Nothing says Phuket like a beautiful beach. And as the largest island in Thailand, the Pearl of the Andaman has its fair share. But with so many to choose from, where do you start? Here are some suggestions for you.
A beach that was once visited by the late King Rama IX in the 50s, it’s since become a playground for the rich and wealthy, with a number of high-class resorts and hotels nearby as well as a golf course. It’s not hard to see why it’s so popular; soft, white sand gives way to a scenic row of palm trees, while the sea itself has both light and deeper blue tones. A word of caution – the sea here gets deeper than in other bays, so be careful if you’re planning on swimming. Other than that, it’s an extremely pleasant beach with a number of good restaurants and bars just a short walk away.
Located just north of lively Patong Beach is Kamala Beach, almost a polar opposite to its noisy neighbour. Its calm, shallow waters make it ideal for families or those who want a relaxing time in the water, and its length means you won’t have to fight for a place to pitch your towel. With a fishing village nearby, it’s retained a sense of authenticity, which is rare in this part of Phuket. Extremely quiet in low season, once high season comes around it picks up a little bit with water activities available, but it’s still one of the most relaxing and quiet beaches on the island.
A favourite of many who come to Phuket, Karon Beach isn’t quite as popular as Patong but there’s still plenty to do other than sunbathe here. The rocky area around the south of the beach is a top spot for snorkeling, but for those who prefer a more high-octane activity it’s possible to rent jet skis on the beach too. Whilst the sand might not be as soft as some beaches, the length of the beach means you won’t be short on space. The waves can get pretty wild during rainy season, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop; nearby, there are a handful of bars that, whilst they might not match Patong, can easily provide an evening’s worth of entertainment.
Laem Singh Beach
If you’re looking for a beach that looks like it’s straight out of a tropical, hidden paradise, Laem Singh beach is the one for you. With its thick, green bush, large rock boulders and stature, it looks like a secret straight off a postcard, though the only downside is that it’s become much more popular in recent years than it once was. Still, it’s one of the most scenic bays on the island and a great place to spend a few hours. Inflatables and body boards can be rented from the nearby restaurants, and the snorkeling kits available allow you to take advantage of the clear water and explore the world beneath the waves.
The most famous beach in Phuket, whilst it’s not the most scenic by Phuket’s high standards – and certainly not the quietest – it offers more activities than any other beach and has an unrivaled nightlife scene, so no list is complete without it. By day, it’s busy with tourists renting jet skis, riding banana boats and drinking on the beach and, come the night, it’s party time. Popular with young tourists due to its party atmosphere and close proximity to the neon lights of Bangla Road, you either love it or hate it, but everyone should experience it.
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