20 Top-Rated Beaches In Thailand That Are A Must-Visit On Your Next Vacation

By Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar on Feb 11, 2020
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When a country is blessed with more than 2,000 kilometers of shoreline, it welcomes you with pristine beaches that will steal your heart in a glimpse. That’s what Thailand does with its tropical beaches that are backed with signature limestone cliffs and offer striking views of the ocean. Some of the best beaches in Thailand include Railay Beach, Kata Beach, and Long Beach. But, with so many places up its sleeve, you will come across several Thailand beaches like Haad Salad that are hidden away from many. So, to make your travel planning easier, we are here with a specially curated list of the best Thailand beaches that you must visit!

1. Railay Beach, Krabi

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Protected by majestic limestone cliffs on one side and complemented by blue water on the other side, Railay Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. The cliffs here are loved by rock climbers around the world and are also favorite amongst photo enthusiasts. Do not miss a chance to spend a day here as it is only a 15-minute boat ride from Ao Nang.

2. Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi

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Maya Bay, which once attracted more than 5,000 tourists a day, had to be closed to the public in 2018. As the fragile coral system around the bay took a toll, the Thai government decided to restrict travelers, closing the bay for at least a couple of years. It said to reopen in 2021. So, even if you may not get to explore the beauty of Maya Bay right away, add this to your bucket list nonetheless. 

3. Karon Beach, Phuket

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The sprawling shoreline of Karon Beach makes for one of the longest beaches in Thailand. So, whether you are interested in exciting beach activities or a relaxing sunbath, this place will offer the perfect combination of everything. Known for fresh seafood, pretty sunsets, and modest nightlife, Karon Beach will make your vacation fun.

4. Phra Nang Beach, Krabi

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Phra Nang Beach enjoys easy connectivity from Railay Beach and has a lovely backdrop of picturesque limestone cliffs. As it is less crowded, it is considered to be amongst some of the peaceful beaches in Thailand. But, weekends and peak tourist season see a steady flow of visitors. This is the place where Phra Nang Cave houses a phallic shrine to a princess goddess. So, when you visit Phra Nang Beach, you get to see a combination of quirky and serene. 

5. Mai Khao Beach, Phuket

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Visit Mai Khao and you will be welcomed by a seemingly unending 11 kilometers of shoreline. The longest in the country and one of the top 5 beaches in Thailand, Mai Khao Beach is still away from the clutches of commercialization. And even if the golden sand that marks the shore is coarse, the peacefulness of the beach makes up for it. But, keep in mind that the sudden drop of the beach into the ocean makes it unsafe to swim here. 

6. Kantiang Beach, Koh Lanta

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The 2-kilometer long crescent-shaped Kantiang Beach is the place that invites couples and honeymooners with its serenity. Soft white sand, clear water, and the backdrop of lush green mountains define this beach perfectly. Take a walk along Kantiang Beach, let the powdery sand caress your feet, soak in the stunning views, and make the most of your beach-y getaway in Thailand.

7. Kata Beach, Phuket

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Kata Beach is your good old sun n’ sand vacation destination where catching a surf and relaxing in the sun are equally exciting. The waves are ideal for amateur as well as seasoned surfers and at the same time, its sandy shore makes it one of the family-friendly beaches in Thailand. So, come here for a picnic with your loved ones or come with a surfboard to ride waves, Kata Beach welcomes all with the same warmth. 

8. Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui

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The active nightlife and bustling entertainment scenes have become the identity of Chaweng Beach. In fact, beachfront bars and resorts are what pulls many travelers here. The stalls dotting the shore sell everything from Thai cuisine to pretty souvenirs. And the line of trees is perfect when you want to lie in the shade and simply take in the views. If you are visiting this beach with kids, be aware that waves here are big and the current is strong.

9. Long Beach, Koh Lanta

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Long Beach on Koh Lanta stands true to its name and spans for more than 5 kilometers. The amalgamation of clear blue water lined with swaying palm trees and the shore covered in the golden sand look postcard perfect. Ideal for leisure seekers and sunbathers, Long Beach is undoubtedly one of the best Thailand beaches. And with several food stalls around, it ensures to pamper your taste buds as well.

