Discover 6 gorgeous beaches in Koh Samui, Krabi & Trang
Thailand has many stunning tropical beaches and it is quite a task to pick the right one to experience. Explore our top 6 beaches in Thailand:
KOH SAMUI (1 HOUR FLIGHT FROM BANGKOK)
Ko Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. It's known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, plus luxury resorts and posh spas. Best Time to Visit Koh Samui: Late December to April has great weather, little rain, and lots of sun. From May to September there's still plenty of sun but you will get some rain – usually brief showers in the afternoon or night.
1. CHAWENG BEACH ON KOH SAMUI
Koh Samui's busiest and biggest town has sprung up around one of the island's best beaches. Chaweng Beach is Koh Samui's most popular stretch of powdery white sand. The wide bay has been the focal point for the development of the island's tourism industry and the majestic five-kilometre long crescent is bordered by rocky headlands on either end, with an offshore reef and the tiny island of Koh Matlam to the north.
2. LAMAI BEACH ON KOH SAMUI
Lamai is Samui's second largest resort town after Chaweng. Lamai beach itself is lovely – a stunning crescent of palm-fringed powdery white sand that's perfect for whiling away the day sunbathing, and a deep central stretch of water great for swimming and water sports. Large granite boulder rocks are the landmarks of Lamai Beach. The most famous of them are Hin Ta and Hin Yai, located at the southern end of the beach.
SLEEP AT BAAN HIN SAI RESORT
Baan Hin Sai Resort, Koh Samui is situated close to Samui View point between Chaweng and Lamai, two well-known beaches of Koh Samui. This spectacular setting makes Baan Hin Sai a favourite spot for a private getaway though not so far from the island center. Travel distance is just 20 minutes from Samui airport and 15 minutes to Chaweng area.
SLEEP AT BURI RASA VILLAGE KOH SAMUI
Buri Rasa Village Samui is a true oasis in the heart of Chaweng. Its enchanting traditional southern Thai dwellings spread amidst a ‘Garden of Eden.’ Find the echoes of halcyon days in this 4-star luxury Boutique resort on the paradise island of Koh Samui.
SLEEP AT CENTARA VILLAS SAMUI
On the southern tip of Samui Island and 10 minutes away from popular Lamai Beach is Centara Villas Samui, an exotic all-villas resort that is perfect for a first-class hideaway. Nestled in a tropical environment the resort offers 102 villas that seamlessly blend into their verdant environment and cascade down a gentle hillside to the resort’s private beach.
SLEEP AT CODE SAMUI
Code Samui is located on the north of the island's tropical palm fringed coast and just minutes from Samui's picture perfect shores of Bang Por Beach. Code Samui is an architecturally driven and simply gorgeous resort of just forty oversized and beautifully furnished suites, all with absolutely amazing ocean views. It is the perfect destination for style savvy discerning guests who appreciate stunning design and exceptional levels of service in a relaxed and chilled out atmosphere.
SLEEP AT KUPU KUPU PHANGAN
Kupu Kupu Phangan is a stylish retreat designed to take the island holiday experience to the next level. It celebrates the healthy attributes of the tropics with a collection of 35 villas and 5 suites designed to unite Thai artistry with modern comforts and conveniences. The resort is a place to be at one with nature in a restful setting by the sea.
SLEEP AT LANNA SAMUI
Lanna Samui is located in the heart of Bangrak on the palm fringed island of Koh Samui. It is perfectly positioned, just minutes from Bangrak Beach, the Fisherman's Village and Chaweng. Lanna Samui is an architecturally driven and simply gorgeous resort with contemporary bespoke furnished suites and 5-star service.
SLEEP AT UPNI DUNIYA
Upni Duniya is an exquisite beachfront villa and event space perched on a tranquil stretch of golden beach on the North East coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. As you step through the ornate teak doors and walk through the tropical water gardens, you are welcomed into a world of serenity and exquisite luxury. With 14 full-time staff you are guaranteed a level of service which is second to none. At Upni Duniya you can be assured of an unforgettable experience where all you have to do is relax.
SLEEP AT VILLA KALYANA
With 26 bedrooms, fabulous Villa Kalyana is the largest private beach-front villa in Southeast Asia, making it an unrivaled venue for weddings or events on Koh Samui. This gorgeous Samui South Beach hideaway, set on the secluded white sand beach in Laem Sor, boasts first-class facilities and a professional in-villa team ready to make your wedding an outstanding celebration.
EAT AT THE FULL MOON RESTAURANT
The Full Moon kitchen is headed by South African Executive Chef David Eldridge. With Mother Nature as muse, he and his team present the highest quality organic and free-range produce. Dine on the bounty of land and sea al fresco and overlooking Bophut Bay. Pair each dish with recommendations from the Wine Guru.
