When you think about brilliant white shores, see-through water and lush mountain range backdrops you probably automatically think Thailand – we certainly do. There may not be anywhere as exotic, or as close to a tropical paradise than Thailand’s own glorious beaches.
These idyllic shores are the perfect place for a beach holiday, and you won’t need to stray far from your sunlounger here, as Thailand’s coastlines are well equipped with watersport adventures, beach bars and delicious local cuisine.
So if you’re keen to visit to the ‘land of smiles’ have a read through some of our top beach holiday destinations and choose your next coastline getaway.
The southern island of Phuket has a monopoly on beaches, with 36 stunning shores to choose from. But picking where to stay depends on how you like to holiday, and whether you like to stay in simple and secluded surroundings, or live it up in the lap of luxury.
Kamala beach, a skip and a hop away from Patong, is known as the Millionaire’s Mile. This long stretch of sand is home to numerous luxury resorts and villas including Cape Sienna Phuket Hotel. Looking out to the Andaman Sea this hotel lives up to its prestigious postcode, with sea-facing swimming pools, a rooftop bar and an exceptional steak restaurant.
But the luxury doesn’t stop on Kamala’s coast – you’ll find the picturesque Nai Thon beach in Sirinat National Park. It has a protected status so don’t expect any shops or restaurants here. Instead, indulge in the gorgeous unobstructed views and plenty of room for suntanning and snorkelling.
Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach Hotel is perched above this coastline, giving you an eagle’s nest view and direct access to its sands.
If you’re looking for a quiet coastline, unspoilt views and a backdrop of natural beauty, Khao Lak is your holiday match. This beach resort lies 95 kilometres north of Phuket City on mainland Thailand, and in an effort to keep it focused on the scenery no buildings can be over the height of a coconut palm.
The epitome of peace and quiet is Bang Sak – this coastline is five and a half kilometres long and its gradual slope into the sea makes it a great spot for paddling in the shallows. To the north is Pak Weep, a beach with all the essentials including restaurants, bars and of course those famous Thai massage vendors.
If you’re looking to stay on this bustling coast, Mai Holiday Khao Lak will treat you well. It’s got modern chalets, a huge swimming pool and a luxury spa for all your beauty needs.
Krabi is set apart by its towering limestone rocks, hundreds of islands and natural parks. But there’s one thing in particular that draws visitors to this region – the beach – and it’s not just the actual sand we’re talking about. Leonardo DiCaprio filmed his cult classic ‘The Beach’ back here in 2000.
Today you can visit the actual setting, Phi Phi beach, and of course enjoy the hundreds of other coastlines right at your finger tips.
One of the most popular shores in Krabi is Ao Nang Beach. Located on the west coast, you’ll find all the amenities you need for a beach day out, including plenty of cafes and shops as well as scuba diving facilities.
If you’re travelling with children the Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach is a top family friendly destination. Its got two pools, one with four curvy slides and a mushroom fountain for kids to enjoy. It also has a whole host of activities to join in with from yoga mornings, to a hotel-run kids’ club and kick boxing workouts.
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