Thailand's beaches sparkle, and so do their numbers – more than 1,000 true beachfront accommodations, making Thailand perhaps the world's top beach destination.

Thailand is blessed with numerous tropical islands and beaches in both the Pacific Ocean & Indian Ocean. Its coastlines are relatively well protected from the violent Pacific typhoons that lash neighbouring countries like Philippines and Vietnam. Such nature-given advantages, plus its tropical climate, gives Thailand an amazing number and variety of beaches worth escaping to.

True Beachfront identifies 18 major beach destinations, and many smaller ones. We have over 150 beach maps along Thailand’s thousands of kilometres of coastline, with more maps of lesser-known beaches and resorts coming.

More than beautiful soft sand beaches, Thailand has added attractions: the gracious Thai service that makes visitors feel thoroughly welcome; a calm, warm winter season; the amazing flavours of Thai cuisine; fresh seafood from its huge fishing fleet and Thai prices that give unbeatable value.

Then there are Thailand's famous beach hotels and accommodations. Thai hotels & resorts are world-winners. And the variety here is also astounding: tiny beach huts of bamboo and thatch, family beach cottages, boutique resorts, luxury spa resorts, creative designer beach hotels and luxury, 5-star internationals.

The services, facilities and activities provided on Thai beaches is hard to beaten. Massage, cheap Thai food, cold beer and drinks can be purchased on any beach with more than a few rooms. Then there is kayaking, surfing, kite surfing, banana boats, jet skiing, parasailing, wind surfing, beach-cat sailing and, of course, just swimming in warm, crystal clear waters.

True Beachfront gives an unprecedented look at the islands and beaches of Thailand, and their beachfront accommodations from budget to luxury spa, using detailed beach maps, photos and words.

by John Everingham

Want help in finding the perfect beach and beachfront hotel in Thailand? Our expert John E – who’s photos you can see on more than 1,000 beach hotels and most of the beaches in this website – offers free advice. E-mail john@beachf.com

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Paradise KohYao
from 96 USD
Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa
from 86 USD
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Cloud19 Beach Retreat
from 3,660 THB
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The Nai Harn
Rayaburi Resort
from 78 USD
Kamala Dreams
from 55 USD
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Panviman Resort Koh Phangan
from 92 USD
Summer Luxury Beach Resort
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Milky Bay Resort
from 900.00 THB
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Coral Bungalows
from 300 THB
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The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort
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X2 Khao Lak Anda Mani Resort
Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villa
from 43 USD
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Nora Buri Resort & Spa
from 4,425 THB
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Nora Beach Resort & Spa
from 3,300 THB
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X2 Koh Samui Resort – All Spa Inclusive
from 6,500 Baht
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Chaba Cabana Beach Resort & Spa
from 3,180 THB
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The Sarann
from 75 USD
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Paradise Beach Resort
from 2001.00 THB
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KC Beach Club & Pool Villas
from 4,200 THB
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Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
from 100 USD
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Baan Talay Resort
from 81 USD
The Hammock Samui Beach Resort
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Lazy Day’s Samui Beach Resort
Peace Resort
from 2,400 THB
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Saree Samui
from 98 USD
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Fair House Villas & Spa
from 2,825 THB
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Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel
from 2,195 THB
Banana Fan Sea Resort
from 96 USD
Escape Beach Resort
from 31 USD
White House Beach Resort & Spa
from 1,100 THB
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The Florist Resort
from 40.00 USD
Chaweng Resort
from 1,230 THB
Laksasubha Hua Hin
from 82 USD
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Wora Bura Resort & Spa
from 106 USD
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X2 Hua Hin LeBayburi – Pranburi Villa
from 375 USD
Koh Chang Cliff Beach Resort
from 59 USD
Kacha Resort & Spa, Koh Chang
from 50 USD
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The Emerald Cove Koh Chang
from 55 USD
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Sea View Resort & Spa Koh Chang
from 2,190 THB
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Chai Chet Resort
from 36 USD
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Away Koh Kood
from 2,209 THB
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The Beach Natural Resort Koh Kood
from 4,000 THB
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X2 Kui Buri Resort
from 3,398 THB
@T Boutique Hotel
from 46 USD
Phra Nang Lanta
from 2300.00 THB
Royal Lanta Resort & Spa
from 1,200 THB
Twin Lotus Resort & Spa
from 76 USD
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Golden Bay Cottage
from 900.00 THB
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Lanta Sand Resort & Spa
from 1,350 THB
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Southern Lanta Resort & SPA
from 26 USD
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Kaw Kwang Beach Resort
from 960 THB
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D.R. Lanta Bay Resort
from 800 THB Net
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Nakara Long Beach Resort
from 1,200 THB
Amantra Resort & Spa
from 24 USD