Thailand has never been more popular with holidaymakers from every part of the world, with the promises of excellent weather, cultural sites and great value too great to resist. Amongst those who choose Thailand though, are those seeking seclusion, privacy and peace. This is where this destination comes into its own, with an impossibly strong selection of beaches waiting, off the beaten track.
For starters, why not go where the locals themselves go? That would be the wonderful province of Rayong. It's little surprise that the area has become a beloved Thai holiday destination with it's quiet, unspoiled beaches becoming renowned - and revered - across the entire country. This includes the stunning Laem Mae Phim Beach, home to the Centara Q Resort Rayong and the silky soft sands that is so typical of the area.
The Centara Q Resort Rayong provides a pleasant modern contrast to its more traditional surrounds, whilst also maintaining the relaxed vibe of the region. With subtle touches of light and colour, the resort still manages to blend seamlessly with this quieter part of Thailand, proving for an excellent option to find a beach for yourself.
Elsewhere, Koh Chang is an emerging spot that is drawing in sunsoakers, whilst still being off the beaten track. Sometimes referred to as the 'Maldives of Thailand', Koh Chang is an island with a strong variety of beaches each befitting of a different visitor - meaning the choice of where to stay is an important one.
As you might expect from the name, Koh Chang's Lonely Beach isn't a busy one, but it has begun to draw in more visitors over recent years, prompting a friendly and often exciting atmosphere. With an overall harmonious and romantic atmosphere, the area is the ideal setting for the brand new Nest Sense Resort which has Lonely Beach at the forefront of its glorious views. The opening perhaps indicates a move towards the upmarket for the island.
A short ferry ride from the ever-popular Koh Samui will bring you to Khanom, a little town with plenty to offer those seeking escapism. With tradition running through its veins, this tight-knit area looks as if it's been untouched and unaffected by the outside world for years. This is reflected in its ten beaches, which range from sparsely visited to completely empty.
The fascinating nature found around the town is equally as appealing, with the pink dolphin colony a regular set of visitors and the area's major tourist attraction. Other highlights include a tiny sea turtle shelter, intriguing caves, a pair of stunning waterfalls and a 700 years-old temple, all of which are made all the more special by the distance they feel from the rest of the world.
Koh Lipe is another less well known beach destination, but one that is really starting to make a name for itself. Featuring stretches of sand of phenomenal quality, you'd be forgiven for believing that the beaches here were in the Seychelles, rather than Thailand. Situated in the far south, Koh Lipe is actually easier to access by ferry from Langkawi, Malaysia than it is from Thailand itself.
Part of the Tarutao National Marine Park, the island is a great spot to do a spot of snorkeling with dive sites close by and ready to be explored. Despite its detached location, choice is welcome luxury here. Whether it's accommodation (a modest bamboo hut or a luxury resort) or its food (Thai street food or deluxe international cuisine) you'll be able to holiday your way and still escape it all.
Moving away from the beaches for a moment, Ranong is also a spot which certainly warrants mentioning. Currently a border town, Ranong is one with a big future as the main gateway to the beautiful Mergui Archipelago in Burma, where you can have your pick from thousands of untouched beaches. So watch this space, because Ranong, like Thailand as a whole, looks to be perfect as a hub to visit other countries.