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Five of the world’s top 100 beaches in Thailand, four near Phuket

FILE PHOTO: Koh Kradan

Five of the world’s top 100 beaches are here in Thailand, according to this year’s annual report from World Beach Guide. Although most of the top 100 are in Australia, Thailand scored five entries, including the #1 position for Best Beach in the World, at Koh Kradan in southern Thailand.

“The definitive list of the best beaches in the world. Think powder white sand, turquoise seas, permanent sunshine and only the lightest of breezes wafting through the palms that fringe the beach and you’re there.”

“…you don’t have to go to far off the beaten track to still find a pristine gem and the island of Koh Kradan is home to just such a beach.This stunning stretch of powdery white sand remain a relative haven despite being only a few kilometres off the mainland.”

Koh Kradan is a short boat ride from Trang.

Here are the other Thai entries in this year’s list…

Also in the top ten is Krabi’s Railay Beach…

“Railay is a narrow peninsula that is cut off from the surrounding area by high limestone cliffs. Whilst these cliffs are very popular with climbers it means that Railay is only accessible only by a short boat ride from Ao Nang or Krabi. This should be seen as a blessing as it has protected the resort from the tourist frenzy in nearby locations such as Ao Nang.”

Next at #17 is Phuket’s Freedom Beach…

Freedom Beach is one of the most beautiful with a 300m crescent of soft white sand and clear blue water backed by lush green mountains. Located on the west coast of Phuket, you can reach this private beach by longtail boat from Patong which lies just to the south. You can also take a strenuous hike down the cliffs path from the beach parking lot at the top of Patong Hill.”

Not far away at #20 on Koh Yao Yai is Laem Had Beach…

“Koh Yao Yai Island sits in the sparkling blue waters of the Andaman Sea. The name translates as “big long island” – but this is only comparison to the other islands of the Phang Nga Bay archipelago. Largely undeveloped, i.e. not blighted by mass tourism, this island has a number of idyllic beaches that could be straight out of Robinson Crusoe.”

And sneaking into the top 50 best beaches in the world is Ao Tanote Bay in the Gulf of Thailand…

“While just a couple of hundred metres in length, the beach at Ao Tanote Bay on the Thai island of Koh Tao still manages to make for an exquisite escape. Combining sun, soft sand and warm shallows, coconut palms edge the plant-covered hills providing a quintessential tropical backdrop.”

You can visit all of these beaches, except for Ao Tante Beach at Koh Tao, with 5 Star Marine.

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