Top 25+ Thailand Beaches

Beaches do not come more idyllic than Thailand, Southeast Asia's most popular holiday destination. From alluring Koh Phi Phi to bustling Phuket, this tropical destination has 2,000 miles of fragmented coastline and some of the best sandy beaches in the world. 

The crowded beaches serving Bangkok and Pattaya overlook the Gulf of Thailand, while further south Thai beaches around Phuket and Krabi are lapped by the Andaman Sea. Meanwhile, over 8,000 islands offer exotic beaches of white powder sand, warm, crystaline water and breathtaking scenery. Some of Thailand's most exclusive and beautiful beaches can be found on islands such as Koh Samui, Koh Yao, Nang Yuan and Koh Phangan - famous for its overnight Full Moon Parties. 

When it comes to snorkelling and scuba diving, Thailand is outstanding. The clear warm waters coupled with tour availability, low-cost tours and affordable tuition make it a top choice. Night diving, wreck diving and shark diving are available around Phuket, Khao Lak and the Phi Phi Islands. Watersports, swimming, snorkelling, boat trips, kayaking and paddleboarding are popular at most resorts but perhaps the most iconic thing to do on a Thailand beach is relax beneath a shady palm tree and enjoy a massage.

The Best Thai Beaches...

  • Koh Kradan // Andaman Sea

    Koh Kradan
    © 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 white sand… read more »

  • Railay Beach // Krabi

    Railay Beach
    © 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 such as… read more »

  • Freedom Beach // Phuket

    Freedom Beach

    Freedom Beach is one of the most beautiful with a 300m crescent of soft white sand and clear blue water backed by lush green mountains. Located on the west coast of Phuket, you can reach this private beach by longtail boat from Patong which lies just to the south. You can also take a strenuous hike down the cliffs path from the beach parking lot… read more »

  • Phra Nang // Krabi

    Phra Nang
    © 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 stretch of beach has spectacular… read more »

  • Ao Sane Beach // Phuket

    Ao Sane Beach
    © Thomas Tangelder

    If you're looking for a small sandy spot in Phuket, look no further than Ao Sane, a quiet 200m long cove tucked away and reasonably uncrowded. It is not easy to find, hence it remains something of a hidden gem.

    Although the cove is visible from the road and from Nai Harn Beach, it is only accessible by driving through the Nai Harn Resort. There… read more »

  • Maya Bay // Koh Phi Phi

    Maya Bay
    © 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 popularity for years to… read more »

  • Nai Harn Beach // Phuket

    Nai Harn Beach
    © 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 clear.

    Whilst this… read more »

  • Kata Noi // Phuket

    Kata Noi

    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 »

  • Bamboo Island // Koh Phi Phi

    Bamboo Island
    Mark Fischer

    Bamboo Islands is a quintessential tropical island in the Phi Phi Archipelago of Thailand. Known locally as Koh Phai or Koh Mai Phai, it is the most northeasterly of the islands, about 5 km offshore from Koh Phi Phi Don in the gorgeous blue Andaman Sea. Its remote location ensures that the beach is never crowded providing an unusually peaceful Thai beach experience.

    Bamboo Island… read more »

  • Ao Nang Beach // Krabi

    Ao Nang Beach

    One of the main beaches on the coast of Krabi, Ao Nang is a popular beach town with one of the most visited beaches in southwest Thailand.

    The sandy beach stretches for about a kilometre and is easy to reach from the steps leading down from the promenade. Popular for swimming and sunbathing in the day, despite it being very hot and lacking shade, the… read more »

  • Kata Beach // Phuket

    Kata Beach
    Jacek Lesniowski

    Kata Beach is a laid-back sandy crescent stretching for around 1km along the southwest coast of Phuket. Although it can be busy, it is nowhere near as crowded as Patong. It has a more local "villagey" atmosphere making it popular with families and couples looking for a relaxing place to spend the day. It's also known as Kata Bay or Kata Yai.

    Protruding tree-covered… read more »

  • Karon Beach // Phuket

    Karon Beach
    © pretoperola

    Karon Beach is popular and busy but still manages to deliver that feeling of paradise on earth when you visit. The 3-mile long beach has powder-soft white sand lapped by clear blue waters edged with white waves.

    It’s a popular scene with artists who often sit at their easels and recreate the view. The beach is also home to a beautiful temple known locally as… read more »

  • Surin Beach // Phuket

    Surin Beach
    Mark Leo

    Surin Beach oozes luxury and is overlooked by some of the most expensive real estate on Phuket Island. Popular with celebrities, this beautiful beach has clean white sand, turquoise waters and a nice mix of activities. It remains quieter than Patong Beach with an air of upscale exclusivity.

    Swimming on Surin Beach is best between November and April. At other times the rough waves develop… read more »

  • Chaweng Beach // Koh Samui

    Chaweng Beach

    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 powdery sand gently… read more »

  • Tonsai Beach, Ao Nanag // Krabi

    Tonsai Beach, Ao Nanag

    Located on the mainland next to the little Tonsai resort, beautiful Tonsai Beach is a small sandy bay at the foot of steep tree-covered cliffs.

    The best way to access it is by longtail boat from Ao Nang Pier costing 100 baht (about US$3). At low tide it is possible to walk to Tonsai Beach from neighbouring Railay Beach in about 10 minutes. However,… read more »