Few countries in the world can boast quite as many breathtaking beaches as Thailand. Crystal-clear waters, white sand and glorious weather throughout the year — these are a given at almost any Thai beach. Just when you think you’ve found paradise at one beach you stumble across another one that’s even more idyllic. These are twenty of the best.
1. Kata Noi, Phuket
2. Laem Sing, Phuket
3. Mai Khao, Phuket
According to The Telegraph, it’s likely that the only other creature you’ll meet while strolling here will be a water buffalo.
4. Freedom Beach, Phuket
5. Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe
6. Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi
7. Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Islands
The Telegraph says that the only things that might disturb your peace are bird song and, once in a while, park rangers.
8. Railay Beach, Krabi
9. Main Beach, Koh Kradan
10. Kluai Beach, Koh Kood
11. Chaweng, Koh Samui
12. Mae Nam, Koh Samui
13. Phra Nang, Krabi
Phra Nang is just a short walk away from Railay Beach and while it can get crowded, it still makes for a relaxing day complete with a massage right there on the sand.
14. Tubkaak, Krabi
15. Thong Nai Pan, Koh Phangan
Noi and Yai are the two adjacent beaches here and while they’re quite well developed, they’re also secluded and clean, with impossibly clear water. It’s no wonder that TripAdvisor users consider this one of Thailand’s top beach destinations.
16. Haad Salad, Koh Phangan
The name Haad Salad means 'pirate beach', a nod to the days when this secluded cove was a hangout for buccaneers.
17. Long Beach, Koh Lanta
18. Kantiang, Koh Lanta
19. Andaman Beach, Ko Jum
As The Telegraph says, the most adventurous activity here is snorkelling rather than bar-hopping. Andaman Beach is the main stretch of sand on Koh Jum and is home to some bungalows and tree houses among the lush vegetation.
20. Ao Tanot, Koh Tao
If you want a serious adrenaline rush, swim out to the big rock jutting from the water and try your hand at cliff diving.