The beaches of Thailand are the hottest beaches I’ve been to! The temperatures were in the 90′s. They’re clean, white sandy beaches with beautiful blue water. The water was like bath water. All I did was take a million pictures.
First I spent a few days in Phuket. About an hour from the airport is a nice beach called Kata Beach. Packed with people from all over on “holiday.” The water is similar to when Mark & I were at Kaanapali Beach in Maui. Waves come crashing up on shore making it fun to ride the waves in. Some people not paying attention get tumbled over by the powerful waves… ha! Mark was having a blast in the water. I laid under an umbrella & tried a “Phuket Paradise” cocktail. The sun is so strong here… seriously! This is the most important tip if you want to travel to these beaches: WEAR SUNSCREEN & DO NOT BE IN THE SUN VERY LONG. At breakfast Mark saw a family of 4 that all get sunburned. The 2 children were so burnt, he said it looked like they had 3rd degree burns. People who live here & lay out do not get tan, they get black. I suggest you wear SPF 50 & don’t stay in the sun for more than an hour. I’ve never seen so many burnt people in my life!
Take a 2-hour boat ride & you reach the Phi Phi Islands. We stayed on Phi Phi Don where all the nice resorts are located. You can’t leave your resort unless you want to take a boat into town to pick up some groceries but that’s about all that’s there. Of course the resorts all have restaurants & bars on location.They are beautiful beaches to see!
I never made it to Phi Phi Leh where the movie The Beach staring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed. No one lives on this island. You can take a boat to Phi Phi Leh’s Maya Bay for some snorkeling & pictures on the beach.