The 9 best beaches in Thailand

Updated: Dec 24, 2019

One that that no one can deny, is that Thailand has some of the gems of Southeast Asia along it's shoreline! We've tried to narrow down the list for you to our favorite 9 beaches for you to visit this winter season.

Maenam Beach, Koh Samui

If you are looking for a beautiful family beach on the island of Koh Samui, that is still a quiet and less of a hot-spot for tourists, then this one is for you.

With more that 4 miles of bright white sand and calm surf, finding a secluded place to set up your deck chair and relax isn't difficult. The high ened resorts that line this beach also do their bit to make sure that it is kept in pristine condition.

The mellow spot allows visitors to sit on the beach, relax with a coconut in hand, under the shade of said coconut tree (or umbrella) with fantastic views across to the cloudcapped island of Koh Pha Ngan.

Sunset Beach, Koh Lipe

Slightly harder to find is what gets this beach on our list. On the west side of Koh Lipe (the most southerly of Thailand isles), facing Butang, is the beautiful bungalow dotted stretch known as Sunset Beach.

Whilst the island has 3 main stretches of beach, Sunset Beach is the smallest and with this has come a reputation of being low-profile.

This laid back beach is more popular with the locals than the tourists but for good reason, they know the best places to watch the amazing sunsets that give this beach it's well deserved name.

Thong Nai Pan Noi, Koh Phangan

This beach is twinned with it's cove partner Thing Nai pan Yai and can be found on the easterns shore of Koh Phangan. Noi meaning small and Yai meaning big give you an idea to where we are going with this selection.

This beach is fortunate enough to catch the sunrise as it emerges into view over the Siam Kingdom. Reveling the full spectrum of accommodation from locals family houses through to 5* luxury retreats such as Panviman, Anantara & Santhiya.

Regardless of the new neighbors this beach still retains it's more bohemian vibes thanks to old-scholl tattoo shops, raging full moon parties and backpackers that congregate here for the wonderful atmosphere.

Phra Nang Cave Beach, Krabi

Only accessible by long-tail boat, this beach is reached in about 20 mins from Ao Nang.

On arrival the velvet white sand greets you with a backdrop of limestone karst formations. The winter season from Dec to April will be busy with tourists, so we actually recommend visiting this place during the Low season May to November.

Whilst the rainy season will be in force, the showers are normally sharp but short, which means that you can rent a sea kayak and venture out to the formations and islands to explore for yourself without the crowds.

Sairee Beach, Koh Tao

Perhaps Thailand's longest and most favored beach, Sairee Beech is located on Kok Tao's west coast.

Narrow strip beach and shallow shores make this an ideal beach for families by day, but then as the sun sets the strip makes way to lantern lit bars and restaurants all serving local sea food caught direct from the bay, but also an array of more adventurous night life with dance music, drinks that are served in buckets and fire shows.

Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi

Since the film The Beach was released, Maya Bay has been a destination hot spot for DiCaprio fans and tourists. It's because of this that they have now closed the beach in an effort to help local coral rejuvenate.

If you can make it to this lush cliff-sheltered bay, with it's pristine white sands and crystal clear waters, then it's worth it, even if only for a quick picture, but don't expect to stay for very long.

Long Beach, Koh lanta

If you are looking for a serene spot then look no further. 2.5 miles of sand at a gentle slope, guests houses congregated into areas along the beach, some undeveloped areas for you to kick back and relax and the of course the opportunity for unmissable sunsets.

If 2.5 miles fo paradise isn't enough for you then good news, as Klong Dao beach meets with Long Beach at the Northern point and Relax beach tails off the end of Long Beach to the south.

Kata Noi beach, Phuket

Visitors to the island of Phuket will have easily heard of heard of Kata Beach, but for a more relaxing experience you need to venture to Kata Noi.

This two resort town is often classified as "out of the way" but with this extra effort to reach comes rewards... soft sand, surfing to the northern point and Kata viewpoint that delivers panoramic vistas across Kata, Kata Noi and Karon Bay.

Lamai Beach, Koh Samui

Locxated on the islands southeast coast, Lamai Beach offers a quieter alternative to the main stream Chawang Beach that is well advertised to visitors.

Deeper water can be found to the south but pristine powder white sand can be found all the way along. Look out for the "emergency vinegar stations" along the beach as the waters can be home (seasonally) to box jellyfish. Normally found during the rainy season.

Don't let them scare you away, just make sure that you keep your eyes pealed for them, whilst you take in the breath taking views.

For more information on Thailand, iconic sights and highlights, secret escape destinations, hotels, beaches and jungle experiences, contact Moethus Travel today!

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