The best beaches in Thailand would probably also be considered some of the best in the entire world, and with so many tropical islands around the country, it’s no wonder.
In this guide we will be listing 35 of the very best of Thailand beaches, with a little information on how to get to them and what to expect, so that you can plan your perfect getaway. Want to do a little day dreaming? Then here are….
35 Best Beaches in Thailand
1. Railay Beach, Krabi
As one of Thailand’s most sought-after beach areas, Railay is on a small peninsula of four beaches, with incredible white sands. Maybe the reason for it’s popularity is the giant limestone cliffs, viewpoints, caves and a lagoon hidden inside the cliffs, all within walking distance of each other.
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2. Ton Sai Beach, Krabi
Ton Sai Beach, Krabi, Thailand | © / Tatyana Bakul Shutterstock
Ton Sai Beach in Krabi is a perennial favorite among backpackers. This is partly attributed to the free-spirited and laid back vibe of the island. The beach itself is scenic and tranquil. It is filled with trees and dramatic cliffs that are sought after by rock climbing enthusiasts from all over the world.
3. Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi Don is located within Ton Sai village in Koh Phi Phi island. It is one of the most sought after beaches for tourists who come to Koh Phi Phi for a holiday. It is the epitome of a tropical paradise with several gorgeous bays. Many refer to this beach as paradisiac in nature and filled with marine life that makes it a haven for snorkelers.
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4. Chaweng beach, Koh Samui
Chaweng Beach is the most famous stretch of powdery white sand beach in Koh Samui. It is located on the east coast of the island. The northern end of this beach is particularly known for its vibrant nightlife. From the beach, you can enjoy the views of two small islands that are close to a natural reef, which you can walk to during low tide.
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5. Haad Rin, Koh Phangan
Haad Rin is considered by many as a hidden gem, which is popular among tourists who love bathing and swimming. The beach is divided into two sections: one is known for its party atmosphere and the other for its quieter bohemian vibe. This beach is located along the southern coast of Koh Phangan. Many consider Haad Rin for having the softest white sand in Thailand.
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6. Tubkaak, Krabi
Tubkaak, Krabi, Thailand | © / MK photograp55 Shutterstock
Tubkaak is a gorgeous beach in Krabi known for being tranquil and being surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery. The beach features the Hang Nak mountain at the back, while the stretch of gorgeous beach is untouched in its beauty. This beach is the epitome of a relaxing getaway to Thailand’s famous resort town.
7. Ao Prao Beach, Koh Samet
Ao Prao Beach, Koh Samet, Thailand | © / Daimond Shutter Shutterstock
Ao Prao Beach is a 400-meter stretch of white sand beach located on the western coast of Koh Samet. It is also the quietest beach on the region, which provides a place or solitude and serenity for its visitors. The beach is famous for its glorious sunsets. This long, narrow beach tends to have coarser and more packed sand, though.
8. Bottle Beach, Koh Phangan
Bottle Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand | © / GlebSStock Shutterstock
Bottle Beach is located on the northern part of the island of Koh Phangan. Many dub it as one of the best beaches in Thailand and quite popular among backpackers. The secluded beach offers a place of quiet, relaxation, and unspoiled environment. The view of the bay and the turquoise blue waters combine to making it highly sought after by tourists.
9. Long Beach, Koh Lanta
Long Beach in Koh Lanta is considered as one of the must-see beaches in Thailand. This beach is 4 kilometers long and it is possible to walk from one end of the beach to the other during low tide. The beach itself features golden and soft sand, which is also lined by tall pine trees.
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10. Andaman Beach, Koh Jum
Andaman Beach, Koh Jum, Thailand | © / tropical-travel Shutterstock
Andaman Beach is known on the southernmost beach of Koh Jum. This is a long stretch of beach that seamlessly connects with another beach on the western coast of Koh Jum – Golden Pearl Beach. This is a spacious beach and is the perfect spot for enjoying the Andaman sunsets from the shore. The beach is currently lined by many resorts and accommodation options nearby.
11. Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin
Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin, Thailand | © / Peerayuth Tongdangdee Shutterstock
Hua Hin Beach is popular for its spectacular sunrises. But this 4-kilometer strip of white sandy beach has more to offer. It is located on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, which is considered by many as the best collection of the finest beaches in Thailand. Aside from the soft, white sand, Hua Hin Beach is also known for its clear blue waters.
12. Phra Nang Beach, Krabi
Phra Nang Beach, Krabi, Thailand | © kosmos111 Shutterstock
Phra Nang Beach in Krabi represents the southern strip in Railay Bay. The beach is about 450 meters in length and is a must for holiday seekers in Thailand. It is made dramatic by the lush greenery and spectacular cliffs that serve as backdrop for the white sand beach.
