East Coast Holidays: An Overview

White sands, gin clear waters and dramatic coastal scenery, the east coast of Thailand is home to a number of top-class beach resorts. The beaches are nothing short of superb, and there are some fantastic places to stay. The East Coast beaches are rightly famous and combined with superb Thai hospitality and hotels, they are a dream destination.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Koh Samui and the rest of the eastern Thai beaches are perfect to visit in our summer, making it a perfect summer holiday destination
  • If low tide coincides with dawn on Hua Hin beach, you can see Buddhist monks walking along the sand to their temple nearby

Luxury Beach Holidays on Thailand's East Coast

The coastal resort of Hua Hin lies half an hour's flight south of Bangkok, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. This is Thailand's original beach 'resort' and in contrast to some of the country's others, with their bright lights and nightlife, Hua Hin remains a much more peaceful, family-oriented place.

As well as beaches and watersports, activities in the vicinity of Hua Hin include trekking, elephant riding and golf. Hua Hin town itself has good shopping, including a nightly street market.

Think Thailand idyll, think Koh Samui, the archetypal tropical island. One of the first islands to be discovered by us Westerners, Koh Samui is still a firm luxury beach holiday favourite, especially due to its accessibility - it has direct flights from Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. Alongside picture perfect white beaches, Koh Samui has plenty of hidden coves and traditional Thai fishing villages, perfect for exploring.


Original Highlight

Strolling down the picture perfect beach with the soft, warm sand beneath, looking out over the crystal clear vibrant blue water and sipping fresh coconut juice. Koh Samui is famous for its thousands of coconut trees, and is often referred to as ‘Coconut Island’.

Katie, Original Traveller

A note on price

Thailand is great value for money, and can be done on a real range of budgets. Direct flights to Bangkok cost around £650 per person, and domestic flights are reasonably inexpensive. Super-luxe holidays that include stays at beautiful tented camps in the jungle and private beach villas on the coast will cost around £10,000 per person. However, choosing quaint boutique hotels means you'll pay more like £1,800 per person. Learn more about our pricing

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Flight from London

11:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs

Top picks for East Coast Thai Beaches

Four Seasons  Koh Samui

Four Seasons Koh Samui

East Coast Thai Beaches

Koh Samui is an island of beautiful beaches, but possibly the finest of all is home to the Four Seasons Koh Samui.

Where to stay

Soneva Kiri

Soneva Kiri

East Coast Thai Beaches

The beautiful Soneva Kiri is set amidst lush tropical rainforest on Koh Kood island, just a short and scenic seaplane flight from Bangkok, but feeling a world away from the bustle.

Where to stay

SALA Samui

SALA Samui

East Coast Thai Beaches

SALA Samui is a lovely boutique hotel in a prime location on Choeng Mon beach, on the north east corner of Koh Samui Island.

Where to stay

Kalya Residence at the Panacea Resort


East Coast Thai Beaches

Named after the Greek Goddess of healing, Panacea Retreat is an exclusive hideaway set amidst the tropical forests and green hills of northern Koh Samui. The luxurious multi-bedroom residences are set within private gardens, each boasting pristine infinity pools and sweeping views over the Gulf of Thailand coast.

Where to stay

Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa

Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa

East Coast Thai Beaches

Santiburi Beach Resort is on the unspoiled northern coast of Koh Samui, an island fast reinventing itself from hippy hangout to chic beach retreat.

Where to stay

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa

East Coast Thai Beaches

A spa retreat tucked away in the secluded southeast point of Koh Samui, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa is a haven for those in need of some well-earned r & r, and it has the eco-chic vibe down to a tee.

Where to stay

Explore East Coast Thai Beaches

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