Best Thailand Beaches, Where To Go

Friday, March 19, 2010

Best beaches to visit in Thailand as recommended by www.MyThailandHome.com

Ko Samui  – Ko Samui is very well known and the two best known beaches there are Chaweng and Lamae  But there is a more secluded beach known as Silver Beach, better known by its official name, Tong Takien.  It’s suitable for families and well worth a visit if you’re on Ko Samui Island, which is located in the Gulf of Thailand.
Phuket – Phuket is highly developed, and if you’re on a beach the chances are that you will be surrounded by scores of other holidaymakers and plenty of touts selling you anything from squid, friend chicken, shrimp, watches, clothes, and much more.  Most of these items are going to be a lot cheaper if you take the time to go to a proper market, particularly in Bangkok, but if something catches your eye there and then, they’ll be pleased to oblige.  Surin beach is one to watch out for in particular, where you can enjoy a nice swim in the sea.
Ko Phi Phi –  Ko Phi Phi is comprised of two islands, and not far from Krabi on the Andaman Sea.  It’s about a two-hour ferry ride from Krabi.  The beach to look out for is Tonsai Bay, which is extremely stunning.
Ko Samet – Ko Samet is about an hour past Pattaya on the Gulf of Thailand, and it has a famous beach known as Diamond beach, with a second name of Crystal Sand Beach. It’s a really beautiful beach not far from Bangkok, and popular with city dwellers on the weekends who need to escape the bustling metropolis to enjoy sand and sea.
Krabi – Krabi has its own excellent beach, called Ao Nang.  You need to get to the southern part of it to enjoy the best scenery there.  Krabi has all the restaurants and services you would ever need, and faces the Andaman Sea. Venture further south and you will find Noppharat Thara, which is a national park with its own spectacular beach scenery. This is an ideal family beach, and you can walk to three islands just offshore when the tide is low.
Ko Tao – This is the island to get away from it all, and also a diver’s paradise. The beach to visit here is Sairee beach, where you can feel like you really are in another world.
Prachuap Khiri Khan – Near the border of Myanamar is one of the best and least tourist visited beaches in Thailand called Ao Manao, or Lemon Beach. Great for family holidays this beach is well worth a special visit, and one of Thailand’s jewels.
Ko Chang – Elephant island as it is called is the second biggest island in Thailand and located near the border of Cambodia. There are a great selection of beaches on its west coast.  The White Sand beach is one of the most popular on the island.
Pattaya – the beach in Pattaya is not one of Thailand’s finest by any stretch of the imagination, but you can take a short ferry ride to one of the nearby islands and enjoy much better beaches for swimming and splashing about. Pattaya is well known for other things that may or may not appeal: be fully aware of what to expect before setting out.
Hua Hin –  Hua Hin is a developed resort with some fine hotels and a long stretch of beach.  The more commercial beach isn’t that great, but it is still highly popular among visitors and suitable for families.  There are some other nearby prettier beaches to be discovered, and Hua Hin is a great place to relax in one of its fine resort hotels.  People come to Hua Hin because it’s a great town and it’s well maintained, as it’s the main residence of the King of Thailand.

Alex Shaida runs a travel company with his wife called My Thailand Home (www.MyThailandHome.com) that provides high end luxury holidays to Thailand.

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