Why head for Thailand’s beaches?
Thailand has been in the beach business for a long time, with warm water and weather, good food, friendly relaxed people, comfortable accommodation and at low cost compared to the Caribbean, Indian Ocean or Pacific island paradises.
Phuket and Ko Samui are the only beach areas with international airports, which makes them convenient but crowded – particularly with packaged people. However, Thailand’s roads are generally excellent and transport is comfortable and reliable, so a flight to Bangkok followed by a bus/minibus or perhaps short flight to the region of your choice is no hardship.
Thai beaches are frequently large, coated by soft white or beige sand, well serviced and in settings that are often strange but mostly comfortable, busy but relaxed.
For calmest waters choose east beaches, Gulf of Thailand, though access is a little less convenient than west coast beaches as Phuket has an airport. The Gulf side exception is Koh Samui which has its own airport and is considering building another (which is a pretty good reason to avoid that island as it’s often uncomfortably busy).