All Phuket Beaches ?

Like you’ve never seen before, we cover all Phuket Beaches below. Yes, no kidding, we really cover all 52 Phuket Beaches!

Phuket Island has some of the most memorable beaches in Thailand and all of Southeast Asia. In the video below, we show you all Phuket beaches on the west coast of this incredible southern Thailand island with links to each one. Nearly all of these Phuket beaches face west and offer fantastic sunset views.

You’ll see in all the beaches to follow that Phuket has a wide range of different beach types to match the interests of every kind of visitor. Whether you like to be in the center of the action, or on the outskirts enjoying a peaceful day under towering trees with a soft breeze blowing, you’ll find the perfect kind of Phuket beach for you as you watch this video.

Best Phuket Beaches on the West Coast

This is a collection for you to choose from only the best Phuket Beaches on the island. Choose one of these and you cannot go wrong. Phuket’s west coast beaches are known for their stunning beauty, amazing sand quality, and the potential for perfect dinners on the beach at sunset. Browse some of these beaches below or choose from the entire list of all Phuket Beaches below.

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Alex 2 Beach | Phuket Beaches

Alex 2 Beach is a small beach that is out of the way, and not usually packed with people. If you want to get away from Patong, this is about as far as you can get. How this beach came to be named Alex 2 – is anyone’s guess. Someone knows the story, but we cannot find it online. If you know, let us know!

Alex 2 Beach Clubs

There is no Beach Club at Alex 2 Beach

Alex 2 Beach Restaurants / Bars

There are no Restaurants or Bars at Alex 2 Beach

Alex 2 Beach Accommodations

There are no Accommodations at Alex 2 Beach

Alex 2 Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: The very southern point of Phuket, and the southernmost beach is Alex 2 Beach. If you go south on Highway 3047 to Soi Chado Road and go south, you’ll hit the beach after the road dead-ends.
  • GPS Data: 07° 45` 33” N, 98° 18` 45” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 21 / 19 / 50
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Going west around Promthep Cape, you’ll find Yanui Beach. Going east, you don’t need to go far to find Pak Pahng Beach.
  • Direction Facing: Southeast.
  • Beach Length: 175 meters (191 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 18 meters at the widest point (20 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 3’150 m2 (3,767 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: The sand is nice, there are large rocks all over the beach, and it adds to the country environment.
  • Ocean Bottom: Covered with rocks and coral – not great for swimming, but snorkeling is good when the waves are flat.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None, bring some freshwater to rinse off with if going in the water.
  • Beach features: Alex 2 is a rocky beach that is great for sitting around and enjoying the solitude of southern Phuket. The trees behind the beach are dense, and there will probably not be many people around.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? None here
  • Umbrellas? None
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fee. Better to come by longtail boat.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No – too many rocks, too shallow.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-8m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: It’s easy to visit one of the most popular natural attractions on Phuket Island before or after you see Alex 2 Beach. Go see Promthep Cape, just west of Alex 2 Beach
  • Activities: Whatever you bring to do! Bring a flying disc; bring a drone to take video and photos of the shore (register with Thai police first); bring snorkeling gear, and don’t forget to bring a beach mat.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? None, too rocky.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: As with any remote beach, personal safety is something you cannot take for granted in Phuket or anywhere in Southeast Asia. If there is nobody on the beach, you might not want to be there yourself. It’s always a good idea to go in a group.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes

More about Alex 2 Beach

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Ao Sane Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Ao Sane Beach Phuket is on a rugged part of Phuket’s southern coast, filled with rocks under the water and on the beach. The snorkeling here is excellent, and the beach is absolutely stunning to look at. Very few tourists or locals visit this beach, but if you’re looking for great snorkeling on-island, Ao Sane is one of the best and can save you a trip by boat to one of the islands.

Ao Sane Beach Clubs

None right in Ao Sane but see beach club listings in our Nai Harn Beach listing!

Ao Sane Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Mahasamutr Sunset Bar – just around the bend from Ao Sane Beach, going east on the highway toward Nai Harn, this little bar and restaurant gets great reviews for the food, drinks, and service. Multi-level seating and a bonus is the sunset view for dinner. Restaurants on Ao Sane were either not highly rated or have too few ratings for us to recommend them. Go to Mahasamutr Sunset Bar above for the best experience. Also check out our Beach Club and Restaurant listings for Nai Harn Beach, just a short ride down the coast.

Ao Sane Beach Accommodations

  • Baan Krating Phuket Resort – a 3-star hotel on the hill above the highway passing by Ao Sane Beach. Reviews are pretty positive, and the price is right, starting around 1,300 THB. This is a basic hotel without frills but offers a nice location and beach bar.
  • Ao Sane Bungalow – we can’t report much about these bungalows, there aren’t enough reviews of the property online, nor can we find a room rate. We’ve reviewed photos and the bungalows are very small, big enough for a bed and restroom, and that’s probably all. The walls are made of particle board. Still, it somehow got a 4 out of 5-star rating by guests, despite some people absolutely destroying it in their review. Not recommended.
  • The Naiharn – if you don’t want to camp in your room in a bungalow, and you’re not enthused about Baan Krating above, go straight over to Nai Harn and book at The Naiharn for about 5,000 THB per night and you’ll thank yourself in the morning! Super-positive reviews and a lovely property in one of Phuket’s most scenic areas. Views of Nai Harn Beach, the windmill, and Promthep Cape.

Ao Sane Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Southernmost part of Island
  • GPS Data: 7° 46’ 41” N, 98° 1’ 49” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 20 / 18 / 46
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Nui Beach to north; Nai Harn Beach to south.
  • Direction Facing: South
  • Beach Length: Section #1: 185 meters (202 yd); Section #2: 68 meters (74 yd)
  • Beach Width: Section #1: 8 meters (9 yd) on average; Section #2: 13 meters (14 yd)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 2’364 m2 (2,827 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Sand with large rocks.
  • Ocean Bottom: Filled with rocks.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, at the restaurant.
  • Beach features: Rocky at the ends of the beach – all sections (rocks north end, shallow reef, etc.)
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, on the east side of the beach.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, on the east side.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No, too many submerged rocks.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 5-10m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: N/A – very small beach.
  • Activities: Quite good for snorkeling, one of the prettiest spots on the island. Swimming and relaxing on lounge chairs under the umbrellas is what most people do at this beach.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Southernmost part of Island
  • Surfing? No breaks
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks under the water, do be careful while swimming or wading.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

More about Ao Sane Beach

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Ao Yon Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Ao Yon Beach, also known as Ao Yon Yai (big Ao Yon Beach) is just south of Phuket Town on the end of an irregular shaped cape on the southeast side of Phuket Island. Ao Yon Beach is not the most beautiful spot in Phuket, but it’s somewhere scenic to go if you’re in town and craving the beach and don’t want to go for a drive. Ao Yon Beach is not all that clean during the monsoon season. Ao Yon Beach faces southeast and offers great sea views and a direct line to Koh Mai Thon Island to the southeast. The large section of beach is great for taking a walk, or for a picnic at lunch time. The water at Ao Yon Beach isn’t so special, there is waste-water runoff pipes leading into the bay and the smell of sewage can be off-putting. During low-tide, the beach becomes a large mud bog, too soft to walk in and find shells. The water here is usually quite flat and kayaks are available to rent in at least one spot.

There are a multitude of boats in the bay, some of which are due to visitors at the Phuket Yacht Club. The atmosphere at Ao Yon is very laid back and you won’t find so many people wandering about. You will find some people in the restaurants and bars on the beach.

Restaurant prices are moderate to high – and that should be expected being so close to Phuket Town. This is where a lot of people working in town come for a lunch or dinner break and to enjoy the chill vibes and the ocean views.

Ao Yon Beach Clubs

Brasserie Yacht Club – consistently good reviews. They serve western and Thai food – including good bread. Only one vegetarian dish on the menu. A bit pricey, but generous portions. They have a nice wide-open spot with plenty of room for a group. Nice views!

Ao Yon Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Chom Ao Coffee and Food Restaurant – not quite on the beach, there is a street between. Views of the ocean on tables facing across the road. Reviews mention good prices and food. Probably better for lunch and choose one of the clubs above for dinner and drinks.

Ao Yon Beach Accommodations

  • Bandara Villas Phuket – set up on the hill overlooking Ao Yon Beach, these well-appointed villas get good reviews for the views, the rooms, and the activities available during the day (paid and free). Many reviewers commented on the food being the weak point of their stay. Private pools with each villa – starting around 6,000 THB per night.
  • Villa Baan Amandeha – luxury villas on Ao Yon Beach starting at 12,500 THB per night. Excellent reviews, and they have another property in France. Ultra-modern, chic property with style and elegance. Try this one!

Ao Yon Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: On a peninsula in the southeast, just south of Phuket Town near the Phuket Aquarium
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 45” N, 98° 23’ 28” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 24 / 12 / 43
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Panwa Beach is to the southeast, and another beach with the same name is to the west.
  • Direction Facing: Section #1: Southeast; Section #2: South-southwest
  • Beach Length: Section #1: 685 meters (750 yd.); Section #2: 366 meters (400 yd.).
  • Beach Width: Section #1: 10 meters (11 yd.) on average; Section #2: 8 meters (9 yd.).
  • Estimated Beach Area: 6’850 m2 (8,193 square yd.) / 2’928 m2 (3,502 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Mostly sand with rocky ends of the beaches.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sand and some rocks.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Restrooms at the restaurants. No showers, but not a great place for swimming either.
  • Beach features: Rocky at the ends of the beach – all sections (rocks north end, shallow reef, etc.). Shallow water excellent for kids if no stingrays present. Soft sandy bottom in the center of both sections of beach.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, next to the Brasserie there is a small part of the beach where you can rent a sunbed
  • Umbrellas? Yes, next to the Brasserie there is a small part of the beach where you can rent a sunbed
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, there are frequently boats anchored here. There is some protection from winds blowing from the east, north, and west. Brasserie Yacht Club is in the middle of Ao Yon Beach and rated as having good food and service.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 6-15m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: N/A – very small beach.
  • Activities: Sailing lessons given here at Sail in Asia Co.; Phuket Party Boat Island Cruise – dinner cruises from Skyhigh Yachting Co.; Speedboat and yacht charters at Coral Seekers.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No breaks.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Stingray caution.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes

More about Ao Yon Beach

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Ao Yon Noi Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Just east of Ao Yon Yai Beach is Ao Yon Noi Beach. This one is much smaller, and some people prefer it because there are even fewer people. This is a real locals beach, but of course you’re free to hang out!

Ao Yon Noi Beach is smaller, quieter, and cozier than Ao Yon Yai Beach just beside it. It’s a little harder to reach, but persevere, and you’ll find it and be glad you did.

Ao Yon Noi Beach is 350-meter-long with some shade trees and sand great for either catching some rays for a tan, or just walking around and enjoying the serenity of the place. You’re probably not going to come over this way to the Cape unless you’re staying in a resort here, or you’re in Phuket Town and need a break for a nice meal or a walk on the beach.

There are two excellent restaurants here at Ao Yon Noi Beach, and you should try both of them if you get a chance. Both restaurants on Ao Yon Noi Beach get great ratings from customers. More info see below in the beach facts section.

Sunsets can be very nice when the sky turns fire red like Phuket sunsets often do – the entire sky lighting up in a rich tapestry of reds and oranges.

Ao Yon Noi Beach Clubs

None

Ao Yon Noi Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • The Cove Phuket – right on the beach just east of the center of Ao Yon Noi is one of the most delicious restaurants on Phuket, and the main reason you should come to Ao Yon Noi Beach. Pizzas, seafood including pan-seared ahi (tuna), and of course Thai food, keeps mouths watering at The Cove. There is outdoor seating on a patio above the beach. Exceptional reviews, possibly the highest of all Phuket restaurants. Apparently, the owners have a boat you can charter for excursions including fishing.
  • Ship Inn Bar & Restaurant – another little place in the center of Ao Yon Noi that’s nothing more than bamboo huts on the beach and a concrete bar. Very high ratings for food and service.

Ao Yon Noi Beach Accommodations

  • The Cove Phuket – offers comfortable accommodation with sea views. Free WiFi is available. Bungalows and villas feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a full minibar. There is also a safety deposit box, a seating area and a private bathroom with a shower. This property is also rated for the best value in Panwa Beach! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

There are no other hotels or resorts in Ao Yon Noi but if you want to stay close-by, we list a couple in the Ao Yon Yai page.

Ao Yon Noi Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Located on a bay in the southwest corner of Cape Panwa.
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 51” N, 98° 23’ 45” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 24 / 12 / 43
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Panwa Hotel Beach is the next named beach to the east, but before there are a number of sandy spots that are either on private property, or just not named. Ao Yon Yai is to the west.
  • Direction Facing: South
  • Beach Length: 355 meters (388 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 17 meters (19 yd.) is the average at the wide part of the beach by the road, and it’s around half of that on the east section of beach.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 6’035 m2 (7,218 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Dark sand (mixed with dirt).
  • Ocean Bottom: Mud and sand. Not good for swimming or wading during low tide.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None, very basic spot. (in restaurant yes)
  • Beach features: Very thin beach with bare minimum view and a road partly behind the beach. You’ll find a couple of food and drink carts. At the south end you will find the Cove which is a great place to eat and enjoying beautiful ocean views.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, further out in the deeper water. Water near the beach is very shallow and gradually sloping, over mud.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 6-8m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: N/A – very small beach.
  • Activities: OK for laying out for a tan, kicking a soccer ball (football), or other activity on the sand. Small boats and kayaks for rent.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No, no good surfing on the east coast of Phuket.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Stingrays can be a problem in the shallow waters of the east coast.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

More about Ao Yon Noi Beach

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Banana Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Banana Beach – laid-back beach with a somewhat remote location in northwest Phuket. Visitors must walk down a steep hill to reach the beach. The road behind the beach is about 70 meters (77 yd.) away. There is a beach bar that is sometimes closed during the day, and when it is open some people complain that the prices are high. A huge positive is that very few people are usually here at this beach – it’s never crowded. Some people call this the most beautiful beach on the island of Phuket.

Banana Beach Clubs

No beach clubs here in this very small spot but see our listing for Bang Tao Beach and look for Xana Beach Club, it’s about seven minutes away from Banana Beach.

Banana Beach Restaurants / Bars

There is a beach bar-restaurant on the south end of the beach.

Banana Beach Accommodations

Try Trisara and Layan beaches for accommodations listings. For high-end resort, try the Anantara Layan Phuket Resort. Banana Beach is too small and doesn’t have any resorts.

Banana Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Northwest Phuket
  • GPS Data: 8° 02’ 31” N, 98° 16’ 35” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 25 / 28 / 11
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Trisara is south, and Nai Thon is north.
  • Direction Facing: Northwest
  • Beach Length: 215 meters (235 yd)
  • Beach Width: 18 meters (20 yd)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 3,870 m2 (4,628 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Deep, soft sand with small shells and some submerged rocks. Beach can be dirty with trash brought in from the tide during the low-season when they are not cleaning often.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sandy with rocks covering both south and north ends.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Restroom at the beach restaurant if open.
  • Beach features: Small beach with natural feel.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? Yes, from restaurant.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes. But small.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 5-8m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: Nothing except the beach, this is a small beach with the attraction being the lovely sand, water, and views.
  • Activities: Good snorkeling on north and south end. Bring gear with you.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Surfing can be OK when waves are big, not long rides, but ok for short rides.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Bring your own food and drink just in case the bar-restaurant is closed, as it often is, special in low season.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

More about Banana Beach

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Bang Tao Beach | Bangtao Beach | Phuket Beaches

Bang Tao Beach is around 7 kilometers (4 mi.) long from top to bottom, and is a west facing beach – ideal for sunsets. In that stretch are a number of other privately named beaches like Momo beach, Ottoman beach, and Rattan Beach. Bang Tao Beach is covered with very tall pine trees known as ironwood trees, great for providing shade for picnic-goers at the beach below.

Bang Tao Beach is fronted by a series of large luxury resorts, and yet it isn’t overcrowded. There is so much space at this beach that you will never feel like there are too many people. Instead, you’ll be asking yourself where everybody is.

The bay of Bang Tao Beach is wide open to the waves generated by swells coming in, and surfing can be quite good. Waves can reach 3 meters (3 yd.) high here and there is a strong undertow to be aware of during such conditions. When there are very small waves, it’s generally safe for kids, but keep an eye on them (of course).

