6 Best Nude Beaches in Thailand

With its tropical climate, beautiful beaches and warm, crystalline waters Thailand is one of the top holiday destinations in the world. Despite this there is very little information for those wanting to go clothes-free.

Naturism is something of a gray area in Thailand. As a fairly conservative culture it is not something the Thais are particularly big on. In fact it is largely frowned upon, although we are happy to inform you it is not illegal to go out without your underwear in Thailand, as many sources claim!

As a rule it is best to keep your swimming costume on, but touristy areas are more relaxed. It is not uncommon to see women go topless on the popular beaches of Ko Samui and Phuket, and this is tolerated. For those looking for completely nude beaches in Thailand it is fairly limited.

Below are a selection of fairly secluded beaches that are widely recognized as being clothing-optional, although this does not imply it is legal. If you a completely hassle-free nude beach experience in Thailand, there are a growing number of naturist resorts springing up around the coast.

The Best Thai naturist beaches...

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Patong Beach // Phuket

    Patong Beach
    Valeria Bolotova

    Located on the southwest coast of Phuket Island, Patong Beach is by far the busiest and most popular beach in Phuket, especially loved by partygoers and youngsters in search of a good time. The curving 3km long sandy beach is lined with numerous shops and services and is bold and vibrant.

    Unless you arrive early there's nowhere to park your motorbike, never mind a car!… read more »

  • Ya Nui Beach // Phuket

    Ya Nui Beach
    © sergwsq

    Ya Nui Beach is a compact but pretty cove beneath Phromthep Viewpoint. Tranquil and relaxing, it has golden sands which are often scattered with seashells washed ashore by the turquoise waves. At the centre of the beach is a large rock just offshore and views to Koh Kaeo Noi Island.

    Swimming is generally safe all year round at Ya Nui, although red flags will warn… read more »