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Best Untouched Beaches on Islands in Thailand

With so many beaches in Thailand it makes it very challenging to decide which are the best ones. There are beautiful islands around Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket and the Gulf of Thailand too. However, for me there are a few untouched Thai islands where the sand is white, the water clear, lots of greenery around and not too crowded. I have in no way been to all of the beaches in Thailand but having visited over 13 inhabited islands and many more deserted ones, these are a round-up of 5 beaches which I think are the best quiet beaches in Thailand.

For the all my island summaries read this post to help you decide which island to visit…

Book your trains, buses and ferries here…discounts available for multiple tickets and trips!
Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta

This is definitely one of the prettiest beaches in Thailand. 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 much less touristy that some other islands and in off-peak season there are barely any people  around. You can book a ferry using this website, and get discounts for more than one ticket.

Best Quiet Beach Tip: Stay at this amazing accommodation, 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!

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Views of Kantiang Bay
Main Beach, Koh Kradan

This is one of the best secluded beaches. It’s a tiny 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. The main beach is stunning; white sand and crystal clear waters and the decent coral around offers some snorkelling potential here too.

Best Quiet Beach Tip: To avoid the day tripper crowds, consider staying at a resort on the island

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Island Hopping to Koh Kradan
Beaches on Koh Similan

The Similan Islands are some of the most beautiful islands I have ever visited in Thailand. 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.

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Quiet beaches – Koh Similan
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

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Enjoy beautiful beaches in Koh Lipe
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 Tip: Get a group together to make the longtail boat ride cheaper

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Beaches on Koh Phangan

Where are your favourite beaches in Thailand?  Future contenders are Koh Phayam, Koh Maak, Koh Kut…watch this space!

Top 5 Beach Essentials
  1. 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
  2. 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)
  3. 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

For the all my island summaries read this post to help you decide which island to visit..

Thailand Itinerary: One Week

So you’ve got one week in Thailand?  or even better :  8-10 days travel in Thailand?

Whether you’re a beach bum, a party animal, a culture vulture or an adventurer I’ve suggested an itinerary for you to make the most of your trip around Thailand. Even if you only have a week, I still think Thailand is worth the visit. Focus on a few main highlights to enjoy.

If you only have one week I suggest flying most places. The cost of travelling in Thailand for a week can be considerably cheaper if you use night buses and night trains to make the most of all your days and save on accommodation. You can book using this website here, if you have your trip mostly planned it’s great as you get discounts for each ticket you buy!

For flights I recommend comparing prices on skyscanner before booking. Air Asia, Nok air and Thai smile have some great value domestic flights.


1 week Thailand Itinerary for  BEACH BUMS

Focus on Southern Thailand if you have one week to visit Thailand’s beautiful beaches. Thailand has some of the best islands to spend a week relaxing and exploring:

Day 1

Head down to Krabi (fly or night bus) – spend 2 days in Railay, on the beach day 1, do a snorkelling tour day 2

Day 2 & 3 Boat to Koh Phi Phi, beach day and hike to viewpoint, party on Koh Phi Phi at night

Day 4 trip to Maya Bay to see ‘The Beach’ beach, snorkelling, watch the best fireshows in Thailand

Day 5  – Do a try dive/ island hopping trip

Day 6 fly back/night bus back to Bangkok

For the Ultimate Beach Bum: Read about the best islands in Thailand

1 week Thailand Itinerary for PARTY ANIMAL

Come to Thailand to party and enjoy the islands’ best nightlife?

Day 1 – take night bus/train to Koh Tao

Day 2 and 3 on Koh Tao

Day 4 and 5 Head to Koh Phangan, time with a Full Moon/Half Moon/Jungle Party. Make the most of the Full Moon Party with these tips and advice

Day 6 back to Bangkok

Day 7 explore Bangkok

For the top things to do in Bangkok

1 week Thailand Itinerary for CULTURE VULTURE

Experience some Thai culture and history and visit ancient temples, cities, and important historical sites:

Day 1 & 2 stay in Bangkok and spend time exploring

Day 3 & 4 Take train/minivan for 3 days in Kanchanaburi – visit waterfall, visit war museum, see bridge over the river kwai, visit an elephant sanctuary

Read more about Kanchanaburi on my post about Thailand’s Top National Parks

Day 5 –go to Ayutthaya the ancient capital in Thailand

Day 6 Take train/minivan from Ayutthaya back to Bangkok

 

1 week Thailand Itinerary for ADVENTURER

Thailand is for the adventurous and make the most of all the adventure and action:

Day 1 Spend time in Bangkok

Day 2 & 3 Take a minivan to Khao Yai National Park and go camping and jungle trekking

Day 4 & 5 Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai or take the night train and spend 3 days in Chiang Mai, ziplining, seeing elephants or any other adventure activities on my Chiang Mai list

Day 6 Fly/night train back to Bangkok

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Full Moon Party Tips

I feel like I’m not supposed to like the Full Moon Party. It’s a bunch of drunks ruining one of my favourite islands, Koh Phangan. I’m over 25, I live in Thailand and I prefer to avoid dirty backpacker places. Yet I’ve been to FIVE Full Moon Parties so far…

Check this website to check your Full Moon Party dates and plan your trip around a few days on Koh Phangan. One to party and the rest to recover. And explore the beauty of Koh Phangan.

Ultimately, the Full Moon Party is a giant party on a beach, attracting up to 30,000 people! So enjoy and stay safe using my tips!

  1. Do stay till sunrise
  2. Do wear shoes – I go for closed in pumps as there can be glass around as one of my mates’ can testify!
  3. Do take a bumbag or just no bag! I take money in my pocket and that’s it!
  4. Do get covered in dayglow paint and drunkenly think you are the next Pablo Picasso.
  5. Do be patient with songtaews (trucks) when leaving. They will wait to fill up to make the most money possible. Remember the party can bring a lot of useful income for locals.
  6. Do eat food! While it’s all about the buckets, the street food is pretty good and will help you keep going until 6am!
  7. Do dance until the sun comes up
  8. Do consider staying in the north of the island. It takes 40 minutes by truck but accommodation is cheaper, nicer and they don’t have that ridiculous “you must stay minimum 4 days” crap that Haad Rin hostels try on.
  9. Do arrange a meeting point with your mates…you WILL get separated at some point!
  10. Do pay entry, it’s only 100 baht and think of all the cleaning up people have to do the next day!
  11. Do make new friends (coz you’ll probably lose your old ones!)
  12. Do stick to one spirit in your bucket…yummy Sangsom (Thai rum) is my favourite!
  13. Do kiss a dirty backpacker but…
  14. Don’t have sex in the sea…ew. People are pissing in it!
  15. Do NOT ride a scooter. People are killed every Full Moon and mostly from drink/drug driving.
  16. Don’t take a nap in the nap area…Full Moon is NOT for sleeping!
  17. Don’t wear your favourite dress! That neon paint does NOT come out.]
  18. Moving on after the Full Moon Party? The day after can get busy with people leaving the island so book your boat in advance.

Useful Things to Bring

    1. Bum Bags – very useful to have your hands free for drinking and dancing and to have your phone and money directly infront of you as the Full Moon can be a time for robberies. Buy your Waist Bag from Amazon.
    2.  Adorn your head with flowers to blend in with this backpacker crowd Flower Crown for Festival
    3.  For a classier version that neon paint, buy some cheap Boho Tattoos Flash Aztec Collection tattoos to take with you here on Amazon

How to get to Koh Phangan? Get your night bus/train ticket and ferry combo here.

After a quieter island after all that partying? Try visiting these quiet paradise beaches