Bang Tao Beach Clubs

  • Xana Beach Club – great views of sunset from the upper deck, and anywhere really. There is a 3-hour happy hour from 6 pm. to 9 pm. with 50% off drinks. We don’t guarantee this special is still in effect, but this makes Xana a popular place as you might imagine!
  • Catch Beach Club – with a superb beachfront location on Bang Tao Beach, Catch Beach Club is without doubt Phuket’s most inventive, style-setting beach club. Catch is a well-established name in Phuket, Catch gained its notoriety on Surin Beach, but moved to the southern end of Bang Tao, taking over Bliss Beach Club. Catch Beach Club offers indoor and outdoor dining areas, a large canopy-covered bar, sun loungers, a small splash pool and a selection of poolside salas. The food menu offers a range of a la carte dishes as well as snack’s.

Bang Tao Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Benny’s American Bar & Grill – situated on the furthest point south in Bang Tao Beach, you’ll find this very highly rated restaurant with all sorts of cuisine – some of those mentioned in reviews as being delicious: barbecued ribs, chicken, and lamb, crab cakes, pepper poppers, and steak with sides of French-fries. The owner is Italian has a good grasp of American-style cooking. Highly recommended.
  • The Bistro – a well-known Swedish-food restaurant with a great reputation. They offer a wide selection of great food like Swedish rack of lamb, beef Rydberg (potatoes and beef), and Italian food like pizza, lasagna and other Italian favorites. They didn’t forget the Thai menu either – so ask for what you’re craving, they probably have it. Located in Bang Tao West.

Bang Tao Beach Accommodations

  • Amora Beach Resort Phuket – in the south of Bang Tao, this is a very affordably priced 4-star hotel with rates starting around 1,500 THB for a night. Rooms are big but a bit dated. The sea, the beach, and the swimming pools are all nice. Try an Amora Pina Colada in a pineapple served at the beach to help you feel really cozy here.
  • Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket – in the center of Bang Tao’s Beach, this resort gets very high ratings for the property, staff friendliness and grounds. The pool is nice there is only a small place for kids to swim, the rest of the pool is 1.5 meters (5 ft.) deep. Good kid’s club activities. Rates beginning around 6,000 THB.
  • Banyan Tree Phuket – an exclusive resort located in the middle of Bang Tao Beach. Private pools for the large villas. Free bicycles to get around the huge resort area. Rates starting around 14,000 THB. Villas overlook the lakes and golf course, and the clubhouse is on the grounds.

Bang Tao Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Northwest coast of Phuket.
  • GPS Data: 8° 00’ 12” N, 98° 17’ 33” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 19 / 22 / 17
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Trisara Beach is to the north, and Surin Beach is just south.
  • Direction Facing: West
  • Beach Length: 7 kilometer (4.4 mi.)
  • Beach Width: 30 meters (33 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 210’000 m2 (251,000 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Exceptional sand quality and color (light, almost white).
  • Ocean Bottom: Sandy bottom with rocks at the south end.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? This beach is lined with resorts, so there are many showers and restrooms along the beach, but they can be spread out considerably.
  • Beach features: Rocks at the southern end of the beach and a small island at the northernmost end make for great snorkeling.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, 10% of the Beach.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, 10% of the Beach.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? On calm days, it seems possible for private boats to anchor at Bang Tao, but there is no protection from squalls at this beach.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes, south
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 6-8m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Laguna 18-hole golf course.
  • Activities: Paddle boarding, and jet skiing is popular at Bang Tao.
    Surfing can be good during the off-season when few tourists are about between May and October.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? The surfing at Bang Tao Beach can be as good as some of the best beaches on the island when the swell is perfect. Right and left breaking waves abound, and there is mostly soft sand underneath unless you’re at the south end of the beach. Undercurrent is strong on big wave days – do be cautious.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Undercurrent can be strong and dangerous! Watch for lifeguard flags and ask what they mean if unsure.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes

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Cape Panwa Beach | Phuket Beaches

Cape Panwa Beach is a medium sized beach on Phuket’s east coast, at the tip of tip of Cape Panwa. The high hill above the beach serves to give Cape Panwa Beach a secluded feel. It is convenient from Phuket Town take a short 12 km. (7.5 mi.) drive down to the beaches of Cape Panwa.

Cape Panwa isn’t a great swimming beach, wading beach, snorkeling or windsurfing beach. It’s basically just a nice escape from Phuket Town and development on the island. People who need a break from town will come down to have a long lunch at Cape Panwa Beach or maybe take a boat to one of the islands just off shore.

Cape Panwa Beach Clubs

There are no beach clubs at Cape Panwa Beach

Cape Panwa Beach Restaurants / Bars

Besides restaurants at the resorts mentioned below, here are two more to try.

  • Baan Ra Tree – getting 4 out of 5-stars, this restaurant is located at the very south end of Cape Panwa on the west side. Mixed reviews, with some saying they were out of crucial ingredients and service wasn’t good in the afternoon. Others raved about the food taste. So, if you’re in the area, give it a try and let us know what you think. Nice view.
  • Live India Indian Restaurant – authentic Indian food, cooked by Indians! Some reviewers from India loved it. Pricey, like all restaurants on the cape. No real view from here, but the food makes a stop worth it. Close to Ao Yon Beach on west side of the cape.

Cape Panwa Beach Accommodations

  • Amatara Wellness Resort – this is a very large resort property with many rooms. Rates start at 7,000 THB per night. For this you get many great features. Dine at the rooftop bar or a beach restaurant. They have a fine infinity pool and spa, yoga, and tennis.
  • Baba Nest Sri Panwa Phuket – many reviewers calling this the best place they’ve ever seen. Views are spectacular. Food and drinks at sunset – incredible. Ratings at Google? 4.9 out of 5-stars with more than 30 reviewers. Highest we’ve ever seen. Fully booked during high season, so make reservations early. Villas starting around 11,000 THB per night.
  • Sri Panwa Phuket Luxury Pool Villa Hotel – at the very end of Cape Panwa are these luxury villas starting around 12,500 THB nightly. Spectacular views looking out over the Andaman Sea with small islands dotting the seascape. Small private beach and Japanese restaurant guests rave about. Highly recommended.

Cape Panwa Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket:Directly south of Phuket Town on Phuket Island’s east coast is a wide peninsula with Cape Panwa at the southwestern tip.
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 20” N, 98° 24’ 19” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 26 / 11 / 44
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Ao Yon Beach is on the west side; Cape Panwa Hotel Beach is to the east.
  • Direction Facing: Cape Panwa Beach faces west.
  • Beach Length: 350 meters (383 yd.) There are multiple beaches on Cape Panwa that are labeled “Panwa Beach” on Google maps, so it’s impossible to figure out which, or even if there is one official Panwa Beach. This listing includes only Cape Panwa Beach which faces Koh Lon Island.
  • Beach Width: Average around 7 meters (8 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 2’450 square meter (2,930 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Beautiful in parts, and basic with rough sand at other parts (west). The best part of the Panwa beaches with the softest sand, is further out on the cape – go as far southeast as you can go.
  • Ocean Bottom: Rough with shells and rocks in the north and getting better and more refined the further south you go.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? At the aquarium.
  • Beach features: Large hill behind the beach gives it a private feel on the southeast end, but the rest of the beachfront borders roads and business areas. There is a sidewalk along and above that is nice for walks.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Around the pools of resorts, yes.
  • Umbrellas? Around the pools.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public and no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, boats can anchor.
  • Boat dock and marina? Yes, Laem Panwa pier is a military dock, but not for public use.
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 10m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Boardwalk. Third Naval Area Command. Large naval vessels are sometimes parked here. Phuket Aquarium. Cape Panwa viewpoint.
  • Activities: Walking on the beach, swimming, taking photographs of the navy ships.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No, wrong side Phuket for that. Surfing is at beaches on Phuket’s west side.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: All of the sandy east side beaches have the risk of stingrays in the sand underwater.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Cape Panwa Hotel Beach | Phuket Beaches

Cape Panwa Hotel Beach ? Cape Panwa is a peninsula stretching out into the Andaman Sea just south of Phuket Town on the amazing tropical Island of Phuket. At the end of the peninsula where it gets noticeably thinner, is located the Cape Panwa Hotel Beach. This is a lovely little soft sand beach covering nearly 300 meters of sandy coast.

The beach has soft sand, but if it wasn’t your private beach while staying at the hotel, you’d probably not think much of it. The beach has rocks throughout much of it, and the shallow bay is filled with rocks that make wading and swimming somewhat dangerous. Snorkeling is possible, but you can find much better beaches for snorkeling on the west side of the island.

Though no beaches in Phuket are supposed to be private, Cape Panwa Hotel Beach is about as close as it gets to a private beach with access limited to shore access from a boat unless staying at the hotel. This beach faces almost due east, so it is perfect for Phuket sunrises.

Cape Panwa Hotel Beach Clubs

The Beach Bar @ Cape Panwa Hotel – music every night, with live music on Sunday night.

Cape Panwa Hotel Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Panwa House Restaurant – part of the Cape Panwa Hotel, this restaurant has great ratings, and is sitting on a cozy little beach with very few distractions.
  • Cape Panwa Restaurant – on the beach below the Panwa Hotel, and gets good ratings for food and service, but what is really nice is the ambiance – the beach is really pleasant and private. One of the best little beaches on Phuket.

Cape Panwa Hotel Beach Accommodations

  • Cape Panwa Hotel – very impressive hotel that, at first looks like a southern USA plantation set on the beach. When you enter, you’ll find ultra-modern and traditional Thai setting blended together in beautiful harmony. Rates starting around 7,000 THB per night.

Cape Panwa Hotel Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Middle of Cape Panwa on the east side.
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 37” N, 98° 24’ 37” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 26 / 12 / 45
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Ao Yon Beach is on the other side of the cape. Panwa Beach is right up the coast.
  • Direction Facing: Directly east.
  • Beach Length: 249 meters (272 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 14 meters (15 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 3’486 square meters (4,169 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Top quality, deep sand and usually clean. Quiet, no major roads behind the beach.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mostly sandy and mud.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, for resort guests.
  • Beach features: Secluded, basically private beach with deep sand and very private setting.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes
  • Sunbeds Available? Resorts on the beach have chairs and umbrellas available for guests.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at resorts on the beach.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public and no fees. Come by boat if not staying at the hotel on the beach.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Unknown
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 6-8m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Easy to reach some of the close-by islands like Ko Lon and Ko Mai Thon.
  • Activities: Tarzan Adventure zip-line park is on the opposite side of the cape, just 12-minutes away. Ton Ao Yon Waterfall is also very close to Tarzan Adventure, and closer to Panwa Hotel.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? Not good here.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: You’ll probably not encounter them, but stingrays can bury under the sand in the water. Avoid stepping on them by shuffling your feet. This is a general warning for east coast beaches.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Unknown

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Chalong Bay | Beach | Phuket Beaches

Located on Phuket’s east side below the Phuket Zoo, Chalong Bay is best known as a spot for sailors to anchor a boat in the protected zone around the Chalong Pier. Chalong Bay Beach is more a collection of beaches along the Chalong Bay sub district of Phuket. Along the bay there are spots with sand that form beaches, but there isn’t any one place that is called Chalong Bay Beach, so take your pick.

The beach at the south end of the Chalong Bay is around 260 meters (284 yd.) long and has a House Rentals Phuket office and Chalong Villa Resort & Spa if you’d like to stay on this beach. The beach on the north end has Chalong Boatyard, Coconuts Boatyard, and other boat storage facilities for longtail and other types of boats.

As said above, Chalong Beach is used as a take-off point for speedboats and longtail boats taking tourists to the other islands off Phuket’s east coast. The Chalong beach itself consists of sand and dirt, and at low tide, the muddy sand stretches for about 100 meters (109 yd.).

Chalong Beach isn’t going to be your first choice for a scenic beach in Phuket, unless you just don’t have the time to find something nicer. There is no swimming or snorkeling here, and the area doesn’t cater to tourists – as there is nothing here to do really except catch a boat to somewhere else or rent a place to stay.

Chalong Bay | Beach Clubs

There is no Beach club in Chalong Bay

Chalong Bay | Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Asada Gaucho Grill & Bar – chicken, lamb, salmon, and black Angus steak all grilled over a large wood-fired oven looks delicious. Reviews are very positive with a 4.8 out of 5 on Google Business. Though not on the beach, the atmosphere inside is nice, and they’re open late. One reviewer said, “Fabulous steaks, great sides, decent wine and craft beers. It’s awesome go there and you won’t regret it.
  • Pizzeria Agli Amici – another Chalong restaurant not on the beach that gets fantastic ratings – and lots of them. If you’re looking for pizza, and you happen to be close, don’t waste any time, just go directly here. Many different styles of pizza, and the large size is very big. Small restaurant, fills up quickly at mealtime.
  • Kaneang 2 – this large, modern restaurant with thatched roofs over tables on the beach is right on Chalong Bay, and the view over the water is very nice. Food is Thai-style, and seafood and they receive decent ratings. Not too expensive, and a really nice atmosphere. Some rave about the food. Others complain the service is too slow – probably during peak periods. Worth a visit! Right next to the pier you will find the sister restaurant “Kaneang Pier”. Kaneang Pier has been extensively renovated and offers delicious and fresh seafood in a romantic, al fresco setting with jazzy background music. It’s a little bit more pricey than Kaneang 2, but absolutely great choice for Thai Food lovers when in Chalong.
  • Fatty’s RestaurantFatty’s Restaurant Chalong is owned by JP, a German Chef married to a Thai Lady. Both are culinary chefs and their passion is to spoil the guest with great value dishes. The food menu includes specialties from Germany, Switzerland, Greece as well as fresh Thai cuisine. All dishes are excellently prepared and offer great value for money (one of the best for Western Food in Phuket).

    Fatty’s Restaurant has now been located in Chalong, Phuket for more than 10 years, and was, prior to the tsunami, located for 10 years on Phi Phi island.

    Please note that Fatty’s Restaurant is usually packed between 6pm and 8pm. Therefore either make a table reservation (Mobile Phone JP: +66 81 894 1804) prior to arrival, if not you may risk to wait until a table will be available.

Chalong Bay | Beach Accommodations

  • Ao Chalong Villa & Spa – a three-star property right on the beach, some villas here have nice views over the ocean. A quiet, small place, and some of the villas have Jacuzzis. Very reasonable rates at just 2,000 THB per night.
  • Baanmee Phuket Resort – you can usually count on Novotel properties, they’re usually fairly well updated and high-quality affordable properties to stay in. This Novotel is on north Kamala Beach. Rates beginning at 2,000 THB per night.

Chalong Bay | Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Southeast corner of Phuket Island
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 35” N, 98° 20’ 25” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 17 / 42 / 41
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Friendship Beach is south; Panwa Beach is further north.
  • Direction Facing: Southeast.
  • Beach Length: 1.95 kilometer (1.21 mi.)
  • Beach Width: On average, the beaches are around 8 meters wide.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 15’600 m2 (18,657 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Lots of shells, hard sand, and generally not great.
  • Ocean Bottom: Muddy sand
  • Restroom / showers facilities? There are areas for boaters to wash off and use the restroom at the pier and the yacht clubs. This really isn’t a beach you’re going to want to swim at.
  • Beach features: Small beaches scattered along Chalong Bay with hard sand and shells. The beaches here are used sailors to anchor their boats and by longtail boaters to take tourists to the nearby islands. There are small sandy spots with lots of tree-cover where locals come to sit and eat at one of many small food stands.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No, none were spotted.
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Beaches are public, no fees. The pier is also public, and there are fees to moor your boat here.
  • Water quality: Good when high tide
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, a large area suitable for hundreds of boats.
  • Boat dock and marina? Yes, Chalong Pier.
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 2-5m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Chalong Pier; Protected anchorage; Fishing charters
  • Activities: Yacht clubs; Restaurants; Grocery stores; Chalong Bay Rum Distillery (take a tour); Karting; Phuket Zoo (not really recommendable). More things to do in Chalong.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No, none on the east coast.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Stingrays are known to be common on all Phuket’s east-facing beaches.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes

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Freedom Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Freedom Beach is a small beach in a private cove like those that are usually taken by luxury resorts as their own private beach when they build, but maybe building on the steep hills behind the beach is too much effort so it remains a little slice of paradise for now. Located on Phuket’s west coast, only a few minutes away from Patong, this 300 meter long stretch of beach is the height of luxury with it’s fine white sands and crystal clear waters. Set within the Patong Bay this magnificent piece of paradise is surrounded by thick, lush jungle and enclave by glistening granite boulders separated in the middle by the long tail boat landing area. Freedom Beach gets its “exclusivity” from the fact that there are only two ways to get there. One is by long tail boat that you catch at the southern end of Patong beach on the jetty, although they only operate mainly during high season and they do charge a rather high price of 1,100 – 1,500 baht per trip (low season THB 500 each way). The other way to reach Freedom Beach requires a sometimes-dangerous hike (450 meters; 492 yd.) through the forest and then a climb down a steep hill that is sometimes slippery. There is also a 200 THB entrance fee to Freedom Beach. For those who wish to do more than just sunbathe, there are a few activities on Freedom Beach such as volleyball, soccer and snorkeling. The calm shallow waters are home to a wonderful array of crustaceans and local fish as well as brightly colored corals and sea flora. There are no jet skis or other loud aquatic vessels so it’s safe to swim and quiet for those who are relaxing. So if you want to leave the heavy loud crowds behind and enjoy a peaceful and quiet day in the tranquil nature of Phuket, Freedom Beach is definitely the beach for you!.

