Destin-Nation Thailand: Best Beaches in the World?



It isn't easy picking Thailand's special beaches. First, its been done before. Second, the whole damn coast is a best beaches highlight reel. So here's at least some cream of a bumper crop, to be squabbled and huzzahed over.

Bangkok's Suvarnbhumi International Airport is a major Asian hub and budget carriers like AirAsia have made travel to Thailand from cities in the region, notably Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and as far afield as England significantly easier in recent years.

Tourism is also a big business in Thailand, which means that there are always plenty of transport options. Of course this also means that it takes some strategizing to avoid crowds. The extra effort involved in getting to some of the Kingdom's more out of the way coves does pay dividends: Savvy travelers can find themselves suddenly alone in a tropical dreamscape.

With special thanks to travel expert Jodi Ettenberg for her guidance, we present a few pieces of paradise.

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it is so popular and phenomenal beach and we can relax there.

June 07 2011 at 2:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Matt Bailey

Yeah, this is a poor article. Maya beach is a boat ride from Koh Phi Phi with no accommodation, looks the same today, and is a difficult beach to navigate out into the water as your toes will be hitting rocks all the time. Beautiful but you can only visit for an hour or two.

$180-$250 for accommodation? $20 was the most I ever paid for accommodation in this area.

You must be crazy to spend that kind of dough.

None of my members of ( would pay that!

April 06 2013 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Exception: Ao Phang Nga Marine Park

June 07 2011 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WOW, just wow!

The writer knows nothing about the Thai Andaman. Honestly, nothing. This is not an 'expert' view on the Thai Andaman. It is a quick jumble of thoughts crappy photos by a first time tourist.

She has simply selected the most popular places, added some really awful photos and got this sweet spot on HP. How did that happen?

All of these picks bare none, I would not pay to step foot on - and haven't. That is correct, other than Lanta and Hadd Rinn, I have not visited any of these spots. Why? Because heavy duty tourism had ruined them decades ago. That is to say, the ones that were not below standard already.

Ko Lanta along with Pha Ngan's Hadd Rinn must be two of the worst choices one could ever make. Noise, scams, overpriced bungalows (US70 are you joking!), fuel in the water, tourists EVERYWHERE, bad (expensive) food, theft, jet ski's...

I have lived in Asia 17 years, Thailand has been home or at least base for much of this time. I have been camping the Thai Andaman for years and hold the longest stay of any foreigner on island two islands and one of two handfuls of annual long-stay campers on a third/forth. Next year I may very well have the longest cumulative stay on Ko Tarutao as well. I spent two and one half months camping on islands in the Thai Andaman last year alone - and the season was cut short by rain and a trip to Nepal.

I can say with this understanding of the region - not one of these recommendations would be mine.

Hope no one paid you for this.

June 06 2011 at 10:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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well - then where would you recommend???? Would love to hear an insider's view

April 27 2012 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Going to Thailand's beaches are fantastic. Be aware though that elections are upcoming and it is hard to tell what is going to happen in Thailand during these elections. I have lived here for over 10 years and I can tell you that the Thai people are pretty laid back and peaceful. I would just avoid areas where there is any demonstrations happening though.
Also I would come prepared with everything you need so you can have a great time. I suggest when you step off the plane to have a little Thai money, an international sim card for cheap calls a good phrasebook and some maps.
You can get them all sent to you before you leave home and have them with you when you arrive. Go to

June 06 2011 at 2:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edwina Rehn

its a nice beach and i ts only a place when we relax.

June 05 2011 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For guzismon!
Don't lead on like all people in the Phillies speak english. NOT TRUE. They don't understand you any better than you do them. Most don't go to school past the sixth grade! Most of what they say in english is!"Okee Mun!" You have to do a lot of PANTOMINE to get your request over to them, that is if you aren't in a hotel or resort that is ran by american's. Usually it saves time to just walk off. If it has anything concerning MONEY they try to speak better english They also like to play games with you on their language!
You must have not traveled any futher than the beach areas.

June 05 2011 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Been there many times,great beaches !!!

June 05 2011 at 1:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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June 05 2011 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diana Figueroa

Next stop.... Phuket!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 05 2011 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These are the most breath-taking beaches I have ever seen!

June 04 2011 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply