The best beaches in the islands of the Gulf of Thailand

Thailand is one of those countries you think of when asked about your dream vacation. It has an intoxicating and different culture to the one we are accustomed to. This, together with its incredible landscapes, temples, gastronomy, and routes, make Thailand the best option to escape and disconnect. Today we are going to talk about what (for me) are the best beaches in Thailand. Do you know any that have escaped us?

Hat Tha Nam in Koh Chang

We start on one of the first islands in the Gulf of Thailand that we find if we go from Bangkok. Called “elephant island” because of its morphology, it is the second largest island in Thailand, but not one of the best known. This is an incredible opportunity to get to know Hat Tha Nam, also known as Lonely Beach. A beach with lots of vegetation, warm waters and incredible opportunities to dive and discover the seabed.

Please note: this is a beach where 100% of the accommodation is for backpackers. For this reason and despite being a quiet island, it is possible that we find quite a lot of youthful movement at certain times of the year. If you visit the island as a family, we recommend White Sand Beach (or Had Sai Khao). There is more variety of accommodations for all tastes and prices.

Ao Pai in Koh Samet

Very close to Bangkok is the island of Koh Samet. This is a must if we have a few days in the capital. This is a small island that has more than 25 beautiful beaches to visit, but if we have to choose one, we stay with Ao Pai, a beach with white sand, quiet and lush vegetation behind them.

Shall we tell you a secret? If you want to see a beach 100% virgin, of which there are no hostels, hotels and only local people live … you can visit Ao Pra. How to get there? You can only do it walking from the neighboring beaches of Ao Suan Yai or Ao Kao on the island of Koh Mak.

Hat Thong Nai Pan Noi in Koh Phangan

We continue in the Gulf of Thailand to talk about one of the most beautiful and festive islands in the country. Koh Phangan is known for its famous moon parties “Full moon” and “half moon” party. But to the northwest of the island, we find Hat Thong Nai Pan Noi, a perfect beach to go with the family or simply to rest and enjoy the scenery. We won’t find a party on this beach, nor groups of backpackers looking for cheap bungalows, but beaches where you can disconnect and forget about the worldly noise.

If you still want to take a walk and see one of the islands in its most festive aspect, look at the calendar of the moon festivities and come by the beach of Hat Rin, south of the island. You might say you’ve been to one of the most famous and well-known parties in the world.

Koh Nang Yuan in Koh Tao

Koh Tao is one of the best-known islands in the Thai Gulf, especially for its cheap diving. On this island, you will find numerous clubs and diving centers to start, try a dive or for more professional divers. Near the island, there is a small islet which we can access by the typical Thai boats. We will find a small beach cover, in fact, has been chosen as the image of numerous promotional campaigns in Thailand.

Silver Beach in Koh Samui

We continue our route to reach Koh Samui, the most developed of the islands but not exempt from beaches that want to appear on this list Silver Beach is a small cove very close to another beach also highly recommended: Coral Beach. Both are what we could consider Thailand’s paradisiacal beaches, with almost white sands and turquoise blue waters.

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