5 Very Different Thailand Beaches

Thailand has an endless supply of idyllic beaches to choose from so it is no wonder the country attracts visitors from all corners of the globe, add to that the historical culture and the friendly locals and you have a holiday destination to rival most.

Start with a cheap flight to Bangkok and use the low-cost carriers internally within Thailand to plan a trip of a lifetime and explore beyond the well-beaten tourist trail. Here we look at a few of the best beaches to discover from the hustling bustling, busy, well-established resorts to those that are still relatively undiscovered.

Khao Lak

Khao Lak is still a relatively undiscovered resort a few hours' drive north of Phuket with a national park that reaches out to the sandy shores the area is great for both land and sea lovers, trek through the jungles or take a boat trip across to the Similan islands where the diving and snorkelling experience is out of this world.

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Phuket Beach

Phuket Beach is one of the more popular beach resorts with an amazing choice of holiday accommodation from small family run hotels through boutique properties and up to the ultimate luxury five-star resorts. The sandy beach is a little more crowded than most in Thailand but the warm shallow waters make this an exceptionally family-friendly spot the best time to visit is from November through until March.

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Koh Phi Phi Don

Koh Phi Phi Don Is an island paradise in the Andaman sea between Phuket and Krabi, the island was made famous by the film The Beach and since has become ever more popular. For some amazing views of the island and others surrounding take a trip to the top of the mountain where you can see right across the whole bay area from Phuket round to Ko Lanta. The beach comes alive at night with what seems to be one long beach party with fire shows and entertainers performing all night long.

For an escape from the madness, take a trip across to the islands little sister Koh Phi Phi Lee which is where the actual filming took place, an uninhabited island with a number of sandy coves.

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Railay Beach

Railay Beach west of Krabi is one of Thailand's hidden gems, the rock formations surrounding the beach area make way for great climbing and abseiling and because of this feature the only way to the resort is by boat, hence the lack of crowds, the resort itself is very inexpensive and as such a week's stay here is very light on the wallet, fishing trips and scuba diving are also very popular here.

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Koh Kradan

Koh Kradan is a tiny island in the southwest, an extension of the Chao Mai national park, you could probably swim around the island in a few hours, although Kayaking is the normal choice for island explorers. There is a coral reef just a stone's throw from the main two-kilometre-long sandy beach that is teeming with life just perfect for snorkelers that want to swap people watching for wildlife.