My Personal Paradise: Thailand’s Andaman Coast

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This week’s #FriFotos theme is PARADISE.  I’ve been fortunate to see hundreds of beautiful places around the world — but no place exemplifies “paradise” to me better than Thailand’s Andaman Coast.

Here are all the things that make the Andaman Coast my personal paradise:

The views, and the hidden beaches — like this one in Koh Lanta National Park.

Lighting lanterns on the beach and releasing them into the sky — like we did here in Ao Nang.

The limestone formations, like these famous ones off Koh Phi Phi — you won’t see limestone like this on Thailand’s other coast!

The ramshackle restaurants built into the side of cliffs — like this one in Koh Lanta — where you sit on mats and watch the sun set over the Andaman Sea.

Watching local fishermen come home for the day, fish in hand, on every beach you can imagine.

Longtail boat restaurants!  A sustainable form of business in Railay on a beach that is protected from new construction sprouting up.

Commandeering a longtail boat to Koh Phi Phi Leh and feeling like a goddess!

The occasional odd sight — like the penis cave on Phranang Beach in Railay.

But most of all, the sunsets.  Especially Koh Lanta‘s sunsets.  Every night is like a performance!

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26 thoughts on “My Personal Paradise: Thailand’s Andaman Coast”

  1. Looks beautiful Kate. I recently read somewhere that this area is really overrun with tourists which spoils the experience a bit. Was that your experience as well or should you maybe go there at certain times of the year only?

    1. I was there in November, which was NEARLY high season but not quite (it rained for a bit most days). It definitely gets more populated in the high season. Phi Phi is always crazy crowded. Lanta could use more visitors, though.

  2. Beautiful photos. Love the last one with the sunset. My boyfriend and I are starting our backpacking trip in September and we’ll eventually make our way over to Thailand and I can’t wait for the food and gorgeous islands!

  3. I love your photos of the Andaman coast! I just landed in Thailand about 3 weeks ago…”unfortunately” we could only come in the monsoon season for the Andaman coast, so right now we’re checking out Koh Phangan and Koh Samui where the weather is gorgeous!

    We’re headed to Bangkok next week…any tips on which neighborhood we should stay in? I think we’ll shy away from Khao San for now…

  4. Taking my daughter to Thailand in June. Going to spend time in CM and want to spend time in south on coast. Driving me crazy trying to find just the right place. I know it is the rainy season but then i see posts that the Andaman coast isn’t that bad during this season. We only have a couple of day s and want something non-tourist but would like to snorkle, kayak and take in beauty. I’ve read gulf coast should have better weather (ko tao, ko samui) but the snorkling and views aren’t as good there. We really don’t want to be in the tourist trap of ko samui either. is there a place with locals where we can do these things without the tourist schtick?

  5. Hi kate,

    I would like to recommend my country, the Philippines. we have a lot of beautiful tourist destinations here like Boracay, Coron Palawan, Palawan Subterranean River and Chocolate Hills in Bohol 🙂

  6. Kate,

    The restaurants built into the side of cliffs at Ko Lanta, where are they and what are their names? Intend to make a trip there

  7. Hey Kate! Is there any hostels I should know of in Koh Lanta? I’ll be traveling there solo and would love a good recommendation of a good hostel!

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