The first thing most people think, when they think of the land of the smile is, making beach holidays in Thailand.
No wonder, Thailand is the home of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. All over South Thailand, you find the beaches. Famous crowded beaches, unknown romantic beaches. Long white sandy beaches and small bays surrounded by palm trees or forest. On mainland or on islands. What all these beaches have in common is, great weather all year long and lovely Thai people that take care of you.
There are two sides of the Gulf of Thailand. The east is a little less popular to western visitors than the west. When you come here for a few weeks beach holiday, I would choose one side. The areas are so big, you won’t be bored and to get from one side to the other is very far. that’s why I make two sections here. First, beaches south-west of Bangkok and beaches south-east of Bangkok.
Also just called the southern Thailand, is a long stretch of land located on the Malay Penninsula
The famous beaches all along the coasts south-west of Thailand are countless. All in all, you can choose from beaches along coasts stretching over more than 1600 km. The most famous and popular beaches are located in the surrounding areas of Phuket and Krabi but if you are a bit adventurous you will also find secluded beaches where you don’t have the run and hassle the normal touristic places bring with them.
The Gulf Of Thailand side
Along the over 1000 km. long coastline to the Gulf of Thailand you find most popular beach towns like Cha-Am and Hua-Hin just about two hundred kilometers from the international Suvarnabhumi Airport reachable within about three hours by bus or car.
The Gulf of Thailand includes a surface area of 320.000 km² but is a quite shallow water. The water quality is said to be excellent except in the inner Gulf up near Bangkok and down along the coast near the bigger towns. For me, the real fun and beauty start getting very impressive downwards from Chumpong.
The Gulf contains around 121km² of coral reef and 16 larger islands. From the south-west, you can reach popular islands as Kho Tao, a diving paradise or Samui and Kho Pha Ngan, destinations for beach holidays loved and visited by hundreds of thousands from all over the world.
Between Chumpon and the south end of Surat Thani province is Home of some really beautiful beaches not very popular amongst western tourists. The infrastructure at these places is quite poor and you find long stretches of coast without any big hotels or touristic towns with crowded beaches. Still, some treasures can be found on the way along the coast while exploring the small streets and enjoying the fabulous views of the gulf with small islands arraying the picture. One example.
The Andaman side
The west coast of the peninsula stretches over around 600 km. Ranong is the coast town most north and at the border to Myanmar (Burma), often frequented for visa runs. This is also the most narrow part of the peninsula, called the Kra Isthmus where the width of the land is only 44 km. Other than that is the region up there not a too attractive. The coast consists mainly of mangroves and swamps. For the beaches, you have to look maybe 100 km. further south. Along the coast of the Phang Nga province, beaches are getting attractive and the weather
Other than that is the region up there not a too attractive, it rains over 32 weeks a year and the coast consists mainly of mangroves and swamps. For the beaches, you have to look maybe 100 km. further south.
Along the coast of the Phang Nga province, beaches are getting attractive and the weather between November and April is nice. The rainy season on this side is very intense. The Ranong province is the wettest region in all Thailand and most tourist attractions, as well as accommodations all the way down until you reach Phuket province, are closed during the rainy season.
The surf of the Andaman Sea can be a lot rougher due to the deep waters and openness of the large sea. Similar to the golf side you will also find many beautiful islands along the coast and most popular around Phuket and Krabi. Snorkeling and diving around the island groups near Pipi island is one of the most fantastic activities I can recommend. The crystal clear waters out there lets you enjoy the magic underwater world full of colorful fish and magnificent corals. Please be aware, corals are living creatures and suffer from every touch from us visitors.
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All the beaches in “east Thailand” stretch along the Gulf of Thailand. You have a coast of about 400 km. with beaches almost all the way from Chon Burri down to Trat.
The main tourists on this side of the golf are visitors from Bangkok, weekend tourists that enjoy the long sandy beaches close to their town.
There are exceptions though, Kho Samet, and Kho Chang. These places are well visited by westerners for their beautiful beaches but less touristic character than let’s say Phuket. Pattaya is the most touristic vacation beach and town of the country. Thais and foreigners meet and share the thrill of spending money and having fun for a limited time. No limit, (except the duration of days to stay:) is known there and I would be cautious when partying in Pattaya. I hear there are a lot of”sharks” hungry for your money.
Pattaya is the most touristic vacation beach and town of the country. Thais and foreigners meet and share the thrill of spending money and having fun for a limited time. No limit, (except the duration of days to stay:) is known there and I would be cautious when partying in Pattaya. I hear there are a lot of”sharks” hungry for your money.
Further down though, in the provinces of Rayong and Chantaburry, you find family-friendly beach villages all along the way. The resorts and bungalows aren’t too expensive but invite to stay for a few days and enjoy the rather quiet beaches during the week and the busy life on weekends when the Bangkokers come in the thousands.
The water below Rayong is definitely cleaner than above but still not to compare with the clear water around the islands.
For me, the east is a great place to enjoy Thailands coasts. I have time and can come anytime I want. For people that want to explore the real Thailand with all its exotic landscapes, I can not recommend the coasts on the east of the Gulf. They are far less exciting than the south-west. The big exception make the two islands.
Our unique guided trip to the southern Thailand
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