Northern Gulf Beaches Guide

Two to three hours from Bangkok, you’ll discover Thailand’s beautiful Northern Gulf Beaches. Pattaya is a holiday playground with a vibrant nightlife, whilst Cha’am and Hua Hin offer a more relaxing Thailand holiday.

The islands of Koh Samet and Koh Chang are hidden gems with beautiful sandy beaches washed by the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

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Discover the Northern Gulf Beaches

Whether you want to snorkel in the warm sea, embrace exciting local nightlife or enjoy historical treasures, our Asia experts can include a variety of activities and experiences in your holiday.

Things to do around the Northern Gulf

  • Enjoy a fun and entertaining evening at a Tiffany Show in Pattaya
  • Visit Wat Mahathat’s beautiful seated Buddha statue
  • Marvel at the natural illumination of Khao Luang Cave and its Buddha images
  • Snorkel or scuba dive off the shores of Koh Samet
  • Explore the Summer Palace of Petchburi
  • See one of Thailand’s most beautiful train stations in Hua Hin
  • Relax on the white sand beaches of Koh Samet
  • Visit the Sanctuary of Truth, a temple carved from wood
  • Shop till you drop in the impressive Hua Hin Market Village
  • Hike to natural waterfalls in Mu Ko Chang National Park

Getting There

The Northern Gulf beaches of Thailand are most easily reached via the bustling city of Bangkok.

By Air – Bangkok has two main airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport, which are both roughly 30km from the city centre.

By Road – Buses, taxis or private transfers from Bangkok take around 2 hours and buses depart every 30 minutes to Pattaya.

By Boat – After you’ve travelled from Bangkok by road, you will need to take a boat to finish your journey to Koh Samet. It takes a total of 3 hours by road and boat to reach Koh Samet.

Combine With

Northern Gulf beaches are close to Bangkok. You can combine them with the city, Northern Thailand or Thai island resorts for a fabulous Thailand experience. Or you can add Cambodia, Burma or any other Asia destination.

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Northern Gulf Beaches Hotels & Activities

Our favourite hotels and resorts in and around the Northern Gulf Beaches are chosen for their location and value.
These are a great base from which to explore the area on a day tour or go further afield on an overnight experience.

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