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The most beautiful beaches of Thailand.

As already mentioned, several countries of Southeast Asia are home to idyllic seaside resorts. Among them, Thailand has so many beautiful tropical beaches that it would be impossible to list them here. We can just provide you with a sample of lovely beaches where vacationers enjoy relaxing when the northern hemisphere experiences cold seasons.

Kamala Beach in Phuket
Phuket, Kamala Beach, in Thailand.

Phuket Island is located in the Andaman Sea near the western coast of Thailand, to which it is connected by two bridges. It can also be reached by air since the Phuket International Airport is set in the northern part of the island. Phuket Airport is the third busiest of Thailand in terms of passengers. Phuket is about 850 km away from Bangkok, the capital of the country.

Phuket is the largest island of Thailand. From north to south, it stretches over a length of 50 km (31 mi) and a width of 20 km (12 mi). It is a province of Thailand. Its capital, the city of Phuket, is situated on the eastern coast of the island. The island is traversed north to south by mountains, the highest peak of which is 530 m (1740 ft) above the sea level.

The beaches are mainly located on the west coast and in the southern tip of the island. Among them, Kamala Beach is a rather quiet resort with a long and wide sand beach. It becomes somewhat livelier in high season. Kamala Beach is also known for the fabulous FantaSea show, in the style of the Cirque du Soleil productions

Patong Beach in Phuket
Beautiful Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand.

Patong Beach is 3 km long. Patong is the main seaside resort in Phuket Island. It is also the resort which has the liveliest nightlife. It is located in the center of the west coast of the island at about 15 kilometers from the city of Phuket.

To the south of Patong, there are Kata Beach, Kata Noi Beach, Nai Harn Beach, and Rawa Beach. To the north of Patong, the beaches are Kamala, Surin and Bang Tao.

Phuket provides vacationers with many leisure activities, including boat trips (notably to the Phi Phi Islands) and excursions to the island (visits to sites such as Big Buddha, Chalong Wat, and the old town of Phuket).

Hua Hin beach in Thailand
Hua Hin beach in Thailand.

Hua Hin is a seaside resort and a fishing port which is located on the edge of the Bay of Siam in the Gulf of Thailand, 200 km southwest of Bangkok, the capital of the country. It can be reached by road or by rail. The city offers a large and varied hotel infrastructure as well as all the services of a city with a bit more than 50,000 inhabitants.

Hua Hin started to develop in the early 20th century when the Thai Royal family and aristocrats from Bangkok established residences at the seaside. It has kept the charm of a small town that is mainly visited mainly by domestic and foreign families. Nightlife in Hua Hin is much less tremendous than, for example, in Pattaya which is located on the other side of the Gulf of Thailand, 100 km southeast of Bangkok.

The 4-km long sand beach of Hua Hin and related nautical recreation are the main attractions of the resort.

The nice railway station - the most beautiful station of Thailand -, the night market, some hills such as Khao Takiap (located at the end of the beach - the above photo was taken from that hill), the butterfly garden, the Artist Village, the Cicada market (handicraft), the Plearn Wan shopping village, various day trips to the nearest national parks (waterfall, caves, isolated beaches, local fauna..), are among the many additional attractions of Hua Hin.

Ko Phi Phi beach in Thailand
Ko Phi Phi beach in Thailand.

The small Ko Phi Phi archipelago consists of six islands, the two main islands of which are Ko Phi Phi Don (by far the largest island of the archipelago) and Ko Phi Phi Leh, the others being essentially rocks. It is located in the Andaman Sea, 40 km (25 mi) to the south of Phuket. Access is by boat, including ferries departing from Phuket, Krabi and Koh Lanta.

The archipelago is part of Hadnopparattara-Ko Phi Phi National Park that has a rich underwater life. In high season, it is visited by cohorts of tourists as part of one day cruises. For those who want to stay in the archipelago, hotels are available only in Ko Phi Phi Don. Ko Phi Phi Leh with its gorgeous Maya Bay lies 1.5km off the southernmost tip of Ko Phi Phi Don.

The beautiful sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and magnificent scenery are the main attractions of the archipelago. Various boat trips to the many surrounding dive sites or to the beaches of the tiny Bamboo Island (Ko Mai Phai), which is also part of the archipelago, are additional advantages for vacationers.

Koh Phi Phi owes its fabulous reputation largely to the 1999 film "The Beach" starring Leonardo Di Caprio in the Maya Bay on Phi Phi Ley Island.

In most cases, thanks to large-scale restorations, seaside resorts of Thailand keep only few traces of the terrible damages caused by the December 2004 tsunami. Younger tourists are often unaware of the significance of the monuments that have been erected in memory of the victims of the tsunami. A warning and evacuation system has been implemented since then.

Read also our articles about related topics:
-- The best beaches in the world.
-- The best beaches in Southeast Asia.
-- The best beaches of the Indian Ocean
-- The best beaches of Australia.
-- The best beaches of the French Riviera.



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Thailand has many beautiful tropical beaches. Find here a sample of lovely beaches where vacationers enjoy relaxing when the northern hemisphere experiences cold seasons: Phuket, Ko Phi Phi, and Hua Hin.