We will be traveling to Thailand the beginning of January 2015. We'd like to spend a few days at a Thai beach or island, so I'll give you a couple conditions we need to observe and also a little about what we like and dislike.
It needs to be a place we can reach by airplane, automobile, train or bus. Unfortunately, boat travel is out unless it is a very, very short – say five minute – ride.
We are both in our 50's and not really "beach" people. A a quick dip in the ocean is nice but a couple hours sunbathing is usually more than enough for us over the course of a vacation. However, we do enjoy being at the beach for accommodations, dining, cocktails or just a nice stroll. We very much enjoy dining and are both adventurous eaters, including spicy food. Short sightseeing drives and exploring are nice and we love to walk, however, nothing too rigorous (hey, it's vacation). The landscape, people, culture interest us. Again, boats are out. We want to go to the beach because it seems to be a big part of Thailand. Plus, it will be a nice way to unwind at the end of our trip.
We do not need a five-star (or even four-star) hotel, just something reasonably comfortable and well-located. We both hate beach resort strips, if we wanted that we could go to somewhere much closer to home like Cancun. For dining, we're game for anything from street food to nice restaurants though we usually prefer something casual, laid-back and if decent wine is to be had, all the better (if not, though, beer and cocktails can certainly suffice). Other than the above mentioned drives, we'd prefer not to have to drive to do things.
Thanks for your help.