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Amasia | August 31, 2018

The Best Beaches in Thailand

It goes without saying that Thailand has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The country is in Southeast Asia, largely because the climate is ideal. There are tried-and-true destinations, like Phuket and , but even some of the more remote islands are getting more and more attention from travelers.

There are certain things that characterize a Thai beach experience—clear waters, white sand, and the iconic longtail boats that dot the shore.

Below is the list of best beaches in Thailand.

Railay Beach, Krabi

This pristine beach in , one of Thailand’s most beautiful areas, is surrounded by limestone cliffs and is absolutely stunning. It’s only accessible by (an admittedly choppy) boat ride, but once you get there, it almost feels like a private island—complete with plenty of hidden coves. This is also the ideal beach for the active, with rock climbing, snorkeling, kayaking, and more. On West Railay Beach, there’s a promenade with a few shops and restaurants, as well as ferries that will take you to Ko Phi Phi and Phuket.

Pra Nang Beach, Krabi

Part of the Railay Peninsula, this broad beach is flanked by two huge cliffs. It’s incredibly remote—you’ll have to take a longtail boat here from Ao Nang, but it’s a great option. Visitors can rent sea kayaks, explore caves, or even take rock climbing lessons.

Koh Libong, Trang

Despite its beauty, Trang remains one of Thailand’s most undiscovered places. It’s got an amazing coastline and white sand beaches, as well as many uninhabited islands. The largest island, Koh Libong, has a population of endangered dugongs. Ask your hotel to set up a boat excursion so you can watch them graze in the shallow waters.

Koh Kradan, Trang

This Trang island has been getting a ton of attention from the big resorts, including a Sevenseas and the modernist Anantara Si Kao. It’s easy to see why—the waters are so clear that you can easily see fish swimming around, and when the tide is low, you can walk to the coral reefs.I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is an island you absolutely can’t miss, especially if you’re traveling alone. It has something for everyone, from water activities to a young crowd of partiers. Make sure to take a boat trip to Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley, where Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach was filmed. The bay is surrounded by cliffs on three sides, and has impossibly colorful underwater marine life. Go for a day trip, as there aren’t any hotels on this tiny islet.

Haad Rin, Koh Pha Ngan

This undeveloped beach is famous for one thing—its . Every month, the entire beach plays host to an all-night blowout with tens of thousands of people. Even if you’re not there for the full moon, the party atmosphere trickles over to the rest of the month, and you’ll always find lots of music, dancing, and drinking here. If you’re looking for a bit more of a low-key atmosphere, head to Haad Salad or the gorgeous Bottle Beach to take a break from the crowds.

Koh Kood

This island, which is just a one-hour flight from Bangkok, is ideal for those who don’t have weeks to spend island hopping. It’s an amazing combination of wild jungle and clear beaches. The resort there, has incredible design with Thai accents. Splurge on a villa, with an incredible infinity pool and a personal electric buggy to take you around the property.

Koh Yao Noi

This island, in Phang Nga Bay, is a 40-minute ferry ride from Krabi. The star property here, the has elevated villas and rooms overlooking lush landscaping. Here, you can do just about any watersport you can dream of, and take a Muay Thai boxing lesson as well. Those looking for a place for a destination wedding should consider , a private retreat with 10 bedrooms along the beach.

Sunset Beach, Koh Lipe

This remote, romantic beach is completely unspoiled. Also known as Pramong in Thai, it’s known for its fantastic seafood, and of course, the sunsets it is named after. Pick any restaurant with outdoor seating to enjoy the views over dinner. Go here to relax—it’s not crowded, and a wonderful place to spend the day.

Lamai Beach, Koh Samui

Koh Samui is no longer off-the-radar in any way, but all the new infrastructure means that it’s actually a great place for families. The has wonderful family villas for those traveling with a brood. Lamai is slightly quieter than Chameng, the main resort area, and has a great balance of activities, restaurants, and shops.

Kata Noi, Phuket

Phuket is indisputably the most popular island among foreign travelers, so it’ll be hard to find a quiet stretch of beach here. Avoid the high season (particularly around the Christmas and Chinese New Year holidays), and head to Kata Noi, which is one of the few laid-back beaches left on the island. It’s only a few miles away from —which is bustling year-round—but it has plenty of palm trees, warm waters, and great waves.

Koh Nang Yuan, Surat Thani Province

This private island is the ideal place for divers. It’s a short boat ride from Koh Tao, and great for a day trip. The activities here are unparalleled, with snorkeling excursions and even zip-lining between islands. There’s also a path on the island that takes you to the highest peak—it’s just a 15-minute walk—with a jaw-dropping view. Should you want to stay, the —the only one on the island—has amazing diving excursions, and they’ll plan over-the-top tours for anyone who is certified.

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