Best beaches in Thailand
A beach vacation is the perfect remedy for the stresses and strains of 21st century living. Showcasing some of the world’s best beaches, Thailand is our ideal destination for taking time out to relax. The warmth of the sun, the soft sand underfoot, the smell of the ocean breeze and the sound of gently lapping waves, all conspire to bestow a sense of hypnotic calm.
Here is our pick of Thailand’s best beaches for those seeking time out to relax.
Located in the north of Phuket, far from the madding crowd, Mai Khao Beach offers an idyllic retreat. Full of castaway charm, this is the island’s longest beach and it’s easy to find a secluded spot all to yourself. Part of the beach is protected as a turtle nesting site, falling within Sirinath National Park. Of the few resorts located here, we’d recommend Anantara, a luxury property offering pool villas, gourmet dining and plenty of activities for the more active.
Located close to neighboring Krabi, the undeveloped island of Koh Lanta boasts a stunning string of pristine beaches along its west coast. Kantiang Bay towards the southern end is one of the best. The curved golden sands are backed by rainforest, while the surrounding waters form part of the Lanta Marine National Park. Full of natural beauty, Kantiang Bay has an undiscovered vibe. Landscaped within this stunning site is Pimalai Resort & Spa offering hillside villas with wonderful ocean views.
Pansea Beach is Phuket’s hidden gem. Only easily accessible from the two properties nearby, it has the look and feel of a private beach. Located on Phuket’s west coast, the wide golden sands are lapped by the gentle turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. For those looking for a quiet spot to relax, enjoy the sunsets and fabulous snorkeling, Pansea Beach will not disappoint. For world-class service, we’d recommend a stay at the exclusive Amanpuri luxury resort.
For those in search of paradise, head to the northwest corner of popular Koh Samui to off-the-beaten-track Bang Por Beach. This remote getaway promises a quiet sandy beach, a laidback vibe and wonderful views of neighboring Koh Phangan. The shallow waters and coral reef of the Gulf of Thailand are great for snorkeling and with few properties nearby, the beach feels like a secret slice of paradise. For mesmerising views and indulgent luxury, we recommend the Four Seasons.