While visiting Thailand do remember that Thailand beaches are some of the most amazing beaches in the world. There are hundreds of soft, sandy beaches here to choose from. Here are the top 10 Thailand beaches, and one bonus tour of Railay Beach located just off Ao Nang in Krabi province.
1. White Sand Beach, Ko Chang
Ko Chang, Elephant Island, is the second largest island in Thailand and located just over 180 miles east from Bangkok, near the border of Cambodia. Ko Chang’s best beaches are on the west coast. It’s almost shameful to name one of them as the best, as they are all breathtaking, but White Sand Beach is the most popular of them and quite an idyllic spot. Explore the entire west coast of this island if you can; there are many hidden bays with few people about.
2. Hat Sai Kaeo, Ko Samet
Diamond Beach (also known as Crystal Sand Beach), is an especially beautiful and popular beach for Thais and expats living in Bangkok during long weekends. Hat Sai Kaeo is about one-third of a mile long and is filled with things to do. In addition to swimming, many tourists enjoy jet skiing, windsurfing and riding banana boats – a long, yellow inflated float that bounces riders off if they don’t hang on tightly enough.
3. Ao Manao, Prachuap Khiri Khan
5. Ao Nang Beach, Krabi
6. Tonsai Bay, Ko Phi Phi
â€œKoâ€ or â€œkohâ€ means â€œislandâ€ in Thai. World-famous Ko Phi Phi is comprised of two islands; Don the larger, and Leh the smaller island located off the southern tip of Krabi town. A two-hour ferry boat will take you from Ao Nang beach in Krabi for just under $20. Tonsai bay (Ao Tonsai) is on the south side of Ko Phi Phi Don. It’s scenic beyond words. Don’t miss this one if you get a chance!
7. Noppharat Thara, Krabi
8. Tong Takien Bay, Ko Samui Island
9. Sairee Beach, Ko Tao
Ko Tao is the island tourists choose to get away from the crowds on nearby Ko Phangan and Ko Samui. By ferry (no airport) it’s two or three hours from Chumphon, and four to nine hours from Surat Thani on the night boat. Ko Tao is affordable, quiet, remote, and ideal for reading and relaxing all day in a hammock on the porch of your jungle bungalow. Sairee Beach is the most popular spot on Ko Tao and offers massage, drinks, and all types of food and services.
10. Surin Beach, Phuket
Finally, there is Surin Beach just north of Patong and Kamala beaches on the island of Phuket. Surin is the ideal beach destination for visitors that like to be pampered. You need not do anything; lay back and relax as an almost endless parade of Thai touts with everything from fried chicken, shrimp, and squid to watches, sarongs, and phallus carvings trudge by every few minutes. Excellent Thai beach massages can be had, as well as alcohol of every sort. Swimming is excellent at Surin and they have a freshwater hose to wash off the salt water and sand when you are ready to go back home (no accommodations here).
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