Thailand, Off The Beaten Path
Thailand is known for it’s beaches. With world-class stretches of sands, it’s hard to find your own little spot to relax on. I have a few secrets for you, so keep these places close and your mouth shut because we don’t want word getting out about these awesome hidden sandy gems of Thailand.
A cute little island off the coast of Hat Pak Meng is this little treasure. With pristine white sands and clear blue waters, you will enjoy this spot very much. Bring your snorkel gear and explore some awesome marine life as well.
Hat Chang Lang
Just a bit south of Hat Pak Meng, on the mainland, is the lovely Hat Chao Mai National Park. The islands of Ko Muk and Ko Kradan are just off the coast here. Beach bumming on your own little slice of sand is a possibility here. Should you want to go to the islands it is easy to get a long-tail boat to take you. Ko Muk is a wonderful little island that has a vast cave you can swim through to reach a little lagoon on the inside of this massive rock. There will be plenty of tourists here on their day tour, but you will get to return to your little quiet spot as soon as you’re done.
Prachuap Khiri Khan
With this funky name, you might give up trying to find it, so just call it Prachuap for short. Everyone will know what your talking about…Except the tourists. This ‘off the tourist map’ place is a great stop over if you’re on the gulf side of Thailand. Here you will get to see the dramatic and beautiful karst mountains that make the Krabi province as popular as it is. While Krabi is being swamped with foreigners, you can bask under the sun on Ao Manao with little worries. The most amount of action these beaches get are some local kids splashing in the water. There is a neat temple on a hill here as well the adorable and friendly Dusky Leaf Monkey.
Koh Similan and Surin
With very little accommodation to choose from, you might just want to take a day trip here. There are tents available for rent from Similian National Park, and just a few bungalows on certain small islands. Getting here can even be a feat if you’re not on an organized tour. This is the spot to go diving as well. So while there might be quite a few diving trips that embark here, they will be in the depths of the ocean while you relax in your little haven.