Freedom Beach Clubs

No beach clubs here at this little beach, but if you’re looking for a place to go out at night on the beach, check out our listings for beach clubs under our Patong Beach location.

Freedom Beach Restaurants / Bars

The beach is usually lined with lots of small huts to grab something to eat or drink, but at times, even that is missing. During high season, there should be a stand or hut with food.

Kata Beach Accommodations

  • Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong – though there is no beachfront resort on Freedom Beach, this is the closest quality resort to the beach, and it’s a nice one. Set on the top of a hill overlooking the ocean, this hotel is quiet, clean, and a peaceful place to stay for a couple of nights. Room rates starting around 4,000 THB per night.
  • Lets Phuket Twin Sands Resort & Spa – just down the road a few minutes between Freedom Beach and Patong Beach is this budget resort where you can stay for around 2,000 THB per night. Includes yoga, gym, swimming pool, and spa.

Freedom Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: South of Patong Beach (5 minutes) on Phuket’s west coast.
  • GPS Data: 7° 52’ 28” N, 98° 16’ 32” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 5 / 19 / 44
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: To the south is Hat Karon Noi (little Karon Beach); to the north is Merlin Beach.
  • Direction Facing: Northwest
  • Beach Length: 244 meters (267 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 29 meters (32 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 7’076 m2 (8,463 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Exceptional! Deep, white sand surrounded by hills and trees. No bins (trash cans) on the entire beach, which means there is random trash scattered about. A shame because this could be such an idyllic little beach! Apparently the 200 THB charged per person isn’t enough to inspire the owners to clean the beach daily.
  • Ocean Bottom: Shallows are sandy except at the south end where there is submerged coral. There is a coral reef surrounding the entire bay, but it starts out where the water begins to deepen.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? No/No
  • Beach features: Deep, soft white sand with many shade trees for picnics or hammocks. The road is far back from the beach, so there will be little sound. The bay has hills to the south, north, and behind. It is rather remote and has a very natural environment. There is another small patch of sand past the rocks on the north end of the beach. The water has coral and rocks on the south and north ends of the beach, making it ideal for snorkeling when the water is calm.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Private, THB 200 per person
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No, coral reef all over the bay. Longtail boats do come into the shore.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 8-10m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: No tourist attractions here, or close-by, just this picture-perfect beach with great snorkeling.
  • Activities: Snorkeling, laying out, and eating are the main activities at this quiet little beach. The snorkeling is pretty epic here, if you go south around the rocks, you can keep going along the coast! No jet skis or parasailing available.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? No real surfing here, even during a strong swell.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: 1.) Wear proper athletic shoes with closed-toe to climb up and down the hill path – dangerous in sandals or bare feet. 2.) Like everywhere on the west coast, when the waves are bigger than .5 meters (.5 yd.), undertow can be strong and dangerous.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Friendship Beach | Phuket Beaches

Friendship beach is a very basic beach with some sand. I can’t be more energetic about it than that. You probably wouldn’t come here for the beach. The allure of the place is that it is conveniently located just north of Rawai, and you have easy access to Promthep Cape and the other awesome beaches around the cape. Phuket Town is not too far away, around 20 minutes through light traffic.

Friendship Beach Clubs

  • East 88 Restaurant & Beach Lounge – an amazing view and drinks at the wet bar. Nice little place to enjoy drinks after dinner. Rather expensive. Little else around in the way of beach clubs.

Friendship Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Sottovento Italian Restaurant – good reviews for this Italian restaurant just a minute’s walk from the water at Friendship Beach. Serving Italian (but no pizza?!) and Thai food. Good wine list mentioned by a few customers.
  • Hockhoelee – The Original Phuket Coffee Roaster – on the main road (Wiset) running parallel to the beach, this is a coffee shop and espresso bar. Roasted coffee, great desserts, they serve breakfast and the pancakes and waffles are rated highly.

Friendship Beach Accommodations

  • Serenity Resort & Residences – a 5-star hotel with easy access to Phuket town from Friendship Beach. Extremely high ratings by previous customers for rooms, staff, and food. Excellent rates for this high-quality experience – around 3,000 THB nightly.
  • Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort – a convenient place to stay beachfront on this beach near Rawai and Phuket Town. Rates around 2,000 THB to start for this 3-star hotel. Food prices are exorbitant.

Kamala Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Southeast Phuket north of Rawai.
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 26” N, 98° 20’ 21” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 19 / 13 / 44
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Rawai Beach to the south. Chalong Bay to the north.
  • Direction Facing: Southeast
  • Beach Length: 212 meters (232 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 13 meters (14 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 2’756 m2 (3,296 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Very basic. Good for looking at, not so good for swimming or anything else.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sand and mud. Very shallow water.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? No, but resorts available – see below.
  • Beach features: Basic beach, water quality not great. Shallow and not good for swimming or even wading.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? None
  • Umbrellas? None
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good if high tide
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, far outside
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Unknown
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 8-15m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: 7 kilometers (4.3 mi.) from Promthep Cape; 3 km. (1.86 mi.) from Rawai Beach; 12.5 km. (7.8 mi.) from Phuket Town.
  • Activities: No real beach activities, the water isn’t amazing or really good for even wading, it’s shallow.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Potentially stingrays on the sand underwater.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Unknown

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Haad Pak Phra Beach | Phuket Beaches

Haad Pak Phra Beach (aka Hat Pak Phra Beach) is a local beach that isn’t frequented by tourists, and if you stop, you’re going to be stared at because they can’t figure out why you came there, and they are sure you’re lost.

You can see Haad Pak Phra Beach if you’re going northbound on Highway 402, just turn off before you cross the bridge. If coming south on Highway 402, you’ll need to turn back around and go north on that highway when given the opportunity.

The channel running between the two provinces is deep, and large boats can pass through here. The fishing is said to be good at the pier beside the bridge, and even from shore. Anywhere you have cool deep water meeting warmer shallows, there can be good fishing.

Haad Pak Phra Beach isn’t a beach that even a small fraction of tourists to Phuket Island will ever visit, so you’ll be enjoying a rare experience if you do stop here. There is one restaurant on the beach, but no massage, no bar, no club, and no rentals of any kind. You can rent a longtail boat to take it here if you like. Make sure the boat stays until you’re finished, you are not likely to find another longtail boat to take you on the return journey.

If you’re hungry when you stop, you can head over to the bridge to find the Rimpan Seafood restaurant. The location is fabulous right next to the sea with beautiful views. Food was fantastic with the whole fish cooked perfectly the prawns succulent and tasty and the chicken with basil spicy and delicious. They have wooden tables and chairs on the sand under shady trees, and they get fantastic reviews for their food and service. Why not stop, especially if you’re about to do a long drive up north?

Haad Pak Phra Beach Clubs

No Beach Clubs on Haad Pak Phra Beach.

Haad Pak Phra Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Rimpan Seafood Restaurant – located at the southwest side of the Sarasin Bridge connecting Phuket with Phang Nga. This local seafood restaurant gets great ratings and many return visitors as they come back to Phuket over and over and don’t want to miss their chance to eat the great food again.
  • Jungle Eating – a local place with tables surrounded by a lot of plants, almost like a rainforest setting. Food is mostly grilled on skewers, and they have Thai food.

Haad Pak Phra Beach Accommodations

There are no reviewed accommodations in the area, and really, this is not a tourist place you’ll enjoy.

Haad Pak Phra Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Northernmost beach on Phuket Island, just west of the highway and “Sarasin” bridge leading to Phang Nga.
  • GPS Data: 8° 11’ 59” N, 98° 17’ 35” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 52 / 44 / 18
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Mai Khao Beach is next to this beach (west and south).
  • Direction Facing: Generally, north.
  • Beach Length: 1.1 km (0.7 mi.)
  • Beach Width: 23 meters (25 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 25’300 square meters (30,259 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Deep sand and relatively trash-free.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sandy close to shore, gets deep quickly.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? No
  • Beach features: Deep sand, sandy bottom. This beach is on a channel between Phuket and Phang Nga.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? None
  • Umbrellas? None
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public and no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No – fast moving water (current) during tides.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 3-4m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: None
  • Activities: None
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Very fast-moving water during tides, exceptionally dangerous currents. Not recommended for swimming.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Heeowhat Beach | Phuket Beaches

Heeowhat Beach is another one of those beaches you probably shouldn’t go out of your way to visit unless you’re on a quest to see all the beaches of Phuket. This is a laid-back beach with little to do, and it’s basically just a very simple beach that can provide a jumping-off point by longtail boat if you want to see some other beaches or islands.

Heeowhat Beach is around a kilometer long from end to end. The sand at Heeowhat Beach is soft, and there are lots of rocks around – which, looks nice, but hints at what lurks under the surface. Under the water is mostly soft bottom consisting of sand and mud with some rocks strewn about. There is a coral reef out away from the beach, which could provide some mediocre snorkeling if you were desperate, or you could take a boat out to one of the islands offshore for some excellent snorkeling instead.

The beach is great for relaxing, there are shade trees – coconuts and other trees – to keep it cool if you don’t prefer to get too toasty in the full sun. Unfortunately, the Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach hotel has not supplied the beach with lounge chairs or umbrellas.

Heeowhat Beach Clubs

No Beach Clubs on Heeowhat Beach.

Heeowhat Beach Restaurants / Bars

No Restaurants on Heeowhat Beach.

Heeowhat Beach Accommodations

The only property on the beach at Heeowhat is Villa Charcoal, you can book it online at AirBnB. If you want to stay in this area, try Pullman Panwa Beach or Radisson Panwa Beach, both south of this location.

Heeowhat Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: East side of Phuket Island on the east side of Cape Panwa.
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 38” N, 98° 24’ 12” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 25 / 11 / 44
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Pullman Cape Panwa is south; Makham Bay Beach is north.
  • Direction Facing: East
  • Beach Length: 550 meters (601 yd.)
  • Beach Width: About 7 meters (8 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 3’850 square meters (4,605 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: The sand is light-colored and mixed with dirt.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mud with sand, but solid enough to stand in the water.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? No
  • Beach features: This is a small, thin bay with little to do.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? None
  • Umbrellas? None
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public and no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, out in the bay.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 1-40m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: Ton Ao Yon Waterfall and Tarzan Adventures are both close by on the cape.
  • Activities: Nothing at this beach, but there are some rentals at Pullman Beach just south.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Stingrays are a constant threat on the east coast under the muddy sand in the shallow water.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes, north

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Hua Beach | Phuket Beaches

Hua Beach facing due north, is found just before the better-known Kamala Beach as you’re headed north on Phuket Island away from Patong Beach. It is a small beach at just 331 meters (362 yards) long, and most of that is rocky, and without sand, but it’s still a very scenic spot that might be worth stopping by for a quick swim or picnic.

A mix of deep sand and large boulders, Hua Beach is ideal for a couple who wants to get away from the crowds for a bit and spend some romantic quiet time alone. You’ll rarely find other tourists or locals in this spot, and the large rocks give some privacy. This beach strikes me as ideal for a bikini modeling shoot, or just a phone full of selfies!

You won’t find any of the jet skis, parasailing, or vendors walking the beach bothering you to buy something here. That’s the beauty of Hua Beach!

From the road along the beach, you’ll see a small spirit house with 1-meter-high rock wall around it. You may see a couple cars or motorbikes parked there too – this is where you can access Hua Beach, or you can continue down the hill and look for the two concrete pillars on the left side on the dirt road which will take you there.

Please note, there are no restrooms or showers, and usually there are no locals selling food or drinks here at Hua Beach. If you’d like to stay in accommodations close to this beach, Laem Son Village Hotel is at the west end of Hua Beach, and it gets decent reviews.

All in all, Hua Beach is Calm, quiet, and isolated a bit from the noise of Kamala and Patong beaches, Hua Beach is a tiny oasis of peace and quiet. Very few people stop here, but it’s a very nice beach with a great sunset if you are there around 6 pm.

Hua Beach Clubs

No beach clubs right here at this beach. HQ Beach Lounge Phuket is right up the coast about 5 kilometers (3 mi.). No pool and no wet bar, but they’re right on the beach. Food, service, and ambiance combined with fantastic views.

Hua Beach Restaurants / Bars

There is a restaurant at this beach, but there have been some negative comments about the food taste, portions, and prices. Probably best to go to one of the following restaurants at the resorts listed below instead.

Hua Beach Accommodations

  • Ayara Hotel Resort and Spa – a beautiful view looking west for amazing sunsets. The hotel and restaurant are decorated beautifully and the ratings from past customers are very good. Good spa and fitness center, and the pool is nice. There is a rocky beach not good for swimming, but if you brought your own snorkel – great – you’ll enjoy yourself for a short time. Rooms around 5,000 THB per night.
  • Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort – also not right at Hua Beach, but a minute away up the road toward Kamala Beach. Rooms are large and luxurious, but a bit dated. Restaurants are excellent, and the pool is something to see. Rates begin around 4,500 THB per night.

Haad Pak Phra Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: South of Kamala Beach on the tip of a cape on the northwest side of Phuket Island. Just west of the Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort.
  • GPS Data: 7° 56’ 50” N, 98° 15’ 52” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 19 / 22 / 30
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Kamala to the north and Yae Beach is the next beach south going toward Phuket.
  • Direction Facing: North.
  • Beach Length: 198 meters (217 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 6 meters (7 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 1’188 square meters (1,421 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Rough sand and beach, the ocean bottom is very rocky and not recommended for swimming or wading.
  • Ocean Bottom: Very rocky – not good for swimming, but OK for snorkeling when tide is high.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? You can use the restroom at the restaurant.
  • Beach features: Hidden beach in a rough state. Looks natural and unkempt. Unfortunately, there is trash around, nobody cleans this beach. One restaurant.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? None
  • Umbrellas? None
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public and no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 10-20m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: None
  • Activities: Snorkeling can be good when the water is clean, and the tide is high. Otherwise, dangerous rocky bottom.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No, facing the wrong way.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Sharp rocks underwater – wading, even with shoes, not recommended.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Iguana Beach, Kalim | Phuket Beaches

Iguana beach is a very small beach in the corner of a cove in front of a beach bar. The beach is so small and so without any redeeming qualities, that you are best to skip it if you’re really just looking for a beautiful beach to hang out at for a while. However, Iguana Beach has two good qualities.

    1.) Sunset can be really nice. Depends if the sun is in the southern hemisphere during sunset. The months of October to April are best.
    2.) The restaurant here is rated highly, and it’s a fun little beach club when they have a DJ.

Going north along Patong/Kalim Beach and following Highway 4233, in just five short minutes you’ll find Iguana Beach on the left side of the road marked by a meter-high concrete sign in white lettering on a dark grey background.

Iguana Beach Club / Restaurants / Bars

Iguana Beach Bar – the only reason to go to Iguana Beach, and literally the only way you’re going to reach the beach without a boat, is to go to the Iguana Beach Bar. They built up a couple of levels above the water where guests can lay out on chairs above the beach before or after eating. They even brought the sand up a layer and made an adult sandbox with inflatable chairs and umbrellas to block the harsh sun.

The restaurant has a huge kitchen and a lot of staff. Occasionally they have a DJ and music, and at night it becomes a beach club. The Iguana Beach Bar receives great ratings and is probably worth a trip for lunch, dinner, or after dinner drinks. When skies are clear, you’ll be able to enjoy a nice sunset.

