Thailand’s best beaches

One of the main appeals of Thailand is its beautiful beaches. Whether you are looking for a beach for families with lots of activities or somewhere secluded to while away the hours with a good book, Thailand has the answer.

The Ao Manao bay at Khiri khan also known as the lemon beach and is only 6 miles from the Myanmar border.  As yet unspoilt by tourism, this bay offers white sands and fantastic seafood.

Tourists seeking peace and seclusion would be well advised to travel to Sairee Beach at Ka Tao. Although it can take between two and three hours and several ferry rides to reach here, those to yearn for a tranquil paradise will not mind the journey at all

The unusual rock climbing at Pharangang Bay, Krabi is one of the things this glorious beach is best known for. This entire area is noted for its natural beauty and will be loved by all those nature lovers, as well as families and those who enjoy partaking in swimming and snorkelling.

Only 20 minutes away from Pharangang bay is Ao Nang beach, one of the best developed and most admired beaches in the country. You will find here great shops, fabulous restaurants serving both Thai and western cuisine and many commodities that are both charming and affordable.

The remote and secluded Tong Takien bay can be found in the southeastern area of Ko Sumai Island. This beach is perfect for swimming, kayaking and snorkelling and is very clean and ideal for families.

Tonsai bay at Ko Phi Phi will be well known to those who have seen the film ‘the Beach’ as it was shot on location here. This beach effectively connects two separate islands, a large one known the Don and a smaller one called Leh. A cheap, 2 hour ferry ride will bring you to Tonsai Bay, and it is well worth the trip.

North of the beaches of Patong and Kamala on Phuket lies the glorious Surin Beach. This wonderful bay gives you the opportunity to sample the finest of Thai cuisine washed down with every available beverage as well as swimming in the crystal clear waters. There is no accommodation here and there are hoses to wash yourself down before leaving.

The national park of Noppharat Thara in Krabi can be enjoyed for an entrance fee of only 400 baht. This is a perfect family beach and you can enjoy a picnic under the shade of coconut palm trees. Just west of Ao Nang, the sands of Noppharat Thara stretch for over a mile.

180 miles east of Bangkok lies Ko Chang Island, or Elephant Island as it is known to the locals. This is the second largest island in the country and the white sands here that integrate many other smaller beaches are considered to be the best in Thailand.

One of the most stunning beaches in Bangkok is Hat Sai Kaeno, also known locally as the Diamond beach or Crystal Sand beach. The beach here runs for approximately 1/3 of a mile and is packed with watersports and activities, some of the most popular being swimming, jet skis, windsurfing and banana boats.