Thailand is the land of golden sand and crystalline water. Coast to coast, the country’s beaches and islands are brimming with natural splendours and cosmopolitan energy – whether you like to party, relax, drink, or explore, you’ll find a beach suited to you.
Ko Phi Phi Don
There are six islands that make up the Phi Phi group, and Phi Phi Don is the largest.
Ko Phi Phi Don has no roads or cars. The only means of transport is by long tail boat or on foot, which only adds to the quirkiness of the place.
The island is a hotspot for day trippers but once the last boat leaves, solitude starts, and no one can stop you from finding a hammock and a frosty cocktail.
Take a boat trip to Maya Bay – this is where Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2000 hit movie The Beach was filmed. Despite the large amounts of tourists that land on this beach daily, it still remains a must-see.
Phi Phi viewpoint – Walk 20 to 40 minutes up a steep and not-so-steady path you will find a truly rewarding view set at an elevation of 186 metres. Get there for sunset and behold the gorgeous hourglass-shaped island in all its glory.
Railay Beach, Krabi
Technically part of Krabi’s mainland but isolated completely by stunning limestone cliffs, Railay Beach is a natural wonder accessible only by long tail boat.
This is the place to be if you love exploring. Adventurers from all over the world flock to Railay to scale the towering limestone, but if rock climbing isn’t your thing, the beach sand is just as warm and delicate as you’ll find. Along the beachfront, coconut vendors abound, and their supply is always ice-cold.
Watch the sunset – sunsets on Railay’s west beach are to die for. The mix of limestone cliffs, turquoise waters and white sand make this the perfect backdrop for a setting sun. Find one of the beach bars, grab a drink and a bean bag and watch the fading sun usher in a glorious Thai night.
Pranang Cave (Princess Cave) – This little cave tucked away on the beach is full of penis carvings. It promises to be weird and awkward and fantastically interesting. Fishermen and locals place the carvings here as a gift to the princess of the cave in exchange for prosperity.
Known still as one of the greenest and most unpopulated islands in Thailand. Apart from a few hotels and some international restaurants, this island is mostly untouched.
Hire a motorbike – The best way to discover Koh Lanta is by bike. There is a national park with small beaches and a great lookout spot.
The 4-island tour – This tour is not to be missed: snorkel the azure waters surrounded by hulking limestone outcroppings and visit the iconic emerald cave – you’ll swim through pitch darkness and come out the other side to reach a splendid beach cove.
Party goers from all over the world flock here for the notorious full moon parties. If partying isn’t your thing, head over to the north and east beaches on the island.
Full Moon Party – the ultimate beach party but not for the faint of heart. Prepare for a packed beach, and people covered in glow-in-the-dark body paint drinking from buckets. It happens during the full moon of every month but if you miss it there are half moon and quarter moon parties too. They’re easy to find, and if you’d prefer, easy to avoid.
Thai Cooking Class – Thai dishes are strong and aromatic – garlic, exotic pepper – and by themselves warrant a trip to Thailand. The Thai people have made a name for their food by bringing it to you, but the best of it is made at home. So take a Thai cooking class. Most cooking classes start with a trip to the local market to gather your ingredients and end with a delicious meal. And that’s not to mention the skills you’ll take home with you. Pay lots of attention.
Koh Samui is the second largest Thai island after Phuket. Chaweng beach is the most popular tourist beach in Koh Samui, known for its white beaches, watersports and nightlife. Its diverse range of accommodation and dining options attracts crowds of all ages.
Na Muang Waterfall – a set of two beautiful cascading waterfalls with natural pools at the base perfect for cooling off. There is an elephant safari camp nearby and most tours will make a stop there.
Ang Thong National Marine Park – this pristine group of 42 islands in the gulf of Thailand is a protected area of 100 square kilometres home to a vast lot of wildlife and sealife. Rent a kayak and go hunting for untouched beaches – it may not be terranova, but it’ll feel like it.
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