5 Best Beaches in Thailand
Take a look at the best beaches in Thailand – from an exclusive film location, to the best snorkeling spot the beaches in Thailand are some if the most beautiful in the world.
Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Leh
For: A Bucket-List Tick
The infamous filming location for Leonardo Dicaprio’s ‘The Beach’, Koh Phi Phi Leh’s Maya Bay, is one of Thailand’s star attractions. The film certainly put the bay on the map, showcasing it’s dazzling emerald waters and white sands. The island consists of a ring of steep limestone hills that surround the two shallow bays, Maya Bay and Loh Samah. Maya Bay can only be accessed at high tide, due to the boat ride needed to reach the destination, some however will anchor at the deeper Loh Samah, allowing people to walk through a section of jungle to reach Maya Bay. This really is the perfect location for swimming, with calm waters protected by the bay, however, we’d suggest an early visit to avoid the rather busy peak periods (it’s a big tourist attraction after all).
Tub Kaek Beach, Krabi
For: A Tranquil Afternoon
Tub Kaek Beach can be found on KrabiI’s sheltered coastline, far from the over-crowded shores and tourist heavy strips. Providing a sense of seclusion and tranquility, Tub Kaek offers the perfect escape for a day spent reading under the palm trees, or swimming in the clear waters. You can expect great views, with other islands scattered across the horizon, the perfect place to watch and reflect as the sun goes down.
Kata Beach, Phuket
For: Ultimate Beach Fun
If your looking for a beautiful beach in Phuket, Kata Beach kind of ticks all the boxes, with soft white sands, great clear waters and close restaurants and bars. It’s definitely a quieter option than Patong Beach, known for its endless bars and crowded atmosphere. Kata provides the best of both worlds, with the perfect combination of natural beauty and tourist-y facilities. The beach is great for surfers from March to October, and just a short walk from the Kata Noi, a great snorkelling spot. Sip a cocktail, enjoy water sports or snooze on the beach, either way you can expect a day of sun and sea heavy fun!
Long Beach, Koh Lanta
For: Romantic Walks
It’s clear where Long Beach got its name, with its 3-mile long stretch of golden sand. Koh Lanta has some of Thailand’s most unspoilt beaches, and Long Beach is no exception. Known locally as Phrae Ae, the stunning shores are lined by wild, dense trees where visitors can take shade from the dazzling sun. It’s Long Beach’s blank canvas-look that sets it apart from other, more commercialised beaches in Thailand, perfect for a little peace and quiet, or a romantic walk.
Aow Leuk, Koh Tao
For: Coral Reefs
The coral reefs in Aow Leuk have put this beach on the map. Starting right from the shore, running along either side of the bay, down to depths of to 10 metres. You can expect to see an abundance of marine life here, from schools of sergeant major fish, to jack fish. You could get lucky and even see the odd turtle or black tip reef shark in the deeper waters. The bay is relatively quiet, especially if you avoid the peak hours in the middle of the day. We’d suggest snorkelling in the morning for the best conditions.