands in this area are characterized by rocky cliffs that rise to the sea , opening onto a still undegraded natural landscape. Here you will have the opportunity to know a very particular fauna and flora.
In this park, in addition to enjoying unique views, there are many activities, including kayaking and snorkeling . The sea water is clear green and the beach is surrounded by an expanse of palm trees and lush nature.
Thong Nai Pan Bay Beach
Beauty and variety of landscapes , ease of access, excellent facilities , make Koh Phangan a place to mark with a white stone during your cruise in Thailand. The bay is very picturesque and well protected from waves and wind. According to a local legend, the name refers to a man who had been loyal to his king and who, as a reward, received the lands of the bay.
In addition to the tranquility of the place , what is most appreciated is the beauty of the landscape , perfect for hiking. Then its waters are calm and clear as crystal . There is no coral reef, but the absence of current allows you to swim in calm seas, perfect for snorkeling.
In the area, there are two beaches: Thong Nai Pan Noi and Thong Nai Pan Yai . Both are characterized by fine white sand and are lined with palm trees, which provide shade and a pinch of freshness. To the north there is a pretty cove where you can discover another beach.
Haad Rin Beach, Koh Phangan
The beaches of Koh Phangan are among the most fascinating: the landscape is that of a tropical beach: coconut trees, turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Since the 70s, Haad Rin beach has become the most popular, because it is easily accessible from the neighboring island of Koh Samui and because it is the most equipped with services. There is also a nightlife reason.
It was at the end of the 80s that it was decided to create the Full Moon Party : a party organized during the full moon, once a month, on the beach of Haad Rin and in which more than ten thousand people take part . There are two beaches in Haad Rin. The first is called Sunset Beach (Haad Rin Noi) . The second is Sunrise Beach, (Haad Rin Nok) , is full of charm. The sand is white and the sea is deep blue. The water is clear and transparent, and it is a pleasure to swim.
Lamai Beach, Koh Samui
Fine white sand, lush vegetation and crystal clear sea are the beaches of Koh Samui , one of the most famous seaside resorts in the country. Here you will find many and varied beaches that have attracted more and more tourists over the years . Lamai Beach takes its name from the village of the same name, and it is a quiet beach, but it can count on many services. It represents an optimal solution for those who want to relax, being able to count on nearby clubs and restaurants.
The beach is very wide, the sea is shaded by crystal clear waters and tanning is guaranteed. The nightlife offers different alternatives between clubs, restaurants and beach parties: you can eat well and in the region there are plenty of possibilities to find accommodation for all budgets. Chaweng Beach is the largest beach and also the one with the most facilities. Along the 7 kilometers of this coast you can reach shops, bars and many restaurants where you can taste the local specialties.
Pattaya Beach, Bangkok
Pattaya, which is in the province of Chonburi, is one of the most sparkling places in the country. It was for a long time a simple village where mainly fishermen lived until 1961 . That year, a group of American soldiers , engaged in the Vietnam conflict , arrived in the city to rest and enjoy themselves. Pattaya has quickly become a popular resort, ready to welcome tourists.
The fisherman’s huts have been replaced by hotels, entertainment centers and shops, including a huge shopping mall , the Central Festival Pattaya Beach Mall. Pattaya offers many opportunities for fun among attractions and nightlife: the beaches, which lie just 150 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, are the most popular. Today visitors come here for windsurfing, diving, sailing , but there are also plenty of excursions to nearby islands.
Hat Pattaya beach is a concentrate of charm: thanks to the vegetation and the palm trees that reach the promenade. There is no shortage of services, hotels, restaurants and numerous shops. The most impressive beach is Jomtien Beach , which stretches for about 6 kilometers. On this beach, the water is crystal clear and the atmosphere is more relaxed. Another gem is Naklua Beach , which is further north, and here too you will find the right pace for a vacation.
Railay Beach, Krabi
A classic tropical paradise: we are talking about the southern coast of Thailand. The cliffs can offer incredibly beautiful beaches : the first not to be missed is that of Railay . Here you will find the sea, but also majestic rocks and lush jungle . There are many activities you can do: kayaking, diving, snorkeling .
Another place not to be missed is Rai Leh, a small peninsula that can only be reached by boat. It is famous for its cliffs, which attract climbers from across the border, but above all for the beauty of its beaches and the calm and relaxed atmosphere .
Just go to Ao Nang beach to see it. The waters of this beach are also suitable for children since they are shallow and can take advantage of the games of light and shadow created by the emerging rocks. Another beach full of beauty is that of Nopparat Tara . It is a 3 km long fine sandy beach. It is a long and uncrowded beach.
Its main features are the wonderful shades of water and the sand covered with tiny seashells. The locals called it “Khlong Haeng Beach” , literally the “dried channel beach”. When this happens, at low tide , it is as if the area becomes a beach again.
Phra Ae Beach, Krabi
Koh Lanta is one of the jewels of Krabi province, dotted with sea pearls and is a place full of views. It is a suspended reality where the islands sometimes seem to rise from the sea. The region is a chaotic collection of bays and coves which have been the refuge of pirates. In this area, the beaches are accessible and reserved.
The most famous beach of Koh Lanta is called Phra Ae or Long Beach , it is located south of Klong Dao, and extends for five kilometers: it is a characteristic sand tongue covered by a calm sea full of shades. On this beach, very busy during the summer, there are many seaside resorts. There are several restaurants and clubs where you can taste fish specialties. Khlong Dao , on the other hand, is a strip of soft sand that stretches for three kilometers.
