Koh Kood Island, Thailand

Beaches Thailand

The southern Thai islands stretch from south of Bangkok down to the Malaysian border and are one of the many attractions Thailand has to offer. From diving off Koh Tao to climbing in Krabi, a Thailand beach holiday has something to offer for all interests.

The most visited of the southern islands are Phuket and Koh Samui, however, the outlying islands, which include Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Lanta and Koh Tao are worth considering. Over the past few years, this region of Thailand has seen the largest amount of development, including the range of accommodation options.

Once a coastline of simple beach huts, this has now dramatically changed and luxurious resorts take priority. Each of the resorts is set in prime locations on the coast and offer sublime beaches, world-class service, outstanding food and stylish accommodation.

Traditional Thai Boats, Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Traditional Thai Boats, Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

The east coast islands and beaches are also well developed and are now easily reached from the mainland. For diving enthusiasts, Koh Tao’s crystal clear waters offer perfect conditions, and the coral and marine life is phenomenal. Reached by speedboat, Koh Kood is the most easterly Thai island before reaching the Cambodian border. Offering authentic simplicity for those who like slow holidaying with the added advantage of the luxurious Soneva Kiri being quietly present, providing a luxury option.

The Thai beaches offer a magical quality; they are a great place to relax, for snorkelling or diving in the magnificent coastal reefs and the perfect end a holiday to Thailand or Indo China.


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Thailand beaches, Thailand, Koh Kood Island

Remote Island Getaways

Visit more remote islands such as Koh Yao Noi and stay at the sublime Six Senses.

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Drink on beach in Thailand at sunset

Sundowners on the Beach

Watch the sunset with a drink in hand, the perfect end to a day.

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Massage in Thailand

Learn Thai Massage

Relax on the beach, followed by a Thai massage or better still book a private Thai massage lesson.

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Ariel View, Six Senses Yao Noi, Krabi, Thailand

Thai Massage

Spend the morning enjoying the breakfast at the Six Senses Yao Noi followed by a lesson in Thai massage.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Six Senses Yao Noi £££££

  • Thailand
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Six Senses Yao Noi is a wonderfully romantic island hideaway surrounded by lush jungle, turquoise waters and the limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay. Of the 56 villas, some are nestled high in the rainforest, others with glorious sea views and some with stairs leading directly to the beach. All have a large private terrace, private infinity-edged pool and are attended to by their own private butler.

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Rayavadee, Krabi £££££

  • Thailand
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Set in the midst of Krabi’s natural beauty and reached only by boat, Rayavadee offers a perfect escape on a secluded headland. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, Rayavadee is an exceptional resort distinguished both by its stunning location and its deluxe comforts.

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