With white sands, gin clear waters and dramatic coastal scenery, East Coast Thailand holidays are a winner, especially in combination with buzzing Bangkok and the cultural and adventurous north around Chiang Mai. The East Coast is home to a number of top-class beach resorts, beaches that are nothing short of superb, and typically top drawer Thai hospitality. 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 and golf. Hua Hin town itself has good shopping, including a nightly street market. Elsewhere on the east coast, if you were to think of a Thailand idyll, it's likely Koh Samui would feature, as the archetypal tropical island. One of the first islands to be discovered by Westerners, Koh Samui is still a firm 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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We had a great time. Everything went well and according to the plan. The hotels were all outstanding and in Samui we got a free upgrade to one of their residences with a private pool - what an experience.
The vibrant mega-city of Bangkok is only a hop, skip and a jump away from a bounty of east coast Thai beaches that offer a far more rugged beauty than the country’s western counterparts. While small fishing villages and rubber plantations may dominate the shorelines, it shouldn’t deter travellers. Hidden coves, lively local life and an undeniable charm ripple through every aspect of this eastern region and there are countless experiences to be had here.
Take a dip in the emerald waters surrounding the Ko Chang archipelago, immerse yourself in the culturally-rich town of Chanthaburi or wind down in the atmospheric provincial capital of Trat. Wherever you aim for along Thailand's east coast, you can enjoy an abundance of picturesque locations complete with striking architecture, wild jungles and deserted beaches. A trip along this coastline promises a holiday rich with exploration, memories and experiences that you’ll never forget.