Most visitors looking for the best beaches in Thailand are heading to the South, where the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao attract thousands of visitors every year. But the truth is that Thailand is a tropical paradise no matter where you land – even if that means you're touching down in Bangkok first.

With over 10 million residents, Bangkok is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Southeast Asia. As a result, it's more about skyscrapers and urban beauty than about sunbathing near the water. But if you're in the capital for a while and longing for some sand and sea, you still have options. From small islands just outside the city to larger beach towns a day trip away, you can still get the best of both worlds close to the capital. Find some tropical inspiration with our list of the best beaches near Bangkok

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