When it comes to thinking about a Thailand getaway, it’s very likely that great beaches will come to mind. The Southeast Asian country is definitely known for its world famous beaches as well as to the go to exotic place for fun in the sand, surf, and sun. But with all of those beautiful beach choices to choose from, which are the best and must visit while you’re in Thailand? Figuring out which beaches to go to can prove to be a daunting task. So let’s take a look at some of the top beaches in Thailand to help you narrow down your choices.
It’s considered one of the best and most beautiful beaches in Thailand. And when you step onto its soft white sands while gazing out across the clear emerald waters, you’ll instantly see why. You’ll find Phra Nang Beach at the southern tip of Railay, which is a peninsula on the Andaman Coast. For those adventure seekers looking to do more than sunbathing, this beach offers huge limestone rock faces that can ne scaled. Snorkeling, hiking, and kayaking are also offered here as well.
As another one of Thailand’s most popular beaches, Patong Beach is a great choice for those looking for more of a beach party scene rather than the secluded, quiet beach getaway. Located on the ever-popular tourist destination of Phuket, Patong Beach is known for its vibrant nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and tourist shops. Along the 3.5 kilometer (2.2 mile) beach, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained. Parasailing, jet skiing, and snorkeling are among the popular activities around the beach.
For those travelers who are snorkeling enthusiasts, Aow Luek Bay is where you’ll want to head. Located on the picturesque island of Koh Tao, this beach is known for its colorful reefs and black tip reef sharks. The calm shallow waters are perfect for scoping out the marine life underwater. This is also an ideal spot for those looking to learn how to dive. And there are plenty of dive shops around that can help with that.
For those seeking out a more upscale, luxurious beach vibe, head for Hua Hin Beach. It’s a popular vacation destination for famous Thai families as well as Thai royalty. In fact, the Klai Kangwon Palace is located at this beach and is still in use by the Thai Royal Family. Avid golfers will also find this area in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula exciting, as it’s home to the highest concentration of golf courses in Thailand.
If seclusion and serenity are more your vibe when picking out a beach, then look no further than Phuket’s Freedom Beach. Of course, the seclusion of this beach means it’s a bit more difficult to get to. There’s the option of a seemingly overpriced but short boat ride or a drive along a very steep dirt road leading down to the beach. But however you get there, it will indeed be worth it. The views are awesome and the beach scene is definitely serene. There are also some great snorkeling spots along the beach as well.
For the best blend of beautiful beaches and exciting nightlife, Chaweng Beach offers the best of both worlds. Located on the eastern side of Koh Samui, Chaweng Beach has plenty of bars and nightclubs to keep you entertained. There are also plenty of great street food options around as well. Another reason to love Chaweng Beach is its location. During low tide, access to nearby islands can be made on foot, making for a great way to explore the picturesque surroundings.
For those travelers seeking out a beach vacation with a laid-back resort feel, Lamai Beach is the perfect choice. It’s located on Thailand’s second largest island, Samui and has all of the resort feel to it minus the bigger crowds you tend to find on Phuket. Sunbathers will love Lamai Beach’s long stretch of white sand. And for those looking for a bit of pampering, the resort area of the beach features plenty of bars, restaurants, and activities to keep you well-entertained.
If you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway without the hustle and bustle of a resort style coastline, Hat Pramong is where you’ll want to head. Its also known as Sunset Beach, offering stunning sunsets you can experience right on the beach since it faces the west. Sunset Beach is the perfect quiet beach getaway with plenty of serene sands perfect for sunbathing and crystal waters ideal for snorkeling. You’ll find comfortable bungalows and huts along this beach instead of the more commercial resort areas readily found in Thailand.
Of course there a many more awesome beaches found throughout Thailand. And with so many choices, hopefully this list will help you narrow it down a bit. But one thing is certain; Thailand’s beautiful beaches have something to offer every kind of beach-going traveler.