12 Jul Thailand’s Top Beaches
Tripadvisor names Thailand’s Top Beaches.
When dreaming of the ultimate seaside holiday, selecting which palm-fringed beach is best suited to you can be tricky. Many tick the warm waters, white sand, private and protected boxes, but which will give you the edge.
Trip Advisor recently released their ‘25 Best Beaches in Asia 2017’ list and included five Thai beaches among them. Nai Han Beach, Kata Noi Beach and Freedom Beach at Patong, Phuket were listed as 4th, 8th and 11th, while Phra Nang Cave Beach and Railay Beach in Krabi took 7th and 14th place.
“The best accolade that Thailand’s beaches have, is that so many holidaymakers return to them year after year, knowing that they’ll find peace and beauty, as well as warm seas and swaying palms that make for picture-postcard memories’ said Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
Take a closer look at them to help with your planning; after all, the people have spoken.
Nai Han Beach, Phuket
Nai Harn is increasingly one of the island’s more popular destinations with users recommending it for the pristine waters, colourful fish and unspoiled conditions. A further allure is that it is encompassed on both sides by jungle-covered mountains, making for a wilderness sensation. There’s a large freshwater lagoon inland to swim in too and somehow it is never over crowded, not even in high season.
Once a secret spot known only to locals, the small bay is now home to a few hotels, restaurants and shops. The Royal Phuket Yacht Club is found nearby, making it a popular anchorage for boats during the high season. A nearby sandy cove makes for excellent snorkelling and scuba diving, and the local bar a perfect place for a sundowner at the end of the day.
Kata Noi Beach, Phuket
Kata Noi Beach is a beautiful little sandy bay and just perfect for those who’d like some distance from the lively Kata Beach and crowds of tourist. With an inviting wide strip of white sand and incredibly clear blue waters, as an out of the way location it is remains relatively quiet. Actually, unless you know about it, you would probably miss it.
Besides the beach there are two resorts, an obligatory resident tailor, convenience store, massage parlor and a couple of bars to meet at the end of a sun-kissed day. The northern side of the beach is a popular spot among surfers who get some decent waves to learn and practice on.
Freedom Beach, Phuket
A low-key spot, Freedom Beach is an exclusive gem on Phuket’s west coast with a 300m-long strip of bleached sand and is set in a bay dotted with granite rocks and surrounded by hills covered in dense jungle. Essentially, Freedom Beach’s exclusivity comes from its rather difficult accessibility, although things are getting a bit better nowadays.
Apart from time relaxing on the beach, you could join other holidaymakers for some beach soccer or volleyball, while the snorkeling in the shallow waters at both ends of the beach brings to life the extensive underwater fauna and flora. There are no jet-skis or other noisy marine leisure activities at Freedom Beach; the only engines you may hear are those of the long-tail boats bringing and taking away visitors.
Phra Nang Cave Beach, Krabi
Phra Nang Beach is the 450m long tiny southern strip of sand in Railay Bay that is reachable by 20 minute long-tail boat trip directly from Ao Nang, or by foot from Railay East, if you are already on the peninsula.
With silky soft sand, clear shallow water for safe swimming, two small islands namely Koh Rang Nok and Nai, a coral reef and caves to explore, Phra Nang has all the makings of a perfect beach set against a backdrop of picturesque limestone cliffs that provide natural shade from the hot afternoon sun, and offer rock climbers one of the most impressive sites for this thrilling activity in Krabi Province.
At the bottom of the limestone cliffs lies the Princess Cave or Tham Phra Nang Nok, dedicated to an ancient fertility goddess, the cave contains an eccentric combination of large phallic symbols, garlands and offerings placed there in the hope of increased potency and prosperity.
Accessible only from the sea, Railay’s four beaches Tonsai, Railay West, Railay East and Phra Nang are situated between impressive towering limestone cliffs. Railay West is one of the Thailand’s most impressive, moody and beautiful beaches and is incredible at any time of day. It’s possible to walk between the beaches to get a taste of each, either along the shore or through the jungle.
Accesible only by boat, Railay offers a sense of castaway living, removing from the mainland. Accommodation ranges from bungalows and medium-priced resorts in East Railay to a collection of luxury resorts focused on West Railay, with a collection of shops and restaurants off the East Railay boardwalk.
Isolated from the mainland, the peninsula of Railay is surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, lush jungle, and twisted rock. It contains enough activities for the most adventurous while allowing those who just want to soak up paradise, the opportunity to do just that.