Tropical Holidays: The Beaches in Thailand
There are few better destinations for tropical holidays than Thailand. Its beaches and islands are famous around the world for their beauty and for their high quality accommodation and services. There are dozens of islands and beaches to choose from, whether you want a quiet holiday or an active one. Spa resorts and health holidays have become especially popular in the last ten years, and Thailand has a lot to offer in terms of spa culture.
Phuket is one of Thailand’s most famous beach destinations. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and it attracts visitors from around the world. It has a wide range of luxury hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and places to shop; the bars and clubs are famous, and many visitors come to Phuket mainly for its nightlife. However there is more to do in Phuket, including lots of water sports.
Ao Patong, or Patong Beach, is the most developed beach on Phuket and the one with most nightlife and activities. However there are 17 beaches on this island, and those who want to get away from Ao Patong can find quieter destinations. Most hotels in Phuket accept credit cards. Why not earn rewards while you spend travelling? With Cathay Pacific credit card, you can earn Asia Miles when you spend abroad and expect to earn extra miles when you spend on Cathay Pacific flight bookings and/or Cathay Holidays.
Located on the Gulf of Siam, the resort town Hua Hin is popular with international tourists and with Thai residents. It is easy to reach from Bangkok and has a good selection of luxury hotels and comfortable resorts. There are several beaches in Hua Hin, and the resort is known for its good golf courses. It is also popular with families.
Ko Samet is a small island located only a four-hour drive (and a short ferry trip) away from Bangkok. Samet Island is popular with residents from Bangkok, and is often lively on weekends when those who live and work in Bangkok drive to the beaches. Most of the island is inside a nature reserve, and the beaches are beautiful with white sand and small bays.
Further South, Ko Samui is an island that was once known mainly as a destination for budget travellers. Today it has a wide variety of mid-range and top-range accommodation. There is a good selection of spa resorts, and this island is especially known for yoga holidays and health resorts. The most popular beaches on Samui are Lamai and Chaweng, although there are great beaches around the island.
Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in South-East Asia, and for a good reason. Thailand is easy to get to and Bangkok is a regional air travel hub. Thailand’s beaches are some of the best in the world, it is safe to travel in and it offers a lot outside the beaches too, including good food and a fascinating culture. Some of the most popular hotels in Thailand can get fully booked especially in the peak seasons, so it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance in the most popular destinations.