It isn't easy picking Thailand's special beaches. First, its been done before. Second, the whole damn coast is a best beaches highlight reel. So here's at least some cream of a bumper crop, to be squabbled and huzzahed over.
Bangkok's Suvarnbhumi International Airport is a major Asian hub and budget carriers like AirAsia have made travel to Thailand from cities in the region, notably Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and as far afield as England significantly easier in recent years.