Thailand is well known all over the world for its pristine blue waters and clean white sands. The stunning nation is made of over 8000 tropical islands waiting to be explored. With a coastline stretching more than 2000 miles, choosing a beach to visit might just be the most difficult decision you have to make when in Thailand. There are quiet, secluded beaches, bustling and lively beaches, those with tons of adventure sports, and even more with fantastic food options. To help you pick and choose from the immense variety you are bombarded with, we have compiled a list of the top 5 beaches in Thailand that are thoroughly enjoyable no matter your preferences:
- Railay Beach
If you like breathtaking beaches, warm sea water, and good restaurants, Railay beach will be your dream come true. Only accessible by a long tail boat, this is undoubtedly one of the best beaches around. The beach is stunning with powdery white sands and beautiful clear waters. Because of the size of the beach, the surroundings don’t seem crowded even with a lot of traffic to the place. If you are an adventure seeker, there is a steep climb (ropes provided) in the trail between Railay east and Phrang Nga beach. It is a fantastic experience to kayak from the beach to visit the various caves and cliffs in the water. The atmosphere is vibrant, yet relaxed and there is always something to see or do around this gorgeous beach.
- Phra Nang Beach
With a fantastic climbing site and exotic climate, this beach is an absolute magnet for tourists in Thailand. The interesting cave and rock formations give a completely new dimension to visiting this place. The sand is duvet-soft and the clear, pristine waters are safe for swimming. The backdrop of picturesque limestone cliffs provide natural shade from the hot sun. There are also great restaurants nearby along the Aonang beach street, and nicer ones on the beach. The entire island, in fact, is full of clean and peaceful beaches that can be accessed by a tail boat or a short walk. You can also make a visit to the Phra Nang viewpoint which is accessible from the road to the beach. It does require about 30 minutes of climbing but is completely worth the hike.
- Karon Beach
This beach is an uncrowded stretch of white sand away from the hustle and bustle of Patong beach. This is a gorgeous beach where you quickly feel like a local living in paradise. The beach offers lovely clear water, soft sands, and a view of a huge Buddha statue to top it off. Walk further for 3 minutes or less and you have a row of great cheap authentic eats. You can choose to lay down on a mat with food and drinks nearby or find a quiet spot where no one will disturb you. Down one end are rows and rows of deck chairs, in the middle are beach volley ball nets, and the furthest other end are rocks that you can climb on. You can hire jet skis and even go parasailing while being enveloped in a calm, peaceful atmosphere.
- Kata Beach
This calm, secluded, and cozy beach is a favourite among couples and families to relax. The clean and warm waters are perfect for surfers as well. Kata beach ticks all the boxes: soft sand, gently sloping sands, swimming access into a warm and calm sea, tree groves for a shady respite, fresh seafood stalls offering snacks and cocktails, and beach loungers and umbrellas that do not hog the whole beach! Even if you’re just visiting Karon beach, be sure to pop over to Kata for a second to enjoy a more private and smaller beach with a shorter shoreline. A little island off the side of the beach adds to the beauty of the shore. It is a remarkably wonderful walk along the shoreline especially during sunrise or sunset that takes about half an hour to complete.
- Phi Phi Don
This beautiful locality is a place where you can relax and stop worrying about the fast-pace of everyday life. The scenery is as stunning as visiting a postcard. Beaches in the quiet, easy-going side of the island have a few restaurants, some upscale hotels, and a whole lot of serenity. It is also a great spot for snorkeling in clear water, with corals and fishes. Massive tidal range gives easy access to reefs at low tide. Assorted bars, restaurants and mini markets line the several streets on the island and are a joy to explore. Plenty of Long Tail Boats are also available for hire. With white sandy beaches fringed with palms, and turquoise blue seas, this simply idyllic island is truly a slice of paradise.
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