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Thailand has two long coastlines, and plenty of islands, giving you endless beach options. With amazing snorkelling around Koh Tao, exhilarating cliff-climbing at Krabi, surfing at Koh Phi-Phi, or partying at Koh Phangan – Thailand shores have something for everyone. Tailor-make your perfect beach break in the ‘Land of Smiles’ with the help of our Travelbag experts.

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Beach Holidays in Thailand

You’ll find Thailand’s best beaches in the south of the country, on the Malay Peninsula. The west coast overlooks the Andaman Sea, while on the eastern stretch faces towards the Gulf of Thailand. Both sides have wonderfully clear water, classic white-sand beaches, and tropical weather – so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a resort. The east coast offers quieter, more family-friendly beaches and resorts, like Hua Hin. It’s one of Thailand’s oldest resorts, and has lots of activities for children and adults alike. You can try kite-surfing, kayaking and trekking, and the lively night markets is great for souvenir shopping. Off the east coast, the island of Koh Samui is the very picture of Thai paradise – a tropical island with lovely beaches and gorgeous hotels. On the west coast, meanwhile, Phuket remains Thailand’s most popular island. Here, along with the any other islands in the Andaman Sea, you can alternate between chilled out days and lively nights.  

Why is Thailand the perfect beach destination?

One of the main attractions of Thailand is the reliable, beautiful weather. Average temperatures hover around 27 degrees Celsius from November to January, with December to March being the driest months – it’s the perfect climate for a winter beach holiday. And there are so many beaches to choose from. It can be a little overwhelming but, really, there’s no need to worry – they’re all beautiful. On top of all this, Thailand has really taken the concepts of luxury hotels and indulgent relaxation to heart. At many of the island’s resorts and beaches, you’ll find it incredibly east to relax, thanks to a petal-strewn spa and professional Thai massage. And then there’s the food. Thai cuisine is adored around the world, and the authentic restaurants serve simply delicious meals. Why not take a cooking class or a foodie tour while you’re there, to learn how all these exciting flavours are created? 

Things to do in Thailand

The Wildlife Islands

There are thousands of islands and islets off the coasts of Thailand. But each one has its own character and attractions, making it easy to pinpoint the perfect island for you. Some are focused on beach parties, some are snorkelling havens, and others focus on romance and luxury. For somewhere off the beaten track, take a look at the 51 islands within the Tarutao National Marine Park, off the coast of Satun Province at the southernmost tip of the country. Wildlife lovers can visit two of the larger islands – Koh Tarutao and Koh Adang – and stay in simple bungalows. Or you could even rent tents and sleeping bags. The wildlife here includes boar, civet, mouse deer, hornbill, langur and various birds of prey. The islands are also home to rare snakes, but sightings are rare – these shy creatures tend to avoid humans. 

Film Locations

Thailand's stellar good looks haven’t gone unnoticed by Hollywood. The Thai islands have been a hit with famous filmmakers – you might recognise quite a few spots on your beach holiday. The most famous one is probably Phi Phi Leh Island. Used as the backdrop for ‘The Beach’ in 2000, this jaw-dropping spot may have been single-handedly responsible for the massive spike in Thai tourism. Another spot you’ll recognise is a dramatic island called Khao Phing Kan, which featured in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ in 1974. Tucked away in Phang Nga Bay, this limestone islet is so famous that it has a nickname – James Bond Island. And in 2011, both Krabi and Bangkok featured in ‘The Hangover Part Two’. So, if you’re a film fan arriving for a beach holiday in Thailand, keep in mind that there are plenty of star-studded highlights to explore. 

The Deep End

Considered by many to be the most beautiful isles in the whole country, the Similan Islands are famed for their clear turquoise waters, white sands, and massive boulders. This mini archipelago, to the northwest of Phuket, is also a marine park. Unsurprisingly, it’s the most popular area in Thailand for diving. The blazing colours of the coral reefs and multitude of fish – including manta rays and whale sharks – have made it famous in the diving world. If you’re staying in Phuket, these islands are a must-see. And remember, when you book your beach holiday to Thailand, that there’s just as much beauty below the water as there is above it.

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