The Beach: a place to relax and reflect

Thailand is blessed with dazzling beaches, perfect to spend a few days at the end of any trip recharging those batteries which have been wisely used up on the charm and offerings of this wonderful country.  When it comes to picking a beach resort, you will be spoiled for choice.  We have chosen just three to focus on.

Koh Tao

Why stay here: If you enjoy snorkelling/diving or somewhere a little more off the beaten track, this is the island for you.

Where to stay: For a hotel right on the beach pick Sensi Paradise and for a hotel with a view, View Point Resort.

How to get here: From Bangkok, you can take the sleeper train at 7:30pm arriving into Chumphon at 4am.  Then it’s a 7:30am catamaran to Koh Tao arriving at 8:45am.

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Khao Lak

Why stay here: If you like comfort, shopping, plenty of facilities and long white sandy beaches but want to avoid the more popular resort of Phuket.

Where to stay: The Sarojin is probably the most luxurious hotel in Khao Lak and the Ramada Khao Lak Resort is perfect for families.

How to get here: It’s about an 8 hour journey by road from Bangkok or just an hour from Phuket airport.

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Khao Lak Beach. Photo by Jan Albrecht.

Koh Yao Noi

Why stay here: Stunning mountainous backbones, unspoilt shorelines, a large variety of birdlife and a peaceful break.

Where to stay: Six Senses Yao Noi – the views are simply ‘wow’ and to get away from it all, Koh Yao Bay Pavillions.

How to get here: About an hour’s long-tail ferry boat journey from Bang Rong Pier, Phuket.

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Koh Yao Noi. Photo by Vyacheslav Argenberg.

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