Thailand is undoubtedly among the best beach destinations in the world, particularly thanks to the gorgeous tropical islands in the south of the country, in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Practically the definition of the typical tropical paradise, their soft white sands, clear and calm seas, nodding palms and cooling sea breezes are on almost everyone’s bucket lists.
We’ve taken on the challenging task of picking out the best beaches in Thailand. We tried to narrow it down to just 10, but even if we only picked the very best in each location, we still couldn’t get it any lower than 13. Check out our list below for the absolute must-see shorelines in the Land of Smiles.
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flying Hanuman Ziplining Experience
- Canoeing Excursion in Phang Nga Bay with Thai Buffet Lunch
- Introduction to City Tour
- John Gray's Cave Canoeing Tour in Phang Nga Bay
Donald Duck BaySimilan Islands
Taking its name from the iconic shape of the rocks overlooking the small bay, this is the best beach in a small island chain of perfect beaches - the Similans. Part of a national park, the breathtaking natural beauty of this spot is well protected and preserved. It has to be seen to be believed. There's quite a lot of coral growing close to the shore so wading out can be a slow and painful experience, but the snorkelling is fantastic. Read More...
Phuket’s fun beach, Kata is big enough that its popularity doesn’t make it overcrowded. You have luxurious hotels at one end and traditional long-tail boats at the other, with the tree-lined road behind it separating the beautiful soft sand from a fun nightlife and great restaurants. Read More...
Strictly speaking, Railay is actually a peninsula with 4 first-rate beaches to choose from. Among them, Phra Nang Beach takes the crown as the best for its pristine sands, striking rocks and interesting caves, as well as the novelty of noodles served from beached long-tail boats. Read More...
Thong Nai Pan Noi & Yai BeachesKoh Phangan
While there’s no doubting that Haad Rin is the best-known beach on Koh Phangan because of the Full Moon Parties, it's not the most beautiful on the island. That title belongs to the much quieter but much more amazing Thong Nai Pan beaches (big and small), on the northern side of Koh Phangan. Read More...
Lamai BeachKoh Samui
Slightly more laidback than the more famous and slightly longer Chaweng Beach, Lamai is the best on Koh Samui because of its good choice of restaurants, bars, beachfront hotels and for the iconic Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks at the southern end. Read More...
Buffalo BayKoh Phayam
Koh Phayam, a short distance from Koh Chang in Ranong Province, is only just being discovered and is currently still a quiet and peaceful retreat. Of its 2 main beaches, Buffalo Bay is the quieter, but also has more varied attractions, including a mangrove forest in the river and a small sea gypsy settlement at the southern end.
White Sand BeachKoh Chang
The name says it all – if you want gorgeous, soft white sand to complete the tropical island idyll created by the gentle crystal-clear seas and nodding palm trees, you’re going to find it on Koh Chang's White Sand Beach. Read More...
Laem Thong BeachPhi Phi Islands
Similar to Koh Chang’s White Sand Beach, Golden Bay (which is Laem Thong in English) really deserves its name. It certainly takes the top prize for the most beautiful in the Phi Phi Islands, with Bamboo Island nearby and stunning coral reefs to explore just off the pristine white sandy shore. Read More...
Koh NangyuanKoh Tao
Just off the northwest coast of Koh Tao, Koh Nangyuan is actually 3 tiny islands connected by a sandy bridge of beautiful beach. While it is something of a victim of its own popularity, it remains a beautiful, must-see spot. Read More...
Klong Dao BeachKoh Lanta
Klong Dao Beach is known throughout Thailand for its stunning sunsets. Despite being Koh Lanta’s most popular, it still has a quiet, natural atmosphere. Add powdery white sand and you have a really outstanding place. Read More...
Pattaya BeachKoh Lipe
Nang Thong BeachKhao Lak
All of Khao Lak’s beaches are fantastic, featuring great sand, beautiful seas and peaceful seclusion. Nang Thong is the region’s best, however, for its really stunning setting, surrounded by jungle-covered hills. There’s also a good choice of bars, restaurants and shops in the nearby La On Village. Read More...
Sai Kaew BeachKoh Samet
While saying that Sai Kaew Beach is the most developed on the island might seem off-putting, Koh Samet is an island with next to no tarmac roads. “Developed”, in this case, just means that it has a few more restaurants and a bit of nightlife on its otherwise stunning white sands. Read More...