Awarded ‘50 Tours of a Lifetime’ by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.
Thailand's beaches are unlike any other, and unlike the predictable shores of Hawaii or the tourist-filled Mediterranean, the bays along this nation's coastline have surprises around every corner. From the tropics of Ko Phi Phi Don to the sleepy shores of Ko Samui, your Thailand tour will be filled with numerous opportunities to lay on the sandy beach and surround yourself with the sights and sounds of a southeast nation brimming with beauty and culture all at once.
Not sure where to park your towel? Here are a few to check out:
Ko Phi Phi Don
The first word you'll utter upon first arriving at Ko Phi-Phi Don might be something along the lines of, "Whoa." Emerald green islands and turquoise waters are dotted with floating wooden boats manned by local fishermen and charming charters that want to take you out for a quick tour of the islets around the bay. Like so many other bays, Ko Phi Phi Don is swiftly recovering from the recent tsunami and once again becoming a hotspot for beach dwellers on Thailand tours.
Ko Pha Ngan
Despite the small distance between the palm tree line and the calm waters, Ko Pha Ngan still manages to make you feel as though you're on a secluded island. Young backpacking travelers frequent this beach for a chance to pitch a tent and fall asleep to the sounds of gently lapping water. If you want to relive your youth, you can purchase a hammock and try your best to find the perfect spot to hang it. Luckily for you, many of the palm trees are situated close to each other so you won't have to look for too long.
The yoga culture in Ko Samui is rather impressive, and whether or not you practice the ancient meditative art, you can still relish in the calm serenity of this area's beaches. The sands are a stunning white, which contrasts magnificently with the green-hued water. During low tide, a number of sandbars pop up so you can walk across to the small islands just offshore. In the early morning hours, you can catch groups of locals practicing yoga with the dawn, and don't be afraid to join in for some serious relaxation.
As your small motorboat slides onto the sandy bank of a deserted beach and your attentive guides set up a gourmet seaside picnic, all that’s left to do is allow the turquoise waters of this remote paradise wash away your stresses.
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