The best beaches to visit in Thailand

by Travelbag on 09 July 2015, 16:07PM

Whilst Thailand is known for its bustling and lively cities it has to be said that the majority of people visit Thailand for the dreamy beaches and paradise resorts.

More and more people are making the long trip to Thailand to discover these exotic beaches for themselves. You read about them, you've heard about them – so why wouldn't you want to book a trip to paradise for yourself?

Every beach in Thailand is unique in its own way, with each one offering its own reason to visit. Here you can read about all the top beaches, and just what it is that makes them so special.

Lamai Beach

Lamai beach is a laid back resort for people looking for the tranquil and relaxing atmosphere of a true 'beach break'. It is located on Koh Samui, one of Thailand's biggest islands and known for its big luxury hotels and fantastic snorkeling and marine parks nearby. Lamai beach isn't completely secluded – so you'll still see civilization, restaurants, bars and shops nearby (and beach vendors) but compared to other famous beaches in Thailand it does feel very laid back and quiet.

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Haad Rin

Haad Rin is located on the island of Ko Phangan, and is home to the world famous Full Moon Party. You'll have heard stories about the party (and the beach) and whilst it may not be everyone's cup of tea – if you fancy a party and true slice of beach life here in Thailand – you should experience this beach if only for a night.

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During the Full Moon Party expect thousands of people out and about enjoying themselves, with music blasting, crowds of partygoers and lots of dancing. It is certainly a backpacker's destination (rather than a honeymoon one) but still worth visiting and mentioning all the same.

Maya Bay

You'll have probably seen Maya Bay used as the main location for Hollywood blockbuster 'The Beach". It is one of those instantly recognisable beaches that you find yourself day-dreaming about.

The beach is found on Ko Phi Phi Leh and is one of the main tourist attractions in Thailand, so expect for it to be busy all year round. Which means, book your accommodation and transport way ahead of schedule.

If you're hoping to experience the beach as it is portrayed in the movies (as in – completely deserted) we might have to burst your bubble. It however is still a beautiful beach and you'll adore it from the moment your feet touch the sand.

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Railey Beach

This beach is on the mainland of Thailand (unlike most on this list, which are found on the islands) but despite being on the mainland – this beach still feels like a hidden hideaway. Believe it or not, you still need a boat to access this beach, making it seem extremely isolated and secluded from the outside world. Expect to find stunning clear water, white sand and a gorgeous view from your spot on the sand. Because of it's 'access' issue – you won't ever see this beach super-busy. It tends to be very quiet and peaceful, which is why people love it so much.

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White Sand Beach

We'll only give you one guess as to how this beach got its name! This beach, located on Ko Chang, so one of the top holiday destinations in Thailand, loved by families and older couples.

There is a big stretch of glorious sand to enjoy (so you won't be cramped for space – always a bonus) and there are plenty of eating opting (restaurants and bars, you name it...) to enjoy after you've had your fill of the sunshine and the sea.

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Patong Beach

Now this is only for those who like crowds, because Patong Beach is one of the busiest and most popular in Thailand. The beach is found on Phuket Island, which is Thailand’s largest island, and this is Phuket’s largest beach. Shops, restaurants and many large hotels surround it so you’ll have plenty of places to stay should you wish to spend more time in the area.

Once you’re done with the beach, head into the town for a taste of Phuket’s crazy nightlife. Expect crowds of people, lots of drinking and flashing lights. This is Thai nightlife at its best (or worse, as some might say) so go and experience it for yourself.

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Sairee Beach

Ko Tao is one of Thailand’s most popular islands, and this beach is a beautiful stretch of sand that takes pride of place on the island. The beach is quite low-key compared to other resorts – but it does still have a few restaurants and bars to choose from after you’re finished soaking up the sun.

The beach is mainly popular with snorkelers and divers – because of the great marine life available nearby. So if you’re a lover of all things underwater – this might the ideal spot for you.

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Hua Hin Beach

This beach is one of Thailand’s more upscale resorts, so if you’re after a luxury getaway in a sophisticated town then this is a good spot to make a trip to. The town was originally built in the 1920s as a royal getaway location for the royal family. It’s all right for some, hey?

Because of this, the resort is hugely popular with locals, and even now you’ll find royalty and celebrity families making trips to the area. If you want upscale luxury, this is the beach destination for you.

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Ko Nang Yuan

This beach is teeny tiny, and more of a day trip destination than a long-term holiday resort. The beach is extremely photogenic and any photographers reading will love visiting this beach. The beach is thin, tiny and literally just a little stretch of perfect white sand and crystal clear waters. If you want to feel like you’re stopping on a desert island, and truly secluded from the rest of the world – this is an ideal choice for you.

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Phra Nang Beach

The last beach on our list is one for the adventure seekers. This beach is nestled under some stunning limestone cliffs and you’ll feel like you’ve discovered your own little paradise as you relax there. As you’d imagine, this beach is popular with hikers and rock-climbers (who see the limestone cliffs as a challenge and invitation).

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