Turquoise waters. Fine white sands. Swaying palms. The beaches in Thailand are not unlike little stretches of Paradise; places that time forgot. With this guide to the best beaches in Thailand, we introduce you to the most soul stirringly beautiful strips of sand on Planet Earth.
Phra Nang Beach
One of the most popular beaches in Thailand, Phra Nang Beach is a short tuk tuk ride from Krabi. Besides an incredibly pretty beach, Phra Nang is also home to the famous Princess Cave. This popular Thailand attraction is believed to be home to a legendary sea princess. If you find yourself in Phra Nang on your Thailand holiday, visit this limestone cave and the shrine within or lay on the beach and soak up some sun.
Surrounded by steep cliffs, Maya Bay is something of a celebrity among the beaches on this list. The Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Beach was filmed in Maya Bay and this stardom brings star struck tourists by the boat load to this lovely location. Despite the crowds, it continues to be one of the best beaches in Thailand and is worth a day trip from nearby Phi Phi.
Phi Phi Don
The largest of the islands in the Ko Phi Phi archipelago, Phi Phi Don was devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In recent years, however, the island has seen a rise in popularity becoming a popular stop on Thailand tour packages. The island itself is almost split in two, connected by a narrow sand bank. It offers a quiet, tourist free alternative to the more popular beaches in Thailand.
Often called one of the best beaches in Thailand, Bottle Beach is located in a secluded stretch of surf in Southern Thailand. The beach is known for diving, kayaking and hiking. You could also try traditional Thai food at the resorts that line the beach.
Not far from Bangkok, Koh Samet is part of the larger Khao Laem Ya–Mu Ko Samet National Park. Covered in lush forests and hills, Koh Samet is as popular for hiking as it is for water sports. The beaches on the island have crystal clear water and powdery golden sand that make for a perfect day by the beach.
Perhaps the most photographed place in Thailand, Railay is a picturesque beach located between Krabi and Ao Nang. You will recognize the towering limestone karts that rise out of the water as you approach the island by longboat. This lack off connectivity adds to the island’s Treasure Island charm.
Part of the Haad Chao Mai National Park, Koh Kradan is an idyllic island that’s perfect for honeymooners and travellers looking to get far from the madding crowd. The secluded island is covered in rubber and coconut plantations and lined with pretty beaches.