Thailand is famous for its postcard images of pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and picturesque ocean views. But you aren’t going to want to visit every single beach in this incredible country – nor would you be able to! So to help with things, we’ve outlined below some of what we think are the best beaches you can visit in Thailand and what you can expect to find at each of them.
Sitting on the West coast of Phuket, Patong Beach is easily one of the most popular beaches in Thailand. The beach is lined with all sorts of restaurants, cafes and bars and you’ll find that there’s quite a lively party scene here once the sun goes down. However, through the day, it’s the perfect place to find a spot on the sand and just enjoy the sun. One thing we would say though, because this place is so popular with tourists and has a large number of resorts close by, you may find it a little too busy for your liking. Just make sure you get to the beach earlier in the day to secure a good spot!
This, in our opinion, is the nicest stretch of beach in the Phuket area. It’s got that white sand and clear water beach feel that you’d associate with advertisements for heaven on earth, while at the same time it isn’t entirely isolated from modern amenities like restaurants and bars. In the same area, you might also like to pay a visit to Kata Noi or Little Kata – this is where Katathani Resort is located and is a nice quiet stretch of beach that’s similar to Kata, but without the same number of people.
It’s important to remember though that if you’re planning on visiting any of the beaches from Kamala down to Kata, they can have quite rough conditions during the low seasons and aren’t always swimmable. Just be sure to keep your eye out for signs signaling whether it’s safe to swim or not because most of the beaches in this area aren’t patrolled by life guards.
Panwa is more of a sheltered beach and sits on the opposite side of Phuket to Patong. Due to its relatively enclosed geography, this beach offers quiet swimming conditions year-round so it’s the perfect place for taking smaller children. Or alternatively, if you’re an adult who enjoys swimming in a pool, but prefers ocean water, this may be the ticket for you as there are no waves to speak of!
Located in Krabi, Ao Nang is another very popular beach area in Thailand as it’s home to not only a beautiful beach, but also a huge number of hotels and resorts. That being said, if you want something in this area that’s a little more private, then you might like to have a look at the Centara Grand Resort in Krabi. It’s just a 15-minute boat ride from Ao Nang and has its very own private beach which is just as pretty as any other you’ll find in Thailand. Just watch out for the monkeys!
You may recognise Phi Phi from those images on travel brochures that look as though they’ve been photoshopped. It is truly incredible. However, with such beauty also comes a huge number of tourists visiting on a daily basis. So, if you really want to make the most of a trip to Phi Phi, then spend a night or two there and see it at its best, when it isn’t crowded with visitors!
Thailand is a country that’s home to literally hundreds of incredible beaches so you’re going to be spoilt for choice whichever region you decide to go to. But make sure that you try and check out at least a couple of the ones we’ve mentioned above! They’re all amazing, and guaranteed to give you memories you’ll never forget.