THAILAND BEACH GUIDE

Thailand has grown its reputation as an all-round tourist destination but undoubtedly what initially drew the flocks of tourists were the stunning beaches that Thailand is home to. Here, we break down the best destinations to hit the beach.

Ko Samui

Samui is Thailand's second largest island and is one of the country's most popular. Known for its stunning palm fringed beaches, luxurious resorts and its giant Buddha statue, Samui has plenty to offer for visitors of all ages and with all interests.

Best Beaches

Chaweng, Lamai, Mae Nam

Stay

Escape Beach Resort ($), Outrigger ($$), Intercontinental ($$$)

Do

Wat Phra Yai & Big Buddha Statue, Mummy Monk, Namuang Waterfall

Take a Samui island tour to fully appreciate everything that it has to offer!

Phuket

As Thailand's largest island, Phuket remains one of Thailand's most popular destinations for travellers and its not hard to see why. With excellent beaches, glitzy nightlife and plenty of cultural highlights, we predict that Phuket will remain a tourist favourite for many years to come.

Best Beaches

Kata, Cape Panwa, Rawai

Stay

 

Tiger Hotel Complex ($), Horizon Karon ($$),Amatara Wellness Resort ($$$)

Do

Big Buddha Statue, Old Phuket Town, Phuket FantaSea

If you fancy something a bit different take a speedboat tour to the nearby Phi Phi Islands!

 

Krabi

With some of the most spectacular scenery and coast line to be found anywhere in the world, the province of Krabi has gathered fame across the world. With rugged cliff faces, lush green forest and secret hidden beaches, there is plenty to explore in this beautiful part of Thailand.

Best Beaches

Railay, Ao Nang, Tub Kaek Beach

Stay

 

Hop Inn Krabi ($), Maneetel Krabi Beachfront ($$),Dusit Thani Krabi ($$$)

Do

Beach Hopping, Tiger Cave Temple, Koh Lanta

Feeling adventurous? Try some rock climbing on Krabi's famous cliffs!

 
 

Hua Hin 

Just a couple of hours outside the Thai capital Bangkok, Hua Hin has long been popular with Thai's looking for a coastal getaway. Even the Thai royal family have a summer residence here! However, it is slowly becoming a more popular destination for foreign travellers thanks to the influx of luxury resorts that have opened here in recent years.

Best Beaches

Hua Hin Beach, Pranburi, Cha-am

Stay

 

Thipurai City Hotel ($), Hilton Hua Hin ($$), Six Senses Evason ($$$)

Do

Wat Huay Mongkol, Royal Residence, Hua Hin Night Market

Explore the local area with an excellent day tour!

 

Rayong

Head west past the seedy town of Pattaya and you will find stretches of beautiful beach that are far less touristy than the rest of the country. For some, that could spell boredom, but if you are looking for the perfect tranquil beach getaway then Rayong district could be perfect for you.

Best Beaches

 

Koh Samet, Map Ta Phut, Phe

Stay

 

Rayong City Hotel ($), Novotel Rayong Rim Pae ($$), Marriott Resort & Spa ($$$)

Do

Ko Samet, Fishing, Ko Kloi Floating Market

 
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