Iguana Beach Accommodations

  • U Zenmaya Phuket – found behind and above the Iguana Beach Bar is this basic hotel with sea-view rooms. U Zenmaya gets very good reviews from guests. They have a fitness center, infinity swimming pool, and restaurant with outdoor deck seating. Rooms are modern and well-appointed, some with Jacuzzi and sundeck. Rooms start at an affordable 3,000 THB per night.
  • Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay – on the other side of the road, away from the beach, is this very large property covering the hill and offering great views. Some rooms have pools, others have quick access to the infinity pool which stays open until near midnight. While most guests enjoyed their stay and rated it highly, there were some who were bothered by the layout and long walks uphill to reach rooms. The free shuttle fills up fast and is on a slow schedule (to Patong Beach). Room rates are reasonable, starting at 3,500 THB per night.

Iguana Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: North of Patong Beach and Kalim Beach on the west coast of Phuket Island.
  • GPS Data: 7° 55’ 22” N, 98° 16’ 45” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 5 / 16 / 31
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Kalim Beach is south; Thavorn Beach is to the north.
  • Direction Facing: Southwest
  • Beach Length: 32 meters (35 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 4 meters (4 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 128 square meter (153 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Not wide enough, not long enough, and only a small space to walk around.
  • Ocean Bottom: Shallow and filled with rocks. Not good for swimming, wading, or anything.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Restrooms, no showers.
  • Beach features: Man-made sand area for tanning or relaxing under an umbrella. Restaurant. Very rocky beach, not good for swimming.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Inflatable air chairs are found here.
  • Umbrellas? Yes
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? The beach where the water meets the sand is public, but unless you plan on eating or drinking at the restaurant, you cannot just pull a boat up here and throw your mat down on the sand. It’s all private property.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No, too rocky.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Unknown
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 3-5m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes, not far away
  • Attractions: None
  • Activities: Eating and drinking; tanning; dancing when the DJ is here.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? No, too rocky.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks with sharp barnacles. Stay out of the water.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Jungle Beach | Krating Beach | Phuket Beaches

Jungle Beach or Krating Beach, located to the west of Ao Sane Beach near Naiharn Beach, is this tiny beach with just a small spot of sand, and a lot of rocks. The Jungle Beach Resort (Baan Krating Jungle Resort) is up on the hill behind the beach on Laem Mum Nok Road. You can find rooms there for around just 1,500 Thai Baht – you’ll have access to the beach from there. Or, if you don’t plan on staying at a resort nearby, you can just take a longtail boat there from one of the other beaches in close proximity.

You can see in the video, one guy seems to be fishing from the rocks before we arrive at Krating Beach. This small beach is surrounded by huge rocks in the sand, on the hills around, and in the water. As you might have guessed from the video, Krating Beach is ideal for snorkeling – it’s an absolute snorkeling paradise. There are many rocks below the surface, and the rocky shore where the man is fishing, is an ideal spot to find lots of marine life.

The sandy area on the beach is nothing special, and you’ll probably feel a bit strange pulling up to Krating Beach in a longtail boat and plopping your mat down. The beach is only really visited by people staying at the Baan Krating Jungle Resort. Still, you can take a longboat here and snorkel while the boat waits or have them drop you off here while you snorkel to your heart’s content.

Jungle Beach | Krating Beach Clubs

There are no beach clubs at Jungle Beach | Krating Beach

Jungle Beach | Krating Beach Restaurants / Bars

This is a very small beach that has no restaurants or other food options except those at the two resorts which are close by.

Jungle Beach | Krating Beach Accommodations

  • Baan Krating Phuket Resort – getting 4 out of 5-stars, this restaurant is located at the very south end of Cape Panwa on the west side. Mixed reviews, with some saying they were out of crucial ingredients and service wasn’t good in the afternoon. Others raved about the food taste. So, if you’re in the area, give it a try and let us know what you think. Nice view.

Jungle Beach | Krating Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket:Southwest corner of Phuket Island
  • GPS Data: 7° 46’ 40” N, 98° 17’ 43” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 25 / 25 / 11
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Ao Sane Beach is next to Krating Beach on the east side; Nui Beach is around the cape to the northwest.
  • Direction Facing: South
  • Beach Length: 200 meters (220 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 22 meters (24 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 4’400 square meter (5,262 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Many rocks on the beach
  • Ocean Bottom: Very rocky
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Not on the beach, but the resort has some.
  • Beach features: Beautiful beach with rock-filled sand.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, from the resort
  • Umbrellas? Yes, from the resort
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public and no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? The bay near Nai Harn Beach is typically filled with boats.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 5-8m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: Boardwalk. Promthep Cape is a short drive, as is Rawai Beach.
  • Activities: Snorkeling is good here. Bring your own equipment, there are no rentals available at Krating Beach.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Not really
  • Surfing? None
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: When waves are large, the currents can become dangerous.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Kalim Beach | Phuket Beaches

Probably one of the most unique beach in Phuket is Kalim Beach. While it is not the most beautiful or the best for swimming, it does hold its own certain charm that no other beach on the island offers. As you drive up past Patong Beach, you’ll quickly come to Kalim Beach before you reach Thavorn Beach and Kamala Beach. Kalim Beach is next to the road, and not really ideal, but its proximity to Patong, less than 1 kilometer (.6 mi.) and the fact that there is just a fraction of people here in comparison – it’s a good alternative, and worth having a look. Split in half by a large concrete landing that is mostly empty during the day (save for a few food carts offering snacks and shakes) and surrounded by large boulders, this distinctive side of the beach has it’s own allure. Although by day it does just seem a boring concrete slab, by night it erupts with life, laughter and food. With local food vendors peddling their fare and the small cluster of people dotted along the walkway eating, singing and sharing moments together, it’s easy to see why Kalim Beach is such a popular tourist spot.

To the left is a small but rocky beach that isn’t great for swimming but does offer an ideal setting for snorkeling and tidal pool exploration, especially when the tide is in. The beach area is small but pleasing with it’s white sand and large shady palms; those who are sick of the overly crowded more popular beaches such as Karon or Kata Beach will appreciate the quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

Across the street is a series of moderately priced restaurants offering 3 star dining and a spectacular view out to the neighboring islands; there is also a rather large Family Mart that is open 24 hours and stocked full of all your touristy needs. Excellent sunsets, and cheap food from stands if you want to eat local-style.

Kalim Beach Clubs

None

Kalim Beach Restaurants / Bars

There are many food stands along the beach in this section, and at sundown you can watch sunset and eat very reasonably priced food like som tam, fried rice with chicken or prawns, or gwit diao soup.

  • White Box Restaurant and Bar – incredible food and bar just up the road from the sandy portion of Kalim Beach. Highly recommended since you’re already in the area. Fantastic reviews from past diners here. Don’t miss the Seafood Platter and get there around 6 pm. so you don’t miss sunset!
  • Baan Rim Pa Kalim – just over a kilometer (less than a mile) up the highway away from Patong is this highly-rated beachfront restaurant. Awesome views from all tables, and excellent seafood at reasonable prices. Local Thai favorite place to eat.

Kalim Beach Accommodations

  • Novotel Phuket Resort – located on Kalim Beach, this is a good economical place to stay with rooms in the 2,300 THB per night range. They have some multiple outdoor pools and a couple of bars on-site. This hotel gets good reviews from past guests.
  • The Residence Kalim Bay – a very inexpensive option for staying within walking distance of Kalim Beach and Patong Beach. Large rooms and patios, and great staff make this the best little 1,000 THB per night hotel you’re likely to find in the area. Many places to eat on the walk to the beaches. Great views!

Kalim Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Kalim Beach is next to Patong Beach, at the north end of Patong.
  • GPS Data: 7° 54’ 47” N, 98° 17’ 38” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 2 / 15 / 34
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Patong Beach is south; Thavorn Beach is the next beach going north.
  • Direction Facing: Southwest
  • Beach Length: 865 meters (1,035 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 10 meters (12 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 8’650 m2 (10,345 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: On the south end of the beach, the sand is a bit rough, not the best you’ve ever seen. It gets much worse – rocks and shells the further you go north up Highway 4233.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sandy at the south end. Rocky in the north.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? No
  • Beach features: Nothing
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 0-40m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Nothing
  • Activities: Surfing during November to April
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Yes, it can be very good here. Wave heights at Kalim Beach can reach 3 meters (3 yd.) high with nice right breaking waves (left from the beach). There is a shallow reef at the south end of the beach where the waves build. Long rides are possible – over 100 meters (109 yd.). There are sometimes surf contests held at this beach because the waves are so good from May through October.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: When waves are large, currents can quickly become dangerous.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Kamala Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Kamala Beach is found to the north of Patong Beach on Phuket’s west coast, just north above the center of the island (north to south). Highway 4233 from Patong goes right to Kamala. In the past, Kamala was nothing more than a local Muslim fishing village that hadn’t been built up, but after the tsunami the area changed. Today Kamala is filled with luxury villas. Most places to eat near the beach can be found around the southern end of Kamala Beach.

Kamala Beach Clubs

Café del Mar Phuket is a classy beach club from the world-famous brand originating out of Ibiza and is a perfect place to enjoy a few sundowner cocktails. Café del Mar Phuket offers a choice of Thai and international dishes as well as a great selection of cocktails. The higher price range attracts a sophisticated but fun-loving crowd, who enjoy smooth house music played by resident and guest DJs, partly accompanied by a live saxophonist.

Kamala Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • HQ Beach Lounge – on the north end of the beach, is this highly rated restaurant and bar. Coconut vodka cocktails! Great sunsets and trees for shade before sunset.
  • Silk Restaurant & Bar – at the far south end of the beach. Romantic, calm, and soothing ambiance. Excellent food and beautiful restaurant interior. Outdoor seating as well. Sunsets are awesome. Asian fusion cuisine is the focus, but some traditional Thai dishes as well.

Kamala Beach Accommodations

  • Kamala Beachfront Apartments – this small budget-friendly place is near the police station, and it has convenient access to the beach. The rooms are modern and decorated nicely. Rates begin at 1,300 THB.
  • Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach – you can usually count on Novotel properties, they’re usually fairly well updated and high-quality affordable properties to stay in. This Novotel is on north Kamala Beach. Rates beginning at 2,000 THB per night.
  • Swissotel Resort Phuket – found on the north side of Kamala Beach, and yet not beachfront. Good service and restaurants. Hooters bar is next door. No elevators so get a first or second floor room. Inexpensive shuttle to Patong. Rates around 3,000 THB per night.

Kamala Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: North of Patong Beach by a couple miles, along Hwy 4233.
  • GPS Data: 7° 57’ 11” N, 98° 16’ 56” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 10 / 23 / 27
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Patong Beach is south by five minutes. Laem Singh Beach is just a couple minutes north.
  • Direction Facing: West
  • Beach Length: 2 kilometer (1.2 mi.)
  • Beach Width: 27 meters (30 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 54’000 m2 (64,583 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Very nice quality sand, good for kids and relaxing. Trees provide a lot of shade in most areas.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mostly sand, but coral reef at the southern end and rocks at the north end of this beach.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, in restaurants
  • Beach features: Large bay with rocky and coral filled ends good for exploring with snorkels. Further out from the beach is decent diving. Many restaurants and food stands lining the beach.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, 10% of the Beach.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, 10% of the Beach.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, northside.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 1-40m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Phuket FantaSea is right in Kamala; Kathu Waterfall is a 20-minute drive.
  • Activities: Snorkeling on the south end is pretty good when the water is calm.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? This can be a great surfing spot. While the waves are typically smaller – even during the surf season (May through October), wave heights can reach 3 meters (3 yd.). Waves break on all tide conditions. Waves break at numerous spots along the beach, so a walk or drive up and down is recommended to find the best spot. You can find rental boards and classes to learn to surf at the Saltwater Dreaming Surfboard Shop located just north of Kamala, in Cherng Thale.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Undertow can be very strong at beaches on the west side of Phuket during storms and high waves.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes – south

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Karon Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Karon Beach is a less popular beach than most on Phuket’s west side, so it has less crowds, even when the surfing is good. At 3+ kilometers (1.9 mi.) long, this beach is one of the longest on Phuket. The sand is nice, soft, and mostly clean. The road running the length of the beach is good for running or walking for exercise. Most of the people you’ll see at this beach are staying at resorts in Karon, few people travel from other spots on the island just to see Karon Beach. Good swimming and decent snorkeling can be had in the clear water. Karon Beach is a good place for families, there is Nong Harn Lake Park at the north beach area – with playground activities for kids. Then, there’s Dino Golf for kids on the south side – you shouldn’t miss. There is shopping all over Karon as you get into the city. Lots of coffee shops and small bars too.

Karon Beach Clubs

Choose your perfect spot at COAST Phuket Beach Club & Bistro between lounges, bars and dinning settings and settle in for the long sunny days. It’s the ultimate in laid-back cool – sipping chilled drinks, feasting on fresh food and sharing stories and laughter with friends.

Karon Beach Restaurants / Bars

In the center of Karon Village there are lots of things to do – shopping, bars, and restaurants to try. There are plenty of nightlife spots along with good restaurants, but the mood is calmer than Patong Beach. If you’re tired of Patong Beach’s craziness, come here to Karon for a couple nights to mellow you back out.

  • Highway Curry – located close to the hills on Patak Road is this great-tasting Indian restaurant (also serving Thai). They get good reviews at Google and serve for lunch and dinner.
  • Karlsson Restaurant and Steakhouse – in the center of Karon Beach, close to the water is this delicious steakhouse. Lots of vegetarian options and 99 THB cocktails.
  • On the Rock Restaurant – on the rocks at the south end of Karon Beach. Crazy good ratings from past diners. Perfect views and amazing seafood. Order the fish cooked with white wine for a real treat.

Karon Beach Accommodations

  • Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket – located on the north part of the beach. A 4-star resort with panoramic views and very reasonable rates for their quiet and comfortable rooms at just 2,500 THB per night to start.
  • Mandarava Resort and Spa – facing the water on the north side of Karon, on a steep hill, you’ll need to be fit to climb. Ocean or mountain views. If not, choose another resort. Wet bar and pre-dinner happy hour starts at 4 pm. with half-off beer and cocktails. Very affordable at 2,000 THB per night.
  • Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa – beachfront lodging with exceptional views, service, and amenities. This 5-star resort gets great reviews and many return visitors over the years. Rooms starting around 3,000 THB nightly.

Karon Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Leaving Patong going south, take Hwy 4233 south to Karon for 15 – 20 minutes in a vehicle to reach it.
  • GPS Data: 7° 50’ 38” N, 98° 17’ 37” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 15 / 17 / 45
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Hat Karon Noi in the north; Kata Beach (Yai) in the south.
  • Direction Facing: West
  • Beach Length: 3.3 kilometer (2 mi.)
  • Beach Width: 30 meters (33 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 99’000 m2 (118,403 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Excellent! Deep white sand and plenty of space. Few trees though.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sand mostly in close to shore.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, in restaurants
  • Beach features: Running down the beach is great – it’s a long, deep sand beach. The sand crunches audibly under your ft. – kind of cool! Lifeguards posted in some locations. Many international restaurants close-by for variety. Lifeguards are here usually – a good place for children, but heed warnings.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, 10% of the Beach.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, 10% of the Beach.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes, north
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-6m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Dino Park Mini-Golf is at the south end of the beach and is great for kids for a couple hours of fun.
  • Activities: Surfing; Dino Park Mini-Golf; Hooters Bar.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Yes, some good surfing can be had here at Karon Beach. Most surfers and crowd will be at Kata Beach if the waves are big, that leaves many other beaches like Karon – relatively free from the mayhem. Sometimes good but choppy conditions with .5 to 2-meter-high waves a couple times each year. Expect short rides, but many of them. Waves break at the north and south ends, do a drive-by to see which spots are cranking. For lessons or rentals, visit SSS Phuket Dive and Surf Center on the south end of Karon Beach. Just go south on Patak Road (Hwy 4028) past the Karon Post Office and look left after the Tesco Lotus Express store.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Rip-tides can be dangerous when waves get big. Watch for lifeguard flags and ask what they mean if unsure.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes

More about Karon Beach

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Kata Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Kata Beach is for many, along with Nai Harn Beach, the best location for a relaxing holiday with the entire family while still within easy access to plenty of evening entertainment venues. You could spend three weeks around and you would still not have enough time to go through all the possible dining experiences on offer, from seafood restaurants, pizzerias to steak houses and more. The “after beach” venues in Kata are somehow as popular as the beach itself. Kata Beach isn’t too far from Patong, and the surfing is good. This is a very natural looking beach, and there are not too many visitors, unless the surf is high, then there will be 20+ people in the water and maybe 100 people spectating. Kata (Kata Yai – big Kata Beach) is next to (south of) Karon Beach on Phuket’s southwest coast. The sandy beach is about 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) long, and around 33m (36 yd.) wide – it can hold hundreds of people comfortably. There is very little commercial development on or near the beach, so it retains its natural vibe.

