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Beaches & Islands

Thailand's beaches and islands attract millions of visitors each year from around the world. Hua Hin is Thailand's oldest beach resort, discovered by King Rama VII in the 1920s as an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Things have considerably changed since attracting flocks of holidaymakers each year. While Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui were only discovered in the 1970s, they have now by far become the most developed beach resorts.

 
 
 
 
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Phuket by Peter R. 

Krabi Province has some beautiful spots for beaches including Ao Nang, Rai Leh and the long golden beaches of Ko Lanta. Ko Phi Phi is renowned as a true paradise island though it has been undergoing massive development since the release of the film "The Beach in 2000". Ko Pha Ngan gives the best of both worlds with well-developed beaches and empty ones just a short distance away.

Ao Nang by kallerna

Ko Chang is a bit like Koh Samui used to be i.e. it has a backpacker vibe and fairly laid-back but accommodation is available in all price ranges. If you're looking for unspoiled beaches, Ko Kut is very thinly populated but also difficult to explore. Ko Samet is the closest island beach to Bangkok but its northern beaches are quite developed and hotels are pretty much sold out on weekends and public holidays.

Ko Kut by Sry85

 
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