The absolute best beaches in Thailand

Koh Phi Phi Leh, photo by Argenberg on Flickr

If you’ve already been to Thailand or if you are planning to visit it, then you’ve already heard about some of the places where you can find the most beautiful beaches in the country. Islands like Koh Samui and Phuket have quite a few famous beaches, but what about an all-Thailand top of the best spots for beach-bumming. If you have high standards when it comes to beaches and you only want the best there is, then you will have a hard time deciding where to go, because in Thailand there are more beaches than it’s humanly possible to visit during one trip. So to help you out a bit, we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best beaches in Thailand.

Patong Beach, Phuket

The largest beach on Phuket island is also the most popular in the country, and for good reason too! The coastline is wide enough to accommodate the crowds, and the sand is small-grained and clean. But sunbathing, swimming or doing water sports is only half the fun on Patong Beach: don’t forget about the vibrant nightlife, the restaurants and various other facilities!

RaiĀ  Lay Beach, Krabi

Patong Beach, photo by Dennis Wong

Krabi is one of the most popular beach resort areas in Thailand, and it has many wonderful beaches on offer. But if you are yearning for some peace and quiet coupled with good opportunities for sports, then put Rai Lay beach at the top of your list. You will need a longtail boat to access Rai Lay, as it is cut off from the mainland by steep cliffs. This gorgeous beach is never crowded, and it has amazing snorkeling and rock climbing spots.

Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Leh

The island of Koh Phi Phi Leh is well known for its stunning scenery – most people know it as the island where Danny Boyle’s The Beach was filmed. Maya Bay, also known as ‘the beach’, attracts lots of tourists during the day, and that’s hardly surprising considering that it is not only one of the absolute best beaches in Thailand, but one of the most beautiful on the planet as well. There’s no accommodation on Phi Phi Leh, but plenty of people make the boat trip every day just to be there.

Lamai Beach, Koh Samui

Lamai Beach, photo by Megan Eaves

Beaches on Koh Samui tend to be packed most of the time, but still, it is possible to find some spots where beach life is not too hectic. Lamai is one such spot – it has lovely scenery, great water for swimming and sports, and more than enough restaurants and bars to keep you busy when you’re not in the water.

White Sand Beach, Koh Chang

Many of Koh Chang’s beaches are half-deserted, and for a long time the island has been known as a backpacker haunt. But nowadays there are plenty of accommodation options for travelers of all budgets, and the beaches are as beautiful as ever. White Sands Beach is perhaps the most iconic beach on the island, and while no longer confined to backpackers, it is not crowded.

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