On the hundreds of islands on Thailand’s coast, there are thousands of fantastic beaches to choose from. Whether you want to party hard with a vodka bucket, or just relax in a beachside bungalow, Thailand has it all – so, taken from the latest guidebook, here’s our rundown of the best beaches in Thailand.
It's home to a wide range of fish, including blue-spotted fantail stingrays, sweetlips pufferfish and boxfish, as well as hawksbill turtles. All the more reason for its place as one of the best beaches in Thailand.
Set in Koh Tao, a few steps from Chalok Baan Kao Beach, View Point Resort - SHA Plus offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. Boasting a terrace and a private beach area, this property is situated near attractions such as Shark Bay Beach, Freedom Beach and Chalok Viewpoint. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, room service and free WiFi.
Sai Daeng Resort has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Koh Tao. With free WiFi, this 4-star resort offers water sports facilities and room service. The resort has a garden and offers a sun terrace.
Located in Koh Tao, within 500 m of Mae Haad Beach and 700 m of Sairee Beach, Koh Tao Heritage provides accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Certain rooms at the property include a patio with pool view.
Ao Nuan Beach on the island of Ko Samet in Thailand © Muzhik/Shutterstock
Set in Rayong, 100 m from Passione Shopping Destination, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Rayong City Centre is set in Rayong. Boasting a rooftop pool and bar as well as a fitness centre, this hotel offers accommodation with free WiFi and free parking.
Set in Rayong, 20 km from Emerald Golf Resort, Hotel Fuse Rayong offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. The property is situated 26 km from Eastern Star Golf Course, 33 km from Khao Laem Ya National Park and 38 km from Bira International Circuit Pattaya. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, room service and free WiFi.
Star Convention Hotel (Star Hotel) features a sauna, pool and fitness centre. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi in public areas. The hotel also has a nightclub, karaoke facilities and a business centre.
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Boasting a shared lounge, garden and views of the garden, Koh Kood BED's l SHA Extra Plus is set in Ko Kood, less than 1 km from Sai Daeng Beach. Around less than 1 km from Bang Bao Beach, the property is also a 12-minute walk away from Ao Ngamkho Beach and offers free WiFi. Guests can have a drink at the snack bar.
Located in Ko Kood, within 300 m of Klong Chao Beach and 1.2 km of Ao Ngamkho Beach, Koh Kood Garden View provides accommodation with a garden as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features an ATM and currency exchange for guests.
Boasting a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, garden and free WiFi, Shantaa Resort, Kohkood SHA Plus B4140 is set in Ko Kood, 2 km from Ao Tapao Beach and 2.2 km from Ao Noi Beach. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. Rooms are equipped with a balcony with sea views.
All guest rooms at the resort come with a seating area. At Shantaa Resort, Kohkood SHA Plus B4140, all rooms have air conditioning and a private bathroom.
Once you get here you’ll find most of the basic amenities you’ll need: internet shops, travel agents, dive outfits, ATMs and a tiny post office (on Thong Nai Pan Yai).
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