When you’re travelling around on a budget, every little bit of money saved is precious. Days out can be costly if you head towards the tourist strips, and beach days can be expensive if you choose to go to the most crowded areas. Having said that, I love a beach day, and I’ll explore a little in order to find a secluded or fun beach, depending on how I feel, which won’t cost me the earth. If you’re heading to Thailand on your next adventure, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of stretches of beautiful sandy beaches that won’t break your travel bank.
Here’s a few of my favourite beaches which will keep you well within budget
Maya Bay, Phi Phi Leh
Now, you will probably have seen this beach on the TV because it is where Leonardo DiCaprio filmed The Beach. The beauty remains, and because it is a national park you will have to pay to get in – more than worth it however! Once you’re in, the beach is so quiet that you won’t be hassled for drinks and snacks every five minutes, and you can simply relax and take in your stunning surroundings, framed by towering rock formations that drop dramatically into the sea.
Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
You don’t need me to tell you that Koh Samui is a backpackers’ dream, however over recent years it has become extremely touristy. Don’t let that put you off however, as I’ve always found that when you’re travelling around places that might not have your home comforts to hand, visiting somewhere that does makes for a refreshing change. Easily accessible, and as stunning as you would expect it to be, Chaweng Beach is a fantastic day out.
Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe
If you want quiet, you’ll find it here, and if you want lively, you’ll also find it here. Sunrise Beach is my idea of a paradise Thai beach – that powder white sand and brilliant blue sea that we all dream of. This beach is huge, and it’s a popular backpacking spot, making it cheap enough for those on a budget. If you want to cut costs on getting to Koh Lipe then jump on a boat from Phuket for a cheap option.
Lonely Beach, Koh Chang
This is a huge island so it makes sense that there’s plenty to see and do. For me, the beautifully named Lonely Beach is a wonderful place to lay your head and check out the scenery for a few hours, and this being a popular backpacking island means costs are also low.
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