Northern Gulf Beaches Travel 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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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 Gulf Beaches

  • 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.

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Thailand’s Northern Gulf beaches are close to Bangkok, so a popular option for those looking for some final relaxation at the end of a multi centre Thailand holiday, or tour of South East Asia.

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