1. Phulay Bay
Set amongst lush jungles and dramatic limestone karsts, this bay on the Andaman Sea offers abundant opportunities for kicking back, which is best done-if you have the bucks-at the super-luxe Ritz-Carlton resort that enjoys a prime position on the water. And if you tire of relaxing, head to the nearby elephant reserve for some exotic thrills.
(Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Phylay Bay)
2. Maya Bay
While you may not see Leonardo DiCaprio, this stunning bay, an expanse of placid water almost completely surrounded by a ring of limestone cliffs, was the setting for his chilling paradise-gone-wrong flick, The Beach. But you won’t have it all to yourself-these days, in part because of the fame it gained from the film, Maya has become a busy stop on the tour boat trail. Still, it’s definitely worth a visit.
(Photo by Tim Johnson)
3. Koh Lipe
Named “The Perfect Beach” on National Geographic Traveler’s “Best of the World 2012” list, this rugged, remote island-accessible only by boat-features at least two prime beaches (Sunrise and Pattaya) and coral reefs that are part of the Tarutao National Marine Park and teem with up to 25 per cent of the world’s tropical beach species.
(Photo by Arenberg/Flickr)