No Thailand holiday 2010 is complete without visiting some of its magnificent beaches. Here are five of our favourites...
Kata Beach, Phuket
Kata Beach offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere and is located in Southern Phuket. The area is well known for some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. Waves during off season can get quite high relative to other beaches in the area, attracting a number of surfers.
Railay Beach, Krabi
The picturesque scenery includes small islands on the horizon and amazing cliffs. Activities in the area include rock climbing, swimming and snorkelling. The beach is only accessible by boat meaning it is often less crowded than other popular beaches.
Sairee Beach, Koh Tao
Koh Tao is another island that is very popular with divers. Sairee is the longest beach on the island and stretches for a mile as far as the headland in the north. The area includes beautiful scenery, palm trees and warm water ideal for swimming.
Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
Chaweng is the most popular beach on Koh Samui for good reason. It has everything you look for a in a beach including white sands, palm trees and clear and warm water. The area includes beautiful scenery, palm trees and warm water ideal for swimming.
Haad Rin, Koh Pha Ngan
Haad Rin is probably best known for the Full Moon parties it throws. Party goers from all round Thailand travel here every month to take part in the music, dancing and celebrations. There are other events at different times of the month including a half moon party and there is always an excellent atmosphere.