Thailand is every beachgoer’s Holy Grail no matter where you choose to lay your blanket. Beaches in Thailand are often more affordable and more commercialized, but all of them share one thing: sand.
The sand in Thailand is white and pure, with a slightly salty taste. It’s a great place to relax and take in the fresh air, and it’s also great for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the possibility of swimming in salt water.
Choosing the right beach depends on how you want to spend your time. Whether you are looking for an adventure or looking to soak up the sun’s rays. From the bustling beaches of Phuket to the quiet coves of Koh Lipe, Thailand has something for everyone. Figure out which one suits you in this list.
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Pattaya Beach is about an hour south of all the attractions in Bangkok. It is a popular tourist beach on the gulf coast of Thailand. The biggest attraction is the hillside temple that sits above the sand. The area was once a fishing village but has evolved into a modern beach with hotels and shopping malls. You can find large resorts like Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa and the trendy Royal Wing Suites & Spa.
Pattaya Beach is great for tourists interested in water sports. It can be a bit crowded at times but it’s still ideal for beachgoers who want to enjoy a stroll along the crescent coastline. The best time to visit this beach is in March through May when the weather is fine and there are not any tourists.
Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi is a beautiful island in the Andaman Sea known for its turquoise waters and pristine beaches. Maya Bay, made famous by the film ‘The Beach,’ is a must-see for those seeking a peaceful and breathtaking beach experience. Maya Bay Beach is one of Thailand’s most famous and photogenic locations, and it is largely responsible for bringing tourism to Phi Phi Island.
It is now one of the world’s most famous white-sand beaches. The shallow, azure waters of Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi, one of Krabi Provence’s most beautiful islands, are almost surrounded by massive limestone monoliths. The steep hills that surround the water make it feel like a private paradise.
The beach was closed in 2018 for a coral rejuvenation project after it had been devastated by over-tourism. The beach reopened in 2022, with regulations in place to help preserve and protect it.
Nai Harn Beach, Phuket
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. Nai Harn Beach is known for its crystal clear water and white sand and waves that are not overbearing when swimming. The beach is popular because of the consistent weather that makes it suitable to be visited year-round. It is a small, quiet seaside resort with a village feel and a slightly hippy vibe.
Casual restaurants specialize in local cuisine, while simple shops sell beachwear and Thai crafts. It is surrounded on both sides by jungle and palm-covered mountains, and inland is a large freshwater lagoon. This beach attracts both Thais and ex-pats for its peaceful and unspoiled atmosphere, even during peak season. It’s also in a convenient location, close to the island’s action and fun nightlife.
Aside from the white sandy beach, there are numerous interesting things to do in Nai Harn Beach, the majority of which are ideal for families and travelers looking for a laid-back holiday in Phuket. Visitors can stroll through the peaceful grounds of the Buddhist Monastery Wat Nai Harn, and jogging and paddle boating are popular on the lake’s tree-fringed shores.
Sunset Beach, Koh Lipe
A peaceful beach is known for its bohemian vibe and, as the name implies, spectacular sunsets. It is Sunset Beach on Koh Lipe (a Thai island in the Andaman Sea, close to Malaysia) is still relatively secluded, surrounded by large boulders that just out of the sand and water. This ‘secret’ location, with its soft-as-sifted-flour sand, cyan skies, and Tiffany-blue waters, will appeal to those seeking silence and a sense of timelessness.
This secluded dream beach on the west of the island is famous for its legendary sunsets. The numerous palm trees, round rock formations, and fine sand give this location an authentic tropical feel. There are only a few accommodations directly on Sunset Beach, creating a Robinson Crusoe-like atmosphere.
During the day, it is always quiet; only at sunset do some visitors come to marvel at the magical atmosphere in one of the quaint beach bars. This a true highlight that should not be overlooked on any visit to Koh Lipe. Whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury vacationer, a diver or a beach lover, a trip to Koh Lipe will guarantee an unforgettable experience, and it’s well worth it.
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Written by: Afiba Polley, Wed, Jan 26, 2023.