Kata Beach Clubs

Rekata Beach Club is currently the only beach club at Kata Beach and a go-to destination for surfers, seafood lovers, suntan addicts, spa junkies, sunset gazers, and brand name shoppers. Belongs to the Boathouse Phuket.

Kata Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Kata On Fire Bar and Grill – highly rated by past diners, this bar and grill isn’t right on the beach, it’s up Soi Khoktanod 440 meters (481 yd.) at the south end of Kata Beach. No, you don’t get the beach views, but the food is excellent especially if you’re in the mood for something grilled.
  • Gastone Italian Restaurant – if you’re in the mood for Italian cuisine, this restaurant has excellent pasta and pizza set in a nice environment. This is authentic Italian cuisine that gets great ratings from guests. 86 meters (94 yd.) southeast from the southernmost corner of Kata Beach.
  • Kampong Kata Hill – fantastic average ratings for this little eatery on Kata Hill. Open at dinner, they have a variety of dishes, including Thai, and great drinks. The view is nice, and the Thai museum-like interior makes for a gorgeous setting to eat dinner.
  • The Boathouse Phuket – The Boathouse Phuket Restaurant is tastefully appointed and located directly on Kata Beach and belongs to one of the most celebrated restaurants and wine cellars in Thailand. This five-star beach restaurant serves gourmet International and Asian cuisine, including authentic Thai culinary traditions, offers sumptuous yet relaxed setting with top-of-the-range service. With a new Executive Chef, Jonathan Bruell, the Boathouse Phuket restaurant has become again a gourmet’s & fine dine paradise.

Kata Beach Accommodations

  • Club Med Phuket – right in the center of Kata Beach is this massive complex that is the finest resort in Kata, and the rate reflects that at around 17,000 THB per night. Geared toward families with a great kids’ club and pool, wet bars, a couple restaurants, a fitness gym, and more to keep everyone happy.
  • Kata Beach Resort and Spa – a 4-star resort on the south side of Kata Beach, this resort gets incredibly positive reviews for the property and service. They have an internet room for business workers, some big swimming pools, kids club, and a sports bar. Rates starting around 3,000 THB per night.
  • Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort and Spa – a 5-star resort on the hill at the north end of Kata Beach. Close to the Dino Park Mini-Golf which is great for kids. The beach is a couple hundred-meter walk, or there are shuttles to take you there. Rates around 2,500 THB.

Kata Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: West coast of Phuket south of Patong and north of Promthep Cape
  • GPS Data: 7° 49’ 14” N, 98° 17’ 52” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 11 / 15 / 47
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Karon Beach is to the north. Kata Noi (smaller Kata Beach) is the next beach going south.
  • Direction Facing: Southwest
  • Beach Length: 1.5 kilometer (1 mi.)
  • Beach Width: 33 meters (36 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 49’500 m2 (59,202 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Very good. Soft, thick sand that squeaks as you walk on it. The beach is usually clean (for Thailand standards), but there is always trash laying around. There are probably no beaches in Thailand without trash. This beach has a very laid-back feel, and it’s quiet compared to most tourist beaches.
  • Ocean Bottom: Close to shore – sandy. The further you go out, the more rocks and coral you’ll find.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, in restaurants
  • Beach features: Gradually sloping beach beside a road. Lots of shade trees and food stands to choose from. Soft white sand and usually clear water. Lifeguards are here usually – a good place for children, but heed warnings.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, 10% of the Beach.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, 10% of the Beach.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Unknown
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 3-8m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Dino Golf for kids on the north end past the beach. Surf House Kata Beach is the place for non-stop surf action, trendy music and internationally inspired food and beverages.
  • Activities: Surfing during November to April; snorkeling at the north end, swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking are the main activities at this picture-perfect beach.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Waves here can get very good here – nice shape, longer rides, and everyone living on Phuket knows where this beach is. This is the most popular surfing beach on Phuket when the waves are good, sometimes reaching 2 meters (7 ft.) high. There is a convenient place to stay here too, if you can obtain a room, the Kata Beach Resort and Spa. They get good reviews, and the rates are reasonable for this great surfing beach at just 2,500 THB or so. If you need a rental board or want to learn how to surf in small wave conditions, Surf House Kata Beach can help. They are at the south end of Kata Beach, next to the Kata Beach Resort
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Anywhere the surf is good, the rip-tides can be dangerous. Do be very careful. Watch for lifeguard flags and ask what they mean if unsure.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Kata Noi Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

At just over 700 meters (766 yd.) long, Kata Noi Beach is much smaller than Kata Beach (Kata Yai Beach), but it is even more chilled-out with less people. This is an ideal romantic spot, and for a honeymoon, many travelers choose it as their main vacation spot. Swimming is great here, and there are a number of great resorts on the Kata Noi Beach to choose from if you want to be close to great sunsets and quick dips in the Andaman Sea. The beach is about the same width as others on the west coast – 30 meters (33 yards), and the sand isn’t very soft. The beach is cleaned once a week or so, depending on the season. There is literally nothing else to do in this area except going to the beach, eating, resting and planning your next move for the evening. If this is your ideal description of a holiday? Welcome to Kata Noi Beach! While it is easy to miss if no one told you about this beach, it has the benefit of being only five minutes away from the buzzing Kata Beach strip with all its day and evening culinary offerings. Another option, if you wish to view the sun going down over Kata Noi, is to do so from a string of bars lined up on the road leading to Nai Harn which all have a reputation for serving good food and ice cold beer.

Kata Noi Beach Clubs

None

Kata Noi Beach Restaurants / Bars

We highly recommend that you go into one of the luxury resorts right on the beach and eat at a restaurant there. We looked at many standalone restaurants at Kata Noi and cannot find one with exceptional ratings.

Kata Noi Beach Accommodations

  • Impiana Private Villas Kata Noi – highly rated villas at the north end of Kata Noi with amazing views of the entire beach. Privacy in your own pool at each villa and excellent food and gym, make this a great place to stay. Easy walk to beach. Starting around 12,000 THB each night. Great for a honeymoon hideaway!
  • The Shore at Katathani – at the south end of Kata Noi, is this 20,000 THB per night luxury villas property. Again, great for a honeymoon spot. Large infinity pool and first-class service. Super reviews on social media sites.
  • Mom Tri’s Villa Royale Hotel – a 5-star resort set right on the rocky shore at the north end of Kata Noi Beach with spectacular views and atmosphere. Swimming pools have the rocky coast incorporated into them, believe it or not. Very good service and this is another place ideal for a honeymoon getaway. Rooms starting at 12,000 THB per night.
  • Kata Noi Club Hotel – a budget choice on Kata Noi Beach – and there are few of them. This one gets decent ratings and is a 3-star hotel starting around 2,500 THB nightly. The pool is nice, and you have free use of the tennis courts! Not right on the beach, but minutes away.

Kata Noi Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Southwest side. From Patong Beach, take Highway 4233 down through Kata, and veer right at the south end of that beach. Then you will take a small road straight into Kata Noi just past signs for Impiana Private Villas.
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 23” N, 98° 17’ 56” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 12 / 18 / 48
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Kata Yai (Kata big) is to the north. Nui Beach is the next major beach going south.
  • Direction Facing: West
  • Beach Length: Over 700 meters (766 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 33 meters (36 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 22’400 m2 (26,790 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Excellent. Sand is soft, deep, and light brown. You can have a lounge chair on the beach from one of the resorts (if a guest there). Water is fantastic, nice clean waves during one of the many swells from April to October, or, serene calm for swimming and wading if it’s high season.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mostly sandy, but some rocks underwater as well.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? There are big resorts lining the beach, so if you’re staying at one, you can use their showers and restrooms.
  • Beach features: Large enough to accommodate many people, but few come here. Cozy and laid-back. Rocks at the north and south ends.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? At resort
  • Umbrellas? At resort
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-6m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Just perfect beach with little to distract you.
  • Activities: Swimming is good when the waves are calm. Good surfing when the waves pick up. Snorkeling is okay at the south end of the beach – bring your own gear. Bodyboarding and bodysurfing are also possibilities here if you have the gear!
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? The waves here can reach 2 meters, just like the bigger Kata Yai Beach. The waves break close to the beach and offer short rides. There is a good ‘right’ break that most competent surfers can ride. Waves break most cleanly when tides are mid-to-high. If you need a board or surfing instruction, you can go to Phuket Surf at Kata Yai Beach, mentioned above. If you are coming to surf and you want to save money on lodging, stay at Kata Yai Beach, they have more budget options.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Undercurrent is bad during high-wave periods. Not safe for children in any kind of waves.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Unknown

More about Kata Noi Beach

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Khao Kad Beach | Phuket Beaches

Khao Kad Beach is the first beach on the west side of Cape Panwa, on Phuket’s east coast. Panwa Beaches, and the entire area is a quiet and secluded oasis away from the noise and traffic of Phuket Town and the highways. A quick drive up to Phuket Town for great shopping, or an easy trip to one of the many islands offshore make this a great location to stay for your vacation in Phuket.

If you’re over at the Phuket Aquarium, you might stop by to see Khao Kad Beach for sunset, or a cold drink. The beach is just a very short drive up Soi Ao Yon Khao khad to reach it.

As you can see in our Khao Kad Beach video, the beach is wide enough to throw down a blanket or beach mat, and the sunsets can be spectacular. There is a Thai massage service in an open-walled building facing the beach.

A small café (green building) serves many varieties of fruit smoothies, coffee, and tea if you’re thirsty or need a pick-me-up. There is a small Halal restaurant on Khao Kad Beach and they have a sign touting availability of mopeds, rooms, and taxi service. There are a few kayaks leaning on the fence to the left, and they can probably be rented if you’re interested. Keep in mind, the mud here is thick. Though not ideal for swimming since at low tide it’s a mudflat, most visitors come to enjoy the tranquility and the fresh seafood and cold drinks served up at the Beach Bar. If you turn up here in the morning, you’ll likely have the beach to yourself.

Not far away is the Tarzan Adventure Phuket zip-lines outfit where you can glide through the trees in harnesses. The tour is about an hour and costs around 3,000 Thai baht per person. Most reviewers thought it was worth it.

Smaller yachts and catamarans can be anchored off-shore in this spot, and you will usually have some company as this is a somewhat popular spot for tourist boats.

Khao Kad Beach Clubs

There are no beach clubs at Khao Kad Beach

Khao Kad Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • The Beach Bar – why is it that beach clubs and beach bars always seem to get good reviews? At least in Phuket that’s true! Must be some great places to have a drink. THE Beach Bar is also quite good, and a popular spot for locals and tourists. Come early for dinner and get a table right on the sand for sunset – stunning spot!

Khao Kad Beach Accommodations

  • Panwa Boutique Beach Resort – on the west side of the cape. Twenty-five kilometers from Patong Beach, so a bit of a haul to get to the nightlife, but easy access to Phuket Town for shopping and restaurants. Modern amenities and slightly dated rooms. For the price, a great value. Starting around 2,000 THB per night.
  • My Beach Resort – also on the west side of Cape Panwa offers great views and a sort of private oasis from the noise of Phuket. Large rooms with connecting family rooms. Good service, and local guides rate this property highly. Rating is 4.5 out of 5-star at Google. Rates starting around 4,000 THB nightly.

Khao Kad Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket:East side of Phuket on the west side of Cape Panwa south of Phuket Town and North of Rawai Beach.
  • GPS Data: 7° 49’ 03” N, 98° 23’ 05” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 23 / 39 / 40
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Pa Lai Beach is to the north; Ao Yon Yai is to the west.
  • Direction Facing: West.
  • Beach Length: 1.6 kilometers (1 mi.) There are multiple beaches on Cape Panwa that are labeled “Panwa Beach” on Google maps, so it’s impossible to figure out which, or even if there is one official Panwa Beach. This listing includes only Cape Panwa Beach which faces Koh Lon Island.
  • Beach Width: Average around 9 meters (10 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 14’400 square meter (17,222 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Sand not especially nice, there are shells and rocks mixed with dirt.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mostly sand, but not so soft – some rocks and shells.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Available at resorts, but no public facilities.
  • Beach features: Khao Kad Beach faces directly west, so is good for sunset.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No, only at hotels
  • Umbrellas? No, only at hotels
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public and no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, there are usually boats anchored off the coast here.
  • Boat dock and marina? None
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 6-8m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: The allure of Khao Kad Beach and the entire cape is that it’s a natural oasis very close to Phuket Town and the noise of Phuket. A great little getaway area with close access to town. Patong Beach is 24 km (15 mi.) away.
  • Activities: The beach is big enough to kick a ball around, or throw a disc. There are some blue kayaks on the side of the small restaurant at the south end of the beach that are for rent. Keep in mind, the muddy sand is deep. There is a Thai massage table next to the restaurant.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? None – wrong side of Phuket Island.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Some sharp shells and rocks in the sand. Rocks under the water. Stingrays have been seen at beaches all over Khao Kad. They hide under the sand, flipping the tail and stinging with barbs with venom. The pain is similar to jellyfish.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Small amount – south

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Laem Ka Noi Beach | Phuket Beaches

Located about 450 meters (492 yd.) from Laem Ka Yai Beach is the little sister, Laem Ka Noi Beach. This is a short beach facing northeast that is a nice getaway from people because nobody knows about it. Laem Ka Noi Beach faces east and gets nice sunrises if you happen to be here early.Very few websites have this beach on a map. Google has it, and you can find it too.

Laem Ka Noi Beach is quite small at about 66 meters in length, and not very wide – only 20 meters (22 yards) at its widest point. The water is usually calm, and it’s fine for swimming or wading, but there are some submerged rocks to be aware of. There are no annoying jet skis or parasailing here. Laem Ka Noi Beach is great for a short nap or stopping by for a meal. You can walk on the big rocks for something to do, but there’s not much to do.

There is a small restaurant at Laem Ka Noi called, what else? Laem Ka Noi Seafood. Traditional, tasty Thai seafood is what you’ll find at the restaurant, with picture-perfect views over the beach and of the nearby island, Koh Lon.

If you’re already at Laem Ka Yai Beach, you could just take a longtail boat 600 meters (656 yards) up the beach to reach Laem Ka Noi Beach.

Or, you can drive there by going south on Highway 4024 (Wiset Road) and making a left at Soi Lamkanoi. There’s a chance you’re going to run into a closed gate there, so it’s always best when trying to reach small Phuket beaches, to just go by longtail boat. A whole lot more fun than driving in Phuket’s traffic too!

Laem Ka Noi Beach Clubs

There are no beach clubs at Laem Ka Noi Beach

Laem Ka Noi Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Laem Ka Noi Seafood Restaurant – a very small restaurant on the beach with a serene setting and great meals, like home cooked Thai – no frills, just good seafood.

Laem Ka Noi Beach Accommodations

There are no accommodations at Laem Ka Noi Beach

Laem Ka Noi Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket:Southeast Phuket
  • GPS Data: 7° 46’ 59” N, 98° 20’ 12” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 21 / 16 / 47
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Laem Ka Beach is just south, and Friendship Beach is north.
  • Direction Facing: Northeast
  • Beach Length: 60 meters (66 yd.) There are multiple beaches on Cape Panwa that are labeled “Panwa Beach” on Google maps, so it’s impossible to figure out which, or even if there is one official Panwa Beach. This listing includes only Cape Panwa Beach which faces Koh Lon Island.
  • Beach Width: Very little actual beach, mostly rocks.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 60 square meter (72 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Very rocky with patches of sand.
  • Ocean Bottom: Rocky and sand, muddy not ideal for swimming or wading. Good for launching a kayak.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None
  • Beach features: The beach is small, with a place to eat, and sometimes there are yoga classes held here.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no entry fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No – too shallow.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Unknown
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 1-2m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: Yoga
  • Activities: Relaxing. Yoga. Nothing else really to do here.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? On main street
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? No, surfing is on the west coast of Phuket Island.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Sharp rocks in the water, easy to cut your feet. Wear protective shoes.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Laem Ka Yai Beach | Phuket Beaches

Laem Ka Yai Beach (bigger of the two Laem Ka beaches) is north of well-known Rawai Beach and is 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from Koh Lon island off Phuket’s southeast coast. This beach faces southeast, and there is an island easily visible just off-shore. Unfortunately, this is a beautiful beach that has become a through-way for endless Chinese tourists getting gout of buses and onto longboats at one side of this beach. It’s sometimes loud and destroys the serenity of the place. On the other hand, you may get lucky and not have any tourists boarding boats. Depends on time of year.

