The Kingdom of Thailand, as it is officially known, is a country in Southeast Asia with an ethnically diverse population comprising of Thai, Chinese, Malay, as well as minority groups including Mons, Khmers, and various hill tribes. Thailand is a newly industrialized country with a unique culture, great food, a balmy tropical climate, great beaches and a thriving tourism industry which contributes significantly to its economy. Thailand’s pristine, white-sand beach resorts have been known to attract tourists the world over, and with over 20 beaches scattered throughout the country, you’re sure to find a less-crowded and more peaceful resort. Here are some of these secret spots:
- Hat Bang Nian- This beach was once devastated by the Tsunami, but it has retained its beauty and is a relatively more peaceful resort, free from the usual beachgoers. Hat Bang Nian has fine, golden sands and an extensive coral reef just a mile away.
- Hat Laem Son- the Hat Laem Son is a three kilometer hike from the Hat Bang Ben. The beach is almost always deserted.
- Hat Naklua- the Hat Naklua is a quiet, family –friendly beach located to the north of Pattaya.
- Hat Paraphat in Laem Son National Park- This beach is approximately 50 kilometers south of Hat Bang Ben. This long beach is relatively secluded and like Bang Ben, is lined with casuarinas.
- Hat Pa Sai in Ko Yao- The Hat Pa Sai is a gorgeous beach. The Phuket resort also offers a mountain bike rental for those who want to explore its numerous dirt trails.
- The Kata Beach- located 17 kilometers away from Phuket, the Kata beach, with its clean white sand and rows of palm trees, is regarded as one of Phuket’s top beaches. The water is shallow and ideal for swimming. Diving and banana boat rides are also offered in this resort.
- Lamai Beach- the Lamai Beach, located just a few bays to the south of the Chaweng beach in Koh Samui is a relatively isolated beach with smaller crowds and cheaper resorts than those in Chaweng.
- The Bang Saphan- is a cozy beach town located on the Gulf of Thailand. The Bang Shaphan is 380 kilometers away from Bangkok and can be reached in approximately 5 hours if you travel by road. Bang Saphan has several local attractions, including Koh Talu which offers day trips. The beach town also features several hotels, resorts, guesthouses and dining strips.
- The Railay beach is located to the south of Thailand and is surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, a lush forest, and twisted rock. The Railay beach offers plenty of activities for adventurous guests, but also allows the more laid back people to just relax and chill out. This resort hardly gets crowded as there are only a limited number of hotel rooms available.