Patang Beach

While there are probably not enough years in a lifetime to explore all the beaches in Thailand, the Land of Smiles, it is possible to gain air miles just flying from the east coast to the west coast to experience the different lifestyles and activities afforded by its beaches.

Featuring miles of white sand and warm water, Patang Beach at Phuket is a popular mecca for young adults. A scooter comes in handy since a road separates the beach area from the shops, eateries, and entertainments venues located in Jung Ceylon Mall. At strategic points along the beach, kiosks offer beer, water, and exotic juices in addition to scooter rentals. In addition to being an ideal spot for kayaking and paragliding, one activity not-to-be-skipped is taking a banana boat ride.

Less crowded and accessible only by boat, Railey Beach at Krabi offers a remote desert island atmosphere. While many guests enjoy kayaking and snorkeling, the most popular activity is rock climbing its ancient limestone formations. Qualified guides and coaches are on hand to render assistance ranging from beginner climbing lessons to offering tips to experienced climbers. There are no cars or motorized bikes permitted around this three-beach area.