It’s no surprise that Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The climate is ideal, the cost of living is relatively low and the country is home to the some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches, making it a hit among both backpackers and honeymooners. Consisting of several small islands, Thailand is home to beautiful beaches with white sands, aqua blue waters, clear skies and stunning rock formations, Thailand’s beaches are a tropical paradise for any beach lover. To get the full beach retreat experience on your stay, take a look at the range of luxury Thailand beach rentals available.
With so many beaches to choose from, do your research before you go so you know which beaches appeal to you most. To get you started, I’ve rounded up five of the best beaches in Thailand.
1) Bophut Beach, Koh Samui
Travel blogger, Marianne Rogers is a big fan of Bophut Beach in Koh Samui. She says:
“Bophut Beach is a gorgeous white-sand beach. It is a quiet and peaceful beach, but there is still plenty here to keep you occupied. The Fisherman’s Village has a whole host of bars and restaurants to choose from, but the highlight is definitely Coco Tam’s beach bar, where you can order pints of cocktails and sit on a swing at the bar, lounge on cushions on the beach, or play pool with the ocean as a backdrop.”
Marianne travels the world with her two kids in tow and writes about all her experiences at Mum on the Move, a family travel blog that shows how you can still have fun and adventures on your travels, despite travelling with kids. Check out her post on the best beaches to visit in Phuket for families.
2) Nangyuan Beach, Koh Tao
Named one of the best beaches in Thailand by Condé Naste Traveler, Nangyuan Beach on the tiny island of Koh Nang Yuan, near Koh Tao, is a sandbar connecting three small islands joined by knee-deep, clear turquoise waters that are home to an array of aquatic life.
Koh Nang Yuan is widely regarded as one of Thailand’s top snorkelling spots, as the shallow reefs of both soft and hard corals are located close to shore and teaming with shimmering shoals of fish.
Arrive early or stay late to get an Instagram-worthy shot, free of hoards of tourists.
3) Beaches of Koh Chang
Adventure blogger, Skye Class told me that the beaches of Koh Chang are amongst his favourite beaches in Thailand:
“If you’re looking for a less touristy beach in Thailand, Koh Chang is the perfect choice. Located on the east side of the Gulf of Thailand, away from all the “famous” spots, this island has several beaches which are everything you could want in a Thailand beach, without the huge crowds. Enjoy swimming and relaxation on White Sands Beach, a night of partying at Lonely Beach, or a weekend bungalow and daily massages on Hat Sai Noi Beach at the southern tip of the island. Tuk-tuks are available to take you between the beaches and your accommodations, which range from £3 hostels to £20 beach huts. My personal favourite was watching the sunset on a rope swing hanging from a palm tree.”
Skye photographs the world, eats good food and helps travellers everywhere. He started SkyeTravels to help other travellers follow their dreams. Always looking for the next adventure.
4) Phra Nang Cave Beach, Krabi
Phra Nang is one of Thailand’s most well-known beaches and so it can get very crowded, but it’s worth it. Champagne-coloured sand and bright blue waters sit against a beautiful backdrop of picturesque limestone cliffs.
At the bottom of the cliffs, you’ll find the Princess Cave, otherwise known as Phra Nang. Traditionally, before going out to sea, fishermen make an offering to the symbolic Phallus of Shiva (known as the Siwaleung or Palad Khik in Thai), who they believe can protect their vessel. The cave also contains a number of other phallic symbols believed to aid fertility, and it is a popular spot for the local monkeys.
Phra Nang can be reached via a short walk from Railay, Krabi, or alternatively take a boat ride from Ao Nang or hire a kayak and sail across.
5) Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi
When thinking about the best beaches in Thailand, it’s impossible to overlook Phi Phi Don; one of the largest and the most famous of the Phi Phi islands. The setting of Leonardo Di Caprio film, The Beach, Phi Phi Don is best known for its crescent-shaped sliver of sand.
If you get bored of lazing on the white sands or swimming in the crystal-clear sea (as if!), treat yourself to a traditional Thai massage, unwind with a spot of yoga, tuck into some tasty Thai food or sip on a fruity cocktail in one of the bars – there’s plenty to see and do on the island! For more inspiration on things to do, check out this guide on Koh Phi Phi.
So, now you know all the best beaches to visit when you go to Thailand! For more inspiration, check out this great post from the travel blog, Once in a Lifetime Journey. Why not book a tour with a local Thai guide to make sure you see everything else this fascinating country has to offer?