There is so much to do in Bangkok, you could easily while away a few days here or even a week. But if you’re just stopping off en route to somewhere else, here’s what Nathan would do with 24 hours in Bankgkok…
Hidden Beaches of Thailand
Famed for its white sand beaches and amazing food, Thailand is normally the first stop for people who want to experience Asia. The trouble we have is that people increasingly associate it with busy beaches and backpacker bars. Thailand however still has some amazing hidden gems, here are a few of our favourite beaches that are away from the tourist-trodden path…
Ok, so it’s only two hours away from Bangkok and does receive plenty of tourists from the city, but if you know where to look you can find some absolute hidden gems. Stay at the Paradee Resort – with stunning villas set on its own private white sand beach, this is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and it’s so easy to get there.
“I would recommend villa 104, which has its own pool that runs sideways onto the beach. There’s nothing like having a cocktail with a stunning view of the beach and sea, but not getting your feet sandy!” - Chloe, Thailand specialist
This one is not for everyone as it does come with a hefty price tag, but it would however be remiss not to mention this stunning untouched island only a short private flight and speed boat away from Bangkok. The Soneva Kiri is one of the best resorts in Asia the 36 private villas are beautifully finished in local materials, for aficionados of luxury resorts it is an absolute must.
This again is not a new place to those who have travelled around Thailand, most knowing the beautiful islands visited by speed boat here such as James Bond Island. However, if you stear away from the main area near Au Nang there are some little known beaches to explore. The TubKaak Resort is one of our favourite places to stay in the area – perfect for those who are looking to have access to town but love a boutique beach property with lots of style and character.
“The TubKaak Resort is paradise; I didn’t want to leave my bean bag on the beach even for a moment! Thankfully the bar man brought my gin and tonic over so I didn’t have to!” - Peter, Thailand specialist
Don’t let Khao Lak’s noisy next door neighbour Phuket put you off, this is the perfect area for those who enjoy stunning beaches and is great if you want to do some island hopping. The best boat trips are from Casa De La Flora to the Similan Islands – commonly recognised as one of ten most beautiful dive sites in the world. There are a few other resorts offering stunning white sand beaches, but for lovers of snorkelling and diving Casa De La Flora is hard to beat.
“Khao Lak is great, not only for its white sand beaches but for its location too. It is only one hour away from Khao Sok national park, making it perfect for people who want to combine jungle and beach.” - Chloe, Thailand specialist
Even though it’s only three hours from Bangkok, Koh Munnork is more than a little bit off the beaten track. If you like the idea of surviving in the wilderness but secretly want to be able to retreat to luxury at the end of the day, look no further. Koh Munnork Resort is the only place on the island where you can stay; they supply you with a survival kit on arrival and it only gets better from there.
This little island’s big brother Koh Samui is known for its golf courses, stunning beaches and luxury hotels, but if you venture just a 30 minute speed boat ride away, you get to this lovely little island gem. The Treasure Resort is perfectly located on white sand beaches with the typical stunning turquoise water.
“The Treasure Resort is perfect for snorkelling, and coming back to a pool villa at the end of a day on the beach is an absolute win.” - Peter, Thailand specialist
Koh Lipe is one that has been kept quiet for a long time. It is still relatively undeveloped, but a few more luxury places are starting to crop up. Accessible from either Thailand or Malaysia, the highlight of Koh Lipe is the stunning water and white sand, and the lack of tourists! This is definitely one to head to before it becomes as popular and busy as the nearby island Langkawi.
“You don’t even have to snorkel to enjoy the underwater world of Koh Lipe; just wade out from the beach looking down at the coral and abundance of fish.” - Chloe, Thailand Specialist