Upon first glance at where to go in Thailand, many people settle on heading to Bangkok. After all, Bangkok is the capital and there are many things to do to enable new travelers to enjoy the Thai capital.
But Thailand is so much more than just Bangkok – although you should still check it out and spend a few days in the bustling capital.
Though Thailand is situated between other beautiful countries like Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam, it is most definitely not landlocked. Including the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman sea, there’s a total of 2,815 kilometers of coast that you can discover.
And one of the best ways to discover Thailand’s coast is by yacht charter. Having your own boat is an epic way to combine both sightseeing and traveling around, though these aren’t the only reasons to get around via boat hire. Thailand is rich with amazing water-based experiences. To ensure you take advantage of all of the water-based activities, a boat rental is a must.
After deciding to travel by boat, the toughest decision will be where to go. Each beach offers visitors something different, making it almost impossible to choose where you should go first. Here’s some of the best beaches in Thailand to help you plan your trip.
Best Beaches in Thailand
Make the most of your BorrowaBoat rental by checking out some (or all!) of the following stunning beaches in Thailand:
This stunning photogenic and ultra instagrammable beach is just one that Krabi has to offer. The beautiful and jagged cliffs make the perfect backdrop of clear, sparkling waters. A sliver of white sand beach awaits you here – and this place is only accessible by boat.
What makes Railay beach special is that as your boat gently sways in the waves, you will hear the calls of birds and be able to spot monkeys playing and swinging through the trees.
Koh Phangan has established itself as one of the premier party locations globally, known for the island’s exciting nightlife and Full Moon Parties. But it’s undeniable that the island is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand.
Bottle Beach is secluded and only accessible by boat. What makes it special is that it isn’t just a sandy beach. Surrounded by patches of jungle packed with beautiful wildlife, the beach makes Koh Phangan a destination just as enjoyable for those who aren’t there to party.
Donald Duck Bay
If you are looking for a little bit of Disney magic, then Donald Duck Bay has what you are looking for. Named after one of the large boulder formations resembling Donald Duck, this bay offers some of the clearest water around.
Donald Duck Bay is on Island 8 of the Similan Islands and offers soft powdery white, warm sands. The waters offer the perfect snorkeling spot since the bay is brimming with aquatic life. You can spend hours watching the fish and other aquatic animals.
A short walk across the sand, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna too. Truly a bay that offers a lot.
Phuket is a destination that sees many visitors each year. While Freedom Beach on Phuket doesn’t provide the solitude of other beaches, it isn’t absolutely heaving with tourists either. And that’s for one very good reason: it is not that easy a beach to get to.
The best way to get to the beach is to travel by boat or make your way down a very steep path. But getting to Freedom Beach is worth the effort.
One there, you’ll find a tranquil vibe. That’s in part because the beach is enveloped in thick jungle and surrounded by hills. But with 300 meters of extra-soft white sand, there is plenty of space to set up for a few hours of relaxation and be spread out from the others who make the effort to get there.
Kata Noi is longer than Freedom beach by some 400 meters, making it a perfect beach for a stroll in the warm sun.
Easy to access even by car, Kata Noi beach is located at the end of a road. But unlike many other car accessible beaches, you won’t experience much traffic noise.
Since Kata Noi is located in Phuket, you can use your hired boat to travel between here and Freedom Beach. There’s no reason not to maximize your site seeing with a visit to both beaches.
What water-based activities can I do in Thailand?
Now that you know some of the most beautiful beaches to visit, it’s time to discover which water-based activities you can do. Thailand has a thriving water sports industry. From snorkeling to windsurfing, it’s all on offer.
Explore the sea and swim with the sea life down in the warm waters of Koh Tao on the east coast or in Phuket on the west.
For those looking for a burst of adrenaline, kite surfing is perfect. There are several schools in Thailand where you can learn kite surfing. Hua Hin beach is the perfect location to book a session.
While not reaching the depth of scuba diving, you can still enjoy the underwater sights. The clear water is the perfect window to swim above the stunning coral formations.
You’ll be used to traveling by water since you hired a boat to travel around the beaches of Thailand, but kayaking brings an extra element to it. You can explore the mangroves and sea caves with ease when you go kayaking.
Windsurfing is combination of surfing and sailing – the best of both worlds! The best locations to enjoy some windsurfing are Pattaya or Phuket. Book a day of windsurfing training and hit the water.
Thailand is a country that has so much to offer. From the most stunning tranquil beaches, only accessible by boat, to amazing scuba diving excursions and high-speed windsurfing.