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.


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

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

Resort Pool, Ritz Koh Samui

Ritz Carlton Koh Samui

East Coast Thai Beaches

The soon-to-open Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui sits on the north tip of Thailand’s second largest island and overlooks the picturesque Plai Laem beach.

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

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

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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