Four of the “Top Ten beaches in Asia” are in Thailand, including two in Phuket and two in Krabi, according to a viewership-rated Travellers Choice listing compiled by the popular global travel website TripAdvisor.

Phuket’s Nai Harn beach is in the ‘Top Three’ with Railay Beach (Krabi), Kata Noi Beach (Phuket), and Phra Nang Beach (Krabi) coming in respectively thereafter.

The Travellers’ Choice beaches were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveller reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period.

Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “Thailand’s world-renowned beaches attract millions of foreign and domestic tourists every year. We are delighted that they have been recognised by TripAdvisor travellers. This is exactly why the Royal Thai government is working hard to ensure that proper quality control measures are enacted and enforced to avoid congestion and preserve their pristine condition.”

Here is how the TripAdvisor website rated the four Thai beaches:

Beach Location Best Time to Go
Nai HarnBeach Rawai All Year-round
Railay Beach Krabi All year round
Kata Noi Beach Phuket Nov – April
Phra Nang Beach Krabi Nov – April

Complementing the unparalleled natural advantages of Thailand’s beaches and islands are world-class facilities that make all the difference to a holiday in the sun. Accommodation is nothing short of superb whatever one’s preference or budget; including tropical spas for relaxing and rejuvenating body and mind, a whole host of sporting options from scuba diving to golf at champion courses and not least of all superb fresh seafood dishes for which Thailand is famous.


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About The Tourism Authority of Thailand: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (T.A.T.) was established in 1960 by the Royal Thai Government to be specifically responsible for tourism promotion. In 1965, T.A.T. opened its first overseas office in New York. Since then, T.A.T. has established 21 offices in different parts of the world.