13 Best Beaches in Thailand

Thailand’s Best Beaches

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.

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    Donald Duck Bay

    Similan Islands
    Donald Duck Bay, Similan 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. 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 is quite a lot of coral growing close to the shore so wading out can be a slow and painful experience. Read More...

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    Kata Beach, Phuket

    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...

    Railay Beach, Krabi

    Strictly speaking, Railay is actually a peninsula, with four 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 Beaches

    While there’s no doubting that Haad Rin is the best-known beach on Koh Phangan because of the Full Moon Parties, it is 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...

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    Lamai Beach

    Koh Samui
    Lamai Beach, Koh 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...

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    Buffalo Bay

    Koh Phayam
    Buffalo Bay, Koh 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 two 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.

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    White Sand Beach

    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 right here. Read More...

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    Laem Thong Beach

    Phi Phi Islands
    Laem Thong Beach, Phi 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...

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    Koh Nangyuan

    Just off the northwest coast of Koh Tao, Koh Nangyuan is actually three 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...

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    Klong Dao Beach, Koh 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...

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    Pattaya Beach, Koh Lipe

    Not to be confused with Pattaya City, its infinitely less beautiful namesake, this is Koh Lipe’s best beach. Comprising 1.5 km of exquisite white sand and dazzlingly blue water, it is Koh Lipe’s most popular, though the quieter Sunrise and Sunset beaches are both just a short walk away. Read More...

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    Nang Thong Beach, Khao 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, surrounding by jungle-covered hills. There’s also a good choice of bars, restaurants and shops in the nearby La On Village. Read More...

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    Sai Kaew Beach, Koh Samet

    While saying that Sai Kaew Beach is the most developed on the island might seem off-putting, this 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...

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