by Geena Williams
Paradise Found in Thailand!!
The white or golden sand beaches of Thailand are one of the country’s top attractions.
The year-round hot weather linked to warm, clear blue waters of its beaches set against a backdrop of either swaying palms or stiff rocky cliffs makes it a tropical paradise well worth visiting.
If you are familiar with Thailand’s geography you will be aware that it is actually a peninsular where all the beaches are situated. There are three main bodies of water surrounding the peninsula: the Andaman Sea, the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf of Thailand. Basically, the beaches & islands of Thailand are all situated around these bodies of water and you just chose which body of water you want your beach to be located on!.
The Andaman Sea runs the length from the western side of Myanmar(Burma) in the north, through Thailand & Malaysia all the way down to Singapore in the south.
The most popular beaches this side of Thailand are the ones in Phuket. Located on Phuket Island are the lovely beaches of Patong, Kata Karon, Kamala and Bangtao. The wet season along the Andaman Coast usually starts in April and ends sometime in late October BUT! The rainy season is not a reason for not experiencing the beaches on Phuket.
Located in the Andaman Sea close to Phuket are a series small islands where scuba diving and snorkeling are some of the best not just in Thailand, but the whole world. The Similan Islands, although not yet truly discovered by the average tourist already are a favorite amongst the diving fraternity.
Other popular places to visit on the Andaman Sea are Phi Phi island, Krabi, Koh Lanta & Phang Na Bay. Despite the natural beauty of all the popular places in this region, the majority of the beaches in Thailand offer a variety of never-ending beach activities for a quick fix of your adrenalin rush. Surfing, wake boarding, wind surfing, parasailing, water-skiing and more are available at very affordable prices.
The beaches of Thailand to be found on the Eastern Seaboard are located in a cove-like niche beyond the Gulf of Thailand. The region is the main commercial hub of Thailand’s import/export industry. The beaches that are situated along the coast are Pattaya, Rayong, Koh Samet and Koh Chang, these are within easy reach of Bangkok, so tend to get very busy particularly on long weekends, when literally thousand’s of Bangkok’ians descend into the area.
The beaches still have their former charms, it’s just a bit faded, as fast commercialization has hit the whole of this region bringing with it commerce and trade from all sorts of denizens. It is fast becoming one of the best places to invest or start up a new business venture!.
Caution for family oriented vacations: Pattaya is not for you as the place has a “well earned” notorious reputation for it’s nightlife & may offend some people .
However, if you still plan on “beaching” in Thailand’s eastern seaboard, it’s best to visit the area during the months of November to February.
The Gulf of Thailand Coast boasts many island get-away beaches. The island of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao have wonderful coconut shaded beaches. The beaches here are best suited for swimming and snorkeling.
There are also a full range of accommodation options on all the islands, but the nightlife tends to be quieter and more conducive to family life.
If your inclination is complete relaxation, away from the hustle and bustle of a frenetic city life, the island beaches of Thailand are as close to paradise as you are likely to find on earth.