Best 10 Beautiful Beaches In Thailand

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Blessed with beautiful tropical beaches, numerous mesmerizing islands, and 2,000 miles (3,218.68 kilometers) of shoreline, Thailand is an enchanting country in Southeast Asia and an ideal destination for a coastal getaway. You can find a variety of beaches for picnicking and partying, quiet and secluded coves to unwind, and shores safe and ideal for enjoying thrilling water sports. So whether you are an explorer looking for beach adventures, or a tourist looking for a leisurely coastal vacation with your family and kids, Thailand has got it all. And, if you are planning a beach excursion here for your upcoming holidays, knowing about some magnificent beaches will make your trip more enjoyable and interesting. Keep reading to learn about the best beautiful beaches in Thailand.

1. Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Le

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Sheltered by incredible 100-meter (328.08-foot) high cliffs on three sides, Maya Bay is a spellbinding beach that you must visit during your excursion to Thailand. Within the bay, you can find plenty of beaches. Some of them exist only during the low tide, while most of them are small yet beautiful. Do not miss visiting the prominent beach here which spans 200 meters (656.16 feet). You can easily watch colorful coral and exotic fish from underwater as the water is exceptionally clear. Enjoy activities such as snorkeling, diving, and sea kayaking here. The period between November and April is the best time to visit.

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2. Ao Nang Beach, Krabi

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Discover the elegant mainland Ao Nang beach in Krabi, Thailand. This beautiful, palm-fringed beach is great for sunbathing and enjoying the fun of swimming. In the daytime, most of the areas in Ao Nang beach are empty, as several longtail boats happen to leave for trips. You can find several cafes, restaurants, and shops near the shore which you can visit after your beach excursion.

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3. Railay Beach, Krabi

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Encompassed by the splendid Andaman Sea on many sides, Railay Beach in scenic Krabi is another fascinating shore in Thailand. It’s also popularly known as Rai Leh. The high limestone cliffs here cut off the access to the beach from the mainland, so you can reach it only by boat. Spend leisure time on the beautiful white sands of this tranquil beach. If you like rock climbing, go for it here. Railay is best known for the many rock climbing activities on offer. You can also get a long tail boat and sail on the pleasant waters with a guide.

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4. Sunrise Beach, Satun

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If viewing exotic marine life fascinates you, make sure that you visit Sunrise Beach of Koh Lipe in Satun province when vacationing in Thailand. This 2-kilometer (1.24-mile) stretch of exquisite white shore is also called Hat Chao Ley by the locals. Watch some of the most spectacular views of sunrises here. Water at this beach is crystal clear and best to enjoy the thrill of snorkeling. You can spot abundant exotic underwater life moving in every direction.

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5. Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin

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If you are planning a beach getaway to Thailand with your family, choose to explore Hua Hin Beach, which offers plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy. You can go for banana boat rides, pony rides, and swimming. Sit on the sandy shore under the sun picnicking with your family and kids. This gorgeous beach is also popular for sweeping views of sunrises. As this beach is quite popular, you will find no shortage of vendors selling food and drinks as well as restaurants near the shore.

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6. Bottle Beach, Ko Pha-ngan

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Nestled in a pleasant cove, Bottle Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. The presence of just four sets of peaceful bungalows makes this beach quite secluded, and it’s best known for its tranquility. Spend a relaxing day or choose to swim in its magical waters. The east end of the shore has many rocks, and it’s a good place to go snorkeling. Make sure you visit Bottle Beach Viewpoint to watch the magnificent view of this stunning beach and surrounding forested landscapes and hills.

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7. Phra Nang Cave Beach, Krabi

Phra Nang Beach
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Famous for being one of the best beaches in the world, Phra Nang Cave Beach is a magnificent coastal paradise. A spectacular, white sandy stretch adorns the entire length of the shore and the presence of huge cliffs at its every end imparts a picture-perfect appearance. This elegant beach is accessible by a long tail boat, a ride that takes about 20 minutes from Ao Nang. Phra Nang Cave Beach is blessed with eye-catching, clear emerald waters that enhance its beauty. Have a great time exploring it.

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8. Chaweng Beach, Surat Thani

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If you are looking for a beach with a vibrant atmosphere when holidaying in Thailand, go to Chaweng Beach. It’s known for enjoying parties and a hectic nightlife. It’s also home to several restaurants. This is the shore where the island of Koh Samui comes to life. Chaweng Beach’s coastal strip is about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) long. Plan to spend a wonderful time viewing the incoming tide and greeting the sea breeze as you stroll on its coast.

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9. White Sand Beach, Trat

White sand beach, Koh Poda tropical archipelago, Krabi, Thailand
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Located on Ko Change Island in Trat province, White Sand Beach is a lovely location for a refreshing family excursion. The extensive stretch of this shore is quieter than the rest of the developed areas in Ko Chang. Not only can you find several restaurants here, but you can also stay in cozy accommodations that range from splendid four-star resorts to quaint but pleasant bungalows.

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10. Mai Khao Beach, Phuket

Mai Khao Beach, Phuket
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Make sure you explore all 11 kilometers (6.83 miles) of the sprawling Mai Khao Beach, which is a part of Sirinat National Park, during your Thailand holiday. The name of this beach signifies ‘white wood’ due to the coarse sand found on the pristine landscape. Enjoy walking or jogging for miles on this serene shore.

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Spend your holidays in an enchanting coastal paradise

Thailand is home to several mesmerizing beaches which offer you a wonderful opportunity to have a refreshing coastal getaway. Enjoying water activities such as snorkeling, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, and others are sure to gift you a memorable experience that you can cherish forever. So be quick and plan your holiday to this country, and make sure you visit a few of these beautiful beaches in Thailand.

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Manjiri Kochrekar is a travel blogger from India. She loves exploring and learning various destinations, their history, culture, and peculiarities. Writing is her passion, which means she enjoys...Read more

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