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Thailand, Samui, Maenam beach, view to east
Maenam is the best beach in Samui island of Thailand, and one of the best beaches in the world. The abundance of palm trees and sand, as well as a small number of people, - all of the components of ideal tropical converged here in perfect proportions. It is possible to find cheap bungalow (600 baht) right on the beach, - best value for money! The best part of the beach - near the cafe Shangrilah Bungalows. / read more » /
Rating: 9.3 (212 votes)

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Thailand, Ko Kood, Soneva Kiri South Beach
Soneva Kiri south is an abandoned secondary beach of the Soneva Kiri hotel in the Koh Kood island of Thailand. Now anybody may access the best beach of the island, - moreover it's secluded, as there are no hotels or restaurants nearby. Small islet of Ko Raet is located 300 meters off the coast. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (181 votes)
Ko Kood, Klong Chao beach, Peter Pan Resort
Klong Chao is the most popular beach in the west of Koh Kood island of Thailand. Tropical scenery with palms, as well as well-known hotels attract many package tourists. It is also the best place in the island for the sunset. Sandspit looks great from the air, and it's for those who like to swim in a shallow water. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (84 votes)
Thailand, Phi Phi, Maya Bay beach, boat
Maya Bay - a legendary beach in Phi Phi Ley island, became famous after "The Beach" movie with Leonardo DiCaprio. The place is really beautiful, but there are too many people here in the daytime. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (221 votes)
Thailand, Samui island, Chaweng beach, airbeds
Chaweng - the most popular beach in Samui island. However, the reason of that popularity is not that it is the best, but the fact that it's built up with hotels. So on the one hand we get a strong crowd, on the other hand - the almost complete lack of lush vegetation. Also the beach is very shallow with strong waves, which are very good to jump. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (37 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Nangyuan beach
Nangyuan is a famous beach near the island of Koh Tao in Thailand. In reality it is just two sandspits. The place is really nice with good snorkeling. However, during the daytime there are always too many people. Sunbeds are not free, while it is prohibited to lie on the sand. The beach looks great from the top, however as for sandspit there are more spectacular places in the world. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (26 votes)
Thailand, Ko Kood, Ao Phrao Beach Resort
Ao Phrao is a beach in the south of Koh Kood island in Thailand. Many years ago it was the best one in Koh Kood - long and deserted with lots of palms. However, developers started to build hotels, so now Ao Prao has lost its former uniqueness. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (93 votes)
Thailand, Samui island, Lamai beach, view from the south
Lamai - popular beach in the west of Samui island. Among the advantages we can note that as a rule water is pretty clear here. Otherwise as in the nearby Chaweng it's featured by many people, many beach cafes, many beach hotels and as a result relatively few beach vegetation. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (20 votes)
Thailand, Ko Chang, White Sand beach
White Sand is the northernmost beach in the Koh Chang island of Thailand. Thus it's located not far from ferries arriving from the mainland. The beach is beautiful, and it's one of the most popular among the tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (46 votes)
Thailand, Pattaya, Ko Samet, Ao Prao beach, palms
Ao Prao - is one of the best beaches in the island of Ko Samet near Pattaya. Palms and trees form a near perfect tropical landscape, and there are usually no many people here. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (68 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Jansom Bay beach
Jansom Bay is a small hotel's beach on the west of Koh Tao island in Thailand. There are palms and cozy area with sun loungers ashore, while the beautiful bay features funky bamboo rafts. It is the most picturesque beach of Koh Tao, and many canonical island's photos were made here. The swimming and snorkeling are very comfortable as well. Entrance fee is 200 baht. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (67 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, June Juea beach
June Juea is a small beach in Koh Tao island of Thailand with funky rocks scattered on the sand. This secluded spot is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, but anyway it looks mediorce in comparison with some best beaches of Koh Tao. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (62 votes)
Thailand, Pattaya, Sai Kaew beach, wet sand
