Top 10 beaches in Thailand

  • Railay Beach // Krabi

    Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand PancakeTom

    Railay is a narrow peninsula that is cut off from the surrounding area by high limestone cliffs. Whilst these cliffs are very popular with climbers it means that Railay is only accessible only by a short boat ride from Ao Nang or Krabi. This should be seen as a blessing as it has protected the resort from the tourist frenzy in nearby locations... read more »

  • Koh Kradan // Andaman Sea

    Ko Kradan, Thailand Rapisan Swangphon

    Thailand is well known for its beautiful beaches and to some extent this has meant that many of the most amazing beaches are now over-crowded and heavily commercialised. However, you don't have to go to far off the beaten track to still find a pristine gem and the island of Koh Kradan is home to just such a beach.This stunning stretch of powdery... read more »

  • Nai Harn Beach // Phuket

    Nai Harn beach, Thailand Chonnatun Sirikunkrittaphuk

    Located as much off the beaten track as anywhere can be in Phuket is one of the island's best beaches. The largely rocky coastline of the southernmost tip of Phuket gives way to this pristine strip of soft white sand with its backdrop of lushly vegetated hillsides. As you would expect the waters of this small sheltered bay are warm and crystal... read more »

  • Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi Lee // Phi Phi

    Maya Bay, Phi Phi, Thailand Iakov Kalinin / 123RF

    Virtually enclosed within towering limestone cliffs Maya Bay is one of Thailand's most spectacular and iconic beaches. The beach is situated on the island of Ko Phi Phi Ley in the Andaman Sea some 30km off the Thai coast and only accessible by boat. However, the 2000 Leonardo diCaprio movie, "The Beach", which put Maya Bay on the map ensuring its... read more »

  • Phra Nang // Krabi

    Phra Nang beach, Thailand efired / 123RF

    Phra Nang is without doubt one of Thailand’s most spectacular beaches. Indeed, the claim is that it is one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. On first arriving here, you might think you had stumbled over Conan Doyle’s Lost World. Framed by the imposing ThaiWand Wall rising vertically from the ocean at its northern end, this surreal... read more »

  • Kata Noi // Phuket

    Kata Noi Beach - Phuket

    Set just to the south of Kata beach, Kata Noi is like a smaller, undeveloped version of its bigger, brasher neighbour. It has the same golden-white sands that gently slope down to the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea, and as you would expect from a tropical island, the beach is lined with palm trees.

    Kata Noi beach is a great spot to relax... read more »

  • Chaweng Beach // Koh Samui

    Chaweng Beach - Koh Samui

    Chaweng beach is the most popular and best known beach on the island of Koh Samui. The 4 mile long stretch of white sand is also located in what is one of Thailand's premier holiday resorts and Chaweng certainly lives up to any expectations.

    The beach itself is pretty impressive and one of the island's best; palm fringed with masses of white... read more »