13. Mai Khao Beach, Phuket
Mai Khao Beach is located on the northwest coast of the island of Phuket. This straight strip of white sand beach is about 11 kilometers long. It is part of the Sirinat National Park and remains largely undeveloped today. It has earned the nickname “Airport Beach” because of its proximity to the airport.
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14. Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi
Hat Khlong Chao, Koh Kood, Thailand | © NAS CREATIVES Shutterstock
Maya Bay is considered as a bucket-list beach by many. Located in Koh Phi Phi island, it is the location for Leonard DiCaprio’s movie ‘The Beach’. Apart from its film accolades, the natural beauty of the beach can speak for itself. This stunning bay is sheltered by cliffs that are 100 meters high on three sides. The beach itself is 200 meters long and boasts of silky soft, white sand.
15. Hat Khlong Chao, Koh Kood
Hat Khlong Chao, Koh Kood, Thailand | © Bplanet Shutterstock
Noted by tourists as the best beach in Koh Kood, Hat Khlong Chao is a pristine white sand beach. It is located near the center of the west coast beaches in Koh Kood. Just like most beaches on the island, there are mountainous hills that serve as backdrop. You can also find mangrove streams that wind its way from behind the beach and onto these hills.
16. Taling Ngam, Koh Samui
Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Thailand | © DarAnna Shutterstock
Taling Ngam is a quiet beach located on the west coast of Koh Samui. This beach is shrouded by a pristine jungle and offers excellent views of the Anthong Marine National Park. It is considered as one of the most picturesque parts of Koh Samui, which makes it a suitable choice for those seeking a relaxing holiday experience.
17. Haad Yao, Koh Phangan
Haad Yao, Koh Phangan, Thailand | © Dmitry Eagle Orlov Shutterstock
Haad Yao is described by many as the perfect beach. It blends gently to form the coastline on the north west side of Koh Phangan. The soft sand on the beach seems to glisten when it is hit by the rays of the sun. This gleaming sand is also complemented beautifully by the clear, turquoise water.
18. Donald Duck Bay, Similan Islands
Donald Duck Bay is located on Island #8 in the Similan Islands. The bay is named as such because of a rock on the bay that closely resembles the famous cartoon character. There is a rocky ridge that comes off the island to serve as a barrier for the bay’s northern side. Donald Duck Bay is famous for snorkeling and diving, too.
19. Bamboo Island, Koh Phi Phi
Bamboo Island, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand | © Wilier Shutterstock
Bamboo Island is located north of Phi Phi Don, which is distinctively unique from the other beaches on the Koh Phi Phi islands. Don’t expect to find high, rocky peaks here. But you can find a white sand beach that emerges from the crystal clear blue waters. The central part of the beach is filled with lush vegetation, such as bamboo trees (to which the island is named after).
20. White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
White Sand is one of the main and most popular beaches on the island of Koh Chang. It represents the main tourist hub in Koh Chang with white, soft sand beach stretching to 3 kilometers in length. The jungle clad mountains serve as backdrop to the pristine White Sand Beach. It is sought after by tourists longing for charming and scenic views.
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Cha-Am Beach, Petchburi, Thailand | © TSPphotographer Shutterstock
Cha-Am Beach is located along the coastline of the Gulf of Thailand. This sandy beach is lined with trees offering a shade from the sun’s rays. Since the beach is thinly spread, it never feels overcrowded. Aside from the gorgeous white sand and the fringing trees, it is a haven for those seeking thrilling adventures like banana boat rides, parasailing, wind surfing, and water skiing.
22. Haad Salad, Koh Phangan
Haad Salad, Koh Phangan, Thailand | © Aleksei Kazachok Shutterstock
Haad Salad is regarded by many as the best kept secret of Koh Phangan. It is located on the northwestern part of the island and offers a unique experience from Haad Rin. This beach is known for its white sandy bay with green cliffs on the opposing sides. The shallow bay is also home to rich and beautiful coral life, which makes it a favorite among snorkelers.
23. Silver Beach, Koh Samui
Silver Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand | © NAPA Shutterstock
Silver Beach is located on the eastern coast of Koh Samui. It is 700 meters in length, fringed with palm trees, and has turquoise blue waters. It a typical paradisiac beach in Thailand, which is why several resorts and beach accommodation have been developed near the area.