10. Ton Sai Beach, Krabi

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If you want to witness the beauty of Railay Beach minus the touristy crowd, then Ton Sai Beach is the place for you! One of the lesser-known beaches in Thailand, it is backed by gigantic rock formations and has a thick cover of trees. Along with snorkeling and kayaking, the most popular activity here is rock climbing. And if you want to spoil yourself a bit during this trip, a couple of Thai massage places are located right on the beach.

11. Haad Rin, Koh Phangan

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Haad Rin is divided into two sections. One part is known for offering spectacular sunrise and another part is where you can soak in the pretty sunset. So, spending an entire day at Haad Rin is worth all the time. And when the sun sets on this small beachfront town, it turns into a bustling nightlife center. If you are someone who is interested in dancing the night away, then do not miss a chance to visit Haad Rin to be a part of its full moon beach party that Thailand is famous for. 

12. Mae Nam Beach, Koh Samui

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When you want to experience the true Thai charm that lies in its villages and small towns, head off to Mae Nam Beach in Koh Samui. More than 5 kilometers of a long shore offers privacy and is usually frequented by backpackers and budget travelers. Be it a romantic getaway or a relaxing holiday, Mae Nam Beach ensures you have a great time.

13. Bottle Beach, Koh Phangan

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Bottle Beach is a little hard to reach and is away from the touristy crowd, but that’s the thing that makes it one of the best beaches in Thailand. If you are looking for an easier option, then take a boat taxi from Chaloklum Beach. But, if you do not mind a little harder and a lot more beautiful option, then opting for a 2-hour hike from Haad Khom Beach is a must. The hike is worth all the efforts as you will be greeted by the pristine beauty of Bottle Beach.

14. Thongtakian Beach, Koh Samui

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Surrounded by rugged cliffs and boulders that rise straight from the ocean, Thongtakian Beach looks like signature Thailand beaches. It is known amongst tourists as Silver Beach. A part of its shore is shallow, allowing kids to enjoy the water safely. The other has become a playground for divers with rich coral reefs. But as it is yet to be developed as a tourist destination, it sees infrequent footfall, allowing you to get the whole beach to yourself on some days.

15. Cha-Am Beach, Petchburi

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Cha-Am Beach in Petchburi has gained its popularity due to the fact that it's one of the top Thailand beaches near Bangkok. It is a long sandy beach where trees provide enough shade and a plethora of food stalls and activities like pony rides, Thai massages, and banana boat tours are available. You can visit Cha-Am Beach when you are interested in a weekend getaway.

16. Sairee Beach, Koh Tao

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Adventures like snorkeling and activities like beach volleyball make sure your visit to Sairee Beach gets as eventful as possible. Easy availability of budget-friendly accommodation has transformed Sairee Beach into one of the famous Thailand beaches over the years. The lovely sunsets, family-friendly crowd, and plenty of restaurants around are a treat for beach-goers.

17. Choeng Mon Beach, Koh Samui

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Koh Samui’s Choeng Mon Beach is comparatively smaller than other beaches Thailand has to offer. But, the shore is wide enough where you will find a peaceful spot to spend a day catching some tan. The water clarity is low and it may not prove good for divers or snorkelers, but do not let it stop you from visiting Choeng Mon Beach. You will love lazing around and relaxing to make the best of your time.

18. Hat Sai Kaew, Koh Samet

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Hat Sai Kaew is probably one of the largest beaches in Thailand. It is also the perfect place for adventure enthusiasts as activities like windsurfing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, or riding a banana boat. And when you are done with all the activities, the powdery white sand will invite you to sunbathe. Enjoy a refreshing drink from one of the beach bars and your vacation will be perfect!

19. White Sand Beach, Koh Chang

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White Sand Beach stands true to its name and welcomes you with fine white sand that is hard to find anywhere else. Said to be one of the busiest Thai beaches, the shore is long enough to accommodate tourists even on a busy day. There are not many facilities, but it makes up for it with its pretty views. The vibes are good for families, honeymooners, and backpackers alike.

20. Haad Salad, Koh Phangan

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Haad Salad is easily one of the hidden beaches in Thailand that will woo you with its charm. Soothing sunsets and romantic walks by the ocean will ensure your visit to this beach is an unforgettable experience. As it is still under a tourist radar, it makes for the ideal getaway when you want to escape all the hustle and bustle.

Apart from these 20 Thai beaches, you can also consider visiting Hua Hin, Ao Kwang Peeb, and Freedom Beach. So, follow this list and we are sure your vacation will be sorted!

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