Thailand’s Best Beaches – Fun in the Sun in Asia

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When most of us think of a coastal vacation we may be tempted by the beaches of Australia, the sun and surf of the Mediterranean, or the gnarly surf of Hawaii. But don’t disregard the beaches of Thailand, which are amongst the most beautiful in the world.

Most Thai travelers searching for sun flock to the island of Phuket. Its largest and most popular beach is Patong Beach, and it’s not hard to see why. Its soft white sand is as inviting as its warm water, and with restaurants, stores, and nightclubs a stone’s throw away it’s impossible to get bored.

It’s also impossible to find a private moment at Patong Beach, so if you’re searching for peace and tranquility I suggest heading to nearby Kata Beach. It’s located just a couple of miles away, but its gentler pace makes it feel a lot further. Gone are the shopping malls and chain hotels, although you’ll still enjoy the palm trees and scenery. During the low season the beach enjoys some big waves; surfers will lap them up but families may want to steer clear.

Railey Beach in Krabi is another great option for beach lovers searching for a relaxed space on the sand. This coastal stretch is only accessible by boat, so you’ll feel a bit like you’re on a desert island while you’re sunning yourself. The clear blue water is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, but there isn’t much else to do here. Of course, that’s exactly why its fans like it! Due to its small stature, Railey Beach can get a bit crowded during peak season.

Hau Hin Beach on the Gulf of Siam is a great family-friendly option. The sand is very flat and the water gentle enough for small children to paddle in. There’s plenty of accommodation, from five-star resorts to budget guest houses, but you’ll need to book during peak season to ensure you don’t miss out.

On the other end of the spectrum there’s Haad Rin in Koh Pha Ngan, a coastal stretch known for its wild full moon parties. Once a month the locals celebrate the full moon with loud music, dancing, and a liberal splash of booze. Even when it isn’t technically party time there’s still a real energy about Haad Rin.

Railey Beach, Krabi

Railey Beach, Krabi

White Sand Beach at Koh Chang has long been popular with backpackers, but gradually the rest of us are starting to realize its beauty. While the area still specializes in budget accommodation, there are also a few resorts and mid-priced hotels if you want to stay with more than the basics.

No matter what you look for in a beach, Thailand has one to suit your personality.

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