EAT AT THE TENT RESTAURANT
The Tent is a stunning open-air beachfront Thai restaurant which features a selection of fresh seafood, western dishes and traditional Thai food favourites. SALA Samui Chaweng beach resort lets you dine in the intimate indoor dining room, covered outdoor dining decks and the romantic private gazebos. Or better yet, private dining on the beach, while the Thai kitchen and staff serve you under the stars.
PLAY AT SILAROM SPA
At the heart of Baan Hin Sai Resort and Spa, a natural spa constructed in the rock outcrop. Guests receive their spa treatment in an open pavilion on top of a cliff with a full view of the ocean and blue sky. The sauna rooms also offer outstanding views of the cliff and sea. The most special treatment is the authentic royal court massage offered at the spa and as an air-conditioned room service.
KRABI (1 HOUR 15 MIN FLIGHT FROM BANGKOK)
Krabi, on southern Thailand’s west coast, is a province characterized by craggy, sheer limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests, and more than a hundred offshore islands. The best time to visit Krabi is between November and March, which is also the peak tourist season. June to October Krabi experiences heavy rainfall and is therefore not frequented by too many tourists.
1. TONSAI & RAILAY BEACH IN KRABI
Tonsai & Railay Beach is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand! You should certainly add these beaches to your travel itinerary. There are plenty of things that you can do once you arrive in this magical destination or just relax and admire the stunning limestone cliffs that encircle the beach.
2. PHRA NANG BEACH IN KRABI
Krabi has yet another fascinating beach that tourists, as well as the locals, ardently love. Flanked by two majestic cliffs this beach is one of the most breathtaking places that you will see in the country. Those who visit this beach can also look forward to adventurous times as rock climbing lessons are offered. You can also rent a sea kayak and explore the majestic beauty of the great blue oceans.
SLEEP AT AMANTRA RESORT & SPA
Ko Lanta is one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, located just off the coast of Krabi. Its long coastline has nearly a dozen beaches, some considered the finest in the country, and each one with its own charm and atmosphere. Amantra Resort & Spa is located on the beach in Ko Lanta. It offers modern accommodation with an outdoor pool and stunning sea views. A 20-minute drive from Koh Lanta National Park, the resort provides a kid's club, a bar and a beachfront restaurant.
SLEEP AT ANANTA BURIN RESORT
Ananta Burin Resort is located on Ao Nang Beach, Krabi. Only ten minutes walk, you can enjoy your day on Ao Nang Beach amidst the white sandy islets, coral reefs, rock formations, limestone caves and clear waters of the Andaman Sea.
SLEEP AT AONANG PHU PETRA RESORT
Aonang Phu Petra Resort is 4 star boutique resort to be discovered lying with a panoramic mountain view on Aonang Beach in Krabi. The resort is decorated in contemporary Thai style and all the 25 spacious villas are located by the swimming pool or on the hill. The rooms feature classic dark wood furnishings and spacious balconies. Each has a cable/satellite TV and coffee-making facilities.
SLEEP AT CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT KRABI
Laid-back and naturally beautiful, Krabi offers some of Thailand’s most striking scenery, where verdant interiors meet turquoise waters, and where nature trails and limestone islands form natural attractions abound. Nestled within its own bay, with stunning views and an ambience of understated luxury, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi invites you to get away from it all. Accessible by boat only, the resort offers you an abundance of opportunities to relax and explore.
SLEEP AT PANAN KRABI RESORT
Panan Krabi Resort is located on the most popular stretch of Ao Nang, just a stroll away from the sands and turquoise waters and its vibrant streets with lots of shops, cafes, restaurants. Panan Krabi Resort offers 199 elegantly appointed and tastefully furnished accommodations. Luxurious and spacious rooms with private balconies, pool access rooms, private outdoor whirlpools, private rooftop terraces and more.
SLEEP AT RED GINGER CHIC RESORT
Red Ginger Chic Resort is an inspiration for the senses. Red hot in stylish modernity and conveniences balanced with a cool chic ambience, the perfect holiday abode offering magnificent views of Nopparat Thara National Park. With only 63 rooms and one restaurant serving international and Thai cuisines, this beautiful resort has a very exclusive and personal feel. There is a freshwater pool and pool bar plus alfresco fitness facility, while the beach is but a short stroll away.
SLEEP AT RIVER FRONT HOTEL
River Front Krabi Hotel features air-conditioned accommodation in Krabi town. The property features an outdoor pool, garden and terrace. The nearest airport is Krabi Airport, 8 km from River Front Krabi Hotel. An American breakfast is served daily at the property.
