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.


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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’.

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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

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Top picks for East Coast Thai Beaches

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

Evason Hua Hin

Evason Hua Hin

East Coast Thai Beaches

Hua Hin is Thailand's original beach resort area, and in contrast to some of Thailand’s other beach resorts with their bright lights and nightlife, remains a much more peaceful, family-oriented place.

Where to stay

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

Belmond Napasai

Belmond Napasai


The Belmond Napasai sits on Koh Samui’s north shore, overlooking the gulf of Thailand, and is surrounded by 17 acres of lush tropical gardens making it the perfect secluded hideout. Whether you’re a lazy lounger who doesn’t want to flex a muscle all day or an avid adventurer ready to get stuck in, the shores of Koh Samui cater to all.

Where to stay

Six Senses Samui

Six Senses Samui

East Coast Thai Beaches

Six Senses Samui is located on a headland on the northern tip of Samui, set amongst 20 acres of indigenous plantings and offers stunning views of the surrounding sea and outlying islands.

Where to stay

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