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Thailand's Top Beaches

by Anna Watt on 09 April 2015, 17:04PM

As well as its fantastic cuisine, sunny climate, friendly people and spectacular landscapes, Thailand is probably most well-known for its beaches. Boasting soft sand and clear water, these palm fringed pieces of paradise attract visitors from around the world year on year.

Here are our top 10 favourite beaches in Thailand:

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket

Voted within the top 20 best beaches in the world in Trip Advisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice Awards, Nau Harm beach will not disappoint. Located in one of the most beautiful bays in Phuket and famous for its crystal clear waters and fine sand, it is a stunning place to relax for a day and is less busy than beaches on the west coast of the island. 


Hua Hin

Located on the west coast of the gulf of Thailand, a 2.5 hour drive south of Bangkok, Hua Hin is popular with both holiday makers and locals. The beach slopes very gently into sea, making it a great place for families with small children, it is also famed for its spectacular sun rises.


Patong Beach, Phuket

The most popular beach on Phuket island, this is where to head if want lots to see and do. With a wide coastline, soft white sand and warm water, but if lying on the sand all day is not your thing, there are plenty of water sports available and a huge range of restaurants, bars and shops.


Haad Rin, Koh Pha Ngan

This beach is best known for hosting the monthly full-moon parties and during the day it still does have more of a party atmosphere than others, with beach bars playing music during the day and attracting a younger crowd. The beach slopes gently into the sea, making it a great beach for swimming, or just a gentle paddle if you want to take things easy after a late night!


Railey Beach, Krabi

Accessible only by longtail boat from Ao Nang town, the soft white sand, crystal-clear water and massive limestone cliffs that frame the beach make it worth the journey. Offering picture postcard beauty, this is many people's idea of a tropical paradise.


Maya Bay, Phi Phi Ley 

Made famous by the movie ‘The Beach’, Maya Bay can be accessed by taking a day trip from Koh Phi Phi. A spectacularly beautiful beach with powder soft sand and jungle covered cliffs that surround the cove. Although you are likely to be one of few visitors whenever you go, it is worth the visit for the photo opportunity.


Sairee Beach, Koh Tao

Sairee Beach is the longest stretch of beach on the beautiful island of Koh Tao. Previously a destination predominantly for backpackers, it is now easier to get to, with access via air or ferry.  It is still a low key destination and the beach is rarely busy so a perfect choice for tranquil relaxation.


Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui

Chaweng is the largest beach on Koh Samui and attracts those looking for a lively location from which to lap up the sun. With a variety of activities on offer- from massage to jet skis, visitors won’t get bored, plus, there are a plenty of restaurants bars, shops and clubs to keep you entertained.


Mai Khao Beach, Phuket

Situated on the North West of Phuket, this is part of the Sirinat National Park, which runs 40 meters from the sand and therefore keeps roads and commercial buildings away from the beach, meaning it remains quiet and tranquil. During high season the water is deep and still so it’s perfect for swimming.


Lamai Beach, Koh Samui

Located on the East coast of Kh Samui, Lamai beach is quieter than Chaweng beach and has a more sedate feel. The white-sand beach is crescent-shaped and fringed by coconut palms, with bars and restaurants located just off the beach, many of which lay our tables and chairs right on the sand. 


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