SLEEP AT WINGS BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Featuring free WiFi, a tour desk and a restaurant, The Wings Boutique Hotels is located in Ko Lanta, about 0.7 miles from Klong Kong Beach and 1.6 miles from Klong Nin Beach. This property offers air-conditioned rooms with pleasant sea views.
SLEEP AT ZEAVOLA RESORT
Zeavola Resort, a sustainable Phi Phi Island luxury resort with an air of rustic romance, located on the tranquil white sand Laem Tong Beach. The barefoot luxury experience at this Phi Phi Island hotel allows you to unplug and reconnect with yourself amidst spectacular tropical beauty.
EAT AT THE LAST FISHERMAN
The Last Fisherman bar and restaurant is the last in a row of beachfront businesses flanking the Ao Nang beach walking street. You’ll enjoy the walk beside the water, with twinkling lights in the evening and music drifting to your ears. The Last Fisherman bar and restaurant in Ao Nang has a large beachside dining area covered by trees bursting with greenery. Enjoy the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore as you dine on their delicious food.
PLAY AT BLANCO BOAT PARTY
Welcome to Blanco Boat Party. When it comes to Phi Phi Island tours they have Koh Phi Phi's original and best. Explore and see the most of Phi Phi and the surrounding islands with Blanco Boat Party.
PLAY AT KRABI SUNSET CRUISES
Join Krabi Sunset Cruises for a unique day out on the crystal clear waters of the Andaman. Sail by wooden Siamese Junk out to the 5 islands - Poda, Tup, Si, Ta Ming, Wasam & Gai where you will spend the afternoon swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding islands. At sunset you will have a mouth watering Thai Buffet and end the day swimming in the bioluminescent waters next to Pranang Beach.
PLAY AT THALASSA TOURS
Tours in small groups on the land or sea to discover the beautiful region of Thailand with Thalassa Tours. Their small groups of 15 to 17 people maximum, make their cruises a more hands on experience with their customers. Offering experienced local guides with the official certifications to provide the maximum security and guarantee. They choose the best beaches, at the right times for you to enjoy the beaches of Krabi without crowds.
TRANG (1 1/2 HOUR FLIGHT FROM BANGKOK)
Trang is a province in southern Thailand on the coast of the Andaman Sea. The mainland coast is a stretch of rugged limestone cliffs, mangrove-lined beaches and remote caves. The best time to visit Trang is from November to March. The months of April to June are extremely hot and travelling can be undesirable, and the months of July to October experience heavy rainfall.
1. KOH KRADAN IN TRANG
Koh Kradan is a wonderful beach that can be visited whilst travelling in Trang. The waters that gently ripple upon the pristine shores here are crystal clear. You will quite often see fish in the waters very clearly too! When the tide is low, you will even get the chance to walk up to the coral reefs. There are lots of great hotels and resorts in the area offering the epitome of comfort and opulence to all.
2. KOH LIBONG IN TRANG
If you are yearning to escape the noisy crowds and lose yourself in the magical splendour of a quiet island, you should certainly consider visiting the enchanting Koh Libong beach in Trang.
SLEEP AT KALUMÈ ECO BOUTIQUE RESORT
The Kalumè Eco Boutique Resort is located on the beautiful island Koh Kradan directly on the beach. The wooden bungalows and villas are built with respect to nature and are immersed in a tropical garden overlooking the sea, they are equipped with fans, mosquito nets, large bathroom and private balcony.
SLEEP AT KOH MOOK GARDEN BEACH RESORT
Ko Mook island is located about 4 km from the mainland in Trang. Ko Mook Garden Beach Resort offers a variety of affordable rooms, all with views. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and free beachside WiFi. Laundry services are also available.
SLEEP AT KOH MOOK SIVALAI BEACH RESORT
Your dream holiday awaits you at the exotic Sivalai Beach Resort set on a stunning cape of palm fringed white sand at tranquil Koh Mook. The pristine beaches and clear turquoise waters rich in marine life are visible from both sides of the resort surrounding guests in awe-inspiring natural beauty. This gorgeous getaway island just off the Trang coastline in Southern Thailand has all the ingredients for a back to nature experience with the peace of mind of modern day comforts at Sivalai Beach Resort.
SLEEP AT REEF RESORT KRADAN
The Reef Resort in Koh Kradan Thailand is a corner of paradise and with 18 luxury beachfront and sea view rooms will allow you to enjoy the crystal emerald Andaman Sea and the lush tropical gardens.
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