There is some snorkeling at the south end of the beach, near the rocks. There are big and small rocks in the water all along Laem Ka Yai Beach, so be careful while walking around if you don’t have protective shoes on.

Or, just lay around the beach with the pigs. Yes, you heard that right – there are pigs running wild here.

There is no resort built right on Laem Ka Yai Beach, but you’ll nearly always find people here because it’s on the maps, and it’s such a lovely little beach on Phuket’s east side that people seem to find it easily. We’ve said it before, but it’s worth going to beaches in the early morning when you may get lucky and have it to yourself.

To reach Laem Ka Yai Beach, just come south on Highway 4024 as if you were going to Rawai Beach. Instead, make a left hand turn after the “Laguna Nightclub Rawai”. There is a 7-11 convenience store on the corner. Go 900 meters (984 yards) straight down that road until it ends. The beach is just 35 meters away.

Laem Ka Yai Beach Clubs

There are no beach clubs at Laem Ka Yai Beach

Laem Ka Yai Beach Restaurants / Bars

There is a small place on the beach serving a few small things and blended fruit smoothies which some have commented were delicious.

Laem Ka Yai Beach Accommodations

There are no accommodations at Laem Ka Yai Beach

Laem Ka Yai Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket:Southeast Phuket in Rawai
  • GPS Data: 7° 46’ 42” N, 98° 20’ 15” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 22 / 16 / 47
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Rawai Beach is to the south, and Laem Ka Beach is north.
  • Direction Facing: Southeast
  • Beach Length: 146 meters (160 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 18 meters (20 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 2’628 square meter (3,143 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Dark sand with occasional rocks and rough shells. Many trees for shade.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sand near the beach, mud, and rocks further out.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? No
  • Beach features: Peaceful, quiet place to relax. A lot of trash.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Half private, access only by boat, no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No – too shallow.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-10m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: None
  • Activities: Speedboats going out with tourists on multiple trips per day going to some of the islands. Not good for snorkeling, some coral and rocks, and trash. Not clear – lots of mud.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Unknown
  • Surfing? No, wrong side of Phuket for surf.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Sharp stones and coral in the water – be careful, wear rubber soled shoes.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Unknown

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Laem Singh Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Laem Singh Beach? As you leave Patong Beach and start winding north on Highway 4025, you’ll go through Kamala and climb a hill. At the top of that hill is the parking area for Laem Singh Beach, down below. Laem Singh Beach is usually open during the high-season, but there are times when you’ll find it closed – mostly during the low-season. Don’t be put off if you can’t find the beach on Google Maps, it’s really there, sometimes it disappears because I think people are upset that it’s closed and tell Google it has closed permanently. That’s not the case. It opens and closes at various times. Sometimes you may not be able to reach Laem Singh Beach from the highway using the usual path. However, you can always reach Laem Singh Beach by boat.

Laem Singh Beach Clubs

None

Laem Singh Beach Restaurants / Bars

None, our recommendation is that you go to Kamala to stay and eat if you think you’ll be spending a day or two at Laem Singh Beach. We have listed restaurants and resorts on our Kamala Beach page. Here are two more resorts we recommend in Kamala.

Laem Singh Beach Accommodations

  • Keemala Phuket – very unique villas in cool shapes (I won’t tell you what shape – you should have a look), on the hill overlooking Kamala Beach. Quite close to Laem Singh, and some great places to eat in Kamala. Very high ratings by past guests for everything offered. If you can afford it, this is a great place to stay. Starting at 14,000 THB per night.
  • Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort – a very nice 5-star beachfront resort on Kamala Bay’s south end. Great for kids with a playroom and nice swimming pools. There is a gym for adults. Starting around 4,000 THB nightly.

Laem Singh Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: West coast, just south of Surin Beach, and north of Patong Beach.
  • GPS Data: 7° 58’ 07” N, 98° 16’ 46” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 12 / 24 / 24
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Surin Beach is north; Kamala Beach is south.
  • Direction Facing: West
  • Beach Length: 241 meters (264 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 37 meters (40 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 8’917 m2 (10,665 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Like a private hideaway – all sides of the beach are very steep hills covered with trees. Very nice sand, and the sand beneath the water is nice. There is of course some trash laying around because that’s to be expected in Thailand. It’s common and there’s no sense getting worked up about it. The beach has many shade trees blocking the sun if it’s too intense.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mostly sandy. Some rocks at the southern end of the beach.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? No
  • Beach features: One major feature is there are less people. Enjoy this picture-perfect little beach. Don’t forget to take photos at the view point near the entrance where you can see the beach.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-6m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: No real attractions anywhere nearby, this is a remote beach – no restaurants or resorts here.
  • Activities: Perfect for swimming or wading. The south end is really good for snorkeling but is a limited area. There is a lot of sea life in this small area – sea stars, seahorses, and nemo fish. Surfing can be good at the south end where the rocks are. This can be a perfect place to surf because few people there!
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? The waves at Laem Singh can reach a few meters high (10 ft.+) on good days. Waves travel fast here and are good for short boards or bodyboarders – with or without fins. Tides don’t matter much at this beach as far as wave quality; all tides are fine. There is no place for a rental board here, or lessons, you’ll have to try Saltwater Dreaming Surfboard Shop in Cherng Thale, north of this beach.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Large waves come with strong tides. The rip-current can be bad here and on every beach on Phuket Island’s west coast. Do be very cautious.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Layan Beach | Phuket Beaches

Layan Beach is also known as Le Phang Beach by locals and on some maps. Though not clearly marked on maps, Layan Beach appears to connect to the northernmost section of Bangtao Beach on Phuket’s Northwest side. There is a break where a freshwater lake runoff flows, then another section of beach in front of the Anantara Layan Phuket Resort. It’s like a tiny bay formed on one side by the rocky hill, and the other by a small island and sandbar. The main break is next to the hill.This is a very picturesque area that is usually only occupied by guests at the resorts nearby. If you like to explore new grounds, Koh Kala, giving Layan beach shelter, is a small island just a few meters off the mainland and is in part responsible for the calm and tranquil environment. You can also rent kayaks and circumnavigate the island.

Layan Beach Clubs

  • Dream Beach Club – really great reviews for this club which plays house and down-tempo beat music for the most part, but it can vary a bit. Great drinks, food, location, music, service, and people. Most reviewers report having a nice night out here and are fond of returning.

Layan Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Anantara Beach Restaurant – if you’re staying at the Anantara Resort, or even if you’re not, you can eat dinner at this amazing beachfront restaurant with tables over the sand. Wednesdays they have a fire-show from 6-7:30 at dinner. Food is exceptional and expensive.
  • Paul Restaurant – located about 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) south from Dream Beach Club, this restaurant is on the beach and has a chill atmosphere and selection of Thai and seafood. The atmosphere is basic and functional without going overboard on aesthetics. Not the place for your honeymoon, but if you just want a beach restaurant with great food and smiles – try Paul’s.

Layan Beach Accommodations

  • Anantara Resort Phuket Beach – a 5-star resort with its own beach and located remotely away from other resorts and shopping. Some complain it’s too remote. Careful what you ask for!

Layan Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Northwest side near top of Phuket Island
  • GPS Data: 8° 01’ 51” N, 98° 17’ 11” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 23 / 28 / 14
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Banana Beach is less than 1 km. (.6 m.) to the north. To the south is Bang Tao Beach (aka Laguna Beach)
  • Direction Facing: Southwest
  • Beach Length: Section 1 – 695 meters (760 yd.) and Section 2 – by the Anantara Resort, 446 m. (488 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 42 meters (66 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 47’922 m2 (57,314 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: The sand is nice and usually clean. There are beach chairs and umbrellas, and the water can be calm and glassy – ideal for kids to play in.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sandy, generally OK for wading.
  • Restroom / showers facilities?Of course, the Anantara Resort has showers and restrooms for their guests. If you’re dining or drinking at the beach club, you can also use their restrooms.
  • Beach features: Excellent Beach Club! Glassy water and relaxing mood. Great for kids, and many families do stay at the resorts around Bangtao and Layan beaches.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? At most of the resorts on the beach, there are beach lounge chairs available, and umbrellas if you need one.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, usually at resorts and restaurants on the beach.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, private boats can anchor near the small island.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-5m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: Kala Island; Dream Beach Club
  • Activities: Lounging, swimming, surfing, kids can play in the sand and water.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Yes, there is surfing here during the tourist low-season and the waves can get quite big.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: When waves are big, there are strong currents that can pull you out to sea. Keep a close eye on children playing near the water.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Mai Khao Beach | Phuket Beaches

Mai Khao Beach is on Phuket Island’s northwest side and is the longest beach in Phuket by far at over 13 kilometers (8 mi.). It stretches from the top of the island down to the Phuket International Airport (HKT). The beach faces west and has some truly awesome sunsets. The alluring thing about Mai Khao Beach is it is so large, and so few people visit, it can feel like you own the beach at times.

Mai Khao Beach is quiet and yet the resorts here are full of families with kids who see it as an ideal place to vacation – away from the craziness of Patong Beach. The water is nice – shallow and calm during high-season.

Mai Khao Beach Beach Clubs

None

Mai Khao Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Kindee Beach Restaurant – There are few stand-alone restaurants in Mai Khao, but this one is worth going for dinner – at least once. Past diners gave it fantastic reviews. It is located 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) from the beach, going east at this address: 71/6 Mu 5, Mai Khao. Many locals call this the best restaurant on Phuket Island – so, try it out!

There are few restaurants outside the resorts, so your best bet is to dine at one of the resorts below.

Mai Khao Beach Accommodations

  • JW Marriott – this 5-star hotel has a lot going for it – tasty food, refreshing pools, and great cocktails. They have attractive grounds, pools, and wet bars, and then an amazing six restaurants to choose from and many other amenities you’ll appreciate. Rates starting around 7,000 THB a night.
  • Sala Phuket Resort & Spa – one and two-bedroom villas with pools in roughly the center (north to south) of Mai Khao Beach. This one is on the beach and has a number of cool features – poolside eatery, rooftop bar and restaurant, a gym, and massage and health (beauty) spa treatments. Nightly rates beginning around 6,000 THB.
  • Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club – good for kids, free bikes, tennis courts, excellent kids’ club. Gym, spa, free DVD’s. The two-bedroom unit has a kitchenette which will help you save on dining costs. The grounds are spacious, and the beachfront is lovely. Rates for one-bedrooms starting at 11,000 THB per night.

Mai Khao Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Northwest side of Phuket, just north of the Phuket International Airport (HKT).
  • GPS Data: 8° 08’ 07” N, 98° 17’ 56” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 38 / 36 / 9
  • Taxis available: Yes, near hotels
  • Surrounding Beaches: Nai Yang Beach in the south and Sai Kaew Beach is north.
  • Direction Facing: West
  • Beach Length: 13+ kilometer (8 mi.)
  • Beach Width: 28 meters (31 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 364’000 m2 (435,340 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Quite excellent. A wide, very long beach filled with deep sand. There is some random trash. Lots of shade trees between the resort areas and the beach.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sandy bottom on almost the entire beach. Toward the very northern edge there is some coral under the water.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, at all the resorts on the beach.
  • Beach features: Deep sand, and sandy bottom under the water. Great resorts. Shady trees. Great surfing. Easy bodyboarding during small waves. Usually calm, swimmable water great for kids. Facing west so, a good spot for sunsets.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes, near hotels
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, at all the resorts on the beach.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at all the resorts on the beach.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 3-5m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes, near the hotels
  • Attractions: Two main attractions. 1.) Sirinat National Park can be found at the southern-most edge, just past the Phuket International Airport. 2.) Splash Jungle Water park is about 10 minutes away – a huge park with many rides and slides for kids to enjoy all day. Though not so close, Kathu Waterfall is another fun attraction you might visit. It is around 30 minutes by vehicle. There are also some amazing resorts at Mai Khao. Check out some places you might choose to stay in our section at the bottom of this page.
  • Activities: Beach running; riding a bike on the beach; swimming; paddle-boarding (some resorts have them); and even surfing when the swells start coming between April and October. When the waves are small you can try a longboard, or a bodyboard if you have fins – they help a lot.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Though there is surf sometimes, most of the time at this beach there is just a weak shore-break that is great for kids playing in the water. When waves do pick up, Mai Khao gets choppy and irregular waves that are not rideable for more than a few seconds. No glassy long rides here! If you’re here and dying for surf, and the rest of the west side is cranking with 2+ meter (6.5 ft.) waves, you can try heading to the Sirinat National Park where this a reef and sandbar that sometimes holds good waves. If you need to rent a board or would like a surfing class, head to Saltwater Dreaming Surf Shop on Cherng Thale Beach.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Large waves means strong undertow currents. Be very careful during rough surf.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Makam Beach (Makham Beach) | Phuket Beaches

Makam Beach (or Makham Bay) is just north of Heeowhat Beach. Unlike most of the beaches here, you can rent kayaks and paddleboards – so there is more to do here than at most of the beaches on Phuket’s east side. The sand under the water is mostly mud, and the tide goes out quite far, exposing muddy flats with crabs and shells. A couple of islands are visible from the beach, adding to the serenity of the place.

One caution to look out for here are the stingrays. These are flat with a barbed tail, that when stepped on, will lash you with the barbs and inject venom. It hurts a lot. To take care of a sting, use vinegar and heating packs to 40°C (104°F).

Makam Beach Clubs

There are no beach clubs at Makam Beach

Makam Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Fin House Restaurant – set back from the beach, Fin House has open-air seating under a tin roof. The food looks delicious in photos on social media, and the restaurant receives very high ratings for food taste and service. Fin House focuses on Thai and seafood and prices are about average for Phuket (double what they’d be in Krabi Town, for instance).
  • Sam’s Kitchen Restaurant – a simple café, set back from the beach, offering good food at reasonable prices. Outdoor seating. Seafood and Thai food on the menu.

Makam Beach Accommodations

  • Crown Plaza Phuket Panwa – very high ratings for this 5-star review make it a place you may want to visit if you’re set on staying on Phuket’s east coast. Italian restaurant on the property is frequently mentioned as being fantastic. There is some problem for some guests about a sewage smell, but the hotel accommodates those with complaints to other rooms. Some complain this hotel doesn’t have a 5-star rating but should be less. Rooms start at 3,000 THB per night.

Makam Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Makam Beach is on the east side of Cape Panwa on Phuket’s east coast.
  • GPS Data: 7° 50’ 00” N, 98° 24’ 07” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 21 / 8 / 4
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Heeowhat Beach is south, and there doesn’t seem to be a viable beach north of here on the east coast.
  • Direction Facing: East
  • Beach Length: 700 meters (766 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 15 meters (16 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 10’500 square meter (12,558 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Hard sand with lots of sharp shells. Sand is mixed with dirt, not ideal.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mud and sand.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, at the resort here.
  • Beach features: Makam Bay Beach is just a wide beach with a lot of space to sit and picnic.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, at the resort.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at the resort.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Way offshore, but the mud flats are considerably wide.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: Very flat
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Ton Ao Yon Waterfall; Phuket Town is about 30 minutes away (best shopping on Phuket); Tarzan Adventure Phuket.
  • Activities: A good beach for walking around and trying to find crabs or shells. The resort here rents paddle boards and kayaks for when the tide is high.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? None
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Stingrays can lie just under the water’s surface. These have venomous barbs on the tails and are present at many east coast beaches.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Nai Harn Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Nai Harn Beach? The further you go south, away from Patong Beach, the quieter things get. That is where you’ll find Nai Harn Beach (Nat Nai Han), a beach with probably the nicest atmosphere of any beach on Phuket Island. Nai Harn Beach is located on the far southwest tip of Phuket, near Promthep Cape. Also one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, this one is worth the 30-minute drive to go have a look. The water off Nai Harn Beach is a popular yacht and catamaran anchorage because it is well protected.

Nai Harn Beach Clubs

  • Le Terrazza Phuket Sunset Lounge Bar – not enough reviews to recommend it, but there are some good things to say about the pizza here at this authentic, Italian owned beach bar right on Nai Harn Beach.
  • Yacht Club Thailand – there are three restaurants here at this fine property. The Regatta is focused on fine seafood dining. La Promenade has some specialty gourmet pasta selections with seafood of various types. Salads and prime cuts of beef and other meats cooked on the lava stone grill. Mediterranean and Thai dishes. The Quarterdeck is open all day and has a wide selection of choice special dishes from Thailand, China, and India.

