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Thailand’s Best Beach Destinations

It’s probably a bit obvious to point out the fact that Thailand’s many beaches make it the perfect holiday destination, but I’m going to do it anyway. Whether you’ve seen/read The Beach or not, chances are you’re aware of just how popular the country is for sun-soaked getaways.

One thing you might be unsure of is which area for Holidays in Thailand to go for to have the best beach vacation possible. Check out my guide to where to visit on your break.

1) Phuket

Located in southern Thailand, this island is probably the most well-known of the country’s beach destinations. That’s not to say it’s simply a tourist trap; Phuket certainly has some sections at risk of overdevelopment, but for the most part it’s safe to just state that there’s something for everyone, whatever kind of break you want.

Phuket - Paradisoo at Khai Island, Thailand -- best beach destinations in Thailand

So, if you’re not fazed by sunbather-crammed sand and equally packed bars, Kata, Patong and Karon beaches are the best options. Patong is particularly vibrant, while Karon is long enough to harbour a few quiet spots even in high season, if you know where to look. Karon is also where you’ll find some especially great Thailand retreats to stay at if you need a bit of luxury.

If you’re like me and would rather escape the crowds altogether, try the northern section of Bang Tao Beach. It’s so peaceful you won’t find that much in the way of activities here – but then again, why exert yourself when you can simply lie back and soak up the sun for a week or so?

2) Krabi

Krabi Thailand sunset

Aside from its beaches, Thailand is also well-known for its spectacular sunsets – and Krabi is where you’ll see some of the best. Don’t just look out to sea here, though, as the province is probably the most picturesque in the entire country and is well worth exploring thoroughly.

Railay is possibly the most beautiful beach both in Krabi and the whole of Thailand. Pretty much every cliche you can imagine is a reality. Think golden beaches, soaring cliffs, amazingly vibrant blue-green waters – the works. If you’re the active type, the fantastic rock climbing opportunities here are something of a bonus.

My other favourite thing about Krabi is the nearby paradise-like islands. It’s really easy to get to them by boat, with particularly popular ones including the Ko Phi Phi cluster. The island of Phi Phi Ley is the one you’ll probably be most familiar with due to it being the setting for The Beach, although there’s much more to see around the archipelago than this – something that’s particularly impressive considering it was practically devastated by the tsunami in 2004.

3) Koh Samui

Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui was little more than a village until the 1970s, which might seem rather puzzling when you arrive to find something of a tourist haven! The island is one of the biggest in Thailand and has an excellent range of beaches to choose from – Lamai is favoured for its surfing, while Chaweng is an all-round hotspot that often gets very busy and is great for shopping.

Some of the best activities (for me, anyway!) are sailing, canoeing and canopy jungle tours, offering a bit of variety so your holiday isn’t just one long sunbathing session – although I wouldn’t blame you for opting for this kind of break! If you’re also a foodie like me, you’ll want to check out Nathon’s markets, the awesome seafood at Ocean 11 on Big Buddha Beach and high-end Thai fare at Wannai in Bophut.

The other thing Koh Samui is famed for is the monthly full moon parties on nearby Koh Phangan. This is a great way to let your hair down and get to grips with the local culture at the same time, so be sure to book a trip here if you end up staying in Koh Samui.

5 Unique Things to Do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Looking for things to do in Chiang Mai?

Look no further. We’ve put together a great list of unique activities to keep you busy while in Thailand’s second largest city. If you are all ‘templed out’ this list will get you rejuvenated to take on the more traditional sites of Thailand.

When you’re done here, don’t forget to check out some other great tips on Things to Do In Bangkok!

Things to do in Chiang Mai: #1

What: Fishing for email.

Where: Best Fish Spa

Location: Chiang Mai Night Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hours of Operation: 09:00-11:30 daily
Phone Number +66 (086) 587 3192

That’s fishing for email, not phishing your email. Billed as the world’s first Fish Spa Internet Cafe, the Best Fish Spa is, well, the best fish spa in town.  Let dozens of little fish peck away at your skin while you peck away at your keyboard. The Best Fish Spa makes our list of things to do in Chiang Mai because it’s so unique. And because it will certainly keep you on your toes while you keep in touch.

Things to do in Chiang Mai: #2

What: Rubdown in lockdown

Where: Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution

Location: 100 Rachvithi Rd. Chiang Mai,Thailand
Hours of operation: 08:30-17:00 daily
Phone number: +66 (053)210 824

There a few options if a prison visit is in your future – commit a crime (not recommended) or do some time in a prison massage parlour. Billed as a way to rehabilitate those that are incarcerated, Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution offers massages from inmates set to be released. It’s a safe and easy way to cage your rage. And you’re helping inmates prepare for a better life on the outside – all the money they receive goes towards building a better life when they flee the coup.  Now that’s a happy ending we can all be proud of. Oh, and do check out the Prison Product Shop on your way out.

Things to do in Chiang Mai: #3

What: Take a Dump

Where: Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders 

Location: 72 Nimmanhemin Road, Soi 13 (midway between Suithep and Huay Kaew roads near Suan Dok Hospital). Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hours of operation: 09:00-17:00 (daily)
Entry: adults 300 baht, children 100 baht
Phone number: +66 (053) 211 891.

