13 of the Best Beaches in Thailand

Thailand is a beautiful country and nothing is more beautiful than its beaches. You are spoiled for choice when it comes to the best beaches in Thailand – there are so many, it is difficult to pick just a few favorites.

But we have narrowed down the list a little to these stunning coastal spots. Whether you are looking for solitude, natural beauty, entertainment, or sports, there is something for you here. Take a look at the beaches in Thailand you’ll keep coming back to again and again.

Our Pick of the Best Beaches in Thailand


1) Karon Beach in Phuket

Definitely one of the best beaches in Phuket and one of the best places to visit in Thailand – Karon Beach is full of fun but it is not as packed or raucous as Patong. If you want some nice restaurants but you still want some space on the sand, Karon Beach is ideal when you are on Phuket.

2) Hat Sai Ree on Koh Tao

The longest beach in Koh Tao is one of its most beautiful. Koh Tao is a really lovely island and Hat Sai Ree beach is a stretch of classically beautiful white sand that bends around the bay, flanked by the obligatory palm trees and just a few laidback cabana resorts.

3) Ao Hinwong on Koh Tao

On the east coast of the island of Koh Tao is the little beach Ao Hinwong. This is an isolated and very sheltered little bay and it gives you access to some lovely reefs for snorkeling. The beach is surrounded by large boulders which gives it a distinctive look.

4) Railay Beach on Krabi

Railay regularly makes the list of the best beaches in Thailand for many reasons. It is the perfect getaway spot as there are no cars and it is a very quiet place. The main town is very relaxed and you can get to several different beaches by walking. Krabi itself is a great destination for a family vacation.

5) Mai Khao in Phuket

Phuket has many resorts and beaches which are busy and popular but Mai Khao is one of the quieter areas of the island. It is situated near to the airport and it very easy to access when you are coming into the island by air from Bangkok airport.

6) Ao Thong Nai Pan on Koh Pha Ngan

Koh Pha Ngan is a destination island perfect for relaxation and some beautiful views. Ao Thong Nai Pan is located in a bay bordered by steep hills and is split into two different halves. The beach is good for swimming and it is a very sheltered location.

7) Laem Thian on Koh Tao

This is a tiny beach that is next to a reef for dramatic snorkeling opportunities. Laem Thian is a great location on Koh Tao and it is less developed than some of the other spots on the island.

8) Haad Yao on Koh Pha Ngan

Haad Yao, a small beach on the island of Koh Pha Ngan is renowned for its glorious sunsets and it also boasts an impressive coral reef. The beach is still relatively quiet but it is increasing in popularity so get here before the crowds descend.

9) Ao Nuan on Koh Samet

Koh Samet boasts some lovely beaches but the smallest beach is the Ao Nuan beach on the north of the island. You get to this beach by climbing over a headland – watch out for the great views over the Hat Sai Kaew promontory. It is a very laid back beach and there is not a lot of traffic heading towards it, which makes it the perfect getaway.

10) Hat Khlong Phrao on Koh Chang

Koh Chang has some nice beaches but many are quite developed nowadays. Hat Khlong Phrao beach is a nice spot, with some nice little traditional restaurants and resort accommodation, plus coconut palms and a wide stretch of sand.

11) Tonsai Beach on Krabi

The beach at Tonsai is accessible by sea. You reach it by kayak or by boat and if it is low tide you can walk around the headland towards Railay. It is a nice, attractive, peaceful beach with some rock climbing in the vicinity.

12) Phra Nang Beach on Krabi

One of the most attractive and interesting beaches on Krabi is Phra Nang Beach. It is just a short stroll from Railay and you can also get there by taking a kayak or a boat. This is a great place to try rock climbing as there are a variety of climbing opportunities available nearby, too.

13) Koh Nang Yuan on Koh Tao

Koh Nang Yuan is a set of three small islands with some of the best sands and scenery around Koh Tao. You can swim from here and also see the Japanese Gardens which are coral formations close to a causeway of sand connecting the islets.

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