Great Thailand Beach Escapes

16 December 2013

Famous for its glorious beaches and beautiful coastal settings, Thailand continues to be one of the great holiday destinations in the world. Exotic islands make up much of Thailand’s stunning beach scene, made all the more amazing with the gorgeous cliff tops, mountains and tropical rainforest backdrops.

These incredible Thailand beaches are more than mere stretches of soft, white sand; they are little slices of heaven that happen to come with some of the most unique and dramatic scenery on the planet. Let’s explore just some of our favourite Thailand beaches.

Kamala Beach, Phuket

Only a 15 minute drive away yet far enough removed from the hustle and bustle of Patong, Kamala is the perfect getaway on the island of Phuket. The quiet, relaxed setting offers excellent views of Kamala Bay and the surrounding hills while the small hotels and resorts are just far enough away not to intrude on the peaceful spot.

Unlike Patong Beach, there is plenty of room to stretch out and go for an enjoyable walk, or to grab a lounge chair and relax under the shade of an umbrella or catch some sun. When you’re ready to cool off, the shallow waters are calm and perfect for a refreshing swim.

 Kamala Beach

Phra Nang Beach, Ao Nang

Phra Nang Beach is an unforgettable paradise that is hard to beat. To get here, take the twenty minute longtail boat ride from Ao Nang and leave your cares behind. Calm blue waters beckon while high cliff tops frame the beach giving Phra Nang a secluded and exotic atmosphere.

An exciting mix of activities can be enjoyed here too, from swimming and snorkelling to kayaking and if you’re feeling adventurous, rock climbing up the jagged cliffs. The magnificent beach setting is uncrowded and the welcoming lagoon is the perfect spot to take in the lovely scenery and enjoy the day.

Maya Bay

This mesmerising beach located in Phi-Phi Ley was made famous in the movies and it’s easy to see why. A beautifully sheltered lagoon surrounded on three sides by gorgeous moss covered limestone cliffs make for one of the most unique and awe-inspiring settings in the world.

The crystal blue waters are teaming with colourful fish and with the delicate coral reefs nestled nearby, it is the perfect location for snorkelling. This is a popular tourist destination and the beach can get somewhat crowded at times but with such a gorgeous setting it’s hard to pass up the chance to see Maya Bay.

Nai Harn Beach, Karon

The tranquillity of Nai Harn Beach on the south end of Phuket Island near Karon is surpassed only by the excitement on the waves. While the beach is the perfect location to enjoy the sun and take in the gorgeous view, the outer waves attract adventure seekers looking for some good surfing.

If it’s more of a leisurely beach experience you’re after, there are inviting lounge chairs and umbrellas in plentiful supply for some beachside downtime. Go for a dip in the warm, blue waters and when you’re ready walk to the nearby restaurants for some yummy Thai food.

Koh Mun Nork, Klaeng Bay

If you’ve ever dreamed of your own island paradise then Koh Mun Nork Beach on Desert Island may very well be the place you’ve been looking for. This small private island in the Gulf of Siam is less than an hour’s boat ride from the mainland and boats are only made available for guests of the island’s resort. Visitors will find great snorkelling and kayaking here but anyone looking for a more adventurous scene in the way of beach activities or night life may be disappointed.

On Desert Island, relaxation is the name of the game and there is never any worry about being crowded, because the island is plenty big enough for the dozen or so modern villas situated near the beach. The stunning beach and beautiful resort setting make for an idyllic setting that may just be the quietest, most undisturbed place in Thailand. 

The Memorable Beach Holiday

Thailand is blessed with many great beaches and no matter where you are, there’s usually one not far away. The beautiful islands add a further stunning dimension to the beach scene and half the fun is exploring as many of these tranquil hot spots as possible. Whether it’s the secluded and peaceful island oasis or the bustling party atmosphere at places like Patong or Pattaya, the wide range of beaches is what makes this tropical country so special.

Todd Sturm

I currently live in Brisbane, Australia. No matter where my travels take me, I enjoy experiencing each destination from the perspective of the locals. Some of my favourite attractions include historic sites, national parks and architectural landmarks.