Thailand Has a Beach for Every Occasion
Vacationing on the Thai islands is an experience bar none. In the gulf of Thailand alone there are at least seven different islands and in the Andaman Sea off Thailand’s west coast there are too many to count. Each feature amazing beachfront holiday accommodation, friendly people and lots of attractions and adventure opportunities. However, the single biggest allure they all have in common is their beaches. Each of these palm tree lined stretches of sun drenched sand has its own character and atmosphere. In Thailand, there are romantic beaches, party beaches, family friendly beaches and secluded beaches for those who want a Robinson Crusoe island experience. People come to Thailand for many reasons given the countries diverse range of attractions and tourist sights. But if you are coming to spend some time on a glorious exotic beach, it will be in your interest to know if the location of your accommodation will match your expectations.
Haadrin Beach on Koh Phangan Island is king as far as party beaches go. It is home to the famous full moon party which is, as the name suggests, held once a month when the moon is full. This event literally sees thousands gather here for a party of gigantic proportions. The party starts early, but really pick up pace from around 22:00 pm and lasts until the sun comes up. Every 80 meters along the beach a different DJ is spinning his tracks. The rear end of the beach is a solid line of bars selling party buckets which contain ice, one bottle of Red Bull, a soda drink of choice and a 100 milliliter bottle of your alcohol of choice. These are mixed together and the bucket hung around your neck, a straw in your mouth and off you go. This event started many years ago with the first backpackers that came to visit the island. Of course then it was a small party with a few beer drinking dudes dancing around a fire.
Today it is Thailand’s answer to Ibiza. However, the diehard party crowd realized waiting a full month for the next party is way too long. Now Haadrin is also host to the half-moon party, black moon party and when there is no moon they party anyway. The only time when Haadrin is quiet, is from 06:00 am until 11:00 am in the morning when everyone is sleeping it off. If you want tranquility and romantic moonlight strolls on the beach, Haadrin is not for you.
Patong Beach in Phuket does not host full moon parties like Koh Phangan, but this area and Bangla Road in particular is the island’s nightlife strip. Bars, clubs, go-go bars and everything else that go with it line the narrow streets. Neon lights are flickering, the music pumps and the atmosphere is electrifying. During the day the beach is packed with tourists, beach-side restaurants plays the tunes and you can Jet Ski, hang on a parachute behind a speedboat or whatever tickles your fancy. At night, Patong dresses itself differently for the nocturnal among us to come and play. Here, the fun never stops and the sun never really sets. Patong is once again not for those looking for peace and quiet.
Family Friendly Beaches
With such a multitude of islands and subsequent uncountable number of beaches, it is admittedly hard to discuss each one. Thailand is extremely “family friendly” and the beaches which will be a good choice for a family vacation are numerous. However, two primary family friendly beaches are both found on Phuket Island. These are Karon Beach and Bangtao. What makes them family friendly? The hotels and resorts located here, their type of accommodation, the facilities they offer, the beach itself and the proximity of family attractions. Phuket Karon Beach accommodation includes several top family friendly hotels.
These are Centara Grand Beach Resort and Movenpick Resort & Spa. These two venues have the perfect accommodation for families, recreational facilities like water parks with slides, kids pools and kids clubs. The atmosphere and activities on the beach is family orientated and many island attractions are nearby. The other, Bangtao, features the Laguna Holiday complex with six resorts in the complex. Once again the extensive range of family recreation offered by the hotels which include an annual two month long family festival held at Angsana Laguna, one of the hotels in the complex, an 18 hole golf course, kids facilities and 8 kilometer beach not nearly as busy as Patong or even Karon makes it a great place to stay for family vacationers.
Secluded and Romantic
Islands like Phuket and Koh Samui, and also areas like fairy-tale- like Krabi all have to-die-for beautiful beaches and many romantic and secluded locations. However, one area takes the cake featuring the most idyllic beaches, lined with palm trees, quiet, tranquil, beyond pristine and very romantic. This area is Khao Lak which is on the mainland of Thailand’s west coast and within 2 to 3 hours from locations such as Phuket and Krabi. It is therefore easily accessible, yet it retains a mystic and secluded quality.
Here it is almost impossible and certainly unfair to name just one or even two as the most romantic and most beautiful. The beaches and their tropical forest clad hills in the backdrop create a rural feel and the limited number of hotels and resorts adds to the allure allowing for personal space and privacy. Khao Lak is in fact all about its unblemished nature and its charming beaches takes centre stage. Khao Lak Beach and Kuk Kak Beach is where you want to watch beguiling sunsets and evening strolls under the stars are unforgettable. The water is calm and unlike some beaches in other areas which become dangerous during the monsoon, beaches in Khao Lak are safe for swimming all year.
No matter if you are young or old, a crazy party-going animal, someone who needs the perfect romantic place to propose to that special girl or if you want a location which has the facilities to keep everyone in the family happy for the entire vacation, Thailand has it all. What is important however is that you choose the location for your accommodation wisely and make sure it will match your needs and expectations.
Author: George Conradie has been living in Thailand for several years where he works with hotelsphuket.travel, a local based business offering a hotel accommodation booking service for. He continuously writes articles with a focus on providing useful information to visitors to Thailand.
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