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Southern Thailand is a beach lover’s dream!
Phuket is one of the most-visited destinations in the south. The large island is lively, though it is still possible to find relatively quiet stretches of sands if you venture away from the main resort areas.
Kata, Kamala, Nai Harn, and Surin are among Phuket’s beautiful beaches.
Patong is the liveliest area, known for water sports galore, bars, clubs, and revelry. Luxury accommodations, top-class restaurants, and decadent spas can be found all over the island.
Stroll through Phuket town, with its blend of Chinese and Portuguese architecture, meet the Moken sea gypsies at Rawai Village, and get close to nature at Sirinat National Park. Watch the sun go down from one of the many viewpoints and have a day filled with fun at Phuket FantaSea.
Wat Phra Thong is a traditional temple, and the Big Buddha is one of the island’s most famous sights. Boat trips around the coast and to nearby islands are popular.
Snorkeling and diving trips are perfect for spotting the teeming underwater life. From culture and history to nature and wildlife, with plenty of activities, family fun, and nightlife, Phuket really does offer something for everyone.
Watch this jaw-dropping video showing the best beaches and islands in Southern Thailand!
Another top spot on the Andaman coast is Krabi. The Phi Phi Islands attract dedicated sun worshippers and beach lovers, whilst Koh Lanta offers splashes of luxury along its sun-kissed shores. Railay, on the mainland, is known for its great diving opportunities.
Head over to the Gulf coast and visit Koh Samui, an island that’s known for its verdant golf courses, luxury spas, and stylish facilities for people looking for an up-market vacation.
If you decide to get around by car, you can find trusted car rentals in Ko Samui. It all depends on whether you want to travel comfortably and at your own pace or rely on buses and taxis. For short vacations, I recommend the first option. Renting a car is a sure way to enjoy a much more relaxed vacation in Thailand!
Koh Tao draws divers and snorkelers, and Koh Pha Ngan is known for its party scene but also offers stunning resorts with breathtaking views. (I tried one with the infinity pool over a gorgeous sunset in a super quiet area of the island.)
Accommodation in Southern Thailand
I’ve been to all of these places, and my absolute favorites were Koh Tao for the snorkeling and Krabi for the amazing boat trips