Top 10 Gulf beaches that offer beachfront accommodation
The beaches here in the Gulf of Thailand are radically different from those in the Andaman Sea, where Thailand also has another long, island-studded coast. And the number of amazing Thai beaches in each of these two oceans is so great that we have separated them into two Top 10 pages, one for Thailand’s top 10 most beautiful Andaman Sea Beaches , and this for beaches of the Gulf.
The lack of mainland beaches in this list (just one) may be noticed, particularly beaches high in the Gulf of Thailand, which are missing completely. This reflects some sad realities here: the most beautiful beaches are those on islands, where clearer water from the deep washes them with each tide; the beaches high in the Gulf are protected from monsoon waves, and are often narrow and not well formed. And critically, the upper regions of the Gulf of Thailand are laden with from the pollution carried down from the north and centre of the country by rivers.
The predominance of beaches on islands in the country's south is thus not surprising – though we have stretched our criteria hard to bring the widest possible variety to the list.
In view of the increasing presence of dangerous box jellyfish around the islands in the Gulf of Thailand, and the deaths of two tourists there in 2015, visitors to all Gulf beaches should learn of the potential dangers. Our page on the subject of deadly chironex box jellyfish in Thailand gives a full rundown on the dangers these nearly invisible jellyfish pose for swimmers.