The Cleanest Beaches in Thailand during 2017

Every year, the Pollution Control Department of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry assesses the environmental quality of tourist beaches around Thailand. The criteria for the assessments are as follows:

  1. Air and water pollution including any residue in the sea and on the beach
  2. Conditions of natural habitat and value to tourism
  3. Environmental management
  4. Tourism management

Out of a total of 390 beaches, the following thirteen beaches around Thailand were awarded five stars:

  1. Toey Ngam beach, Chonburi, in an area under the supervision of the navy’s Sattahip Marine Command.
  2. Laem Sala beach, Khao Sam Roy Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan.
  3. Ao Manao beach of the air force’s Wing 5, Prachuap Khiri Khan.
  4. Ao Kha, Ang Thong Islands National Park, Surat Thani.
  5. Sam Sao beach, Ang Thong Islands National Park, Surat Thani.
  6. Tham Rang beach, Ang Thong Islands National Park, Surat Thani.
  7. Thai Muang beach, Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Muang National Park, Phang Nga.
  8. Ao Kuak beach, Similan Islands National Park, Phang Nga.
  9. Mai Ngam beach, Surin Islands National Park, Phang Nga.
  10. Laem Tanot beach, Ko Lanta National Park, Krabi.
  11. Ko Rok beach, Ko Lanta National Park, Krabi.
  12. Pile beach, Than Bokkhorani National Park, Krabi.
  13. Ko Lidi beach, Phetra Islands National Park, Satun.

What is probably not surprising, is that many of these beaches are unheard of and won’t be found in any “best beach” list on TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet. They also don’t have any five star resorts or easy access by public transportation. Two of the beaches are in areas controlled by the army and most of the rest are in national parks. Some of these are closed during the monsoon period in order to allow for rejuvenation. Which probably explains why they are pollution free. Back in the day, Phuket and Samui may have made this list. But sadly, those days are long gone. What we have now is not sustainable tourism. It is crazy that only 3.33% of the 390 beaches assessed are deemed clean enough to deserve a five star rating. With millions more tourists expected to arrive over the coming years, the future for Thailand’s natural resources doesn’t look so good.

I am posting the list in Thai as well as you might find this easier to google the name to find pictures.

  1. หาดเตยงาม (หน่วยบัญชาการนาวิกโยธิน สัตหีบ) จ.ชลบุรี
  2. หาดแหลมศาลา (อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาสามร้อยยอด)
  3. หาดอ่าวมะนาว (กองบิน 5 กองทัพอากาศ) จ.ประจวบคีรีขันธ์
  4. หาดอ่าวคา
  5. หาดสามเส้า
  6. หาดถ้ำร้าง (อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะอ่างทอง) จ.สุราษฎร์ธานี
  7. หาดท้ายเหมือง (อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาลำปี-หาดท้ายเหมือง)
  8. หาดอ่าวเกือก (อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะสิมิลัน)
  9. หาดไม้งาม (อุทยาน หมู่เกาะสุรินทร์) จ.พังงา
  10. หาดแหลมโตนด
  11. หาดเกาะรอก (อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะลันตา)
  12. หาดบิเละ (อุทยานแห่งชาติธารโบกขรณี) จ.กระบี่
  13. หาดทรายเกาะลิดี (อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะเภตรา) จ.สตูล

Sources: Khaosod (Thai language) and ThaiPBS (English language)

9 thoughts on “The Cleanest Beaches in Thailand during 2017

  • January 3, 2018 at 11:53 am

    …And now, by naming all those beaches, more people will know about them, meaning more people will visit them, resulting the inevitable…

    • January 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Not true.. We’ve been to Phi Phi National Park where there were lots of people and the water and the beach looked as on the pictures.

  • January 3, 2018 at 11:54 am

    They are the cleanest because nobody goes to them lol

  • January 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I went to Laem Sala Beach twice with my family. Just to the cave and hiking. The beach is beautiful but I don’t know about clean though.

  • January 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    A pointless list aimed at counterbalance the far worst “rubbish beaches” list, which is endless.

    • January 3, 2018 at 3:03 pm


      So very true, I have been cleaning Jomtien Beach for almost 16 years, most of those years daily, installing poster made by me, approved by Pattaya City Hall, in many languages, with pictures (still do) fixing places for Toxic Cigarette Butts, passing out posters in many languages, am sad to say it continued to get worse, had been suggesting to Pattaya City Hall, also in local papers, including the Bangkok Post to start imposing fines, having people do community service, some cases jail time and letting prisoners clean the beach also one must start at low tide and work their way up, I see many (staff) working the other way…:(
      Almost 80 I was praying to make a difference, before I went to sky…


      Gerry aka KOTO “Keeper Of The Ocean”

      • January 3, 2018 at 5:55 pm

        You’re doing a great job Gerry and I’m sure many people have appreciated your efforts. Keep at it. Thumbs up.

  • January 3, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Get ready for a new headline “13 5 Star beaches downgraded after dramatic increase in visitors”.

  • January 5, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    I just visited Bang Tao (Laguna Beach) and it was reasonably clean, and not as crowded as the rest of the beaches in Phuket. But then, this was my first visit to Phuket.


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