Phuket Attractions | Phuket Beaches: Patong, Karon, Kata, Bang Tao...
Phuket is popular for many individual reasons but it's the combination of Great Weather, Beautiful Beaches, Exciting Nightlife and Excellent Shopping that makes it the perfect holiday destination. To really get the most out of your visit to Phuket need to visit a few of the beaches which are located most prominent on the west of the island.
Patong Beach is the best known beach on Phuket. Here you will be sharing the sand with most of the other tourists in the area, and you can gaze on a wide assortment of water-craft as they buzz back and forth over the bright blue water. If you want excitement and nightlife, this is the place to be. Patong Beach Hotels and Resorts
Karon Beach is to the south of Patong beach and is roughly half the size but much more family friendly. It's also good for those who like to avoid the hectic Patong crowds. Still, this beach is well developed, with hotels and good seafood restaurants. Karon Beach Hotels and Resorts
Kata Beach is a mini Patong, complete with hotels and very suitable for a variety of activities from surfing to sailing. This beach is divided by a rocky promontory (a piece of land that projects from the coastline) to form Kata Yai and Kata Noi. These beaches generate a more intimate feeling and even feels like a hidden beach even though it's not, further enhanced by a small island out from the shore that can be easily reached by swimming out. Kata Beach is popular for honeymoons along with a high percentage of 4 and 5 star resorts in the area. Kata Beach Hotels and Resorts
Nai Harn Beach
Nai Harn Beach is a arguably one of the prettiest beaches on Phuket. The locals prefer this beach to the hustle and bustle of Patong although amenities outside of the resorts are fairly limited, but that's what makes Nai harn Beach so special. This quiet and tranquil beach has only a handful of hotels is a popular places for in-the-know locals to enjoy a sundowner and relax in one of the local restaurants. Nai Harn is also a great beach for swimming but extra care should be taken during May to October as there can be strong undertows. Nai Harn Beach Hotels and Resorts
Cape Panwa is just a ten minute drive from Phuket Town, but once you are there you will feel as if you have travelled back in time. This is one of Phukets most relaxing places, where the rubber and palm tree plantations exist side by side with just a resorts. The sand is not as fine as other more westerly facing beaches and the water is fairly shallow and not particularly good for swimming, but it's a great escape if you just want to get away from the more developed areas of Phuket. Cape Panwa Hotels and Resorts
Moving north past Patong is Kamala Beach. It's not a huge beach but big enough so that you never feel crowded, it's great for swimming and there are submerged rocks and corral at the very north of the beach which makes a perfect snorkelling location. Restaurants are plentiful so you can have lunch or refreshments somewhere new almost every day. There are also water sport activities available at Kamala Beach including Jet Skis, Surfing and para-sailing. Kamala Beach Hotels and Resorts
Laem Sing Beach
Laem Sing Beach used to be Phuket's best kept secret, it used to be the beach that no one knew about, but it's such a nice beach that all the people who did know about it kept showing their friends. Located between Kamala and Surin beach the access points used to be hard to spot (now just look for the bikes and cars parked at either of its two access points) . What is so nice about this beach? It is perfect to sunbathe or to snorkel. The main part of the beach is brilliant white sand. Along the edges you will find rock outcroppings that just begged to be climbed, snorkelled around and generally investigated. There are a few small Thai style restaurants and a friendly atmosphere.
Surin Beach is another very popular beach with beautiful white sand and no shortage of restaurants and bars. It doesn't have the same water sports as Patong Beach which for many is a welcome bonus and there's no shortage of dining options either. Surin beach has the widest variety of restaurants available from fine dining and trendy beach clubs to beach restaurants and local street vendors. There's even convenient free parking. Overall a beautiful family friendly beach but swimming during the monsoon season should be done with care. Surin Beach Hotels and Resorts
Bang Tao Beach
Bang Tao Beach is Phuket's second longest beach, with around 6km of white sand end to end. Surprisingly it's also fairly quiet, the main reason for this is the lack of access, there's no "Beach Road" as you would normally expect and as such all access is via the resorts in the area. These resorts are nicely spaced and if you're inclined to walk along the beach a little there's virtually no one around. near the resorts there are several little restaurants, shops, water sport facilities but it's still fairly subdued. if you venture away from the resorts where there are no people there are also no facilities. Bang Tao Beach Hotels and Resorts
Layan Beach is still the quietest, undeveloped beaches on Phuket and it's just the perfect getaway beach. There's a restaurant, a small bar, an even smaller convenience store for essentials like sun cream and snacks and that's about it. There are only a few high end resorts in the area but they are not noticeable from the beach and the only other developments in the vicinity are private villas. It's because it's not mainstream that makes it so wonderful.
Nai Thon Beach
Nai Thon Beach is further north and is another Phuket gem. The journey to Nai Thon is almost as enjoyable as the beach itself, you definitely feel like you're being rewarded when you arrive. During high season this is an idyllic beach with just enough resorts and restaurants provide everything you need. During the monsoon season Nai Ton basically goes into hibernation so time your visit right. Nai Thon Beach Hotels and Resorts
Nai Yang Beach
Nai Yang Beach is even further north (just 10 minutes south of Phuket Airport) so it's a good 40 minute drive to get here from Patong. It's easiest to describe Nai Yang if you split it in to two. The north end is completely natural with no development at all (as it's part of the Sirinath National Park) and as such is a local favourite for families, groups of friends enjoying picnic parties in the large shady areas next to the beach. Several food vendors usually gather along the roadside to prepare all the classic Thai dishes, sweets, drinks and local fruits. Nai Yang Beach Hotels and Resorts
The south end is slightly more commercial and developed; bars and restaurants line the middle part of the beach, however this is still a working beach and care should be taken to stay away from fishermen's nets and equipment.
Mai Khao Beach
Lastly the most northerly beach on Phuket is Mai Khao Beach. Not only is it Phuket's largest beach but because it's part of the Sirinat National Park, it's also largely underdeveloped. The sand is quite coarse and it's not a great place to swim due to steep drop offs to the Andaman Sea. If you like romantic strolls along the beach then this is the place for you. if you love planes then this is also a great beach to watch Phuket Airport arrivals as they make their final approaches to Phuket Airport. Mai Khao Beach Hotels and Resorts
Last Updated: 13 Oct 2011