Winter is coming and it’s time to start planning your tropical getaway! The best destination for those looking to escape the cold has to be Thailand, home to lush green jungles, amazing beaches and crystal-clear waters. But with more and more people choosing to avoid winter and chase some warm weather, your favourite Thai hotspots might be full of tourists – not the ideal way to relax! Luckily, we’re found the best-hidden beaches in Thailand, so that when you’re planning your perfect getaway, you will know exactly where to look for some sun, sand and tranquillity.

Freedom Beach – Phuket

Phuket has become known as a tourist hotspot, and as a result, its beaches are usually crowded, noisy and anything but relaxing. Luckily, for those in the know, there is a hidden gem nestled in the jungle which is home to clear waters and the kind of peaceful ambience that’s hard to find these days. The aptly-named Freedom Beach is a 300m-long strip whose privacy is thanks in part to its remote location. Getting there requires a trek through the hills and getting back is just as strenuous. Luckily long-tail boats depart from Patong Beach which can take you directly to Freedom Beach if you don’t feel like having a workout. Once you get there, you will feel like you’ve found your own private paradise. Lie on the sand and soak up some sun, go snorkelling and check out some amazing marine life, or make your way up the hill for some incredible panoramic views – the perfect spot for insta photos!

Ton Sai Beach – Krabi

Along the peninsula of Railey Beach in Krabi there are plenty of gorgeous beaches to relax on, but if you like your getaways a little wilder, Ton Sai Beach is the place to go. Situated between two limestone cliffs, it is only accessible at low tide, giving it a truly untouched atmosphere. While swimming can be difficult thanks to the rocky landscape at this beach, it’s great for those looking for adventurous activities. Rent a kayak, go scuba diving, or for those with rock-climbing experience, scale those incredible limestone cliffs and get some amazing views along the way. But for those content to stay on the ground, Ton Sai Beach is still an ideal spot to soak up some sun away from tourist crowds.

Ao Khao Kwai (Buffalo Bay) – Koh Phayam

The island of Koh Phayam is gaining a reputation for being Thailand’s latest “undiscovered” gem. Though it is gaining in popularity, it’s still perfect for anyone looking for a laidback holiday. Ao Khao Kwai, also known as Buffalo Bay, is an amazing beach on this island, featuring a beautiful mangrove forest on one end and amazing rock formations on the other. It’s a great spot to explore or just flop down on the sand with a good book and work on your tan. For a truly laidback escape, Ao Khao Kwai is the beach for you.

Kantiang Bay – Ko Lanta

Kantiang Bay is a fantastic beach retreat for those who are searching for a relaxed beach getaway. On the south of Ko Lanta’s west coast, this gorgeous stretch of beach is an amazing place to take a dip in the azure-blue Andaman Sea, soak up some sunshine or even learn to scuba dive. Even though it’s one of the country’s quieter beaches, it’s renowned for being one of the best dive sites in the country, so whether it’s your first time or you’re an experienced diver, you’ll be amazed at the incredible marine life living just beneath the surface.

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