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10 Best Beaches in Thailand

There are so many beautiful beaches in Thailand! How in the world do you pick just a few beaches to visit? Unless you’re living in Thailand permanently, you’ll never have a chance to see most of the incredible beaches in the country. Still, you can have the chance to visit the crème de la crème of Thai beaches if you plan your trip right. Select a few of these, and you’ll be good to go.


1    Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe

This is the perfect place to watch the sun rise. The beach has white, powdery sand and all the sun rays you could ask for on a trip to Thailand’s southern coast! You’ll like this beach whether you’re a partier or just want to chill. The party scene can be absolutely wild, but there are also plenty of places to get away from it all and just enjoy the calm spirit of the beach’s surroundings.

Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe

2    Koh Kraden

A two-kilometer stretch of beautiful, pristine sand makes up the idyllic coast of Koh Kraden. This beach is on an island that is part national park, so you can explore a bit and learn about the wildlife in the area. You can also kayak around the whole island, or snorkel in the reef, or do both at the same time! If you just want to relax, spread out your beach towel and enjoy the view of rock formations rising out of a turquoise sea.

Koh Kraden

3    Klui Beach, Koh Kood

This is a beautiful place to escape the crowds of tourists and enjoy the natural surroundings of Thai island. Although the surrounding area can be a rugged tangle of mangrove roots, you’ll find a piece of paradise on sandy Klui Beach.

Klui Beach, Koh Kood

4    Chaweng, Kho Samui

If you prefer the touristy beaches, this is a great one for you! Chaweng is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s full of people ready to have a good time. It’s not too packed, though, so you can still enjoy the sand and sun without worrying about blocking someone else’s ocean view.

Chaweng, Kho Samui

5    Railay Beach, Krabi

You can do more than just beach bum here. In fact, you can get a little X-factor with the rock climbing, if you like! The huge monoliths that rise out of the sea just a little ways from the beach are a great opportunity to put your climbing skills to the test. If you just want to chill or swim, you can do that, too.

Railay Beach, Krabi

6    Thong Nai Pan Noi, Koh Phangan

Come to Thong Nai Pan Noi for an escape from the entire world. Here, it is quiet, with an ancient charm of timeless beauty. The emerald green forest surrounding the platinum sand of the beach, giving a vibrant burst of color against the twin blues of the sky and sea.

Thong Nai Pan Noi, Koh Phangan

7    Long Beach, Koh Lanta

If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll definitely want to visit Koh Lanta during your Thai adventure. The water is calm and shallow—the perfect marine playground for little ones. Even if kids aren’t in the picture, it’s a beautiful place to spend part of your vacation. If you visit this area, be sure to spend at least one afternoon on Long Beach. It’s somewhat developed, with snack shacks and chairs available.

Long Beach, Koh Lanta

8    Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi

This is a must-visit beach for every traveler to Thailand. It’s also probably the most famous beach, since the film The Beach was shot right here. Many people like to charter boats or take a tour here, since the snorkeling out in the bay is absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, it’s a pretty busy beach, but it’s beautiful nonetheless.

Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi

9    Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

This little piece of Heaven is not too far from Phi Phi Don, but it might as well be a world away. The tourists seem to disappear when you land here, where the birds call happily to one another as if they own the whole place. You can even camp here, if you stay with a guide.

Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands

10    Mai Khao, Phuket

If you’re staying in Phuket but want to escape the crowds for a bit, head to Mai Khao. There are very few people on this seven-mile length of sand, so you may find yourself delightfully alone with the fish and the water buffalo.

Mai Khao, Phuket


With so many gorgeous islands and beaches to choose from, Thailand is one of the top holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. Its white sand and clear blue waters offer an idyllic spot to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate.



  1. Greta
    January 5, 2017 - 6:07 pm

    Thailand is on my list, right after Japan, and I can’t wait, hopefully I’ll check both off my list this year. The question is, how can I decide on what beach to choose, even more so when you consider I’ll stay around 7-8 days so I won’t have enough time to visit a lot of spots.

  2. Eric
    January 8, 2017 - 2:17 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Thailand but I don’t see that happening anytime soon, I can barely get by with my scholarship.


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