My favorite beaches In Thailand
Thailand has some of the world's most incredible beaches. Whether you're in the Andaman Sea on Thailand's Indian Ocean coast or the South China Sea on the Pacific side of Thailand, opportunities abound to play in the sand, snorkel, swim, dive and sun bathe (perhaps in the buff in a few locations). There are other things to do in Thailand, but the country's beaches are a huge attraction for foreign tourists.
A nice beach, but the attraction really is that Pattaya has some of the best nightlife in Thailand. Walking Street is filled with go-go bars and clubs. Greater Pattaya City boasts an abundance of clean, sandy beaches. These are ideal places for simply relaxing on a deckchair or swimming through clear blue waters. However each also has its own unique flavour and appeal. Some like Jomtien Beach are perfect for water sports, while others like Naklua and Wong Amat are serenely quiet, perfect for those seeking solitude.
Ko Si Chang, Fairly close to Bangkok, the island has some pretty beaches. There is also an old summer palace that King Chulalongkorn used to take the family to, but if has been abandoned since 1893.
In Rayong Province takes it about two and a half hours to get to Koh Samet by bus from Bangkok. Then you have a ferry ride that lasts another 30 to 45 minutes. The trip is worth it. The tiny island some four miles off the coast is relatively untouched by development and is home to some of the most beautiful fine white sand beaches in all of Asia.
Koh Chang offers activities for beach lovers and mountain trekkers alike. Its pristine white sand beaches are perfect for swimming, sun-bathing, or snorkeling in clear blue waters. Watching the beautiful sunset after a day filled with satisfying activities remains one of the favorite pastime. Land activities, from elephant trekking to hiking through the mountains and rain forest with several waterfalls, form a great complement to the beach activities. The biggest of the chain of 52 islands in the Gulf of Thailand and falling under the administration of Trat province, Koh Chang hosts more than 400,000 visitors annually, a quarter of them from Sweden, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Germany, Britain and Hong Kong. Word has gotten out on Koh Chang’s charms and the number of visitors has increased dramatically over the years. The west coast, blessed with better beaches and clearer sea water, has most of the accommodation. The major beaches on the west side of the island include Klong Son, Hat Sai Khao (White Sand), Klong Prao, Kai Bae, Bai Lan, Tha Nam (Lonely Beach) and Bang Bao. The east coast remains as it once did years ago, while the west coast has developed rapidly.
Hua Hin was the first of Thailand's beach resort towns. In the 1920's King Rama VII brought the royal family here to escape the heat of Bangkok. When compared to the country's other resort destination, Hua Hin is described as "unspectacular and undistinguished" by one travel guide. But that could be another way of saying "family-friendly" or "relaxing." The beach is not an excuse for other attractions; Hua Hin's three miles of sea front is the attraction.
Seclusion is all well and good but if you want to go out and how a nice meal, do a bit of shopping and perhaps have a drink then you need to choose the right beach to stay by. In other words: decide what you want out of your holiday on Koh Tao before choosing where to stay. I hope our little guide to the different beaches and bays will be of help. Feel free to contact me for further clarifications.
Some excellent beaches exist on this island, but the main attraction to Koh Phangan is the monthly Full Moon Party that draws between seven thousand and ten thousand participants each month. The parties run dusk-to-dawn and including music and dancing, jugglers and fire-eaters, alcohol and (of course) swimming. The parties have been taking place every full moon now for about 10 years.
Thailand's third largest island and is among the country's most popular destinations. About half a million visitors each year come to Koh Samui. And with good reason: the long, white sand beaches and vibrant nightlife make it worth the trip.
Thailand's most popular beach destination. The island includes several nice beaches and access to small nearby islands. Patong Beach is the most popular beach on the island. Kata Noi and Kata Yai sit next to each other near the town of Karon on Phuket. There are a number of other beaches. The island also has golf courses and a great nightlife.
Ko Phi Phi in Krabi Province, south of Phuket and west of the town of Krabi in the Andaman Sea, the two main islands of this cluster are beautiful examples of tropical paradises. Leonardo DiCaprio's movie "The Beach" was filmed here. The islands have been restored since the 2004 tsunami all but destroyed them. There are some excellent beaches, great snorkeling, a pretty good nightlife, and 1500 hotels rooms.
Located in Krabi Province, this beach is divided in to East Rai Le and West Rai Le beaches. East Rai Le includes an area of mangroves and mud flats. West Rai Le is the more popular tourist destination. It is a marvelous sandy beach and includes some areas where rock wall climbing is popular. (A note on spelling: I've seen this romanized a vatiety of ways - Railay Beach, Railey Beach, Riley Beach; it's all the same beach...)
The beaches on Ko Lanta, There are slight variations in the type of resort available, beach characteristics, depth of water, and distance. Select the beach you are interested in, and click on the individual links to see further details. Ko Lanta Yai is long, thin island. The ferry docks at the northern-most end of the island, known as Ban Saladan ( Saladan Town ). From Saladan, a drive down to the south will take approximately an hour with a distance of 30km. All nine beaches are located on the west coast of the island, running north to south. The east coast is more mountainous and covered with rain forest. The road ends at the office in Ko Lanta's Marine National Park, where the islands' recognizable lighthouse is located. The national park area with its' two curved, private beaches are simply wonderful, and well worth a visit!
Mu Ko Similan National Park has been rated first by the U.S. publication Skin Diving of the top ten dive sites in the world. The Similan Islands in the heart of the Andaman Sea are indeed unparelled in their exotic beauty. If planning a visit, keep in mind that anytime between December to April is recommended, with the best month being March, because the monsoons are over and the water is clear. Just 84 km northwest of the deckchairs and the bustling crowds of Phuket's Patong Beach lies a gateway to another world. Koh Similan is one of the best-known island groups in the Andaman Sea, largely because of the wonders that wait beneath the clear blue waters that surround it.
Mu Ko Surin National Park is situated in the Andaman sea approximately 60 km from the Coast of Phang-Nga Province in the southern peninsula region. The park covers an area of approximately 135 km2. Of the protected area 102 km2 or 76% is sea. The park comprises 5 main islands; Ko Surin Nua, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ree (or Ko Satok), Ko Glang (or Ko Pachumba) and Ko Khai (or Ko Torinla). Ko Surin Nua and Ko Surin Tai are large islands and are situated on a north-south axis. A few kilometers to the north of the park is the Myanmar border and about 100 kilometers to the south is Mu Ko Similan National Park.
Koh Lipe Thailand (also written as ‘Ko Lipe’) is a small Thai island with beautiful beaches surrounded by pristine coral reefs. Koh Lipe is part of the Tarutao National Marine park and is next to a group of uninhabited islands with deserted beaches, waterfalls and breathtaking viewpoints to visit. If you are looking for a place to have a relaxed beach holiday on a beautiful island in Thailand, look no further than Koh Lipe.