Sai Kaew - is the most popular beach in Samet island. The coast itself is beautiful, but the crowd spoils everything. Last time the beach received clusters of umbrellas completely covering the sun, - ugly "know how" from Pattaya. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (106 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Sai Nuan beach
Sai Nuan is a small laid back beach with palms on the island of Koh Tao, Thailand. There are no strong waves due to the location in a protected bay. The beach features good entry into the water, no problem of low tides, no crowd of tourists, comfortable swimming and good snorkeling. There are hiking trails along the coast to some other nice beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (43 votes)
Thailand, Ko Chang, Long Beach
Long Beach is the most remote beach in the Koh Chang island of Thailand. It's almost as beautiful as famous White Sand Beach, but without the crowd. There is also the best rastaman bar in the whole of Chang. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (48 votes)
Thailand, Phuket, Mai Khao beach, Bangkok Airways landing
Mai Khao - is the best beach in Phuket island in Thailand. This is the most beautiful place without crowd. You may also watch the planes landing in the southern end of the beach, - almost like on St. Martin island in the Caribbean. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (476 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Ao Leuk beach
Ao Leuk is a picturesque beach on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand. There are palms, white sand, no problem of low tide, good entry into the water in the center of the beach and excellent snorkeling on the beach edges. Entrance fee is 100 bahts per person, and it is worth to spend here a day, but no more. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (46 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Tanote beach
Tanote is a perfect snorkeling beach in the east of Koh Tao island, Thailand. The bottom is mostly coral, but there are also occasional areas suitable for swiming. In the south end of the bay there is a famous huge rock with funky jumpers into the water. The beach has no a lot of trees, but on the other hand it doesn't suffer from low tides. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (25 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Freedom Beach
Freedom Beach is a small beach in the south of Koh Tao island in Thailand. There are palms, huge boulders, good entry into the water and nice snorkeling. But the key feature are the trees, that come into water during the high tide, creating an unusual landscape. Last years, the hotel applies 50 bahts entrance fee to the beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (36 votes)
Thailand, Pattaya, Ko Samet, Ao Wai beach, view from water
Ao Wai - is a quiet beautiful beach in the south-east of Samet island. It's ideal for a break from the noise of Pattaya. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (92 votes)
Thailand, Phuket, Karon beach, wet sand
Karon - is one of the best beaches in Phuket island in Thailand. There are no so many people as at neighboring Patong, but it's still pretty crowded. Northern part of the beach is undeveloped and it's perfect for those looking for seclusion. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (53 votes)
Thailand, Krabi, Railay beach, rocks
Railay - peninsula in Krabi province. Considered to be one of the best beach destinations on the Andaman coast of Thailand mainly due to the stunning view of the karst rocks located around. The beach itself is rather average. Also there is always a lot of people here during the daytime. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (34 votes)
Thailand, Phuket, Kata beach, palms
Kata - is a beach in the south-west of Phuket island in Thailand. There is also (just to the south) another beach called Kata Noi, which was not much affected by the 2004 tsunami. The coast is beautiful, and the water is comfortable for swimming. Unfortunately there is always a lot of people at the beach (Kata Noi beach is less crowded). / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (29 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Sairee beach
Sairee is the longest and most popular beach on Koh Tao island in Thailand, with bars and discos. There are palms and comfortable entry into the water, as well as good snorkeling at some distance from the coast. During the low tide the water becomes very shallow. Probably, the beach is too developed with a lot of boats, but still it is very good. This is also a great place to meet sunset. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (15 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Shark Bay beach (Ao Thian Og)
Shark Bay (Ao Thian Og) is a private beach in Koh Tao island, Thailand. There are many trees ashore giving a shadow over water during the high tide. There is also beautiful green lawn with palms. As for the disadvantages, we may note a shallow muddy bottom, and corals near the beach (mostly dead - as everywhere). So this is more like a snorkeling spot with the real chance to meet sharks in the morning or evening, - these are not dangerous for man. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (39 votes)
