With so many beautiful beaches, its difficult to decide where are the best beaches in Thailand. Beaches can be very crowded particularly in peak season and I’m always looking to find less touristy beaches in Thailand. The Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea both boast some of the best quiet beaches in Thailand. There still exist some untouched Thai islands where the sand is white, the water clear, lots of greenery around and not too crowded. I have been lucky enough to visit a lot of quiet islands in Thailand and here are my island reviews of the best quiet and beautiful beaches in Thailand.
Best Quiet Beach Destination in Thailand: Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta
This is definitely one of the quietest and less crowded beaches in Thailand, in the Andaman sea. It has a huge area of white sand, you can see your feet when standing in the sea and the jungle comes down to meet the sand meaning no big built up buildings or roads in the way. It is incredibly calm and when I was there in April time the beach had about five people on it. Koh Lanta is a much less touristy place than other islands and in off-peak season there are barely any people around. It is not a party island and not so many backpackers when compared with islands like Koh Phi Phi or Railay. Koh Lanta is one of the best quiet beaches in the South of Thailand.
How to get to Koh Lanta from Bangkok
Travel by plane to Krabi and then take a ferry. You can book a ferry using this website, and get discounts for more than one ticket.
Best Quiet Beach Resort: Where to stay in Koh Lanta
Stay at this amazing hotel, a slight walk up the hill but well worth it for the views of Kantiang Bay. It also has an infinity pool, spacious rooms with windows from ceiling to floor and a cheeky group of visiting monkeys!
Best Quiet Islands in Thailand: Main Beach, Koh Kradan
This is one of the best secret beaches in Thailand. It’s a tiny, mostly uninhabited island which has limited accommodation and is mostly a National Park. Most island hopping trips around the area of Koh Lanta stop here for a visit or lunch break. This means the beach can be busy with daytrippers but if you consider staying on Koh Kradan then you will have the beautiful beaches to yourselves! The main beach is stunning; white sand and crystal clear waters and the decent coral around here means that is a great snorkelling spot.
Best Quiet Beach Resort Koh Kradan: To avoid the day tripper crowds, consider staying at a resort like this one on Koh Kradan.
Top Quiet Beaches in Thailand: Koh Similan Islands
The Similan Islands are some of the most beautiful islands in Thailand that I visited in my 3.5 years of living there. They are extremely old and have smooth shaped rock formations as they used to be submerged underwater as coral reefs. While the snorkelling/diving here is not what it once was it is still worth a visit and the beaches are breath-taking. They have very white sand and transparent water and also some great viewpoints for photos.
Best Quiet Beach Tip: My best advice to avoid the day crowds is to camp overnight through the National Park service here.
Best quiet beach in Thailand: Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe
Another winner for the white sand and clear waters, head to Koh Lipe for one of Thailand’s most stunning islands. Unfortunately Lipe does have a battle with litter but the locals work hard to keep Sunrise Beach clear of litter to keep it the paradise beach it should be.
Best Quiet Beach Tip: In the evening, walk round to the very aptly named Sunset Beach for some of the best sunsets that I’ve seen in Thailand
Best Quiet Beach in the Gulf of Thailand: Bottle Beach, Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan is always the island I keep going back to. Mainly for the Full Moon Party but it has so much more to offer as well. One of my favourite beaches on this island it is only accessible by boat and so it is much quieter than other beaches around Koh Phangan. It has a few places for lunch time eating and it’s in a pretty white sand bay. Head here to avoid the crowds, especially around Full Moon time when the island fills up.
Best Quiet Beach in Thailand Tip: Get a group together to make the longtail boat ride cheaper
Where are your favourite beaches in Thailand? Future contenders are Koh Phayam, Koh Maak, Koh Kut…watch this space!
Top 5 Beach Essentials
- Sarong – ditch the heavy beach towel, I find I carry half the beach home with them and buy a quick-drying sarong that does the job just as fast. I love brightly coloured ones like this Amazon one Ayliss Sarong if you’re looking for gifts for travellers or wait until you are out here and head to a market
- Dry Bag – Keep your belongings safe from the sea, especially handy when getting it and off boats. Buy yours from Amazon hereDry Bag (Green, 5L)
- GoPro – so useful for all your holiday footage. I love the Gopro Hero 4 as you can take it diving down to depths of 40metres GoPro HERO4 BLACK
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