Thailand is such a popular choice of destination among tourists offer a cheap option to pack in many things at once. With the country having so many beaches to choose from here’s a few select options which offers best bets for all that you’re looking for, partying, relaxing and private deserted islands.
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Top 10 Beaches in Thailand
10 Koh Mun Nork
A small private island in the northern part of Gulf of Siam is an absolute treat for people in search of a desert island experience offering total peace and tranquility. There is only one resort on the island i.e. the Mun Nork Island Resort which ferries tourists to and fro from the main island every 45 minutes.
Getting there: Cars for hire are available from Bangkok which takes about 4 hours and Samui to Mun Nork’s main island.
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9 Haad Rin
Known especially for full moon parties, once a month people let their hair down and indulge in dancing, drinking and live music shows so peace seekers may want to stay clear. The gentle slope of the beach is ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
Getting there: Flight from Bangkok to Samui and then a ferry to Koh Pha Nagn.
Stay: Plenty of inexpensive options available primarily aimed at backpackers.
8 White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
Fringed with coconut and palm trees this beautiful stretch of sand with warm clear water is set against a backdrop of gentle sloping hills. Primarily a backpacker’s destination. Motorbikes, rental cars and buses should be used for exploring Koh Chang as the main island is pretty big to travel on foot.
Getting there: Direct flights available from Bangkok to Trat and then transfer to pier in Laem Ngop.
Stay: Furuma Resort and Spa, The Stage and the Privacy Resort Koh Chang offer quality places to stay.
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7 Sairee Beach, Koh Tao
Once an almost exclusive only for divers, there is a lot to Koh Tao than just sleeping and eating between two dives. The one-mile stretch of the beach offers a beautiful view of an archipelago of small islands in the horizon is Koh Tao’s main attraction. The beach is surrounded by plenty of cheap accommodation and restaurant options.
Roads in Koh Tao can be challenge and it is better off to move from one place to the other in longtail boats which are available on Sairee Beach.
Getting There: Fly from Bangkok to Samui and then take a ferry to Koh Tao, which takes about two hours.
Stay: Not a great deal of options here but a decent accommodation domination by basic bungalows offer an inexpensive place to stay. Ban’s diving resort, Tarna Align and the Aminjirah Resort can be definitely checked out.
6 Chaweng Beach, Samui
Most popular beach on the island of Samui the beach is dotted with plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars all at a stone’s throw. The 4-mile-long coastline of soft fringed sand is lined with coconut trees has the clearest water you will see in Samui and is packed with tourists, vendors and water sports activities.
Getting there: Planes arrive hourly from Bangkok but tickets are expensive by Thai standards.
• Poppies Samui: Offers only private bungalows all of which are furnished and influenced by Thai architecture.
• Akwa: An inexpensive place, looking for a stylish place to stay without spending too much. The rooms are colorful but different and offers all basic amenities.
• Chaweng Beach backpackers hostel: A nice dorm room hostel across the beach which has a homely laid back atmosphere.
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5 Kata Beach, Phuket
Located just a couple of miles from Patong Beach and located in Southern Phuket this beach is comparatively much quieter and relaxed. Kata offers all the ingredients that makes Phuket popular- from palm trees, nice views and warm water.
Very popular with families it also popular among bachelors for its vibrant but not a wild nightlife. During the off season the waves get intense and becomes a popular hotspot for surfers.
Getting there: Located in Southern Phuket anything from a scooter, bus, tuk-tuk or a private vehicle will take you there from the airport.
Stay: Offering everything from budget guesthouses, mid-range hotels and luxury resorts. They are-
• Kata Beach Resort: A 275-room four star resort it is designed in traditional Thai style with a grand open lobby, world cuisine, and a seaside look and feel to it.
• Avista Phuket Resort and Spa: Provides easy access to the city’s nightlife it just the spot for people who want to mix party along with the finer things in life.
• Boathouse by Montara: One of Phuket’s most iconic hotels it only has 38 rooms and suites and stresses on offering a world class hospitality to their guests. Equipped with a spa and offering world class cuisine and the best wine in Southern Thailand along with an afternoon RE KATA beach it will leave you wanting for more.
4 Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin
Hua Hin is a few hours ride from Bangkok and is one of the most popular beaches in Thailand. The coast is a long, flat stretch of sand that inclines gently into the ocean. It is surrounded by plenty of guest houses, hotels and resorts along with plenty of places to quench your thirst and have a good night’s out!
The area is small enough, so nothing better than exploring it by foot. Venturing into some of the other connecting beaches can be done with the help of a motorbike.
