The most popular islands and regions of Thailand
Thailand is a country with magnificent temples, exotic nature and wonderful beaches. The friendliness of the Thai people is known all over the world and Thailand is therefore also called “Land of Smiles” The kingdom in south-east Asia borders Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia and has some fantastic coastal areas on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
Until 1939Thailand was known as Siam and it is the only south-east Asian country which has never been conquered by a European power. Since the peaceful revolution in 1932 Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy and has been ruled since 1946 by King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) who is the longest reigning monarch in the world.
The total land area of Thailand is 513,115 square kilometres, divided into 76 provinces and the kingdom has just over 69 million inhabitants. Life in Thailand is strongly influenced by Buddhism, as nearly 95% of the population are Buddhists.
Climate in Thailand
There are three seasons in the kingdom of Thailand. The best time to travel to Thailand is from November to February when it is the least hot. Although it is winter then, temperatures are still between 28°C and 32°C and it is only in the north that the nights are cooler then. This is the main tourist season the south.
The dream beaches of Thailand are one of its main attractions. These picture postcard beaches run along the 3,200 kilometres of coast. Many of the white sandy beaches are on the numerous small islands which are all very different. When you are planning a holiday in Thailand you are really spoilt for choice and you have to ask yourself where the nicest beaches in Thailand are.
About the beaches
The beaches along the 750 kilometres of the west coast of Thailand are at the Andaman Sea. This sea in the eastern Indian Ocean has idyllic, dream beaches which usually have fine white sand sloping gently into the crystal clear water.
The island of Phuket is a classic beach holiday destination at the Andaman Sea. The largest island of Thailand has for decades been among the most popular holiday regions of the country. The west coast has a long row of picture postcard beaches and every beach has its own special charm. Whether you are looking for a party beach, a surfing hotspot or a romantic bay, Phuket has something for everyone and for any budget.
Further highlights at the Andaman Sea are the beaches of the Similian and Koh Phi Phi islands. These are among the nicest in Thailand and are therefore very popular with tourists. The many small islands in the Phang-Nga Bay are also definitely worth mentioning. It is not only the islands on the Andaman Sea which have nice beaches, as there are also many to be found along the coast of the mainland. A popular holiday region here is Khao Lak which is about 60 kilometres north of the island of Phuket. It is a bit quieter here and is therefore popular with families and older people looking for relaxation. The powdery, white sandy beaches are really beautiful and combine impressively with turquoise-blue water and coconut-trees, behind which you can see mountain ranges covered with jungle.
If you looking for a relaxed beach holiday, you will also find that the beaches at Krabi are great for this. The white sandy beaches, the turquoise-blue water and the rugged, bizarrely shaped, limestone rocks covered in tropical plants provide an impressive setting. This guarantees a beautiful landscape for postcards and photos.
The beaches of the Gulf of Thailand
The remaining 2,450 kilometres of coast are in the east at the Gulf of Thailand which is part of the South China Sea. The gulf is like a large swimming bay, as the deepest point is only 80 metres and the sea is therefore relatively shallow. This makes the beaches of the long stretch of the east coast ideal for swimming, diving and snorkelling. The many idyllic islands with so much to offer are also popular with holidaymakers. If you dream of a beach holiday staying in a small wooden hut, relaxing in a hammock overlooking a white, sandy beach with turquoise-blue water, then you can have your dream come true here.
Some of the best known islands in the Gulf of Thailand are Koh Tao, which is a paradise for divers, Koh Samui with its powdery white beaches lined with coconut-trees, and Koh Phangan which has much more to offer than just the famous Full Moon Party.
You will also find lovely beaches on the mainland in the Bangkok region. Among the tourist areas here are Hua Hin and Pattaya and here you will find a very good tourist infrastructure with numerous bars and clubs at the lovely beaches there. For those wanting things a little quieter, between the popular holiday destinations there are some less well-known bays and also towards Cambodia there are nice beaches where you can enjoy Thailand at its best.
"The only action beach on Koh Tao"
"Every evening is Full Moon Party here"
"Idyllic and spacious with great beach bars"
"Comfortable relaxation at a dream beach and diving at a coral reef"
"Snorkelling till you drop in the turquoise-blue sea"
"Very relaxed beach with interesting diving area"