Phuket - Thailand - Beaches

There is a multitude of beaches here to satisfy every kind of traveller. Rent a jeep or a motorcycle and explore Phuket's varied beaches.

Travellers exult over the wealth of activities Phuket offers but it is the beautiful beaches, balmy air and warm sea that are its principal attractions. So spend the first day enjoying the one that fronts your hotel. By the second or third day, you may ant to know what lies over the next hill. The following is a brief description of Phuket's main beaches and their facilities.

Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, located in the Andaman Sea of southern Thailand.

Phuket Thailand

Phuket's beaches share the same powdery sand, blue-green water, casuarina trees, palm trees and strutting mynah birds, yet each is unique and each satisfies a different kind of traveller. You may find it attractive to be a beach gypsy, moving your accommodation from one bay to the next as you wander down the coast. If you arrive on a morning flight, consider renting a jeep at the airport and driving around the island until you find a beach you like. This is not recommended during the high season when it is hard to find a room on any beach. Phuket's beaches line the western shore.

Mai Khao (North)

Mai Khao

With 9km (5 1/2 miles) of snowy white sand this is Phuket's longest beach. Its crystalline sands are devoid of litter and it is one of the island's two beaches that remain in a pristine state. The adjoining mangrove area is now preserved as the new Sirinat National Park and includes a visitors' centre. Dine at one of the small thatched restaurants on the northern end. They serve excellent seafood at very low prices. Construction has been banned here, so there are no accommodations avaliable. It is the only beach in the area filled with wide Cicadas and they are found profusely near the airport. The sea Cicadas are a kind of insect blending hamoniously with the color of the sand. Villagers catch them to eat.

Mai Khao

Nai Yang (North)

Nai Yang

Fringed by a forest of tall casuarina trees, the northern half of this beach is a national park and is thus secure against encroachment by developers. Prized and protected are its Ridley Sea Turtles, which lay their eggs between November and February, and its sea anemones. The Parks Department maintains several bungalows which can be rented for 200-800 bath each by contacting the office in the middle of the park. Swimming and sunbathing are permitted but you will have to find your own changing room. The Pearl Village Resort anchors the southern end.

Nai Yang

Nai Thon (North West)

Nai Thon

As you travell down, on the coast road on the way to Ban Thao, you will find this small but beautiful beach, at the south end of the beach, if you climb over the rocks, you will find another small and more private beach, some people like to come here for a nude swim. The beach have mostly tourists coming here for sunbathing, but a few local characters can be found. There are several restaurants and accomondations here to choose from.

Nai Thon

Bang Thao (North West)

Bang Thao

Although this beach is dominated by the Laguna Phuket integrated resort development which comprises five luxury hotels - including The Banyan Tree Phuket and Sheraton Grande Laguna - it is possible to find a quiet corner to swim. A very nice beach where you can relax from all the noise and people you normaly find at the more popular beaches. Here you can also rent jet-skies and other watersporting equipment.

Bang Thao

Pansea (North West)

Pansea

This beach has a beautiful cove anchored by huge boulders. Its pocket-sized beach is shared by The Chedi and Amanpuri hotels and is effectively off-limits to outsiders.

Pansea

Surin (North West)

Surin

This is the second beach that has yet to feel the hand of a developer but for good reason; from May to November the water can have a dangerous undertow. Located at the foot of the hill. Here, nature has lavishly accorded beauty. Moreover, Surin Beach is another spot to view the sun set and it is conparable to Phromthep Cape in this respect.

Surin

Kamala (West)

Kamala

The setting is superb, a fishing village amidst coconut trees fronting the beach. Like Surin, however, its bay is cursed by a bad undertow. There are small, low-budget bungalows on the northern end, and one large, modern resort hotel.

Kamala

Nakhale (West)

Nakhale

This Beach is located on the way to kamla just after laem sing. It's a rather small and not that swim friendly beach, but a nice place to realx and get away from the overcrowded beaches. It's mainly occupied by the tavorn beach resort.

Nakhale

Laem Sing (West)

Laem Sing

An outstandingly beautiful beach, where waves crash against huge granite rocks and the compact beach is popular with expats. The only damper on the whole scene is an unexplainable and inescapable parking fee up on the main road, the first at any beach on Phuket.

Laem Sing

Kalim (West)

Kalim

Between kamala and patong you will find this beach.

