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Five Best Beach Destinations in Thailand for a Luxury Stay

You can enjoy a fantastic vacation in any of these destinations in Thailand. Whether you’re interested in one of the luxury resorts in Pattaya, Phuket, Ao Nang and Hua Hin, or a rustic beach bungalow in Koh Kao Yai, start planning your tropical getaway today!

If you are planning a luxury stay in Thailand, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to locations. From tropical island hideaways to bustling coastal towns, there truly is something for everyone here. To help you decide exactly where you’re going to stay, we’ve put together a short guide to 5 of the best beach destinations in the country.

Whether you prefer a bustling beach town where you can break up your tan time with trips to high-end shopping malls and fine restaurants or a quiet seaside village in a secluded location, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our listing .

1. Koh Yao Noi – A small island located halfway between Phuket and Krabi in the Andaman Sea, Koh Yao Noi is the ideal destination for those seeking peace and relaxation in a beautiful tropical location. Whether you spend the day exploring the rice paddies inside the islands or lounging on one of the beautiful sandy beaches, you are sure to go to bed with a smile on your face every night you stay on this island. Accommodation options on Koh Yao Noi range from rustic beach bungalows and treetop villas to 5-star beachfront resorts with luxurious suites.

2. Hua Hin – This is a more traditional beach destination that has been popular with Thais and overseas visitors for many years. The wide sandy beach which slopes very gently into the calm waters of the gulf is perfect for families with young children and with a plethora of world class courses in the area it is also ideal for golf enthusiasts. Just 2.5 hours by road from Bangkok, Hua Hin is the ideal seaside destination to accompany a city break to discover the Thai capital. Renowned hotels and wellness centers are dotted around the area, providing plenty of luxury accommodation options.

3. Pattaya – A bustling coastal town across the Gulf of Thailand in Hua Hin, what was once a small fishing village is now one of the country’s top beach destinations. Whether you want to spend every day working on your tan, shopping at high-end outlets, or learning to water ski and sail, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. There are also plenty of accommodation options, with many luxury resorts in Pattaya catering to international travelers from all over the world.

4. Phuket – The island of Phuket is considerably larger than the first destination on our list and is more popular with those looking for a fun vacation that includes plenty of activities and a wide variety of nightlife spots. However, if you want to relax in a tranquil environment by the sea, there are places in Phuket where you can do that too. You’ll find everything from palm-lined tropical beaches to high-rise buildings and bustling shopping malls on this island. As you’d expect, there’s a huge choice of accommodation in Phuket, ranging from cheap but comfortable guesthouses to some of Thailand’s most upscale resorts.

5. Ao Nang – Located in Krabi Province, Ao Nang is one of Thailand’s most scenic beach destinations. However, if you are looking for peace and quiet, you are unlikely to find the local beach here, especially in high season. It’s more of a destination for those who like an active holiday, with plenty of water sports on offer, as well as rock climbing and jungle ziplines for the more adventurous. You will find beautiful luxury hotels in the area, as well as plenty of cheaper accommodation.

You can enjoy a fantastic vacation in any of these destinations in Thailand. Whether you’re interested in one of the luxury resorts in Pattaya, Phuket, Ao Nang and Hua Hin, or a rustic beach bungalow in Koh Kao Yai, start planning your tropical getaway today!

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