Best Beaches in Thailand

Best Beaches in Thailand
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The southern regions of Thailand are home to some of the most visually stunning and exotic beaches in the world. There are over 2,000 miles of coastline and 8,000 islands to choose from with many have luxurious white sand, endearing warm water and beautiful scenery. If you are looking for quiet serenity, stroll the beaches overlooking the towering limestone monoliths and caves in the green water of Krabi Province. For a more active beach scene, you can head on over to popular Phuket Island. Some beaches are always crowded, and other hidden gems are tucked away on islands, requiring a bit more effort to find. Here is the list of best beaches in Thailand.

Railay Beach

Railay Beach Thailand
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The majestic Railay Beach is surrounded by the Andaman Sea and accessible only by boat, the beach is framed by limestone cliffs that completely cut this section of land off from the world. The soft white sand on the beach is only one part of the experience. Railay Beach is surrounded by cliffs and caves, limestone monoliths, jungle landscapes, and lagoon-like swimming areas. The beach itself is relaxed and peaceful, not too many tourists come here as you cannot drive to the beach, instead you need to rent a long tail boat and sail here with a guide who will drop you off. There are a few places to stay the night meaning you can relax all day on the beautiful white sands and then relax all evening in a peaceful bar.

Phra Nang Beach

The Phra Nang Beach beach has beautiful white sand stretching along it entire length and at each end you find huge cliffs which add to the picture postcard look. It was recently voted among the top ten beaches in the world. There is no land transport in this area at all, there are however a few food and drink stalls dotted about to make sure you don’t go hungry or thirsty. The beach is accessible by a long tail boat which you can pick up from Ao Nang, and the journey to the beach is about 20 minutes and well worth the short wait.

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket

The Though Nai Harn Beach, located on Phuket, is one of the most popular beaches in Thailand but it can get quite crowded. The beach is known for crystal clear water, white sand, and waves that are not overbearing when swimming. It is one of the most popular because of its consistent climate and weather conditions that make it suitable to visit year-round. Nearby restaurants and local food vendors make it convenient to stay a full day at the beach. A number of resorts like the Navatara Phuket Resort, The Nai Harn, and Sunsuri Phuket are within walking distance of the beach

Ton Sai Beach

The Ton Sai Beach, located in Krabi, offers something for the traveler on a lower budget, a beautiful sandy beach that is surrounded by cheap accommodation and some excellent rock climbing. You can get to this beach by getting lift in a long tail boat that will take about five minutes from Railay Beach, or trek through the rainforest for an hour and a half from Ao Nang. The number of visitors on this beach is quite low. This will allow you to have a fully relaxing time away from the crowds.

Phra Nang Cave Beach

The Phra Nang Cave Beach is surrounded by a stunning landscape and outdoor adventure that few others can match. Characterized by outcroppings of cliffs that are popular for rock climbing, the shallow water of this beach makes it a popular stop for tourists. The beach can be overcrowded at times, but it is one of the most unique beaches in Thailand. Short trails near the beach take you through caves and showcase the area’s landscape. Try some fresh fruit from a floating vendor to cool off in the heat. The best times to visit for decent weather and fewer crowds are May and October. High season is November through April.


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