Thailand, Ko Chang, Lonely Beach
Lonely Beach is one of the best beaches in the island of Ko Chang in Thailand. It has a best choice of rastaman beach bars, most of which are made in a specific Thai style. The beach features strong low tide, exposing a nice sandy bottom. Please note, that this beach is no longer lonely, - now there are a lot of tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (44 votes)
Koh Mak, Ao Kao beach, palm over water
Ao Kao is the most popular beach in Koh Mak island of Thailand. During the high tide many palms and trees hang over the water giving good opportunities to make a canonical beach photo. The beach is long and has various segments, which are very different from each other. As elsewhere on the Koh Mak there are no many people. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (36 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Sai Daeng beach
Sai Daeng is a small beach in the south of Koh Tao island in Thailand. The coastline is probably too much developed, but buildings are nice, and still it is a lot of trees. Right near the water edge, there are corals, so the snorkeling is good, while the swimming is not comfortable. It also becomes very shallow during the low tide. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (20 votes)
Thailand, Ko Kood, Klong Hin beach
Klong Hin is a beach in the south of Koh Kood island in Thailand. In a contrast to the west of the island there is a certain level of privacy with only two hotels - each in its own bay. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (141 votes)
Thailand, Phuket, Bang Tao beach, bay
Bang Tao - is the longest and the most secluded beach in Phuket island in Thailand. This is a great place to get away from the crowds of Patong and other popular beaches of Phuket. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (34 votes)
Thailand, Pattaya, Ko Samet, Ao Wong Duan wet beach
Ao Wong Duan - is a beach in the east of Koh Samet island near Pattaya. Almost the entire coast is covered with water during the high tide, but it's even funky. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (267 votes)
Thailand, Koh Lipe, Pattaya beach, boats
Pattaya Beach is the main beach in Koh Lipe island of Thailand. With all its disadvantages, it is still the best one. But this is definetely not a tropical paradise. The main problem is a huge number of boats during the high season, which are everywhere - even in the swimming areas. And after all of this, the coastal vegetation is not very beautiful. It makes sense to walk around the whole of the beach to find the best place for you. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (25 votes)
Thailand, Phuket, Kamala beach, palms
Kamala - is a nice beach to the north of Patong in Phuket island in Thailand. Just a few years ago it was a quiet secluded place, but now the entire coast of fully packed with sunbeds/parasols, - another paradise lost. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (61 votes)
Thailand, Ko Kood, Bang Bao beach
Bang Bao is a popular beach in the south-west of Koh Kood island in Thailand. The beach is located in an enclosed bay, so the water is always calm. There are also a lot of palms hanging over the water, as well as few swings attached. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (49 votes)
Thailand, Koh Lipe, Sunrise beach (Hat Chao Ley)
Sunrise Beach is an eastern beach of Koh Lipe island, Thailand. The coast initially had no many palms, and up to now it has been heavily built with hotels. So white sand and azure water are the only good things about this place. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (35 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Ao Chalok Baan Kao beach
Chalok Baan Kao is a beach in the south of Koh Tao island, Thailand, located in a deep bay. It is also very shallow, which is good and bad at the same time. There are never waves, but on the other hand you'll have to walk a lot to reach for acceptable depth. In general, this is a beach for families with very small children. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (39 votes)
Thailand, Koh Lipe, Karma beach
Karma beach is a sandspit on the north end of Koh Lipe island in Thailand. It is just a part of Sunrise beach. However, it has its own name, as there's nothing like that in Koh Lipe. De facto this is an ordinary sandbank, but many people like it. There is a good snorkeling offshore, but you should be aware of strong currents. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (42 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Cape Je Ta Kang beach
Je Ta Kang is a twin beach in the south-west of Koh Tao island, Thailand. Though the place is not the most beautiful, it's unusual and not spoiled by the mass tourism. Depending on the wind, you can choose northern or southern beach, - where the water is calm. There are many interesting trails around the hills, while sea water offers excellent snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (22 votes)
