Phuket island has some of the best beaches in Thailand, with a large choice of beaches to suit all tastes. The tropical blue water and soft white sands on the island make it an ideal place to spend a relaxing holiday. Here are just some of our favourite beaches in Phuket, there are many more and you could easily spend weeks here just beach hopping ! Which is your favourite beach in Phuket ? We’d love to hear about your favourite Phuket beaches here
1. Bangtao beach
Bangtao beach is one of Phuket’s longest beaches, historically it was used for tin mining, but now it is a place for holiday makers and luxury resorts. Dry season from November-April is an excellent time for swimming here. There are plenty of restaurants, travel providers and other tourist facilities here. This beach is the perfect place for relaxing, it is very clean and far away from the noise. This beach is easily accessible by motorbike or car.
2. Patong beach
Patong is the party capital of Phuket with lots of bars and nightclubs. Plenty of sun beds are available here, beachwear, beers and towels can also be bought without even having to leave your sun bed. This beach is crowded in high season but to find the clear water, head to the north end of the bay. This beach is not just for swimming, water sports and activities such as jet Skiing and parasailing can be done here, and if you are tired of all these things you can have a Thai massage on the beach, under a bamboo hut or on your own sun bed.
3. Karon beach
Karon beach is the second largest beach of Phuket. It is one of the best tourist beaches in Phuket with only two rows of sun beds, so it’s not deep, but it is one of the longest beaches on the island. This beach is not as crowded as Patong beach. Luxury hotels and resorts are just a few steps away from the beach. Karon is home to the Dino Park mini golf located south of the beach and it also has good spots for children snorkeling
4. Surin beach
Surin beach is well known for its clear water compared to other beaches. It is the first home place for 9 hole golf courses in Phuket. The south end of this beach is perfect for snorkelling. If you are tired of sun bathing, you can enjoy surfing, parasailing, jet skiing instead. There are a number of restaurants lined up along the beach.
5. Kata beach
Kata Beach is a curving, white sand and clear water beach next to Karon beach. It is one of the famous beaches in Phuket where the sun beds are quickly occupied. To get one of sun beds here, you have to come early. Water activities such as Jet skies, Surfing, Parasailing and some other activities can be done here. The southern part of the beach can be interesting for children where they can see lots of fishes.
6. Freedom beach
Freedom beach, 6 km from noisy Patong is a very cool place to spend time. It is located at the south of Patong at the foot of green hill where sun beds are placed under the palm trees. Long tail boats are available in Patong to go to this beach. It is one of the most famous beaches with soft white sand and it’s very clean too. Water sports activities are forbidden on this quiet beach.
7. Paradise beach
With the improved road from Patong to Paradise beach, more and more tourists go to Paradise beach to swim in clear water and relax on this quiet beach. This beach is nice and small with soft white sand, greenery in the back ground, clean and tidy with lots of green plants. This beach is not good enough to swim due to rocky bottom but very good place to do snorkelling. It’s very easy to get a sun bed and relax with different choices of Thai and International cuisine served here.
8. Kata Noi beach
Kata Noi one of the finest beaches in Phuket with easy access from the road and never crowded. It lies south of Kata beach with less hotels and developments. The beach has crystal clear water and white soft sand. This beach is well known for its scenery and the small evergreen Poo Island can be seen from here. From the month of May to October it can be dangerous for swimming but surfers enjoys surfing in this period of high wave.
9. Kamala beach
Kamala beach, used to be a fishing village but over time it has changed. It can be described as a family beach which is not frequented by the tourist crowds, unlike it’s busy neighbour – Patong beach. The North part of the beach is suitable for swimming. This beach is wide and white sand with tropical blue water. Sun beds are available at low cost and tourists won’t be bothered by the street vendors. Some water sports can be done here. Hotels from low cost to luxury have been developed here with the growing arrival of tourists.
10. Nakalay beach
Nakalay Beach, located in Nakalay Bay in between Patong and Kamala, is just 4km from Patong beach. Nakalay Beach is the private property of our very own Thavorn Beach Village Resort, a four star resort with excellent hospitality and services. Water sports are strictly forbidden here. There is also a private jetty in the middle of the beach which is very good for swimming off from to see the sea angels and fishes. It is a perfect place to spend a day with the family, relaxing on the beach, getting a tan and drinking cocktails or a cold beer.
Phuket Beach Travel Tip –
The rainy season in Phuket from May-October can bring the unpredictable conditions for the swimming, so better watch the warning flags on the beaches. If the red flags are up, it is best to stay out of the water completely.
Have you visited any of these stunning beaches in Phuket ? If so, please feel free to share your Phuket beach travel tips here ……
……..Br Ranjan Khoteja, Intern, Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa - Phuket ,Thailand