If you don’t have a “Beach Bucket List” you really need to put one together… and start with these ten hidden gems in Thailand. All beautiful, quiet and private, yet safe and secure, these beaches are the perfect stop on any tour of Thailand.
1. Emerald Cave, Koh Muk
Location: Hat Chao Mai National Park
How to get there: A trip to this park is very much dependent on the tides, and guides will ensure you go through when it’s safe. Depending on whether you are doing a big boat trip or a speedboat trip, you will be collected by either a transfer to Lanta Old Town Pier, or a speedboat in front of your resort.
Best beach for: a low-key adventure! Wearing a life jacket, you will make your way along a rope and through the cave over a distance of about eighty metres. The tunnel is dark and noisy, and provides an exhilarating experience as you cross over to the other side, where you’ll find a gorgeous secluded beach and towering cliffs. Many visitors have agreed that photos simply do not do this spot any justice and you simply have to see it for yourself!
2. Koh Mai Phai, Bamboo Island
Location: Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District
How to get there: A tour company from Ao Nang will transport you to and from the island
Best beach for: ultimate privacy. If you do a full day tour you practically have the island to yourself, which is really the best choice since most visitors would agree the trip is not quite worth a 30-40 minute stop, as you won’t be able to enjoy the privacy and opportunity to unwind. Snacks, water, beer and soft drinks are available on the island for an ideally catered-to day at the beach.
3. Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
Location: Surat Thani
How to get there: Chaweng Beach is easily accessible and can be reached by taxi.
Best beach for: pristine beaches and incredible sunsets (best enjoyed with a delicious sundowner). Not entirely “hidden”, this beach should be on your bucket list because it also offers great diving spots, a relaxing spa, and is conveniently close to incredible nightlife and shopping spots, not to mention some delectable restaurants.
4. Sunset Beach
Location: Koh Kradan
How to get there: The beach is easily accessible by foot and can be reached by taxi.
Best beach for: sunsets (it’s not called “Sunset Beach” for nothing). A delightful spot for anyone looking for a quiet walk along the beach. The emerald water also makes for great snorkelling (especially in February and March).
5. Ban Koh Beach
Location: Koh Sukorn Island
How to get there: Flight to Trang followed by a Taxi/Minibus to the pier of Ban Tasae or Palian. From there you can take a boat daily to Ban Siam Mai.
Best beach for: gorgeous views. Ban Koh beach offers scenic views of surrounding islands thanks to its fairly level landscape, and gives visitors the opportunity to explore the whole island in a matter of hours thanks to its size. The island is covered with coconut palms and rubber tree plantations, and grazing land for cattle.
6. Lao Liang Phi Beach
Location: Koh Lao Lian
How to get there: There are bus and boat transfers from Kabi.
Best beach for: peace, quiet and picturesque views. Referred to by some travellers as “Thailand’s undiscovered island”, and is reminiscent of the island seen in Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach. The powdery white sand is perfect for a day spent soaking up the sun, and the azure waters are warm and welcoming.
7. Koh Phetra
Location: Mu Ko Phetra National Park
How to get there: A special permission from the administration of the park is necessary. Afterwards you catch a longtail boat from Koh Laoliang and then another to Koh Sukorn.
Best beach for: couples. There’s not much to do on the beach besides relax, and given the fact that this is known by many locals, the beach is not too crowded and there are hardly any children because there isn’t much to do. Add in the fact that you need special permission to visit the park, and you can be sure a delightfully low-key day awaits.
8. Koh Lipe
Location: The southern-most island in Thailand, this gorgeous beach is located on Koh Lipe.
How to get there: If you’re coming directly from Bangkok to Koh Lipe, you can do the journey by air or train/bus.
Best beach for: a luxury island experience. Also known as “The Maldives of Thailand”, Koh Lipe is a hidden gem that often goes unnoticed by travellers. Add this to your itinerary and the gorgeous views will have your friends have home convinced you’re in the Maldives!
9. Koh Nang Yuan
Location: Surat Thani Province
How to get there: You can access the island by boat.
Best beach for: snorkeling. Enjoy the sight of turtles, colourful coral and brightly coloured fish as they swim past you, with few other snorkelers or swimmers in the area. The restaurant on the beach also offers something to eat if you’re feeling hungry, which means you won’t have to leave the island (and trust us, you’re going to want to spend the whole day here)!
10. Ao Kham
Location: Ao Kham Resort, Koh Samet
How to get there: The island is easily accessible by boat.
Best beach for: couples and privacy. A long, peaceful stretch of beach, Ao Kham has lovely loungers to relax on when you’re not wading into the crystal-clear waters. This beach is so delightfully empty, that at times the speckled tracks of the hermit crabs outnumber the footprints of humans.
There you have it! These are just some of the gorgeous beaches waiting to be explored in Thailand. Get in touch with one of our travel experts today or get some inspiration with our Thailand travel deals and find yourself one step closer to spending the day on one of these hidden gems.