Eldorado of the Westerners for a dream holiday, Thailand rhymes with meditation, fitness, heavenly beaches and tropical forests. A member of the Asian Tigers, its economy is mainly based on tourism. While most visitors come to discover Bangkok's euphoria, they also seek tranquility. Far from the capital and its buildings, Thailand allows everyone to thirst for idleness. Flourishing nature, breathtaking reefs and above all beaches as far as the eye can see! From Phuket to Ko Phi Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, Thailand is full of islands that, once explored, reveal idyllic little corners. Whether you are a party lover or a nature lover, there is something for everyone. To help you, a brief overview of Thailand's must-see beaches.
Authentic Koh Yao Noi
In the heart of Phang Nga Bay, the island of Koh Yao Noi is still unknown and represents a peaceful place, not transformed by man. Despite its proximity to Phuket, it has remained authentic. A simplicity that earned him the nickname of one of the "last virgin islands of Thailand" by the newspaper The Guardian. In fact, the beaches of Koh Yao Noi are similar to those of Phuket 20 years ago. If the sand is not the whitest and finest of who can be found on the other beaches, the scenery alone is worth a visit. At low tide, the sand leaves and gives way to mangrove sand and rockery. The most beautiful beaches are to the west of the island. To reach them, climb on a bike or motorcycle and enjoy the panoramic view of the Andaman Sea.
Phuket, Thai Ibiza
If you are looking for a hectic and festive atmosphere, head for Phuket and Patong Beach, the longest and most lively beach on the island. On more than 4 km of white sand, there are bungalows, hotels, street vendors of all kinds, pubs and discos. Patong shines day and night. She is enthusiastic about the latest water sports in fashion. A real show that continues to attract thousands of visitors. But for nature lovers, it is at the first rays of sunshine, or at sunset, that Patong reveals his most beautiful assets. The bay changes colours, the water keeps its translucent turquoise blue.
The isolated from Koh Lipe
On the border of Malaysia, in the far south of Thailand, is the island of Koh Lipe and its mythical beaches. Here, everything is nothing but tranquility, beauty and calmness. Very isolated, it takes time to get there and juggle between plane, minibus and boat. If it takes courage to find it, once there, it is worth the effort. In Koh Lipe, no distributors, no stores, no cars. These 4 km² are covered with turquoise water and fine sand. Such pure beauty that Koh Lipe has been named "The Perfect Beach" according to the National Geographic Traveler's "Best Of the World 2012" list
Mythical Koh Lanta
Place of survival of the first adventurers of the Koh Lanta show, the island, located in the Andaman Sea, holds alone the most beautiful beaches of Thailand. One of the main beaches: Klong Dao is famous for its deep water and shady areas. Phra Ae, also known as Long Beach, is one of the flagship beaches of Koh Lanta, judged to be one of the most unusual beaches in the world. Much further south of the island, towards Klong Nin and its breathtaking scenery. A mixture of white sand and blue, overlooked by mountains and lush forest. Not to be missed: the umbrella tree of Koh Lanta Bay Toey
Kata, surfers' paradise
It is, after Patong Beach, the most popular beach in Phuket. Separated from Karon by the rocky headland of Cape Sai-Laem Sai, Kata beach is divided in two. Kata Yai, the most important and touristic with Club Med in its centre, and Kata Noi the smallest. Less frequented than Patong, Kata Beach is known for its excellent restaurants and nightlife. Extraordinary in high season, it also gets its notoriety from surfers who come to flirt with the waves. A competition, "The Pukhet Surfing Contest" is held there every year at the end of August
Mango Bay, divers' lair
It is the unbeatable crossing point for all visitors to Koh Tao (Turtle Island). Located in the very north of this island in the Gulf of Thailand, Mango Bay is a small paradise for beach and diving enthusiasts. Nicknamed Mango Bay because of the mango trees on the hills, it takes the form of a crescent. Its charms are numerous: a small beach of about ten meters, transparent waters with turquoise reflections, all surrounded by rocks. Its greatest asset is under the waters of the bay: the reefs are about 20 metres from the shore. Enough to admire a multitude of tropical fish before resting on the beach
Koh Tapu in the service of His Majesty
More locally known as Ko Tapu, which means the pin island, James Bond Beach obviously gets its notoriety from the famous agent 007. This decoration with its multiple rocky islands was used for the L'Homme au pistolet d'or section, released in 1974. Located in Phang Nga Bay, James Blond Island and its beach are only accessible by boat. The companies, omnipresent on the island, take visitors to discover the surrounding places and islands. Its most beautiful asset: its openings in the rocks, a kind of hidden cave. To admire the charms of Ko Tapu and Phang Nga Bay, it takes a day. Excursions and canoe rides are organised from Pukhet and Khao Lak
Railay, the rocky road
Not far from the cities of Krabi and Ao Nang, lies the pretty Railay peninsula and its heavenly beaches. Isolated by high limestone cliffs, Railay is only accessible by boat. To the west and east, the beaches invade the bay, sometimes separated by its famous cliffs, a real challenge for climbers. Its most famous beach, Railay Beach is also one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The others, especially Sunrise beach, seduce bathers with their turquoise waters, mangroves and rocky peaks that rise from the ocean. Something to relax after a climbing session. If the temptation to stay in Railay is too strong, hotels and heavenly swimming pools await you!
Ko Phi Phi Phi Don, life size
About forty kilometers from Krabi, between Phuket and Koh Lanta, Ko Phi Phi Phi is part of one of Thailand's most beautiful exotic destinations. The archipelago, composed of 6 islands, has Ko Phi Phi Phi Don and Kho Phi Phi Phi Leh as its core. These two main islands, linked together, are renowned for their white sandy beaches, lush vegetation, and cliffs plunging into the Andaman Sea. Those of Koh Phi Phi Phi Don, less frequented, are accessible by a short hike. An uninhabited national park, this island in the archipelago has many rocky coves, ideal for admiring the seabed. A luxuriant beauty that makes it one of the most famous spots on the planet. Its turquoise waters are inhabited by whales and sharks, visible by night diving
Maya Bay, hidden paradise
Not far from a rocky cove, southwest of Phi Phi Phi Leh Island, lies Maya Bay. If this beach is legendary today, it is thanks to the myth that surrounds its white sand: the story of a perfect beach, invisible to man, far from the hustle and bustle of cities like Bangkok. A kind of utopia that everyone talks about but that no one knows about. Does the story ring a bell? This is normal since it is the plot of Alex Garland's novel La Plage. Maya Bay was used to shoot Danny Boyle's film with Leonardo Di Caprio in the lead role. Today, Maya Bay retains its identity as an invisible beach, only accessible by boat, through a barrier in the rock. To avoid the flood of tourists, it is best to spend the night on a boat