Getting There: Many sources of transport be it public or privatized ply from Bangkok, daily trains are available from Bangkok’s Hua Lampon station and the journey takes about three hours. Many government buses are available from Bangkok’s South Bus Terminal as well as Victory Monument.
Stay: Hua Hin is high on accommodation availability with a variety of choices from five star hotels to a backpacker’s inn.
The best options are:
• Citin Loft Hua Hin: Although not right on the beach it offers great mid-range rooms accompanied with a swimming and a convenient location. Perfect for those satisfied with basic amenities expected of a hotel.
• Antara Resort and Spa: Luxury rooms in traditional thai-style is on offer. Spacious rooms decked with all the major not to mention a touch of thai in all the design artifacts is there. There is a large assembly area.
• Intercontinental resort Hua Hin: Relatively new five-star hotel offers beautifully decorated rooms varying from standard to suites. Great choice for those who want to soak in the sunshine and relax.
3 Maya Bay
Located in Koi Phi, a small island this is a romance lover’s dream. With crystal clear water, majestic cliffs and sift dunes it makes for paradise on earth. The only downside is that has already become a favored hotspot with a danger of being overrun by tourists and hotels to make this island a hub of being over occupied thus ruining its serenity.
Longtail boats ferry people from one beach to the other on the island. There are many scuba diving centers littered along the island for the adventure seekers which offer snorkeling, diving or excursions.
Getting there: Boats are available from the Rasada Pier in Phuket thrice a day and it generally takes about 90 minutes to reach Koi Phi. Boats also leave from Krabi two to three times a day depending on the season and takes about 90 minutes. The ferries arrive Ton Sai and you’ve to hire a longtail boat to go anywhere else.
Stay: Staying in and around the area which connects the two trips of land from the island would leave with many choices for a decent place to stay as well as offer you a choice of walking to anywhere.
Tip: A victim of the 2004 tsunami but has bounced back in full force. Place can get very crowded during the peak season so peace lovers can give this place a miss. Traditionally a popular backpacker’s destination.
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2 Railay Beach
Railay Beach is surrounded by immense limestone cliffs and is backed by a dense jungle is one of Thailand’s best beaches. Situated on the main island of Krabi the beach can be accessed only by boat giving it the feel of a desert island.
The Railay beach is divided into two parts, the East Railey and west Railay. East Railay is composed of mud flats and mangroves and West Railay is just pristine white sand. Do make sure which beach you’re on! Railay is a small isthmus off the main island of Krabi and is small enough to be cover the entire area by foot. No motor transport is available on the island.
To do: Sport lovers will love the activities on the beach which includes kayaking, snorkeling and rock climbing with hundreds of bolted routes.
Getting there: As it separated by mountains and a dense jungle and is off the mainland a boat can only take you to Railay Beach, which is available from Krabi’s main beach, Ao Nang.
Stay: Accommodation options are limited with just a few resorts in West Railey. Among them Railay Beach Club offers convenience along with a homely atmosphere and Ravandee Resort for a luxurious stay.
Tips: Although getting popular every year it is a pretty laid back place meant for people seeking peace and want to lapped on mother nature’s nature. Party goers will find the place boring.
1 Patong Beach
Patong Beach is the largest beach in the island of Phuket and is the country’s most popular one. It has a wide coastline, sparkling white sand and warm sea water. Many hotels are dotted along the entire coastline with a fair sprinkling of restaurants and shopping malls in and around the area. So it is virtually impossible to be bored.
To do: Patong also has a vibrant nightlife culture and is the ideal place to let your hair down and party into the night. It literally has hundreds of pubs and discos in and around the beach. Common South East Asia services such as message spas, snorkeling, scuba diving and jet skiing are readily available.
Getting there: Situated on the west coast of Phuket’s island it would cost around 350 baht for a cab ride. Shared rides are a much cheaper option with the pricing around a 150 baht. Public buses from the airport terminal are also available on a 24-hour basis which cost a lot lesser.
• Baa Yin Dee Boutique resort (3500 baht equivalent to $110 dollars per night, breakfast included)- small stylish resort with spacious rooms offering a stunning view of Patong Bay.
• Merlin Hotel Patong (3000 baht or $100 dollars, breakfast included)-situated on the beach just outside the city center the rooms are decorated with modern Thai furnishings. Also equipped with multiple swimming pools, kids zone and spas.
• Hotel Ibis (1000 baht or $30)- For the budget goers, located just a couple of blocks from the beach offers a comfortable and clean ambiance with a great atmosphere.
Tip: The beach and its surroundings is pretty big so it would be wise not to explore the whole feet on foot. Rent a scooter or a bicycle to get you going.