There are beach holidays, and then there are beach holidays in Thailand. If you want nothing more than to devote yourself to some serious sun worshipping, then you could be disappointed, but only because no matter which resort you choose, there's always the promise of much, much more.
Thai beaches, such as those of Phuket and Krabi are world famous, and little wonder. The term 'island paradise' is bandied around a lot when it comes to destinations, but when nature plays a hand like this, it seems to be the only description that fits. From the luxurious sands to the inviting ocean waters and the stunning scenery that frames it all, you'll find coastal Thailand irresistibly perfect and with a surprise around every corner.
The beauty of a Thai beach holiday is the sheer variety on offer, and with a regular and affordable network of internal flights, getting around to mix things up a little isn't a problem. When you've had your fill of diving and watching the local marine life, you can jet off to a quiet corner and relax under a palm tree, or find the perfect beach bar to enjoy a cocktail or two as the sun goes down.
Phuket and Krabi are just two of the highlights of the west coast, sophisticated and modern beach resorts with a fine tradition of hospitality. Phuket boasts the stunning Phang Nga Bay and the shady escape of jungle walks, whilst Krabi enjoys the awesome rock formations that tower above you as you swim.
The east coast has equally desirable destinations. The islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan have been joined by Koh Tao as a popular lure for sunseekers, whilst the mangrove swamp of
Koh Chang offers a verdant getaway for the more reclusive.
Hua Hin is another beach highlight. A coastal town with winding streets, you can really lose yourself as you watch the brightly lit fishing boats on the Gulf of Thailand. It's the oldest beach resort in the country, and its tradition of providing a haven to those who seek it remains irresistible to this day.
A much more lively affair are the beaches at Pattaya, a sandy playground on the east coast with all the facilities of a big city coupled with the most enjoyable aspects of beach life. Pattaya exudes a sense of fun and is arguably the most cosmopolitan place in the country next to Bangkok.
Thailand has literally thousands of miles of beaches, and of every conceivable variety. Whether you want somewhere packed and lively to party, remote and tranquil to reflect, the chance to go island hopping, or just to lie undisturbed and soak up the sun, there's a beach for everyone.
Dramatic cliffs, solitary hammocks hanging between palm trees, curious tropical fish that swim up to you in the crystal waters, ancient caves... there's never just sun and sand to enjoy, there's a whole new world to marvel at.
MUST SEE BEACH RESORTS:
Krabi , Phuket , Hua Hin , Cha Am , Pattaya , Koh Phangan , Koh Samui , Trang , Koh Lanta ,
Khao Lak , Koh Tao , Koh Chang