11 Best Beaches in Thailand to Visit in 2019
Thailand has so many islands and stunning beaches that it is hard to narrow down the selection to just a few. After exploring the country from end to end, here is a list of the 11 best beaches in Thailand. Some of these beaches you may have heard of, and others will be a complete surprise.
Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe has a few of the best beaches in Thailand, but if I just had to pick one it would be Sunrise Beach. The clear water, white sand, and stunning sunrises make this spot just stunning. Look out for the iconic wooden longtail boats which line the shore in the early morning. This one place you’ll want to wake up early every day, even if you’re not a morning person. Read more…
Ao Tapao, Koh Kood
Located so far east that it’s actually closer to Cambodia than Thailand, Koh Kood is a beautifully remote island. Along the west coast, you will find a secluded beach called Ao Tapao. There are no large hotels here, just a few basic bungalows dotted along the shore between to coconut trees. You’ll love these awesome rope swings hanging from the coconut trees. Read more…
Ao Kham, Koh Mook
We only discovered Koh Mook recently, but I can tell you now, there will be return trips. Koh Mook is situated off the west coast of Thailand’s Trang province. One the island’s east coast you will find a white sandy peninsula called Ao Kham. It speaks for itself why this is one of the best beaches in Thailand. Read more…
Koh Haa (Five Islands)
Remote and secluded. Koh Haa is a cluster of five tiny islands located about 15 kilometers off the coast of Koh Lanta. Koh Haa is mostly visited by dive boats where people explore the stunning underwater cavern known as The Cathedral. Sandwiched between those five islands you will find one pristine stretch of sand, definitely one of the best beaches in Thailand.
Lonely Beach, Koh Chang
It’s the second largest island in the country, so you can expect to find some of the best beaches in Thailand here. Lonely Beach is located 22 kilometers down the west coast of Koh Chang. You will find a laid-back vibe here, with fire spinning shows on the sand for sunset. Read more…
Ao Nieng, Koh Kradan
With one of the best snorkeling reefs we’ve ever seen, Ao Nieng on Koh Kradan easily makes it into the best beaches in Thailand. Just 100 meters out from the shore you will find a stunning 6-10m coral shelf teeming with sea life. When you’re finished exploring underwater you can go back and cill at one of these stunning bungalows right on the sand.
Hidden Beach, Koh Adang
If you’re planning a trip to Koh Lipe, then you must also make a trip across the water to Koh Adang. That huge mountains island has some beautiful hidden beaches to explore. Charter a private boat for the day from Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe and head up the west coast of Koh Adang. You will find this stunning beach backed by thick jungle, fronted by an amazing coral reef. What more could you want? Read more…
Nang Yuan Beach, Koh Nang Yuan
If an entire Island could be just one beach, this would be it. Koh Nang Yuan is located just off the coast of Koh Tao (Turtle Island) in the Gulf of Thailand. This impressive beach bridges the gap between what would otherwise be two mountainous islands in the sea. The only catch, it’s a private beach and you’ll have to pay a small entry fee.
Long Beach, Phi Phi Don
Long Beach is a secluded stretch of the whitest and softest sand that you will find on the Phi Phi islands. The route here from Tonsai Village follows a rocky path and a jungle trail. Snorkel with Black Tip Reefs Sharks just a short swim from the shore or just laze back on the sand and enjoy the view of Phi Phi Leh across the water. Read more…
Railay Beach, Krabi
Imagine being surrounded by tall limestone mountains which seem to just rise up out of the ocean. Monkeys play behind you in the forest, and wooden longtail boats line the shore in front. The only ways to get here are by foot trail or by longtail boat coming from Ao Nang, its all part of what makes this secluded island the paradise it is.
Aoi Nui Bay, Koh Lanta
Ao Nui is a small bay tucked away between the cliffs on Koh Lanta’s southwest coast. It’s almost as remote as it gets on Koh Lanta. There are no resorts here, just one small rustic restaurant pulled together from bits of driftwood. You’ll love the amazing sunsets looking out over the Andaman Sea. Read more…
Want to explore more beaches still? See our list of the best beaches in Southeast Asia.
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