Phuket Attractions | Phuket beaches: Kamala Beach
Kamala beach is situated in an enclosed, sheltered bay. It is surrounded by gentle hills covered in lush forest. The beach itself is lovely, with its pearl white sands and crystal blue waters. If you want a beach where you can sun bathe in peace and tranquility, yet stay close to civilization, Kamala is the place for you. You can stay all day on the sand, or rent a long-tailed boat and go snorkeling at the north end of the beach.
The nearby fishing village hasn't yet given way to rampant commercialism -- here is where you find a remnant of Phuket as it was before the tourist invasion. The town is a bit on the sleepy side with its village markets, cozy authentic restaurants, and friendly people. It makes the perfect antidote for the guest who is overwhelmed by the fast-paced lifestyle that too many of us lead.
This is where retirees, long term visitors, and expats in the know come to stay. It's where friends chat in a small restaurant or bar after a relaxing day of sunbathing and snorkelling. The nightlife reflects this preference—there are things to do, but the offerings are more low-key than in Patong. More restaurants are opening as the area becomes more popular, but the area hasn't lost its easy, relaxed personality. If you fall in love with Kamala (as many do), check out some of the luxury villa developments going up in the area.
It is amazing that Kamala has kept its old time charm. The 2004 tsunami wiped out the local school, obliterated roads, and crushed the beach bungalows. But Kamala has revived, and its people have such a strong local community that they rebuilt "new" Kamala in the same pattern.
Last Updated: 10 Sep 2010