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If you are among those who love the charm of the sea, Thailand is your ideal destination, for this country has over 503 islands with fine beaches both on the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Furthermore, Thailand's islands provide a large variety of marine life and coral suitable for viewing and making a memory forever.
Of this large number, there are ten islands and island groups which are most frequently visited by Thais and foreigners alike. Here is a brief introduction to the top beaches: (but remember there are hundreds more) Click on a link for more information, and also the other beaches in those areas.

Kata Beach Phuket - more info!
Composed of 2 lovely beaches called Kata Yai (Big Kata) and Kata Noi (Small Kata) - separated from each other by a small headland. Kata Beach is a thriving resort, suitable for holiday makers who look for tranquil surroundings with a bright sun, white sand, a calm clear sea and a colourful underwater world. At the north end of Kata Beach lies a small coral reef for off-shore snorkelling.
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Patong Beach Phuket - more info!
Patong Beach is widely known among Thais and foreigners because of two important factors. One is its natural beauty -- the white sandy beach, plentiful sunshine, clear turquoise sea, fantastic underwater life and soft breezes. The other factor is the availability of a wide range of man-made facilities. Here you have a big choice of accommodation from luxury hotels to cottages, a host of restaurants and shops, all kinds of aqua-sports and night time entertainment.
patong beach
Chaweng Beach Koh Samui - more info!
Chaweng Beach, located on Koh Samui's east coast, is the most developed area on the island. It attracts many young travelers and families alike, and yet remains good value for the money. The beach is approximately 7 Km long, with beautiful powdery white sand. It is bordered by dreamy, emerald-blue waters and a coral reef where waves break, leaving the bay quite peaceful. koh samui
Koh Chang - more info!
Ko Chang is the second biggest island of the country, ranking after Phuket island. Located in the sea of Trat, the farthest province on the east coast, it is a marine national park of Thailand, consisting of 48 islands. Most beautiful beaches are on the west of the island where bungalows and other accommodations are scattered.
Tourists can enjoy sunbathing, diving and walking in a forest. Some islands of the Ko Chang group offer good diving in the shallow water of Ko Kra and Ko Wai. The beaches of Ko Chang which are admired most for their beauty are Sai Khao, Khlong Phrao and Kai Bae Beaches.
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Koh Samet Beaches - more info!
Ko Samet is a popular tourist island located 6.5km away from the coast of the eastern province of Rayong, the island is admired for its fine white sand, limpid sea and fascinating beaches with various kinds of accommodation. Different beaches offer different views and impressions. For example, Sai Kaeo is famous for its magnificent beach, Wong Duan is impressive for its beach looking like an curve of a crescent moon, Ao Phrao has plenty of coconut palms and Ao Kiu is ideal for people who want privacy and tranquillity.The clear water of KO Samet never disappoints visitors who love swimming, diving or other aquatic sports. koh samet
Koh Tao - more info!
Ko Tao is on the north of Ko Samui on Surat Thani province. In former times, it was a prison for political prisoners. Now, for its beautiful scenery, tranquil atmosphere and virgin environment, Ko Tao is noted as one of the famous islands of Thailand. Moreover, the island is an ideal place for both scuba diving, snorkelling and relaxing on the beautiful beaches. Divers will find a long line of coral reef, various aquatic animals and wonderful scenery under blue water. You can dive all the year round with many diving shops around the island. koh tao
Koh Pha-ngan - more info!  
Ko Pha-ngan is an island to the north of koh Samui. Tourists will find beaches with charming powdery sand, clear water and tranquil atmosphere suited for swimming and relaxation. Of the most attracting places of the island, Tan Sadet waterfall is worth visiting with many beautiful plants including the world's largest orchid. koh pha ngan
Similan Islands - more info!
Similan Islands National Park off Phang-nga is famous for its uncontaminated water and its most perfect natural environment. It is a group of nine small islands in the heart of the Andaman Sea. The island group is rated as one of the top ten loveliest diving places on earth.
The park office is situated on Ko Si or Ko Miang having exceptionally white sand. Another island worth mentioning is Ko Paet or Ko Similan, with a bay in the shape of a horseshoe and a huge rock shaped like a sailing-boat.
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Phi Phi Island - more info!
The Phi Phi islands is about 40 km from either Phuket or Krabi. The island group is one of the most beautiful places of Thailand with its emerald crystal sea. It consists of six islands but the predominant are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le. Phi Phi Don is the bigger one, ideal for swimming and diving because of its wonderful underwater world and coral formations, while Phi Phi Le boasts a viking cave whose inside wall has several historic drawings including one looking like a viking ship (hence its name). phi phi island
Surin Islands - more info!
The Surin island group, also a marine national park, belongs to Phang-nga, a province adjoining Phuket. The group consists of five islands: Ko Surin Nua, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ri, Ko Khai and Ko Klang. The island group is ideal for those who love to touch the unspoilt nature. Its environment is still virgin and its atmosphere is so peaceful. Exuberant forests cover the group of the island, adding to its charm. It is also interesting to see the way of life of sea gypsies here blended in harmony with the natural environment. surin island
Phang-nga - more info!
Phang-nga Marine National Park is composed of 120 islands, most of which have exotic shapes. This was resulted from the change of the earth surface perhaps millions of years ago, when the west coast of the area sank under the sea, leaving several limestone mountains protruding from the shallow sea and eroded into different strange shapes. Among them is Ko Tapu (nail), which is the most noted and also the symbol of Phang-nga province. phang nga thailand


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