Everyone dreams of going to a beach filled with white sand and crystal clear waters. You know, the type of dream where you are sipping a coconut in one hand as your hammock gently sways to the sound of the gentle waves. Yeah, that dream. In Thailand, most of the beaches have exactly what people are looking for which is why it’s a top destination for beachgoers and travelers. Escape the busy urban jungle in Bangkok, instead, head on over to the islands as soon as you can. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
Given the amount of Islands, choosing which ones to visit is difficult so we’ve narrowed it down for you, compiling a list of the best beaches in Thailand. Although some of the beaches can get pretty crowded and touristy, catch it at the right time and you will think you’ve died and gone to paradise.
Ao Yai, Koh Phayam
Koh Phayam is the second largest island in the Andaman Sea and is greatly underrated, which is pretty perfect because we like it that way! You can reach it by flying or taking a bus to Ranong where you can then get on a boat to reach this stunning island. Unlike the places in Koh Samui or Phuket, a trip to Koh Phayam is like going back in time. Ao Yai is a stunning 2km long white sand beach where you can enjoy the islands without the looming amounts of tourists or vendors. The sunsets in this place are also incredible. Sit back, relax, and watch the sky turn into different shades of purple and pink.
A former work camp prison, Koh Tarutao is great for those that are looking for both adventure and deserted beaches. Located an hour away from Koh Lipe, this island definitely has a little bit of everything for everyone. You can camp in their National Park (they rent out tents) or you can opt to stay in a simple bungalow. The island is full of fun things to do and is perfect for those active beach enthusiasts.
Railay Beach, Krabi
Railay can only be reached by boat, which makes the beach even more spectacular with its high limestone cliffs in the background. West Railay Beach is the most popular side for people searching for the best beach area. Visitors can spend the day at the beach filling their bellies with some street food and local fruit shakes. Try to avoid going here during peak season as the beach can get too crowded. Offseason, however, is another story.
Koh Tachai, Similan Islands
This island is one of the latest additions to the Similan National Park together with the island of Koh Bon. Its 800km pristine sandy beach faces the east while behind it is a sprawling rainforest. The waters here are world renowned for snorkeling and scuba diving. There is a basic campsite on the island with a small restaurant but that’s pretty much it. If you stay for the night, there are guided tours around the island where you can explore more of the animals and wildlife.
Ton Sai Beach, Krabi
Situated right next to Railay Beach is the unassuming Ton Sai Beach. Although the beach front is a bit rocky and isn’t ideal for swimming, the entire vibe of the island makes up for it. During low tide, people are able to walk from Tonsai Beach to West Railay Beach by walking over the rocks. A lot of rock climbers opt to stay here as the value for accommodation is a lot better compared to Railay.
Koh Kradan Beach, Trang
Koh Kradan Beach is located just off the coast of Trang and is a little slice of paradise. The water is so clear that often, you can just sit by the shore and watch fish swim about. The white sandy beach is perfect for swimming when it’s high tide and low tide gives you the chance to walk endlessly due to the long sandbar that stretches along the island.
Haad Saikantang, Koh Pha Ngan
Before the whole full moon party madness happened, Haad Rin used to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Nowadays, it is overdeveloped and is no longer what it used to be. For a postcard-perfect looking beach, head over to Haad Saikantang otherwise known as Leela Beach. The clear waters are perfect for swimming, although the water is a bit on the shallow side. Diving in Koh Pha Ngan is also pretty remarkable so make sure you don’t miss it!
Nang Beach, Krabi
Phra Nang Beach a very remote beach situated in the middle of Krabi and Ao Nang. Everyone needs to take a boat to reach the beach, but once there they are able to rent kayaks, explore the many caves and take rock climbing lessons. It is located right next to Railay but is inaccessible by land.
Ko Kut (Ko Kood)
With a limited number of accommodation and establishments, Ko Kut is definitely a great place to get away from it all. Located to the south of Ko Chang and Ko Maak, this entire island is dotted with beautiful beaches. Rent a motorbike and drive around the island, stopping at beaches along the way. Oh, and did we mention that the sunsets on this island are pretty magical?
Sunset Beach, Koh Lipe
Sunset Beach or Hat Pramong in Thai is located on the West side of Koh Lipe and was named after the spectacular sunsets that you can see while on the island. But I’m pretty sure you guys figured that out. Apart from its epic sunsets, the area is known for its delicious seafood.
Koh Nang Yuan
This beautiful island is located a shortboard ride away from Koh Tao. Although it gets very busy during the day due to the many day visitors that come, if you stay on the island, you can catch it in all its glory during the mornings and afternoons. The island has a viewpoint which shows off the beauty of the island perfectly.
Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park
This right here is the epitome of beauty! Easily accessible from either Koh Pha Ngan or Koh Samui, this national park is home to 42 different beaches and islands. Spend the day exploring the different islands on a boat or simply park yourself in one and enjoy the peace and quiet. The dramatic limestone islands and crystal clear waters make exploring this place one of the best activities to do in Thailand.
Bamboo Island, Koh Phi Phi
Located just short boat ride away from Phi Phi Don is this stellar island with absolutely nothing on it. Yep, you heard me right. No fancy resorts or bars. Instead, you have the sand, the sea, and hopefully some sunshine. Apart from that, there is a small National Park which you can explore. Although this is an uninhabited island, it is still a popular day trip destination but it us nowhere as busy as Maya Bay.
Kata Noi Beach, Phuket
Kata Noi is just one of those places that haven’t changed over the years. Although it is gaining more popularity, you can still find peaceful solace in this palm-fringed beach. The seabed is mostly sand making it an ideal place to swim. During the day there are some stalls selling cold refreshments and light snacks.
Ao Leuk, Koh Tao
Ao Leuk is located on Koh Tao and it is popular with both tourists and the locals. Beautiful white sand surrounds the protected cove and many people find that the snorkeling is superb here. The crystal blue waters stretch as far as your eyes can go! If you want something a little bit more remote, you can also go to Haad Sai Daeng where you have the possibility of seeing sharks when you snorkel.
Source & Pictures credit to: Adventures in You