Kalim

Patong (West)

Patong

A 4km (2 1/2 mile) long crescent beach 15km (9 miles) west of Phuket town, is the most-modern, fastest-paced and, some would say, the bost developed of Phuket's beaches. It holds the wildest array of watersports facilities, nightlife, shops and restaurants. Patong is, in short, for visitors who prefer a busy resort to a quiet, hidden beach. Patong has Phuket's largest hotels. The planning code stipulates that hotels be no taller than the palm trees. If so, Patong's trees must be botanical wonders since there is a hotel complex on the back road that towers 25 stories over the surounding countryside. If searching for a hotel by perusing a brochure, be aware that hotel names often revel more wishful thinking than truth: 'Bayshore' is separated by 150m (490ft) of concrete buildings from both the 'bay' and the 'shore'. Another hotel advertising '150 metres beach front' could mean that it is 150m from the beach, not exactly in a position to enjoy the gentle surf unless a tidal wave hits. When considering a hotel, check the ads carefully and ask questions. Among the better hotels found here are Amari Coral Beach, Patong Merlin, Holiday Inn, Club Andaman and Phuket Cabana. Patong's beauty is enchanced by rocks extending into the sea. Home to a great number of corals, this area is ideal for scuba diving to see the corals and life under the sea.

Patong

Emerald Bay (West)

Emerald Bay

This rather quiet and isolated beach, behind a mountain at the south of patong, is a relief from the crowded beaches, even after the development of a brand new luxuriouse hotel just a few hundred meters away, it's quite a beutiful place to relax and get away from the busy patong, yet so near. there is a one or two local restaurants here, that serves food and beverages. Even if the coral in the water somewhat limits the swimming, and putting your feets down, it's truly one of the better getaways on the island.

Emerald Bay

Karon Noi (West)

Karon Noi

This beach contains a single hotel, Le Meridien Phuket. Nevertheless, like all beaches in Thailand, this one is public too.

Karon Noi

Karon (West)

Karon

One of Phuket's loveliest beaches, but unfortunately, one of its most treacherous during the monsoon season. Morning glories cover a sandy ridge separating the beach from the back areas, giving some privacy and chelter from the noise of passing cars. Karon Villa is found on the northern end of the bay. The sands are fine and clean.

Karon

Kata Yai (South West)

Kata Yai

Club med chose this beach for its second resort in Asia and for good reason - it is spectacularly lovely. Club Med and the Boathouse Inn provide the best accommodations here.

Kata Yai

Kata Noi (South)

Kata Noi

An idyllic setting, as a wide beach at the southern end offers snorkelling opportunities. The Katathani Resort is the hotel that dominates it. Both Kata Yai and Kata Noi are suitable for swimming because the sands and the sea are fresh and clean.

Kata Noi

Nui (South)

Nui

Right after the famous view point on the way from Karon/Kata beach you will find a small road leading into the forest and down to this well hidden beach. Here you also find a resturant and bar where you can rent various watersport articles. If you don't feel like driving the road down to the beach you can always enter this beach is by sea, just ask a longtail boat to take you there and then pick you up again in the afternoon.

Nui

Nai Harn (South)

Nai Harn

One of the loveliest beaches on the island, it lies between two ridges and faces the setting sun. Behind it is the beautiful lagoon that gives it its name. Offshore is Koh Kaew Yai island. Le Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club here is one of the island's premier hotels. On the southern tip is Laem Prom Thep, a noted beauty spot and favourite vantage point for watching Phuket's spectacular sunsets. The beach is not so long but clean.

Nai Harn

Ya Noi (South)

Ya Noi

Just On the way from Nai harn to Laem Prom Thep, you will find this small beach between two mountains, which gives it a very lovely location. Even if it's a bit rocky, it's a good place for snorkeling and diving.

Ya Noi

Rawai (South East)

Rawai

Lying beyond Leamka Cape, the route to Rawai Beach runs through thick coconut plantations permitting visitors to enjoy the nature and the sea. Rawai's rocky foreshore at low tide is a magnet for shell collectors. Next to it is a sea gypsy village. Thirty minutes offshore are Ko Bon and Ko Hae coral islands. The main hotel on Rawai is the Phuket Island Resort. The beach is not particularly good for swimming but longtail boats leave from here to offshore islands. Being the first resort for recreations in Phuket, its popularity has not waned with the passage of time. On Sundays it is particularly filled with local people in contrast to other beaches favored by foreign tourists.

Rawai

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