Thailand is popularly known as the land of beaches. In the recent past, it has gained immense popularity and has become a tourist magnet for travelers from both East and West, because of its pristine beaches an abundance of dense rainforests with rich wildlife, tropical climate, vibrant culture, and unparalleled entertainment, shopping and culinary options. Lately, the Thai government has shown a keen interest in bringing in foreign tourism to the country, which has further added to developing more facilities in the country. While the country is known for attracting budget travelers, you will also find all high-end five-star hotel and resort chains having their establishments across the country.
Now that you have decided to visit the country, know that Thailand has too much to offer to be covered in a single trip. It is often difficult to decide what do you like more about Thailand, or what beaches to prefer and which ones to leave out. Here are some of the best beaches in the country that you should not tick off your bucket list when traveling to Thailand.
Some cities never sleep and the same is true for Pattaya. It is a small beach town situated near the capital city of Bangkok. That makes it very accessible and you can reach the town after barely three-hour road journey from the capital. The close proximity and easy accessibility make it a great option for travelers who are on a short trip and would like to minimize their traveling time. Do not fall for the notorious tales associated with Pattaya. Times have changed and today, it is a perfect holiday destination for people of all ages. You will find loads of things to do Pattaya and will never get bored. The two sports beautiful beaches, theme parks, and amazing shopping, food and entertainment options.
Phuket is the most popular and perhaps, also the most visited beach destination in the country. In fact, some people visit Thailand just for the sake of spending a few days in Phuket. It is the country’s largest island with vibrant city life and a happening beach strip. That being said, tourists mainly prefer staying at or near one of the many beaches, for obvious reasons. Phuket boasts many beautiful beaches, but Patong remains the most popular choice for its lively vibe, happening nightlife and abundance of water sports and eating options.
Although May Bay is technically within the geographical boundaries of Phuket, it is a separate island reachable from Phuket and deserves a dedicated mention. Maya Bay first came to limelight after a 2000 blockbuster, The Beach, was shot on this beautiful island. Maya Bay is a natural heritage site known for its white beaches, Emerald waters, and rich tropical rainforest. It is the ultimate place to beat if you want a quiet retreat in a natural paradise on earth.
Riley is located on the island of Krabi, which is right in the neighborhood of Phuket. While Phuket is all about music, parties, and entertainment, Riley is a quiet and quaint exotic little island. With almost no motor activity, the island offers a heavenly retreat with soft sandy shores bordered by limestone rocks and rich forestation.