​The Top 5 Beaches in Thailand That You Cannot Miss

Last Updated August 22, 2023

Thailand has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and you should definitely visit them if you have time to explore this wonderful country. If you’re planning your trip or already know where to go, here are 5 of the top beaches in Thailand that you simply can’t miss!

1) Koh Tao

With its gentle waves and sandy shores, Koh Tao is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. The island is also home to a variety of marine life, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and diving. On the other hand, if you're looking for nightlife there are plenty of bars around town. If you want an island with an active nightlife scene that won't break the bank, then this is your place. Koh Tao has the right balance for those seeking both.

2) Koh Samui

Koh Samui is an island off the east coast of Thailand and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. From the white sand beaches of Chaweng and Lamai to the secluded bays of Bophut and Maenam, there is a beach for everyone on Koh Samui.  If you're looking for a little more adventure while you're exploring this gem of an island, check out the James Bond Island Tour where you can see where 007 was filmed or go on a guided tour through Taling Ngam National Park with its lush rainforest and mountain views.

3) Pattaya

Situated on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The city is renowned for its beaches, which are some of the best in Thailand. With crystal clear water and soft white sand, Pattaya is a paradise for beach lovers. Most visitors head to Pattaya's Jomtien Beach where they can enjoy an evening drink at any of the numerous seaside bars and restaurants that line the shoreline. After dark, tourists can catch a glimpse of the famous nightlife scene or continue to enjoy the evening meals and drinks at the nearby bars.

4) Phuket

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The island is home to many beautiful beaches, including Patong, Karon, and Kata. If you’re looking for a place to relax and capture amazing beach photos, Phuket is the perfect spot.  There are great hotels with beautiful pools and spas if you want to stay on the island for your entire vacation. The best time to visit Phuket is during their rainy season from May-October as this provides more comfortable temperatures than their hot season from November-April.

5) Krabi

Krabi is a province on the west coast of southern Thailand. It's known for its dramatic landscape, with towering limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests and more than 150 offshore islands. Some of the most popular beaches in Krabi are Railay Beach, Ao Nang Beach and Tubkaak Beach.  These beaches offer some of the best snorkeling and diving sites in Southeast Asia. The water here is crystal clear, making it one of the best places to go swimming or scuba diving.

Whatever way you enjoy spending a day at the beach, you can do that in Thailand. Don’t forget your sunscreen and towels!

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