Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi is one the most famous beaches in Thailand. After shooting to fame in the 2000 movie, ‘The Beach’, Maya Bay became innodated with tourists. Unfortuantely, because of the immense amount of toursim, Maya Bay has been temporarily closed. From June to September, Maya Bay’s reefs will have time to recover. So, if you’re planning a trip to Thailand and a little disappointed you won’t be able to recreate Leonardo DiCaprio’s iconic moments from ‘The Beach’, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best beaches in Thailand (that aren’t Maya Bay).
With stunning coral reefs, stretches of pristine sand, and palm trees that dot the shorelines, it’s hard to pick just 10 beaches in Thailand to call the very best. Truthfully, you can’t really go wrong when it comes to choosing Thailand as your beach getaway destination.
Here are 10 of the most gorgeous beaches you can find in Thailand:
1. Koh Lan (Coral Island), Pattaya, Thailand
Dive into turquoise waters, and witness colorful coral reefs below at the various beaches on Coral Island in Pattaya, Thailand. Make your way to Long Beach on Coral Island and join in water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing or riding on a banana boat. Afterwards, make the short trek through the jungle over to Banana Beach, and take in more views of swaying palms and golden sand.
2. Phra Nang (Ao Nang), Krabi
Explore awe-inspiring caves, towering cliffs, and lush forests at Phra Nang in Krabi. This beach is also home to a fertility shrine dedicated to Phra Nang, an Indian princess (as the legend goes). Climb a path that leads to a viewing point for an incredible panoramic view of nearby beaches and islands.
3. Railay Beach, Krabi
Arguably one of the most striking beaches in Thailand, Railay Beach features impressive limestone formations throughout the landscape. Be sure to book an island hopping tour from Railay Beach to check out the surrounding locations like Chicken Island (named for its unique shape), Tub Island, and Moh Island.
4. Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin
For those looking for both nightlife and thrilling attractions, as well as a serene beach setting, Hua Hin Beach is the spot for you. Bask in the sunshine and unwind on the sandy beach, then, when the sun sets, head to a bar or pub to dance the night away.
5. Patong Beach, Phuket
With its bustling nightlife of clubs, cabarets, and bars, Patong Beach is the perfect destination for couples or friends looking to have some fun in Thailand. Sit underneath an umbrella along the 2.5km coastline, before making your way to the Soi Bangla strip for a taste of the energetic nightlife.
6. Ko Similan (Donald Duck Bay), Similan Islands
Check out the Similan Islands, a picturesque group of islands in Southern Thailand that boasts coral reefs, unqiue rock formations and azure waters. The islands are part of the Mu KO Similan Nationa Park and are open from October to May. Visit Ko Similan (Donald Duck Bay) to witness interesting topographical features.
7. Virgin Island (Koh Ta Chai)
If you’re hoping to escape to a tranquil and private beach, travel to pristine Virgin Island (also known as Koh Ta Chai). Though only open for half the year (from November to May), it’s well worth the trip to snorkel in the crystal-clear waters. Catch sight of clusters of stingrays, and swim alongside whale sharks before spotting giant hermit crabs on the sand.
8. Sunrise Beach, Ko Lipe
Let the stress of everyday life melt away at Sunrise Beach. Admire the dazzling sunrise from the shore as you wade into the warm, blue waters. Choose to paddleboard, swim or snorkel and see coral below.
9. Aow Leuk Bay, Koh Tao
See an abundance of marine life at Aow Leuk Bay in Koh Tao. Dive into the waters, and catch a glimpse of baby sharks and colorful reefs. Witness an underwater garden and lush forested hills around turquoise waters.
10. Ao Yai Beach (Ko Phayam)
Sit underneath a shady tree and look out onto the large bay of Ao Yai Beach in Thailand. Walk along this vast beach and stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants at this destination. If you’re look to surf the waves, Ao Yai Beach provides an excellent environment. The beach is surfable all year round and waves crash on a gentle sand bottom, making it a great spot for beginner surfers.
*Beach, please!* Don’t just stare at your screen, get ready and book a getaway now. Grab a swimsuit and passport and get ready to let the warm waters wash over you at one of these incredible beach destinations in Thailand.