Are you feeling a little landlocked while visiting the Capital City? Ready to get back to the sea? We can’t blame you, Bangkok can be very overwhelming and extremely busy. The fresh air blowing off the sea, amazing views and white sand beaches are not going to be found in Bangkok. Luckily, there are plenty of beaches nearby to soothe this craving and can make for a great weekend escape!
Below, we have listed the 10 best beaches near Bangkok, in random order. Please keep in mind that all of these beaches are at least 2-3 hours away or more, but finding transport from Bangkok to each destination will be extremely simple with the help of this trip planner explaining how to get around in Thailand.
1. Pattaya Beach
This is the closest and most obvious choice when you are longing from some sun and sea. The bus and train ride from Bangkok to Pattaya takes just a little over 2 hours, which makes it also suitable for a day trip. You’ll find sandy beaches with blue waters offering plenty of activities such as jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boats, and so much more on these tourist-filled beaches. This might not be the most relaxing beach in Thailand, however, it’s nearby and will fill your beachy needs in a pinch!
2. Jomtien Beach
Just a little further down the road from Pattaya Beach, you’ll find Jomtien Beach. This beach will be much less busy while still offering all the same water activities and beautiful sights. The beach is quite clean, with lovely golden sand and blue waters. Along Beach Road, you’ll find one side of the street lined with restaurants, hotels, bars, and shopping while the other side is all beach! A great option if you don’t love the crowds on Pattaya Beach.
3. Koh Larn
Koh Larn island is located just 20 minutes by speedboat or 45 minutes by ferry off from Pattaya. This island is charming and the beaches are amazing! The beaches here are in pristine conditions and the water is amazingly clear, it’s like something out of a movie. You’ll find 2 main beaches here that are quite large, each of which has a few restaurants, bars, and plenty of lounger chairs with umbrellas that can be rented for the day. We recommend getting there early if you’d like a chair, they get snapped up quite quickly!
4. Hua Hin
This huge beach spans approximately 4km and due to its size, it is rarely crowded. You should always be able to find a quiet little space on the beach to relax and enjoy an afternoon. However, you can also head to the busier areas if you choose to enjoy the water activities, beach vendors and nearby restaurants. You will also find many places to rent lounge chairs and even pony rides for the kids!
Cha-Am beach is the perfect place to go for rest, relaxation and a quiet day at the beach. While you’ll still find many beach activities, this beach is much quieter than most. A favorite among locals, you won’t find too many tourists here which is a nice change from most of Thailand’s beaches. Don’t worry though, you will still find many lounge chairs to rent, food to eat and places to grab a cold drink…or even better, have a cold drink and a meal delivered right to your lounge chair while you just sit back and soak up the views!
Just 30km south of Hua Hin, you’ll find the stunning beach of Pranburi. The beautiful white sands and warm blue waters will instantly satisfy you. What used to be a quiet village is now home to numerous large world-class resorts and luxurious retreats. However, it is still not overly busy and you’ll be able to find a nice quiet spot on the beach to set up for a day of sun and sea. This area and beach will offer you privacy, unlike almost any other beach in Thailand!
7. Bang Saen
Bang Saen beach, located in the Chonburi Province is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. This beach is extremely popular with locals looking to enjoy a weekend of sun, sand, and swimming! Here you can find thousands of lounge chairs, food and drink options, and even beach front massages. You can also rent bicycles nearby to cruise the 4.5km beachfront strip and choose your favorite spot to set up for the day.
8. Koh Samet
Koh Samet is a lovely island located off the coast of Rayong. The island’s exterior is covered with white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters, while the interior is made up of jungle, resorts, shops, restaurants, and a beautiful National Park. The island can get quite busy on holidays and in peak season, however, due to the number of beaches, you’ll always find a great place to soak up the rays! Rent a motorbike and tour the island to try to find your private nook along the sea and enjoy a day of pure relaxation away!
9. Koh Chang
One of Thailand’s larger islands, Koh Chang lays just off the Province of Trat. This island has numerous small towns spread throughout and countless beaches. Lonely Beach and Khlong Kloy beach are the most popular on the island but both are quite large so you should never feel too crowded. If you’re feeling adventurous, we suggest renting a motorbike to tour the island and find yourself a private beach, you’ll be surprised how many there are. Unlike many of the other beaches mentioned, you won’t find a ton of lounge chairs for rent, jet skis or parasailing here. The island offers some water sports and is geared to tourists, however, it still holds it’s Thai charm and uniqueness.
10. Koh Kood
Koh Kood, also known as Koh Kut, is an island paradise that you think only exists in movies or on Instagram. This small island, located near Koh Chang, has a few of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Silky white sand, tilted palm trees swaying across the beach and some of the clearest waters you will ever see. You won’t find tons of beach vendors or water activities here, it’s simply paradise and all that you’ve dreamt of. Koh Kood is utterly and truly an island utopia!
We understand that Bangkok can be a lot to handle and not everyone’s cup of tea. However, its proximity to so many beaches and islands make it a great home-base or place to start your travels from.
Luckily, buses are running daily that will get you to each of these destinations. If you want to see the beaches down south, head to the Sai Tai Mai bus terminal, also known as the Southern Bus Terminal. If you’d like to see the beaches in the east and check out the islands mentioned above, you’ll need to depart from the Ekkamai Bus Terminal.
Wherever you end up, we hope you relax, soak it all in and enjoy your day at the beach!