8 of the Best Beaches in Thailand
Last Updated on September 1, 2021
Thailand is full of stunning beaches along the Gulf Coast and the Andaman Sea. It is the home to over 1,400 islets and islands. Thai beaches are gorgeous with soft white sands, cool breeze, calm and clear waters along with stunning nodding palms. It is a challenging task to narrow your list to a few beaches to visit in Thailand. Below are 8 of the most beautiful best beaches in Thailand you should have on your list when planning a trip there.
Getting to Thailand
Getting to Thailand is easy and very affordable. There are two major airports in Bangkok, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi. Both do very affordable flights within the country and internationally. From Bangkok, you can easily catch a bus or ferry to wherever you would like to visit!
Visa for Thailand
Most visitors will get the 30-day visa on arrival. There is an option to extend if you go through the process at the immigration office before your 30 days is up. However, some countries are exempt from this and have to apply for a visa beforehand.
Here are 8 of the best beaches in Thailand
1. Ton Sai Beach, Krabi
Ton Sai Beach, Krabi is a stunning beach between Railey Beach and Ao Nang. It is a paradise and a perfect getaway for you if you are looking for a laid back, but refreshing holiday destination. This is the place to be if love watching sunsets and a cool ocean breeze along with breathtaking rock cliffs.
Getting to the Ton Sai Beach
If you arrive in Krabi via the bus station, the most efficient way to get to Ton Sai is taking a taxi or a tuk-tuk. Alternatively, if you have landed here through the airport, you can use a shuttle ride that takes about 45 minutes and will cost around 150 Baht. From Ao Nang Pier, there are charter boats, though you have to wait for one to fill up with 12 people, it doesn’t take long. The cost is about 100 Baht per ticket.
2. Aow Leuk, Koh Tao
Aow Leuk, Koh Tao is stunning with white sands and blue waters. It is a perfect location for snorkelling, swimming, suntanning, and diver training. There may be baby sharks though not all the time. The sheer beauty of Aow Leuk incredible with beautiful sand stretches and less human traffic compared to the Sairee Beach makes it the ultimate paradise in Thailand.
Getting to the Aow Leuk Beach
One of the easiest ways to get to Ao Leuk is using a taxi or a motorbike. There is a steep and rough off-road before you get to the beach. In fact, you still have to walk to the beach because no motorbike or car can access it fully. The Ao Leuk beach is lovely but you should avoid deserted areas.
3. Railay Beach, Krabi
Railay beach is appealing and the best place to be if you are looking for Thai Beaches to take your photographs. It has sparkling and clear waters of the Andaman Sea on one side and breathtaking jagged cliffs on the others. The white sand is soft and pleasant to feel as you walk.
Getting to Railay Beach
Railay beach is connected to the mainland and it’s in Krabi province. However, it has high limestone cliffs surrounding it and making it impossible to link the beach with any road. No cars can access this beach, and the only way to get to this beach is via a boat. The long boats are fun and Railay Beach is simple but serene once you get there.
4. Sunset Beach, Koh Lipe
Sunset Beach, Koh Lipe is the most fantastic place to watch a romantic sunset. It has an amazing view of Koh Lipe, and though it does not attract huge crowds, it is an undiscovered pristine paradise. The turquoise waters, soft white sands, and a calm ambience make each day here memorable. The beach is less developed compared to Pattaya and Sunrise Beach, however, you will enjoy snorkelling and boat rides here along with beautiful coral reef, different species of tropical fish and turtles.
Getting to Sunset Beach
The easiest way to get to Sunset Beach, Koh Lipe is through the air, and Hat Yai is the most convenient place to land. From there you use the shuttle bus, which will take you toPak Bara and then use a ferry to Koh Lipe.
5. Long Beach, Phi Phi Don
The Long Beach, Phi Phi Don is one of the top draws of tourists and locals to Koh Phi Phi. It is a location for backpackers and young travellers looking for an adventurous place to enjoy waters and a serene environment. During the day, people spend time tanning their bodies and enjoy the soft white sand next to the skin. You will simply fall in love with the Long Beach if you love bright and beautiful white sand beaches combined with warm, clear water for swimming.
How to get to Long Beach
You can walk to the beach if you are staying in Tonsai Village. However, it’s a long walk that can take over one hour and goes through some mini-forests and undulating roads. It is easy to get lost because there are signs or any directions to follow. The best way to get to the Long Beach is via Ton Sai Pier where you can take a small boat. There are many boatmen ready to take you there, and you will find them yelling ‘taxi, taxi.’
6. Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui is a great vacation destination with white powdery sands. It is the best location if you want to swim and enjoy different water sports. It is possible to get accommodation and dining spots close to the beach. It is a famous place for people looking for suntanning as the atmosphere is beautiful. However, it is full of holidaymakers and not secluded because it has everything you would desire in a getaway. From cold drinks, massages to snacks, it’s an excellent location for lazing away from daily pressures and stress.
How to Get To Chaweng Beach
Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui is easy to access. It is connected with major towns in Thailand through the air, road and rail. This island has an airport known as the Samui Airport and Bangkok Airways own it. It takes an hour to reach here from Bangkok Airport. You can also take a train and arrive at Surat Thani train station where you will find a waiting bus that takes you to the Don Sak ferry terminal. The trip on the ferry takes about one and half hours to Samui. From there you can take a taxi to your hotel.
7. Phra Nang beach, Krabi
Phra Nang Beach, Krabi is on the southern part of Railay Bay. It is set against a natural backdrop of unique picturesque limestone cliffs that offer holidaymakers a cool shade in the afternoon. The shallow waters are safe for swimming. Rock climbers will have fun here and can explore thrilling sites. This beach is different others as there are also caves and the whole combination makes it the best place to be for the next holiday.
How to get to Phra Nang Beach
It takes twenty minutes to reach Phra Nang beach on a boat from Ao Nang. If you are at Railay, it’s a ten minutes walk.
8. Kata beach, Phuket
Kata Beach is one of the most pleasant bays you will find in the southern part of Karon Beach. The waters are enticing and charming to all visitors, regardless of their age. It is a popular destination for families with magnificent palm-lined beaches and clean white sands. The best time to surf here is between May and October, but the best time for sun-seekers in April.
How to get to Kata Beach
From the airport to Phuket, it takes four hours if you use a minibus. However, a private car can take about one hour if the traffic is not bad. These are just a few of the many Thai beaches. Choose one and have fun!
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