24. Karon Beach, Phuket
Karon Beach, Phuket, Thailand | © jamlong tunkaew Shutterstock
Karon Beach is one of the longest beaches that you will find in Phuket (specifically, the third longest). It is located on the west coast of the island and is flanked by shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Expect to find powdery fine white sand coupled with perfectly calm waters.
25. Kantiang Beach, Koh Lanta
Kantiang Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand | © Salparadis Shutterstock
When looking for the best beach in Koh Lanta, Kantiang Beach is a name that often pops up. It is located on the southern end of the island that features a crescent moon shape. The beach is also flanked by steep, forested mountains that provide a beautiful backdrop. Since the beach is located on the southern end, it has one of the cleanest waters out of any beach on the island too.
26. Kluai Beach, Koh Kood
Kluai Beach, Koh Kood, Thailand | © Mazur Travel Shutterstock
Kluai Beach is one of those beaches in Thailand that are underdeveloped (as most of Koh Kood is). It is perfect for those seeking untouched paradise as this beach tends to have rocky and scrub-like coastline. You will also find mangroves dotting the coast of the beach. The fine, white sand beach offers a sense of tranquility for its visitors.
27. Hat Suan Son Beach, Rayong
Hat Suan Son Beach, Rayong, Thailand | © By maxmajor Shutterstock
Hat Suan Son Beach in Rayong is a 5.3-kilometer long stretch of beach. Near the beach are other notable attractions in the area such as a fishermen’s area and Chinese Temple mount. The beach itself is gray, instead of white. But the beach is clean and you will find several fishing boats that are moored here. Palm and Casuarina trees are common sights along the coastline.
28. Thongtakian Beach, Koh Samui
Thongtakian Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand | © By Muzhik Shutterstock
Thongtakian Beach is located right in the middle of two other beaches in Koh Samui: Chaweng and Lamai. This is a gorgeous beach surrounded by granite boulders. The sand is dust-like so it is inviting enough to explore the whole 100-meter stretch. The water also offers great visibility suited for snorkeling
29. Sairee Beach, Koh Tao
Sairee Beach is known as the longest beach on the island of Koh Tao. It boasts of a soft, white sand beach and azure blue waters. The waves kiss the shore that is lined with palm trees. The beach stretches to 1.85 kilometers in length and is great for a variety of activities such as snorkeling, swimming, or to enjoy a relaxing drink by the shore.
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30. Laem Sing, Phuket
Laem Sing, Phuket, Thailand | © By Denis Costille Shutterstock
Considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket, Laem Sing is located on the western coast of the island. It has the look and feel of a secret beach, thanks to the giant boulders and palm trees that line the shore. It is the perfect beach to go to if you want to escape the crowd and enjoy a peaceful, remote vibe.
31. Mae Nam Beach, Koh Samui
Mae Nam Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand | © By suttirat wiriyanon Costille Shutterstock
Mae Nam Beach is located on the northernmost point of Koh Samui. Widely known as a backpacker beach, this beautiful strip of sand offers privacy like you won’t find anywhere else. It comes with powdery, white sand beach with turquoise blue waters and many palm trees.
32. Thong Nai Pan Noi, Koh Phangan
Thong Nai Pan Noi, Koh Phangan, Thailand | © By Smarta Shutterstock
Thong Nai Pan Noi is noted as the most beautiful beach in Koh Phangan due to its geography. The location of the island exposes it to big waves that form this gorgeous beach. It features the classic image of a tropical beach with calm waters, a string of bays, and a small headland of boulders.
33. Hat Sai Kaew, Koh Samet
Hat Sai Kaew, Koh Samet, Thailand | © By Creative Family Shutterstock
Also known as Diamond Beach, Hat Sai Kaew in Koh Samet is the longest beach on the island at 780 meters. It is located on the northeaster portion of Koh Samet and boasts of snow-white sand. The snow white sand is complemented by the inviting blue waters that are crystal clear. It has a fairly wide shore at 25-30 meters in length.
34. Kata Beach, Phuket
Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand | © By Dmitry Shkurin Shutterstock
Kata Beach is located south of Karon Beach, another famous beach in Phuket. Kata Beach offers fine, white sand and clear waters to its visitors. It is an all-year round favorite because of its palm-fringed beach area and a host of tourist developments such as restaurants, bars, and resorts.
35. Choeng Mon Beach, Koh Samui
Choeng Mon Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand | © By LongJon Shutterstock
Choeng Mon Beach is arguably the most beautiful beach in Koh Samui. The soft, white and sugary texture sand is a favorite among tourists. The shore is also filled with casual beach bungalows and massage huts. If you want a beach in Koh Samui that feels slightly tucked away, this beach is the best choice without compromising accessibility.