From the south end of Patong Beach, follow a steep twisty road up and up until it swoops down toward this enchanting cove. You can also hire a longboat and arrive via the coast for a less vertiginous journey. Whichever way you choose to get there, Paradise Beach more than lives up to its evocative name. An access fee means no crowds, and the coral reef just off the shore prevents jet-skis from disturbing the heavenly peace.
You actually get two beautiful beaches for one in this small sheltered bay. The main beach, barely 150 meters long, enjoys divine views across Patong Bay. Follow the path that leads across a small headland to reach a second, even more intimate strip of velvety sand. Relax in the generous shade of palm trees or go snorkeling around the rocky capes that enclose and protect the beaches. The coral reef is a diver’s wonderland. Inject some adrenaline into your visit and try out body-boarding, or take a relaxing kayak trip around the headlands for a fresh look at your beautiful surroundings. No vendors tout their wares on Paradise Beach. When hunger strikes, head to one of the restaurants that line the back of the beach for some Thai-style refreshments.