Beach resorts near Bangkok make a welcome break from the crazy city atmosphere and if you only have a few days free, there are some great places to stay in Hua Hin, Cha-Am or even Pattaya.
Even though these are the most popular places to visit for a few days, there is no need to limit your itinerary to these beachside suburbs.
Let's get started and explore beach resorts near Bangkok.
If you are looking for somewhere reasonably close to Bangkok to get away for a few of days, then there are a number of seaside towns within easy driving distance of Bangkok, that are worthy of consideration.
You can take a car or the airport bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport to some of the best beach resorts near Bangkok, or you can take the van from Mo Chit bus station.
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Hua Hin is a laid back Royal town, full of interesting things to do and places to see and is also a well known destination for golfers.
In fact there are several high-quality golf courses in Hua Hin that offer a challenge to any avid golfer.
Some of the most popular Hua Hin golf courses include:
There are also local Golf Courses including
These courses can still be quite challenging and they generally have the availability of club and shoe rentals, carts and caddies, so no need to bring your gear.
Whether you are a seasoned golfer or just play for fun, the Hua Hin area offers a great golf experience for visitors with different skill levels and with many international standard golf courses to choose from, it is the ideal location to get some serious practice.
On a short weekend taster you won't get to do everything in Hua Hin, but be sure to bring your camera along as there is plenty to keep you occupied.
When you need somewhere to stay in Hua Hin then there are also many mid-range and high end resorts to cater for all budgets, whether you be photographer, golfer or beach lover.
On the following page these two resorts are highlighted as well as an Agoda link to many more Hua Hin hotels.
Driving Time - 3 hours
Distance - 220 km
Cha-Am is slightly closer than Hua Hin if driving from Bangkok, but it is also for more laid back breaks.
If you like lounging around the pool with a good book, then you are sure to find some peace and relaxation here.
On the following page this resort is highlighted as well as an Agoda link to many more Cha Am hotels.
Driving Time - 2.25 hours
Distance - 173 km
Pattaya is more then sea and sand; there is everything here for the family and more.
Explore a Pattaya beach resort on your next trip to Bangkok or Bangkok layover.
On the following page these two resorts are highlighted as well as an Agoda link to many more Pattaya hotels.
Driving Time - 1.75 hours
Distance - 149 km
Here in Jomtien you can be steps away from the beach with a great selection of good hotels.
Less hectic than Pattaya but still with water activities and beach food. Jomtien makes a great weekend break from the city of Bangkok.
On the following page one resort is highlighted, as well as an Agoda link to many more Pattaya hotels.
Driving Time - 2.0 hours
Distance - 152 km
A couple of hours away from Bangkok is the popular island of Koh Samet.
This beach resort near Bangkok is blessed with powdery white sand, turquoise waters and a great choice of small hotel accommodation it makes the ideal getaway location if time is short.
On the following page these five beachside resorts are showcased, as well as an Agoda link to many more Koh Samet hotels.
Driving Time - 2.25 hours + ferry journey, total 4-5 hours
Distance - 220 km
Situated to the East of Bangkok is the town of Rayong. Easy to drive yourself or inexpensive to organise a driver from Bangkok or directly from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Write up of the visit to the Centara Q Resort Rayong is still in progress, but it is a nice little hotel, directly on the beach and has a great buffet breakfast and good swimming pool.
If this sounds interesting, then check out this Agoda link to the Centara Q Resort Rayong.
Current pricing is from USD $83.
Drive Time 2.5 hours
Distance - 182 km
Next on the list of Bangkok beach resorts covers off the Eastern seaboard of Thailand.
The write up on Chao Lao beach resorts will follow shortly, but I have stayed at the Chao Lao Tosang Beach Hotel in Chao Lao a couple of times.
It is a 3-star hotel in an interesting part of the coastline and is worth a visit if you have transport, as there are a few things to see within a short driving distance.
When I suggest beach resorts near Bangkok, then this is probably on the upper end of the driving distance, when you define "near", but it takes the same time in a car as it would take on the bus to some of the other places.
At Chao Lao Tosang Beach Hotel the very cheapest rooms are in a 4 floor block at the rear, with sea views, the bathroom is quite small and the rooms get a lot of sun in the day.
If you can afford a little more then the beach-front rooms are great value, some are absolute beach front and others just behind them.
Some of these are family rooms, ie they come with two bedrooms with a living space inbetween and to my mind are absolutely great value.
I booked one of these once when staying with another couple.
You can find out more about pricing and availability of the Chao Lao Tosang Beach Hotel at this Agoda link.
Current pricing is from USD $117.
Drive Time 3.5 hours
Distance - 237 km
If you plan your trip carefully you can easily escape Bangkok and spend a couple of days at one of these Bangkok beach resorts.
If you like wild partying, then Pattaya could be for you, but for a more laid back family style location, Hua Hin has something for everyone.
Jomtien is close to Suvarnabhumi Airport and is on the beach and less hectic than Pattaya, whilst Cha-Am is a great place to take a book and have a romantic getaway.
There are even Bangkok Beach hotels down in Rayong that are worth visiting for a few days.
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Which is the closest beach to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport?
The nearest beach to Bangkok Airport is Bang Saen beach, but the most popular beach for overseas tourists is Pattaya Beach.
With regular taxis and buses from Bangkok Airport it makes the ideal destination for International travellers.
Read more about transportation to Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Which is the closest beach town to Bangkok?
Bang Saen is the closest beach town to Bangkok and with its foreshore scattered with umbrellas and eating places, it is the ideal destination for a day of gorging on fresh seafood.
Frequented by Thais on the weekends and Public Holidays can make it very busy at these times.
Which is the best beach near to Bangkok?
I think that the beaches on Koh Samet are the best powdery white sand that you will find anywhere, together with the crystal clear water and choice of hotels makes this destination difficult to beat.
Koh Lan would come a close second for crystal clear water, which is surprising considering its proximity to the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. It has easy access from the Bali Hai pier in Pattaya, with regular ferries and speedboats in operation.
Page Revised May-2023