Which of Thailand’s fabulous beach destinations is right for you?
You can never go wrong with a beach, and Thailand has its fair share of them to choose from.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy fresh seafood, take part in some exciting water sports, or just want to waste away the days with a good book and a comfortable beach-lounger, Thailand has every beach destination to suit your every mood.
Out of the three most traveled to beach spots in Thailand—Phuket, Koh Samui, and Pattaya—all three to them offer many of the same qualities you’ve come to expect at all of your favorite beaches across the globe.
Still, each has characteristics found nowhere else, giving them the irresistible charm that keeps the tourists coming back for more.
Here are a few of those interesting traits for each of the three places.
This gigantic island combines stunning mountainous scenery, blazing bright sunsets, and temperate and clear water.
There are beautiful powder white sand beaches, world-class resorts and golfing, and a wondrous array of great water sports to partake in like scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming.
What makes this island truly unique is that is the only place in Thailand where you can surf. Places like Kata Beach get plenty of surfers when the season is right.
Also, from Phuket, you can take a speedboat or a ferry to explore the gorgeous and pristine surrounding islands such as Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, or one of the world’s best scuba diving locations at the Similan Islands.
As if that weren’t enough to do, head to Patong for a big city’s dose of nightlife right on the beach. Stroll along walking streets, or take in the old city of Phuket town.
Need a place to stay? Check out the jaw-dropping villas at Phuket’s 5-star resort Keemala
This world-famous island off of Thailand’s Gulf coast has all of the comforts of a chic and sophisticated city on the beach.
You see quite a range on this island—there are backpackers shacking up in rustic and thrifty beachside cabins all the way up to the most extravagant, luxury-minded resorts catering to the extremely wealthy.
Either way, both budget and wealthy travelers are treated to the whitest sand beaches, fresh seafood caught daily, and the sturdy infrastructure one might mind in the most advanced cities in the world.
From the busy beach at Chaweng to the more low key and relaxed feel of Lamai beach to the local atmosphere at Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village, there are different styles and feels to this island sure to make anyone visiting enjoy themselves.
There is also a wealth of water sports and activities to partake in. There is a marine national park not far away and the party island of Koh Phangan and the diving obsessed island of Koh Tao.
Need a place to stay? Check out the ultra-hip boutique Library Hotel and its stunning red pool.
Located not even 150 kilometers from Bangkok, the wondrous beach paradise of Pattaya is a breeze to get to from the big city.
There you’ll find the blue Gulf of Thailand on the country’s east coast and a range of travelers from families to backpackers to business people.
Pattaya has the most important trappings of a beach vacation found anywhere else, but with its own lively flair.
There is a vast array of accommodation available from high rise hotels to affordable hostels to luxurious resorts.
Take a jet ski into the wavy blue waters or cruise the popular walking street for some people watching or shopping.
There are also some spectacular shopping facilities popping up everywhere;
Pattaya is the place to be for shopping next to the beach. But where Pattaya is unparalleled is in nightlife and entertainment.
From restaurants to bars to shows, the area around the bustling walking street has so many neon lights you’d think it could be spotted from space.
Need a place to stay? Check out Pattaya’s highly rated Citrus Parc Hotel.
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