Thailand, Phuket, Nai Harn beach, aerial view
Nai Harn - is a beach in the south of Phuket island in Thailand. It is easily recognizable due to a river flowing into the sea. This place is not so crowded as other Phuket beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (52 votes)
Thailand, Ko Chang, Bang Bao beach
Bang Bao is a beach in the Koh Chang island featuring the pier serving many routes to the islands of Koh Kood and Koh Mak. Most of the tourists proudly ignore this beach and relax in the west of Chang. So there are no many people in the Bangbao, while it has same beauliful scenery. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (11 votes)
Thailand, Ko Kood, Soneva Kiri beach, view from water
Soneva Kiri is a hotel beach in the north-west of Koh Kood island in Thailand. Hotel's luxury tries to compensate disadvantages of the beach itself, - ugly sea bottom is exposed at low tide, while high tide brings muddy water. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (52 votes)
Thailand, Ko Kood, Tapao beach
Tapao is a beach near the main pier of Koh Kood island in Thailand. The coastline is beautiful with shallow clear water, but it's far from the best on the island. Typically, tourists choose this place to stay in one of a few premium hotels located nearby. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (47 votes)
Thailand, Ko Chang, Klong Prao beach
Klong Prao is a beach in the middle of the west coast of Chang island in Thailand. It is a pleasant place without many tourists, but not perfect. At low tide it's becoming too shallow, but during the high tide water comes close to the trees. Two creeks fall into the ocean, so the sea water is not quite clean. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (24 votes)
Thailand, Koh Lipe, Sunset beach (Hat Pramong)
Sunset Beach is a small beach on the west of Koh Lipe island, Thailand. Initially, it was not the most beautiful one on the island, but now it is becoming to look more attractive due to the lack of mass developement. There are also no so many boats like in the south and east of the island. In general, this is a great place with a chilled out atmosphere. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (49 votes)
Thailand, Ko Chang, Kai Bae beach
Kai Bae is a beach in the Koh Chang island of Thailand. During the low tide sea water covers the entire coastline, while seabed is heavily exposed at the low tide. It leads to an unexpected pleasant effect, - many swings are hanging right over the water in high tide. Budget travelers may still consider most of this beach as their home. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (7 votes)
Thailand, Phi Phi, Loh Dalum Bay beach, aerial view
Loh Dalum Bay - the main beach in Phi Phi Don island. The beach is nice, with a great youth hangouts. There are beautiful mountains located around. But the coastline itself is rather mediocre. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (76 votes)
Thailand, Ko Kood, Ngam Kho beach
Ngam Kho is a former leader of the Koh Kood beaches in Thailand. Unfortunately, last years most of the sand was swept away due to the coastal erosion. So now the beach is not so beautiful as before. However, it's still good during a high tide. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (16 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Mango Bay beach
Mango Bay (Ao Muang) is a secluded beach on the north of Koh Tao island, Thailand. Most of the coast and bottom are covered with huge boulders, thus giving great opportunities for divers. However, there is also a wide sandy area with good entry into the water. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (25 votes)
Thailand, Phuket, Surin beach, palms
Surin . In the past, it was the best beach in Phuket island in Thailand. However, there are too many people now, too many sunbeds and parasols, even in comparison with Patong. And there's no so much fun. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (35 votes)
Thailand, Koh Tao, Laem Thian beach
Laem Thian (Pinnacle beach) is a small rocky beach on the east of Koh Tao island in Thailand. There are huge boulders with sand - both ashore and in the water. It looks spectacular, but swimming is not very convenient. However, the snorkeling is superb, and you can often meet ocean turtles. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (39 votes)
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[2015-04-13] Michelle

Nudism is not welcomed in Thailand. There is a penalty about $100.

You may search for lonely beaches. Try to explore Andaman islands. Some of them are without anybody. And almost all are beautiful.

P.S.: Topless is permitted in Thailand.


[2015-04-13] Marcus

Is there nudist beaches in Thailand? Maybe islands?


[2015-03-01] zzMan

Phuket is great, beaches are not so good there. You'd better think about Phi Phi island. It's 2 hours by ferry from Phuket.


[2015-03-01] David

Hi! Cool! But what about Phuket? Can't find it...

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