Thailand is renowned as a tropical holiday destination home to excellent surfing, swaying palm trees and pleasant water ideal for swimming and water activities. Thailand beaches also have a reputation for being some of the best in the world. Not only are they beautiful, but there are a huge number of Thailand beaches to choose from, making it difficult to decide which ones to visit during your holiday. We've compiled our pick of the top five Thailand beaches in the list below to help make your choice that little bit easier.
Lamai Beach, Koh Samui: Offering the best of both worlds, Lamai offers striking scenery, great swimming and a relaxing atmosphere as well as plenty of things to keep you entertained when you're done enjoying the beach. Not as busy as many of Samui's beaches, there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.
Nang Thong Beach, Khao Lak: A beach of many faces, Nang Thong offers stunning sunset strolls, fascinating shells and treasures to discover on the south end as well as excellent snorkelling. Parallel to the heart of Khao Lak, this popular beach enjoys easy access to shopping, dining, accommodation and nightlife.
Kata Beach, Phuket: Not far from Patong, the relaxed atmosphere of Kata is a welcome change. In the quiet you can enjoy shady palm trees, picturesque scenery and warm water. There is little modern development in sight so it's just you and Mother Nature. Surfing is at its best here during the low season when the waves intensify.
Patong Beach, Phuket: The largest and most popular of the Thailand beaches, Patong is famous for its pristine sands, warm water and vibrant atmosphere. The wide coastline is surrounded by a fantastic range of shopping, dining and accommodation so there's plenty to explore and as the lights go down at night, the party atmosphere of Patong really comes alive.
Railey Beach, Krabi: Despite being part of the mainland, Railey can only be accessed by boat and offers an intimate and secluded atmosphere. From the beach you can see the smaller outer lying islands and the crystal waters are surrounded by towering cliffs. Rock climbing, snorkelling, swimming and simply relaxing are the most popular activities on this uncrowded beach.