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Thailand: What are the nicest Beaches?

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1. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I've never been to the beaches of Southern Thailand. Which places would be the best to go to:

1) See those beautiful rock formations coming out of the water.

2) Snorkel

Also, if any other beaches are good to visit for a different reason, feel free to mention them also.

I'll probably be over in Thailand next Feb. and I've seen pretty much everything I want North of Bangkok. So I'd like to read some feedback here and then pick a couple beaches to visit and see those beautiful formations in the water, do some snorkeling, and enjoy the scene.

Any other info. would also be great, like how much to fly (or however) to the beach area? How much it costs to stay there? To snorkel? etc..
Or how to get form one to the other (and how long that would take), etc..

2. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 11y

The rock formations start north of Phuket in Pangnga Bay then south through Krabi down to Trang near the Malasian border and the Tarutao Islands (Survivor Thailand was filmed there).

I would do the Sea Canoe in Pangnga Bay then head to Krabi and Koh Lanta. Excellent snorkeling around Lanta Island. If you have the time Sea Canoe again for a 6 day Sea Canoe camping trip around the Tarutao islands.

There are lots of Sea Kayak and Canoe companies but the best one my wife and I enjoy is http://www.seacanoe.net/ we have been on different ones that were cheaper but not near as good.

Cheers

3. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

I fpund almost nice beaches at Samui Island.

4. Posted by travelem (Full Member 117 posts) 11y

Krabi is a lot better than Samui or Koh Tao.

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Thanks everyone.

Sounds like Krabi is one of the best. Can a snorkel around there? Or do I just enjoy the beauty there and have to go elsewhere to snorkel.

I'm trying to decide whether to go to 1 beach (for 5-6 days) or to visit 2 different ones for (a few days each?

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting allthai

Krabi and Koh Lanta. Excellent snorkeling around Lanta Island. Cheers

Is Krabi near to Lanta Island?

I could visit Krabi (for the beauty) and Lanta (for the snorkeling).

7. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 11y

Koh Lanta is a short boat ride away from Krabi, no worries. If you look at a map of Southwest Thailand you will understand.

8. Posted by sarusan (Full Member 61 posts) 11y

Krabi all the way! Wonderful limestone formations, good beaches, lovely islands, reefs, good day trips, cheap, and not overpopulated by tourists. Also, worth giving the region your tourist dollars since it was hit by the tsunami.

9. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Thanks everybody. Krabi sounds like a definite.

Keep the recommendations coming.

10. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

been to most of the places mentioned, recommend krabi to koh phi phi and koh samui this is mainly for chilling. the rock formation, phuket to james bond island. with the expection of koh samui, the rest are all on the southern west coast of thailand around the same area. i'd probably say visit 2 islands one for snorkelling and one for chilling.

happy dayz

peace