Popular Thailand beach and islands destinations
The Andaman Coast – A world of stunning natural beauty
• Mu Ko Similan Marine National Park
• Mu Ko Surin Marine National Park
• Ao Phang-nga National Park
• Phi Phi Islands
• Mu Ko Lanta Marine National Park
• Tarutao Marine National Park
The Gulf of Thailand – Classic retreats and modern resorts
• Cha-am & Hua Hin
• Ko Samui
• Ko Pha-ngan
• Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine National Park
• Ko Tao
The Eastern Seaboard – Playgrounds and popular escapes
• Rayong & Ko Samet
• Ko Chang Marine National Park
Popular Thailand beach & islands activities
Diving: For information on diving – see Diving page
Sailing, Yachting & Cruising: For information on sailing, yachting and cruising – see Marine page
Canoeing & Kayaking: Some of the most spectacular sites for sea canoeing are around Krabi and the islands of Phuket and Phang-nga Bay. Sea canoeing adventures from Phuket take small groups of passengers on inflatable kayaks for three-day excursions, including camping and BBQ dinners, and exploring islands such as Ko Chang Lat and its Blue Room, a three-chamber stalactite grotto.
Swimming and Snorkeling: Thailand is a swimmers’ paradise with sandy beaches, warm clear water and mild currents. Many of Thailand’s coral reefs, tropical fish and other marine life live in shallow water near to the shore and are accessible to snorkelers. Snorkeling trips and basic lessons are available around Phuket, Samui, Pattaya and other beach destinations in Thailand.
Fishing: The Andaman coast of Phuket and Krabi province provide opportunities for exciting game fishing. Marlin, sailfish, tuna, huge garoupa, and many kinds of sharks are a boat ride from the shore. In Phang-nga Bay, there are some rare species of aquatic life, including the swimming iguana. Powerboats equipped with fighting chairs and heavy tackle can be chartered for deep-sea fishing out of the Andaman Sea resorts of Phuket and Krabi. Closer to Bangkok, the rocks south of Pattaya are the habitat of several species native to the Gulf of Thailand such as red snapper, yellow jack, bonito, black-tipped sharks, and giant garoupas.
Windsurfing: Windsurfing has become one of Thailand’s most popular water sports in the last two decades. It is practiced on all Thailand’s beaches. You can learn surfing on all major beaches in Phuket, Samui, Pattaya and Krabi, as well as on islands of Ko Tao and Ko Chang. Once you have mastered the basic skill, you will find boards and sails available everywhere.
Rock Climbing & Bouldering: Around Krabi’s Rai Le Beach, more than 700 routes have been bolted into the cliff faces, which in prehistoric times were the world’s largest coral reef. The routes vary in difficulties from 5a (child’s play) to 8c (extremely challenging). For those who love rock climbing, bouldering, or abseiling, visit Ko Tao in the Gulf of Thailand for its incredible granite boulders.
Jet skiing: Jet skiing has been taken up with enthusiasm all over Thailand, with jet-skis available for rent at major beaches on Samui, Phuket, Pattaya, Samet and Krabi.
Wakeboarding: Wakeboarding, a cross between water-skiing and snowboarding, is the latest extreme sport to take the beach scene. It is fast, exhilarating, fantastic, and rapidly gaining popularity in Thailand. Boats and boards can be rented at the main beaches of Phuket and Samui, and also at the resort city of Pattaya. Serious wakeboarders may wish to bring their own boards and bindings.