Best Beaches in Thailand
PHOTO: Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Thailand courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
Doing research on the best beaches in the world is hard work. Actually, who am I kidding?! While the majority of Americans are still trying to thaw through a bitterly cold and shockingly precipitous winter, I have been looking through videos and other footage of pristine white sands, see-through aquamarine water and flawless resorts & spas to figure out which destinations I will be traveling to in order to complete my “research.” St. Barths. St. Lucia. Dominican Republic. Greece. Italy. Anything in the Indian Ocean. And Thailand.
It’s going to be “tough” to narrow down this list to the top five but here are some great locations in Thailand to consider for my next television segment, May 11th, on ABC.
Koh Samui, Thailand
One of Thailand’s favorite island getaways, Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand just south of Koh Phang Ngan. Bordered by nodding coconut trees to one side and lapped by the beautiful gulf to the other, they are just the kinds of beaches one would dream of.
The Four Seasons Koh Samui offers island perfection with a private hillside luxury villa, shaded by coconut groves and overlooking the mystical Gulf of Siam, with all the fabulous details and service the Four Seasons is known for.
PHOTO: Aleenta Phuket Phang-Nga courtesy of Aleenta Phuket Phang-Nga
Phang Nga, Thailand
Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa in Phang Nga is just 20 minutes north of the Phuket International Airport. Located on the sunset side of the Andaman Sea and the pristine Natai Beach, This luxury property is a short distance away from the Blue Canyon Golf Course and the picturesque Phang Nga Bay.
Roll out of bed and take a few steps to a postcard perfect setting right on the sand. If the spotless sun-and-sand gets to be too much, there are plenty of activities as well as a brand new Ayurah Wellness Centre offering a range of fantastic treatments.
PHOTO: Sunsuir Phuket courtesy of Sunsuri Phuket
Sunsuri Phuket on Nai Harn Beach
Located on the breathtaking southern tip of Phuket, the thin soft sand and clear blue water of Nai Harn Beach is tucked between grassy hills and tiny islands. More laid back than west coast touristy spots, the beach has all the food, hotels and shops travelers need for a peaceful day.
Stay at the Sunsuri Phuket, positioned just a few meters away from the shore offering impressive vistas of the Andaman Sea, a scenic lake, a Buddhist monastery and forested hills beyond. Then, for a great snorkeling spot, take the dirt road from The Royal Phuket Yacht Club’s parking lot to the tiny beach of Ao Sane.
PHOTO: Railay Bay Resort courtesy of Railay Bay Resort
Isolated from the mainland, the peninsula of Railay is surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, lush jungle and twisted rock and cliffs; thus, Railay Beach has a desert island feel. Accessible only by boat, this beach contains just enough activities for the most adventurous while also allowing those who want to relax to do just that.
Stay at Railay Bay Resort with newly renovated rooms and suites overlooking the pristine ocean and the white sand beach. The resort is set in lush gardens with plenty of coconut trees and tropical fauna placed between the bungalows and walkways.