Among its calling cards are the beautiful sunsets and white sands, as well as the mesmerizing natural landscape. It is ideal for swimming and for families with children: the water is calm and it is an ideal place to relax. As it is very large, everyone can find their own space.
Ko Nang Yuang Beach, Koh Tao
It is described as one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world and one of the paradises not to be missed. To get to the island of Koh Nang Yuan, you have to travel to the southern Gulf of Thailand . The island consists of three small islands.
Forget the noise , the cars, and get ready to enjoy only nature and the gentle waves of the sea. A little dream, when you get up in the morning, to go out and find yourself in nature , among the colorful birds and lush palm trees. In front of you, you will have a free beach and clear water, so you can see the fish and the bottom of the sea. In Koh Nang Yuan , time passes slowly and expands. Don’t be in a hurry .
Kai Bae Beach, Trat
On Kai Bae beach, expect fine sand, palm trees with a unique view of the neighboring islands . Activities are numerous: there are boat rental services and dive shops.
And then, for those looking for a bit of social life or wanting a tasty break, the village offers restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs and the atmosphere becomes particularly bubbly after sunset. And there is also a viewpoint to the south of Kai Bae. Here you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding bays and islands.
Of these, the nearest island is Koh Man Nai . Its beaches attract an increasing number of visitors each year. They are a unique mixture of wild landscape , a very relaxed atmosphere, because there is not yet too much tourist development. The location is also good, given the proximity to Bangkok and the ability to choose from a wide range of resorts, which are located right on the beach.
Lonely Beach, Trat
Don’t let the name fool you, it may once have been a lonely beach, but Lonely Beach isn’t quite as intimate anymore . The small village has now become a landmark where dive centers, clubs and shops have sprung up. It has also become a meeting place for those who want to get together to plan their evening. Its range, however, is the added value , like things that do not lose their charm over time. There is no shortage of visitors and tourists, thanks to its bathing waters , white sand and relaxing vegetation.
Bottle Beach, Surat
You have to go by boat to the northernmost point of the island, about 20 minutes from Thong Nai Pan. However, Bottle Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Phangan and one of the most picturesque in Thailand: you get there by following a very picturesque part of the coast. Everything is perfect: the climate is perfect, the sand is white and the waters are perfect for swimming , in short the bay is magnificent.
In the afternoon, when the last boats disappear on the horizon and everything is silent , the tranquility is absolute. The promenade is wide with palm trees as a natural setting . Here you can breathe the sea, and at sunset you just have to drink a cocktail or dine in a restaurant, overlooking the beach.
Aow Leuk Beach, Surat
Snorkeling, beauty and opportunity : these are the key words of Ao Leuk Beach, a pleasant place to swim or relax on the beach and spend a day with friends . The bay offers you some tricks to pass the time: here you can encounter reef fish and even small sharks . Its fine white sand makes it one of the most beautiful on Koh Tao . The road to the bay is quite wild and offers beautiful scenery and is very popular with hikers .
Sunset Beach, Ko Lipe
Here is the best place to watch the sunsets , a small bay: Sunset Beach (Hat Pramong) is located on the west coast of Koh Lipe . It is a beach with a relaxed atmosphere where you will find characteristic rooms built in wood. Here you can take a break in a small kiosk serving beers and frozen cocktails – a way to have an aperitif and wait for the sunset in a magical atmosphere. The beach has the islets of Butang in front of it.
White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
A road runs along the perimeter of the island of Koh Chang and allows you to admire many bays. White Sand Beach is a very wide beach with very white sand , and is suitable for those who want to swim or families with children. It is an ideal place to relax and offers a wide choice of accommodation for all needs.
Here you will find restaurants, nightclubs, without having to give up the wonderful nature , because you will have a beach surrounded by palm trees and calm waters . The establishments are very famous for their fish specialties, but you can also enjoy the evening with frozen cocktails, wine and musical accompaniment .
Bamboo Bay Beach, Koh Lanta
Bamboo Bay has crystal clear waters and a white sand beach . It is surrounded by mountains covered with tropical forests. There are several resorts along the bay where you can stay. Visitors will find calm, relaxation and unspoilt nature . Just think that until recently there wasn’t even a road to the beach. “A magical place, where you can recharge your batteries and enjoy nature. Time seems to have stopped 20 years ago”, is the comment of a tourist who praises the beauty of the place. It is one of the must-see places in Koh Lanta .
Hat Sai Kaew Beach, Koh Samet
It shines and is sought after, it is not surprising that it is called “the diamond beach” on the island of Koh Samet. Hat Sai Kaew is one of the most popular and extensive beaches. As the sun sets, the beach lights up with the lights of local restaurants and bars.
The water is an embrace that combines green and blue , the sand is white and fine. Here you can taste one of the best fish dishes and spend wonderful evenings with friends. There are plenty of opportunities to practice many water sports: windsurfing, jet-skiing or snorkeling .
The beach is located on Koh Samet Island, also called Koh Kaew Phitsadan , literally “jewel island”. Its name comes from a particular type of tree that grows abundantly in the region, providing the material to build typical boats. It is a tiny island, 150 kilometers from the capital Bangkok.
Koh Samet was discovered in the 1980s and has become a sought after destination, developing into a tourist destination. It’s not hard to see why: it’s a quiet place , capable of offering some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It is also part of a national park created in 1981 , along with Laem Ya and other surrounding islands.