Black sand beaches in Thailand 


Thailand is famous for its gorgeous beaches with pristine white sandy shores and bright blue waters, especially in southern provinces like Phuket and Krabi. 

Unknown to many, however, Thailand also has special black sand beaches travellers can visit to have a seaside experience like no other.    


1. Nangthong Beach, Phang Nga


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You might know Phang Nga for its famous island called Koh Tapu, also known as James Bond Island, as it was featured in a James Bond movie called The Man with the Golden Gun

Aside from that popular spot, what you have to put on the list when in Phang Nga is a hidden black sand beach along Nangthong Beach

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The whole beach might seem to have just ordinary white sand, but there is a small corner where the sand turns black due to mining work in the past. 

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It’s recommended to visit the beach in the evening at around 6pm, which is the best time to catch the sunset. 

Nangthong Beach
Address: 91 Phetkasem Rd., Khuekkhak, Takua Pa, Phang-nga, Thailand. 


2. Prapas Beach, Ranong


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Koh Chang, Koh Payam, and Koh Kangkao are the most popular attractions to visit during a trip to Ranong province. 

But we recommend taking the time to find this secret spot located inside Laem Son National Park to enjoy a black sand beach and peaceful vibes on Prapas Beach.

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The black sand here is a result of wood chips that had been washed up on the shore, which stayed there for a long time until they turned into fine dust. 

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There are homestays located around for people who need to escape from their busy lives too. Find more information and contact the locals here

Prapas Beach 
Address: Laem Son National Park, Kamphuan, Suk Samran, Ranong, Thailand. 


3. Saidum Beach, Trat 


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Saidum means “black sand” in Thai, and this black sand beach in Trat province is surrounded by the preserved mangrove forest Laem Makam

This 1,500m black shore comes from slag and crushed seashells called limonite. Locals believe that the black sand is good for the skin and even offer visitors a black sand spa in the middle of the mangrove forest. 

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Aside from the beautiful black sand, you can also check out a popular spot that has a wooden bridge with a small pavilion for a photo. 

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In order to see the wide black beach, you should visit the place during low tide. You can ask for more information about the place and the perfect time to visit via its tourist information centre page.

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Saidum Beach 
Address: Laem Makam National Preserved Forest, Laem Ngop, Trat, Thailand. 


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A getaway trip to the sea is always the perfect choice to recharge your energy after a long week of working. 

Change things up from the bright blue sea with white sand to these black beaches and make unique memories to take back home.

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