Take a dump, or at least take a look at one at with this entry in our list of Things to do in Chiang Mai. The Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is not for the queasy. There were a few ‘Have the lambs stopped screaming Clarice” moments when this intrepid traveller made his way there earlier this year. Filled with moths, bats, walking stick bugs, beetles, and yes — elephant poo — this museum is a must for unique things to do in Chiang Mai. Leapin’ lizards, this is one pretty cool site! (And yes, they have leaping lizards there too.) Thankfully though, all the insects and creepy crawlies on display here are dead.

Things to do in Chiang Mai: #4

What: Blindly go where no man has gone before

Where: Thai Massage Conservation Club

Location: 99 Ratchamanka Road, around the corner from Wat Chedi Luang. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hours of operation: 08:00-20:00
Phone number: +66 (053) 904 452

If the prison massage doesn’t rub you the right way, how about adding a massage from the blind masseures at the Thai Massage Conservation Club to your list of things to do in in Chiang Mai? You are supporting a great cause by getting one here. Just remember the essential Thai phrases “Jep”, meaning “pain “and “Bao-bao” meaning “softer”.  You will certainly need them. And at prices starting from 150 Baht (about $5 USD), it’s also easy on your Thailand budget.

Things to do in Chiang Mai: #5

What: Sink Your Teeth into Fang

Where: Fang Hot Springs

Location: Fang, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. (163 km north of Chiang Mai city along the Chiang Mai Tha Ton Road (Highway No. 107). Turn left at km 153 for 11 km to Ban Pin.)
Hours of operation: 24 hours
Phone Number: N/A

While technically not located in the city of Chiang Mai, the Fang Hot Springs are located in the province of Chiang Mai. And this natural wonder is a great reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Some fifty hot springs boil continuously in this ten-acre forest setting. Water temperatures here can range from 90° C to 100°, so it’s the perfect activity if you like getting into hot water. The serene atmosphere and relatively few visitors make this an excellent choice for things to do in Chiang Mai.

What other things to do in Chiang Mai have you discovered?

Top 5 Budget Travel Thailand Tips

River ferry in Bangkok Budget Travel Thailand

Budget Travel Thailand

Asia has long been known as a great budget travel destination, but there are some easy ways you can stretch your precious dollar here even more with these budget travel Thailand tips.

Leave a comment below if you have even more tips for saving money in Thailand.

Tip #1:  Don’t Buy Bottled Water

That doesn’t mean drink the tap water. There are  drinking water vending machines located throughout Thailand where you can refill your bottle. Bangkok has tons, especially near the budget backpacker area known as Khao San Road.  And there are plenty located throughout the rest of Thailand as well. Only 1 Baht for 1 litre, and 5 Baht for 5 litres. One US dollar is currently equal to 30 Baht, so that is definitely good value.  This YouTube video shows what they look like.  Sorry, but it’s in Thai…

Tip #2: Take a Taxi

I know what you’re thinking — Thailand is the land of the tuk-tuk.  But if you’re traveling on a budget, a tuk-tuk is not always the best deal.  First of all, they often rip you off.  Second of all, all taxis in Thailand are metered so you know you’re getting charged what the locals do.  I took a tuk-tuk from the Khao San Road district in Bangkok to the train station, and it cost 150 Baht.  I did the same trip in a taxi a few weeks later and it cost 90 Baht.  And it was air-conditioned. Now that’s a better way to budget travel Thailand — a place where the heat and smog can be oppressive.

Tip #3: Ride like a Local

There are a couple of ways to save money by riding like a local:

Tip #3A: Take a Bus

Local buses are cheap in Thailand.  And locals are usually pretty willing to point you in the right direction.  In Bangkok, most buses can get you anywhere for about 24 Baht.

Tip #3B: Take a Boat

Boats are a great way to see Thailand.  And if you’re in Bangkok in particular, they can save you a stack of money.  At only 14 Baht for most destinations along the river, they will happen you stay on your budget.

River ferry in Bangkok Budget Travel Thailand

Tip #4: Eat on the Street

Budget travel Thailand doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself. Thai food is among the best in the world, and the same goes for “street meat”. If you’re into great food, but keen on budget travel, Thailand is a dream come true.  Usually, as long as you can see the street vendor cooking it, you are in the clear.  And if it’s meat you’re after, then make sure you get it very well done.  I usually cut open the meat at its thickest part before I dig in — just to make sure it’s done all the way through. But try to stay away from veggies that look like they have been washed — they’ve probably used tap water.  And ending up in the hospital with some weird stomach bug will surely ruin your budget.

Tip #5: Research Before You Go

Thailand on a budget is easy, but made a lot easier if you do your homework.  Use websites like Agoda or HostelBookers to compare prices on where you want to stay. LateStays.com is another great site for Asia.  They will all give you and excellent idea of what hotels fall within your budget.

We’d like to hear from you!  Do you have any tips for Budget Travel Thailand?