No wonder why film production crew of Leo Dicaprio’s The beach chose Thailand as its film location… beautiful white sand beaches and stunning clear blue seas, Thailand is as close as it gets to the definition of Paradise.
With over 2,000 miles of coastline and 8,000 tropical islands, Thailand offers visitors a wide variety of beaches to choose from, including quiet, secluded coves and stretches of sand that are filled with wild partying tourists.
Bellow you can find some of the best beaches we think are worth visiting during your stay:
5. White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
This beautiful stretch of beach on the west side of the island is fringed with palm and coconut trees against a backdrop of gentle sloping hills. Ko Chang is still considered more of a backpacker island than a luxury destination, for now at least it doesn’t have the big crowds you’ll find in more popular Phuket.
4. Patong Beach, Phuket
Travelers who want to do more than lounge in the sun should head over to colorful and crowded Patong, the unofficial party capital of Phuket. This vibrant area is filled with nightclubs, restaurants, bars and shopping within walking distance. On Patong’s 2.2 mile (3.5 km) long beach, travellers will find many adrenaline sport vendors such as jet ski rentals and local wares. This is one of the most popular beaches in Thailand, especially with those who enjoy partying and having a good time. It’s impossible to get bored here!
3. Phra Nang Beach, Krabi
Phra Nang Beach is located at the southern tip of Railay, a peninsula on the Andaman Coast. Framed by stunning limestone cliffs and blessed with clear, emerald waters and beautiful white sands, it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. It is also popular with climbers who enjoy scaling Railay’s massive limestone rocks. Travelers interested in learning how to scale these rocks will find a number of instructors in the area willing to literally show them the ropes. Phra Nang, which can be reached by long-tail boat from Ao Nang, is quite popular and so can be crowded at times.
2. Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi Leh
This stunning site on Ko Phi Phi Leh is now famous for being the location of Leonardo DiCaprio’s film “The Beach.” Today, tourists from all over the world come to this sheltered bay, which is framed on three sides by tall cliffs, to see and enjoy this beautiful location for themselves. Maya Bay might just have the best scenery of any in the country. Maya Bay can only be visited on day trips by boat, since there are no accommodations here. Ko Phi Phi (just as stunning) is also well-known for its excellent diving and snorkeling. Because Phi Phi Leh is a national park, travelers must pay a 200 baht fee to enter. Hordes of people visit during high season, but the beauty makes dealing with the crowds worth it.
1. Railay Beach, Krabi
Though it’s technically on the mainland, Railey Beach is only accessible by boat and has a desert island feeling you won’t find on most of the country’s popular beach destinations. Clear blue waters, small islands on the horizon and majestic cliffs surround the small beach, which is generally not crowded except during peak season.
Aside from rock climbing, swimming and snorkeling, there’s not much else to do here but admire the gorgeous scenery, so bring a book and prepare to relax.