Nai Harn Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Promthep Cape Restaurant – found close to Nai Harn Beach, on the way to Promthep Cape, this restaurant on the hill offers surreal sunsets, excellent food and drinks!
  • Food Stands / Beach Restaurants – there are also some small huts and restaurants serving food right there at the beach, so there’s no real need to leave if you get hungry.

Nai Harn Beach Accommodations

  • Villa Nadya at NaiHarn By Favstay – very large villas, ideal for families. Perfect views and first-class service reported by past guests of this luxury villa property. Rates starting around 12,000 THB per night.
  • The Naiharn – one great resort pops up in every review about Nai Harn Beach, and it’s The Naiharn. Located in the north part of the beach, you’ll enjoy picturesque views from your 5-star room. Pools overlooking the Nai Harn Bay and out to Promthep Cape. Rates are quite economical for what you get – excellent rooms, service, and fine cuisine. Rates begin around 6,000 THB nightly. Another great honeymoon resort.
  • All Seasons Nai Harn Phuket Hotel – if you’re looking for a very low-cost way to stay close to Nai Harn, Yanui, or Ao Sane beaches, the All Seasons might be your hotel. This is a 3-star hotel with no frills – but, the price is a shocking 1,300 THB for a night! Read the reviews, they did get very decent ratings considering the price, but it might be too much of a step down for some travelers.

Nai Harn Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Very southern tip of Phuket Island on the west side. Take any highway coming south, and eventually you’ll see signs for it near Promthep Cape.
  • GPS Data: 7° 46’ 34” N, 98° 18’ 20” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 19 / 21 / 49
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Ao Sane Beach is the next beach found traveling north; Yanui Beach is the next beach south.
  • Direction Facing: Southwest
  • Beach Length: 670 meters (733 yd)
  • Beach Width: 30 meters (33 yd)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 20,100 m2 (24,039 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: High quality – soft, usually clean and deep sand. Water is clean and clean usually. Beach faces southwest, so sunsets can be really nice.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sandy bottom up and down the beach, but there is always a risk of some rocks or sharp shells.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, one of the few beaches on Phuket that have these facilities. They are behind the restaurants, and there is a small fee.
  • Beach features: A quiet beach that is ideal for quiet people, but also kids. Ideal for boat anchorage – many boats found here all year. Food stands at the beach for snacks and meals, cocktails. Lifeguards are here usually – a good place for children, but heed warnings.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, 10% of the Beach.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, 10% of the Beach.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes – many boats anchor here
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-8m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Very close to Promthep Cape, the southernmost point of Phuket with some trails to walk down onto the cape extending out into the water.
  • Activities: Swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, some snorkeling, and just generally relaxing until you fall asleep are the main activities at this picture-perfect beach.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Yes! Surfing at Nai Harn can be good but offers short and fast breaking waves. Waves break in a couple spots, and the north end of the beach has a point break that has the best wave on the beach when conditions are right. The bonus here, when riding bigger surf, is that lifeguards are sometimes present. They may also try to stop you from entering the water during certain times, so you’ll have to listen to their instructions. On small waves, this spot is excellent for kids fooling around on a bodyboard. If you want to rent a surfboard or would like to take some surfing instruction class, just contact the Green Room Surf Shop, immediately in back of Nai Harn Beach. Go up Highway 4233. Or, in Rawai is “Elleciel Surfboards.” They have boards for sale and are located in Rawai at: 86/5 Soi Ban Na Tai, Rawai Beach.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Strong undertow when waves are big, and during strong tides. Watch for lifeguard flags and ask what they mean if unsure.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Nai Thon Beach | Phuket Beaches

Nai Thon Beach is ideally located on the northwestern coast of Phuket Island and is only a short five minutes drive from the Bismarcks Paradise. Sparsely developed and surrounded by 300 meters high hills covered with a luxuriant jungle, the Nai Thon beach is one of the most peaceful and relaxing beach in Phuket. It happens to be our house beach and is the first beach south of Nai Yang Beach, which is another beach easily accessible and located nearby the Bismarcks Paradise. All in all, Nai Thon Beach is a very pleasant beach for those who wish to spend a serene tropical holiday in Phuket!

Nai Thon Beach Clubs

No beach clubs here but check out Layan Beach and look for Dream Beach Club (former NIKI Beach Club), it’s about seven minutes away from Nai Thon Beach.

Nai Thon Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Macarona Italian Restaurant – on the south end of Nai Thon Beach, across the street from the beach is this little pizzeria that is rated highly. Pizza, pasta, Italian vegetable soup, meat and seafood dishes and tasty deserts are available.
  • No. 24 Bar & Restaurant – large area of outdoor seating under tents on the beach road, this is a great little restaurant to go after a day at Nai Thon Beach. Thai and western food available. Reviewers give this restaurant great marks for alcohol selection and quality mixed drinks. Open long hours – 10 am. to 11 pm.
  • Tycoon Ting – at the north end of Nai Thon Beach – a clean, open-air restaurant with a view of the beach for sunset. This is a highly modern restaurant and bar that is recommended for the experience if you’re looking for something nice and not grunge beach style.

Nai Thon Beach Accommodations

  • Bismarck’s Paradise Luxury Villas – about 9 minutes away up Highway 4018 is this lovely estate consisting of private luxury villas set on a mountain between Nai Thon and Nai Yang beaches. Visit to enjoy the genuine Thai hospitality and highest levels of guest-centered service found on Phuket Island. All units are updated yearly and unlike anything you’ve seen on the island before. Try it!
  • Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach – at the northernmost end of Nai Thon Beach is this luxury accommodation with rooms and villas available with views of the beach. Resort is on a hill over the beach and has shuttle buses to the beach often. Rooms starting around 5,000 Thai Baht.

Nai Thon Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Northwest Phuket about 5.5 km (3.4 mi.) southwest of Phuket International Airport (HKT) and just a short distance from Nai Yang Beach.
  • GPS Data: 8° 03’ 32” N, 98° 16’ 38” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 28 / 33 / 8
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Nai Yang Beach to the north and Nai Thon Noi Beach is south.
  • Direction Facing: West
  • Beach Length: 900 meters (6 mi.)
  • Beach Width: 40 meters (44 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 40’100 m2 (47’840 square yd2)
  • Beach Quality: Quiet, uncrowded, peaceful beach with sometimes more trash than other beaches. Nice sand and a good place to hang out for a day. Gradually sloping, so shallow for children and pretty ideal.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sand with some rocks at southern end and northern end. Rocks and reef are easy to see when water is clear, but when unclear it’s easy to step on them.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? No, but you may use the restaurants restrooms (you may have to order a beverage or without you may have to pay a small fee)
  • Beach features: Rocky area at both ends. Beautiful beach, many say is the best-looking beach in Phuket. Soft, deep sand, and west-facing for great sunsets.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-8m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket – just 760 meters (2,500 ft.) inland.
  • Activities: Swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, some snorkeling, and just generally relaxing until you fall asleep are the main activities at this picture-perfect beach. Restaurants close to the beach, massage, bodyboards for rent on the beach.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Yes, during the May to November months the waves can be excellent at this and surrounding beaches. Nai Thon Beach is beautiful, and a bit secluded, isolated from other areas. There are rocky spots on the north and south ends of the beach, and scattered rocks and reef under the water. Rip-tide can be bad here during big swells, just one of the hazards when you surf Phuket beaches. Big waves are possible here, and at most beaches facing west. The waves can build nicely in all tide conditions. Do be careful with children, as the rip-tide is strong with larger waves. In Cherng Thale is the Saltwater Dreaming Surf Shop for lessons or rental boards while you’re at Nai Thon Beach. For more information where to surf in Phuket check out the following blog post: 17 Best Phuket Surfing Beaches
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: High waves possible, and rip-currents are strong during big waves. Watch for lifeguard flags and ask what they mean if unsure.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

How to Reach Nai Thon Beach?

Nai Thon Beach isn’t too difficult to reach from anywhere on the island. Start as if you are going to leave Phuket Island and travel to Phang Nga. From Patong Beach, just head north on Beach Road (Hwy 4233) until it connects to Hwy 4030. In about 2.2 km (1.4 miles) you’ll make a left (west) to travel on Hwy 4018. This leads right into Nai Thon Beach.

From Phuket Town, you’ll start by going north on Hwy 402, then west on 4025, then north on Hwy 4030, and finally west on Hwy 4018.

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Nai Thon Noi Beach | Phuket Beaches

Nai Thon Noi Beach is a west-facing beach about 80 meters (87 yards) long and located just south of its larger sister beach, Nai Thon Beach. Noi means small in Thai language. This tiny beach is located on the west side of Phuket Island, just 9 km (5.6 miles) south of the Phuket International Airport (HKT). Nai Thon Noi is a very small beach with a hill on the south end covered with villas, and with rocks on either end. In addition to the many villas covering the hill behind the beach, back amongst the trees at the top of the hill overlooking Nai Thon Noi Beach are a number of private residences.

Because the beach is surrounded by rocky shores, this is an ideal spot for snorkeling! Make sure to bring your snorkel, mask and fins if you’re ready for some uncrowded snorkeling along the coast. Go north and there is about 600 meters (656 yards) of rocky coast – probably without anyone else snorkeling. Head south, away from Nai Thon’s larger beach, and you’ll have about 150 meters (164 yards) of rocks to explore. Going to the north or south, you’ll surely be alone in exploring the underwater world of the Andaman Sea in this prime spot.

There are no real activities at this beach, it is more for visitors wishing to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day away from the noise and closeness of crowds found elsewhere. There are never too many people at Nai Thon Noi Beach, it’s an ideal hideaway to seek out when you’re not in the mood to deal with the stresses of life.

Nai Thon Noi Beach Clubs

There are no beach clubs at Nai Thon Noi.

Nai Thon Noi Beach Restaurants / Bars

There are no beach restaurants or bars here at Nai Thon Noi, but Nai Thon Beach in our listing above has some you can visit.

Nai Thon Noi Beach Accommodations

  • Treville Phuket – the villas on the hill above the beach are part of Treville Resort, but they have no real web presence. They’re website is a dead-end and they have just one review. The villas look great, but we have no idea how to book them. They’re not on Agoda and they don’t come up in a Google search. If you have any info, do let us know.

Nai Thon Noi Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Just south of Nai Thon Beach on Phuket Island’s northwest coast.
  • GPS Data: 8° 03’ 15” N, 98° 16’ 40” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 28 / 33 / 8
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: To the south is Nai Thorn Beach; north is Nai Thon Beach (Yai).
  • Direction Facing: West
  • Beach Length: 60 meters (66 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 20 meters (22 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 1’200 square meter (1,435 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Exceptional! Quite lovely with white sand and fantastic wild setting.
  • Ocean Bottom: Soft sand and ideal for swimming or walking in the shallow Andaman Sea.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Soft sand and ideal for swimming or walking in the shallow Andaman Sea.
  • Beach features: None
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, there is a trail from the street through the forest to the beach or you can walk along the beach from Nai Thon beach.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, when waves are calm.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-6m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Nai Thon and Nai Thon Noi Beaches are an attraction in themselves. These beaches are not full of people and the water, the sand, the surroundings, and the views are incredibly satisfying.
  • Activities: The beach is big enough for volleyball or playing soccer (football) or throwing a disc, but there aren’t any nets or goals here. Bring what you need! Though the ocean directly in front of the beach at Nai Thon Noi isn’t filled with rocks, the ends are, and it’s possible to snorkel around there and find sea life of all kinds. Bring your own snorkel gear if the waves are calm.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? It may be possible to surf here when the swells pick up, but there are no reports of anyone doing so. That either means the waves don’t form well here, or that nobody has tried coming here during good waves. The problem is, you’d need to take a boat to this beach, and if the waves are big, well, that isn’t going to work well in a longtail boat.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: During big waves, caution is advised because currents can become very strong.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Nai Thorn Beach | Andaman White Beach | Phuket Beaches

Nai Thorn Beach – this lovely little beach is located just south of Nai Thon Noi Beach, and north of Banana Beach on Phuket Island’s west coast.

Nai Thorn beach is about 300 meters (328 yards) long, and very wide – around 60 meters (66 yards). There is a lot of space here, and usually few people, you’ll probably only see guests staying at the resort. The sand and water are relatively free of rocks at Nai Thorn Beach and wading and swimming are comfortable here when the waves are small. In the tourist off-season, the waves pick up – especially during April and November. Do be careful of strong currents here during bigger waves.

Snorkeling is good around the south end of the point, with lots of rocks to attract fish and other marine life.

Nai Thorn Beach Clubs

No beach clubs per se, but the restaurant and bar areas of the White Andaman Resort are really quite nice and if you’re looking for a nice place to stay on the beach, it’s going to be hard to beat this location since it’s virtually a private beach without public access.

Nai Thorn Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • White Andaman Resort Restaurant – the restaurant at this resort received a number of positive comments from guests staying there. They serve Thai and seafood, like most restaurants in Phuket. The views are spectacular, overlooking the beach and setting sun. Breakfast comes with booking, in most cases. Free fruit juice at 4 pm., fruit at 5 pm. Happy hour two-for-one drinks starts in the bar at 6 pm. to 7 pm. just before dinner. Guests have overwhelmingly good things to say about this restaurant.

Nai Thorn Beach Accommodations

  • White Andaman Resort – though it’s a shame that this resort doesn’t provide public access to the amazing beach in this location, it’s also a sort of a bonus if you’re staying at this resort because it will only be guests at the beach, not just anyone who shows up to throw a tent up. Most guests are happy with their accommodations, but it was mentioned numerous times that the property is in need of upgrade and cleaning, and some guests felt like the money paid was not worth it. Rooms start around 6,500 THB a night.

Nai Thorn Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: This beach is a bit hard to find. Why? It isn’t on Google Maps. Nai Thorn Beach is on the westside of Phuket Island, not too far from the airport. From Nai Thon Beach, it is just south by about 600 meters (656 yd.). The problem is, the hotel behind the beach has blocked access from the road, and the only way to reach this amazing beach is to go by boat from Nai Thon in the north, or one of the beaches in the south, like Banana Beach. Keep in mind that all beaches are supposed to, by Thai law, be open to the public. There are not supposed to be any privately held beaches in the country. That said, Nai Thorn and Laem Singh are pushing the boundaries.
  • GPS Data: 8° 02’ 50” N, 98° 16’ 39” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 26 / 29 / 10
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Banana Beach to the south, and Nai Thon Beach Noi to the north – just around some rocks.
  • Direction Facing: Directly west.
  • Beach Length: 298 meters (326 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 55 meters (60 yd.) – one of the widest beaches on Phuket Island during low tide.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 16’390 m2 (19,602 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Exceptional. Nice soft, deep, light colored sand, which is nice to walk through. The water is clear, and waves are light during high-season.
  • Ocean Bottom: Relatively free of rocks and coral. Great beach for swimming or wading.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? The White Andaman Hotel has restrooms and showers for guests of the hotel. No public facilities available.
  • Beach features: Soft sand, excellent swimming beach. Beach lounge chairs and umbrellas available for guests.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, many, for guests of the hotel.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, they have square tents above the lounge chairs to make it really nice for guests of the hotel.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? As mentioned above, all Thailand beaches are to be public. There is no public access to the beach from the road. You can take a boat around from another beach to Nai Thorn and stay on the beach if you want.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Unknown
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-8m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: This beach is sort of remote, with no town behind it to walk around in and shop – like there is in other areas. You’re at the mercy of taxi drivers which are expensive, no matter where you’re going away from the beach. Bang Tao Beach is south, and to reach Patong Beach for some real action will cost you over 800 THB for the taxi and will take around an hour to go the 26 kilometers (16 mi.).
  • Activities: There is some snorkeling at either end of Nai Thorn Beach, where the rocks come out and provide areas for fish to hide and marine plants to grow – providing food for fish and other animals. Not a great place on the north side because not that big an area for snorkeling. The south has 500 meters (547 yd.) of snorkeling if you’re adventurous. You can start at either the south end of Nai Thorn and go south, or the north end of Banana Beach and go north to Nai Thorn. Nice area when waves are flat. A limited number of kayaks and paddleboards are available to first-come first-served.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? When the waves are breaking in the off-months (May to November) this can be a good spot for surfing, but you’ll need to find a way down from the road. Not sure the hotel will let you walk through the lobby from the road down to the beach.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: For every west-facing beach on Phuket, the threat of undertow is very serious during periods of high or even moderate waves around a 1-meter (1 yd.) in height. Be very careful yourself, and with children.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Nai Yang Beach | Phuket Beaches

Nai Yang Beach – this wide and picturesque beach begins at the southwestern part of the beach in front of the Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa and going all the way up to the Phuket International Airport (HKT), and stretches over 3 kilometers (~ 2 miles). Once overrun by food stands and people selling stuff, the Nai Yang Beach has returned to its almost pristine state, with limits as to where vendors are allowed – and even where umbrellas are. Two beach chairs and an umbrella for rent will set you back just 200 THB. This is a long and wide beach which makes it easy to get away from any crowd, though it is not typically crowded. Excellent beach for families, and if you want a private villa that is kept to highest standards – try our property, “Bismarck’s Paradise” located between Nai Yang and Nai Thon Beaches. We know you’ll love it and come back for more!

