Thailand is known within Asia and around the world for its breathtaking beauty. Thailand’s beauty is highlighted in its heavenly beaches, known for their white sand and celestial blue waters. Since this is such a coastal country, there are plenty of these magnificent beaches to visit during your travels there. While visiting these beaches, you should also plan a day or two to spend snorkeling, and take in all of the beauty not only from above the water, but below the water as well.
Thailand is separated into seventy six provinces. One of these provinces is Phuket, and is becoming one of the must visit destinations for snorkelers. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, about the same size as Singapore, and is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges. Since Phuket has its own airport, the province is very accessible and it is possible to spend your entire vacation in Phuket enjoying the beauty above and below the waters.
Banana Beach is a hidden gem on Phuket. Although Phuket is becoming more and more “tourist-y” as it caters to the tens of thousands of tourists that flock here for its beauty each year, Banana Beach has someone managed to remain under the radar, leading many locals to call Banana Beach the “last hidden beach of Phuket”.
Since the beach is not visited by many tourists, the shallow clear blue water around the beach has been left undisturbed. This undisturbed water makes it an ideal place for snorkeling, as so many beautiful fish swim closely to the beach. Thus, you will not have to pay expensive fees for a tourist agency to take you out to a reef or to a section of the island which they have paid to keep secluded in order to see fish. You can see marine life at your own leisure and enjoyment, and then lay on the quiet beach under swaying palm trees to relax.
Also in Phuket is the Ao Sane Beach. This beach is comprised of three smaller beaches separated by coves. These coves are an excellent first snorkeling spot for people who have less experience, and since the coves are on the beach and surrounded by rocks, people who have a fear of swimming in open water can also enjoy snorkeling here. Since the coves are smaller, only small fish will be seen here and some small marine animals. It is however still beautiful and is a great starting platform.
The Similan Islands are nine islands located in the Andaman Sea and are part of the Phang Nga Province. They harbor much more famous snorkeling spots and if you are hoping to snorkeling in any spots around these islands it is best if you plan a two day trip at minimum, since the boat road to the islands is long and can be tiring. The trip however will be well worth it!
The water off these islands are warm and clean, making it possible to see the stunning coral and marine life beneath. Since the water is so clear, even a cheap underwater camera will be able to take stellar pictures, so invest in one before your trip. Lots of turtles live in these waters, and they have become accustomed to people swimming around them. Therefore, they are not camera shy, and you will be able to enjoy the beauty of turtles and will be able to take awesome pictures of them to show your friends and family back home without a lot of effort.
Thailand and its surrounding waters are absolutely beautiful, and anyone who loves water or snorkeling must visit here. With three beautiful locations highlighted above, along with hundreds of other snorkeling destinations throughout the country, visiting Thailand is a must.
Where do you believe is the most breathtaking snorkeling in Thailand?