Everyone knows Thailand’s reputation when it comes to its vast array of beautiful beaches, but do you know what and where they are? Not many people do. Here are the top-10 Thai beaches that you must visit before your spontaneously combust (in no apparent order).
#1. Maya Bay at Phi Phi Island
Located on one of the most famous tropical holiday destinations in Thailand on Phi Phi Island, which is an area made popular in The Beach movie by Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Beach is one of the most breathtaking beaches in Thailand. Although a couple of decades of tourism has affected the beach, it is still one of the best. Unfortunately Maya Bay was closed last year, June 1st 20018. We hope it makes a speedy recovery.
#2. Railay Beach in Krabi
One of the most beautiful areas in Thailand is Krabi in the south of the Kingdom. The area is known for its beautiful beaches. One of the most famous and desirable beches in Krabi is the stunning Railay Beach. Located directly on the Andaman Ocean and, Railay is one of the most photographed beaches in Thailand and can only be reached by boat. Over the years, the beach has maintained its natural beauty and is still considered as one of the beaches you must visit when in Southern Thailand.
#3. Ao Manao at Prachuap Khiri Khan
Ao Manao is located on the Thai coastline at Prachuap Khiri Khan between Hua Hin and Phuket and is one of the most spectacular beaches in Thailand. Although many people look to the deep south in Thailand such as Krabi, Phuket and Ao Nang for the most beautiful stretches of sand in the kingdom, Ao Manao definitely rivals all of those places. Because the beach is situated in an area that is less visited by mass tourism, the crowds are smaller and the experience is more peaceful and serene. You can only access the beach via a Thai army base, who keep the beach clean and tidy all year round.
#4. Bottle Beach at Koh Phangan
Bottle Beach is located on the dreamy tropical island of Koh Phangan, which is located in the Gulf of Thailand within close proximity to Koh Samui. Although Koh Phangan is primarily known for being the venue of Thailand’s infamous full moon parties, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and in Thailand is the secluded Bottle Beach on Koh Phangan. The beach has been well protected over the years, mainly due to being only accessed via boat.
#5. Freedom Beach in Phuket
If we were writing this list 30-years ago, Phuket would have several additions. But as tourism has changed the island’s face over the years, the beaches have become more commercialized. However, the island still has some stunning beaches, such as the dreamy Freedom Beach, which is a 300-meter stretch of sand located near to Nai Harn and Rawai in the south of the island. Ultra relaxing and ultra-beautiful, make sure you visit Freedom Beach when you are in Phuket.
#6. Sunrise Beach at Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe is the most southern island in Thailand and is located in the Andaman Ocean near to Malaysia. Although the island is small and less visited by tourists, this means that the island’s conditions are untapped. The clear blue waters surrounding Koh Lipe are mesmerizing and offer some of the most earth shattering beaches and Ocean views in Thailand. The most desirable beach on Koh Lipe is the awe-inspiring Sunrise Beach, which still retains a secluded paradise beach-style charm that will blow you away.
#7. Phra Nang Beach at Ao Nang, Krabi
Phra Nang Beach at Ao Nang, Krabi is not just known as one of the best beaches in Thailand, but is also known as one of the most picturesque beaches in the world. You can reach the beach via a long tail boat from the popular tourist town of Ao Nang. The beach offers a truly stunning spectacle. The miraculous white sands are nestled next to limestone rocks, towering cliffs and coral reefs. If you want to get your mind blow by the beauty of a Thai beach, this is the one for you.
#8. Ao Sai Daeng at Koh Tao
The island of Koh Tao offers a very scenic holiday destination and is home to some of the most picturesque beaches and clear blue seas imaginable. If you are visiting Koh Tao or are looking to explore the best Thai beaches, Ao Sai Daeng must be on that list. The beach is a little off the beaten track, but that’s what makes it so private, secluded and special. If you are looking for somewhere to soak up the ultimate Thai tropical beach experience, not many can match Ao Sai Daeng.
#9. Kantiang Beach at Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is a Thai holiday island located in the south of Thailand and has a reputation for tranquility, serenity and immense beaches. The island is located amidst the Mu Koh Lanta National Park and is breathtaking in every way. One of the most stunning beaches on Koh Lanta is Kantiang Beach, which is flanked by a famous lighthouse and imposing cliffs. Not so many people visit this beach, which makes it very private and peaceful. You might even get to see some monkeys clowning around on the beach at the right time of year.
#10. Taling Ngam at Koh Samui
No Thai beach list would be complete without a Koh Samui beach. Samui is sat in the Gulf of Siam and is one of the most popular holiday islands in Thailand. If you are in Samul and want to visit one of the best Thai beached, we would recommend Taling Ngam Beach.