Nai Yang Beach Clubs

No real clubs listed here in Nai Yang, but there are two decent restaurant bars listed below.

Nai Yang Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Sea Almond Chilled Restaurant & Bar – right in the middle of Nai Yang Beach right on the beach, so you can sift sand with your toes. Great service and a delicious menu and cocktails. If you are here in the morning for breakfast, order the waffles, fruit and pancakes, two different reviewers said theirs was perfect. Some reviewers call this restaurant “pricey”.
  • Phen’s Restaurant Bar & Coffee – also found in the middle of the beach is Phen’s. They have a high rating, and the prices are supposed to be less than Sea Almond. It probably varies with the meal ordered. One reviewer mentioned that the spring rolls, green curry shrimp, and the grilled chicken were fantastic. Both of these Nai Yang restaurants have great sunsets.
  • Bar street – there is a bar street at the south end of Nai Yang beach. Even sex-services are available.

Nai Yang Beach Accommodations

  • Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa Nai Yang – at the far south end of Nai Yang Beach, this property gets great ratings from guests, and a cozy beach frontage that makes it seem like a private oasis. This resort is one of the highest rated in Phuket. Clean, quiet, and exceptional staff. Many repeat visitors. Rates around 6,700 THB to start.
  • Luxury Villas Phuket at Bismarck’s Paradise – in the perfect mountain location between two of the best beaches on Phuket Island, Bismarck’s is a new vacation villa property with an emphasis on privacy and the latest furnishings and amenities. Their Thai staff will take care of you like you are family – because, you are – when you stay at Bismarck’s private villas at reasonable rates!

Nai Yang Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Northwest Phuket just south of the airport. From Highway 4031, travel south from the airport and turn right on Highway 4027.
  • GPS Data: 8° 05’ 23” N, 98° 17’ 51” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 34 / 36 / 3
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches:Mai Khao Beach is just to the north, past the airport. Naithon Beach is just around the bend going south.
  • Direction Facing: Northwest and west
  • Beach Length: 3.15 kilometer (2 mi.)
  • Beach Width: 43 meters (47 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 135’450 m2 (161,997 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Of over 600 reviews, the vast majority 78% gave Nai Yang Beach a “very good” or “excellent” rating. That says a lot! Beautiful, calm, peaceful, a stunning beach to spend an afternoon. There is deep sand and the ocean bottom close to shore is sand and small shells and rocks.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sandy with small rocks and shells.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes / No
  • Beach features: There are sometimes lifeguards present, depending whether the government renewed their contract or not. The beach is a huge curving bay that is one of the nicest beaches in Phuket. It’s long and wide, sort of like Phuket, without all the people, trash laying around, and annoying touts trying to sell you something.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, for a small fee.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, Yes, for a small fee.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? In calm wind and waves, this is a good temporary spot to anchor for a day.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 6-8m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: There are massage shops, bamboo hut bars, Indian and Italian restaurants right at the beach now. Blue Canyon Country Club – 18 holes of golf is just 2 km (1.3 mi.) inland and receives great ratings from golfers.
  • Activities: Kiteboarding Asia Phuket (Kite-surfing) is at the south end of the beach – if you ever wanted to learn, and the waves are calm, this could be a great time to try!
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Yes! Nai Yang Beach is listed on our Top 17 Phuket Surfing Spots Guide. Waves can be big here during the off-season months of May to November. A strong rip-tide occurs, which has caused deaths. Do be very careful if the water isn’t nearly flat. Reaching the best waves requires a 300-meter (328 yd.) paddle, but it’s well worth it as the sometimes-smooth waves can just roll endlessly off the shallow reef for some perfect rides. For board rental and lessons, see Saltwater Dreaming Surf Shop at Bang Tao Beach just a 10-minute drive south.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: With waves of any size at all, there exists strong currents which can pull people out to sea. It’s no joke on all west-facing beaches in Phuket, so take it seriously. Watch for lifeguard flags and ask what they mean if unsure.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Nakalay Beach | Thavorn Beach | Phuket Beaches

Nakalay Beach Phuket is a south-southwest facing beach about half-a-kilometer long located about 4 kilometers north of crowded Patong Beach, and around 30 km from the Phuket International Airport (HKT) in the north. There is a long boat pier jutting into the shallow water to allow boats to drop passengers on a dry place. This is another one of those Phuket beaches which is supposed to be freely accessed, but isn’t. The Thavorn Beach Village Hotel and Nakalay Palm Phuket hotels own all the land around the beach and there is no public thoroughfare to allow people to access the beach directly without going through their hotel grounds.

As you can see in our video, Nakalay Beach Phuket is long, but it is filled with rocks and sharp shells, dangerous for feet. It is interesting to walk through the partially submerged rocks at low tide to see what sorts of sea life you can find there and in the tide pools on the west side of the beach. Some people snorkel when the tide comes in, but really, there are many other fantastic snorkeling spots on Phuket – go see some of them instead and give this a pass.

Nakalay Beach Clubs

Crocodile Bar looks like a bar – restaurant – beach club. Some info below.

Nakalay Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Old Siam Authentic Thai – this restaurant right on Nakalay Beach doesn’t get overwhelmingly positive reviews. Social media reviewers mention the food wasn’t as good as expected, and the prices seemed high.
  • Crocodile Bar – at the far west side of Nakalay Beach is this small restaurant or beach club which appears to be new enough that there was only one rating for it – positive. That’s not a valid representation of diners’ opinion of the place, so if you feel daring, try it out and let us know what you think.
  • HeyHa Bar and Restaurant – just over 100 meters (109 yd.) inland from the beach, and still what looks to be the property of Thavorn Beach Village & Spa Hotel, is this little restaurant with the same predicament as the Crocodile Bar above – only one review. If you stop here, let us know how it was!

Nakalay Beach Accommodations

  • Thavorn Beach Village & Spa Hotel – this is a 4-star beach hotel with high ratings. There is no other hotel right on the beach. They have a nice fitness center, a great pool, and a day spa for beauty treatments, massage, etc. Staff get great reviews, and the rooms are said to be clean and nice. There isn’t so much privacy was one complaint. Walkways go right by rooms and people can see in your room. Rooms start around 4-7,000 THB per night.
  • Nakalay Palms – just above the beach is this smaller hotel, that is more affordable and occupies the far east end of Nakalay Beach. With rooms starting at 2,000 THB for a night, it’s a lower barrier of entry if you’re keen on staying near this beach.

Nakalay Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: On the west side of Phuket Island, north of Patong Beach before the big hill for Kamala Beach you can see the Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa on your left. This is another case of a resort blocking the public access to the beach, so if you’re a guest, no problem. If not, you’ll need to find another way to the beach. Longtail boats from Patong or other beaches can take you around to Nakalay if you really want to go, but the beach isn’t anything special, and you’ll probably want to go elsewhere.
  • GPS Data: 7° 55’ 29” N, 98° 16’ 30” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 6 / 18 / 30
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Yae Beach is up the coast, and Kalim Beach is to the south around the rocky points.
  • Direction Facing: South-Southwest. Sunset may not be visible during every month of the year.
  • Beach Length: 520 meters (569 yd.)
  • Beach Width: Averages around 9 meters (10 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 4’680 m2 (5,597 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Nakalay is not one of the nicest beaches on Phuket Island, but certainly you could do worse! The sand is dark, and fine-powdered, there are a lot of rocks at the beach’s east end, and the south end has some big rocks you can climb on.
  • Ocean Bottom: The ocean is shallow for a while, and there are submerged rocks – the ocean here is not great for swimming or standing around unless the tide is in.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? For guests of the Thavorn hotel – yes. There are no public showers or restrooms.
  • Beach features: A small boat pier is present.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? There are no sunbeds available, the people you’ll see on this beach are staying at the Thavorn hotel and usually come to the beach to have a quick look around, and don’t stay long.
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? The beach itself is public, but access to the beach is only through the hotel. You may get through if not staying here, or you may just choose to take a boat around to this beach if you’re serious about coming here. There isn’t anything special about this beach, and you’ll probably choose to go elsewhere.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Can use the dock/pier.
  • Boat dock and marina? Yes, a small dock.
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Unknown
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: Unknown
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: A couple kilometers east of the beach is the Kathu Waterfall and the Flying Hanuman zip lines for something to do.
  • Activities: Snorkeling is possible, but certainly not great.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? Not good for surfing right here, but there are some beaches within sight that might be better during a good swell.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Anywhere the surf is good, the rip-tides can be dangerous. Do be very careful. Watch for lifeguard flags and ask what they mean if unsure.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Unknown

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Nui Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Nui beach is a picture-perfect little beach nestled between large forest-covered hills in the southwest corner of Phuket, near Cape Promthep. The beach is accessible by a dirt road leading off Highway 4233, but it does become difficult to drive and you’re advised to walk or take the taxi down to the beach. As the rainy season wears on in September to November, the roads are destroyed here. There are two beach clubs on this small beach if you believe Google Maps. We think it’s the same one. The number of people varies, but it seems to be increasing with time as Phuket welcomes millions of visitors each year.

In 2015, Thailand’s military destroyed the beach club buildings here because they were charging a 350 THB fee for entering the beach and had no public beach access. The staff of the old club were allegedly reported numerous times for threatening visitors for not paying the fee. Currently the beach is open, and no fee is being charged. That might change as the military relinquishes their hold on the country with elections coming in the near future.

Nui Beach Clubs

There is no Beach club in Nui Beach.

Nui Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Water Beach Club Phuket – there is a restaurant here where you can eat and drink. Drink prices are not too bad, but some other prices are high. You’ll find rather expensive food (200 THB for pad Thai with shrimp) and 100 THB small Thai beers. A can of soda will cost you 60 THB and bottled-water is a whopping 40 THB.

Nui Beach Accommodations

There are no accommodations right at Nui Beach, but you can stay close by in one of the following resorts.

  • The Nai Harn – with a large number of reviews, The Nai Harn aces the ratings – getting 4.6 out of 5 at Google Business listings. The rooms are small and clean, and the hotel is right on the beach, and a short drive from Nui Beach. Rooms start at 5,000 THB per night. Easiest way to Nui Beach is a longtail boat from nearby Nai Harn Beach.
  • Sunsuri Phuket – for considerably less money, but also with high ratings, you can stay at Sunsuri for around 3,000 THB per night. Though not on the beach, they have a couple of big swimming pools and also get great ratings. To reach Nui Beach quickest, just take a longtail boat to Nui Beach from Nai Harn Beach.

Nui Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Southeast corner of Phuket Island
  • GPS Data: 7° 47’ 12” N, 98° 17’ 27” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 17 / 19 / 50
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Kata Noi is in the north; Krating Beach (Jungle Beach) is south.
  • Direction Facing: Southwest
  • Beach Length: 135 meters (148 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 21 meters (23 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 2’835 m2 (3,391 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Nui Beach is small and exceptionally beautiful. There are rocks all over the beach, but there is enough sand to drop a mat down.
  • Ocean Bottom: Very rocky in the water and on the beach. Ideal for snorkeling!
  • Restroom / showers facilities? There are restrooms at the club.
  • Beach features: Steep, rocky hills make coming to this beach after a rain rather treacherous and isn’t recommended. The 2-kilometer-long (1.2 mi.) road is very hard to navigate on a scooter, and you’re advised to either walk, or pay the 100 THB each way for the 4×4 to take you down to the beach and back. Bright, emerald green water when it hasn’t rained for days. Large rounded rocks fun for exploration. Excellent snorkeling location!
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes
  • Umbrellas? Yes
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, and nobody mentioned fees, but transportation to the beach in a 4×4 costs 100 THB each way.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Longboats are here, but it’s so rocky, it isn’t advised for bigger boats.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Unknown
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 3-5m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: The beach is the attraction. Nui Beach is in a remote location and is one of the most stunning beaches on Phuket.
  • Activities: Snorkeling is great here. You can take a longtail boat to other beaches from here, especially nice is a short trip south around the point, to see the large bay where Ao Sane Beach and Promthep Cape are. Sea kayaks are sometimes available to rent, and there are always massage ladies for Traditional Thai massage – nothing naughty.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? Yes, surfing is theoretically possibly at Nui Beach, but the submerged rocks are a danger. Nobody is talking about their incredible time there. Be ultra-cautious if you decide to explore Nui with a surfboard.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: During high waves the undercurrent can be strong and dangerous. Be aware.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Unknown

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Pak Pahng Beach | Phuket Beaches

Pak Pahng Beach is located around 500 meters (547 yards) from the southernmost tip of Phuket Island. This lovely little beach is located next to the southern point of Rawai Beach, a well-known Phuket beach on the southeastern tip of the island.

With just 210 meters (230 yards) of sand, Pak Pahng Beach is one of Phuket’s smallest beaches, and one you won’t find on most Phuket Island maps. At its widest, the beach is 25 meters (27 yards), and is lined with ironwood trees. This can be a great spot for a private picnic, or photography session.

There is one private dwelling at the south end of the beach with steps leading up to a hillside retreat. There are no restrooms, showers, or food stands to eat at this small location, because it just doesn’t get enough visitors to make it worthwhile for the vendors.

Not all beaches in Phuket are filled with extra things to do. Some beaches, like Pak Pahng are just there for people who want to spend the day totally relaxing to the sounds of the beach and birds.

Though on a map, it looks like you can reach Pak Pahng Beach by vehicle by following Highway 3047 south and making a left turn toward the beach, there is a gate there that is often locked. The best way to reach Pak Pahng Beach is to take a longtail boat from Rawai Beach.

Pak Pahng Beach Clubs

There are no beach clubs at Pak Pahng Beach

Pak Pahng Beach Restaurants / Bars

Baan Khunying Restaurant is the only one.

Pak Pahng Beach Accommodations

Baan Khunying – this is a secluded villa located on the hill on Pak Bahng Beach. This small villa gets great reviews at Google, and the photos of the grounds and rooms are really quite beautiful. They of course have a restaurant, and it also receives good ratings.

Pak Pahng Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket:At the far southern point of Phuket Island, on the east side.
  • GPS Data: 7° 45’ 40” N, 98° 18’ 59” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 21 / 186 / 49
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Alex 2 Beach, beside Pak Pahng, is the southernmost beach in Phuket. Rawai Beach is the next beach going north.
  • Direction Facing: Southeast
  • Beach Length: about 215 meters (235 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 24 meters (26 yd.) at its widest point
  • Estimated Beach Area: 2’835 square meter (3,391 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Small white sand beach with a lot of ironwood trees lining the beach. Plenty of places with shade for a picnic or falling asleep on a beach mat or hammock.
  • Ocean Bottom: Some submerged rocks and coral.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None
  • Beach features: Pak Pahng is a very small beach with no frills. It’s beautiful to look at, and it might be deserted, so if you’re curious you could take a longtail boat there to have a look. Maybe you’ll get lucky and have it to yourself.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, but entry from the road may be blocked with a locked gate. Arrival by boat is recommended.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No, too many rocks.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: Unknown
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: None – the beach is the only thing here – no food vendors or other shops or restaurants.
  • Activities: Relaxing on the beach, and you could try snorkeling – there are submerged rocks that are likely holding fish and other marine life.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Though not on the west side of the island, Pak Pahng is at the southern tip and gets some wave wash-around which could form dangerous currents. Do be careful.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Palai Beach | Pa Lai Beach | Phuket Beaches

Palai Beach Phuket is a small tree-lined beach south of Phuket Town on Phuket Island’s southeast coast. The Palai Beach faces south and doesn’t pick up either sunrise or sunset directly, but the skies can still be beautiful at these times. Technically, Palai Beach is a beach, and deserves a spot on this list, but when you go, you’re going to see a long concrete boardwalk over the sand. While you can go walk along the sand, most people just stay up on the boardwalk because it’s a unique sort of experience in Phuket, and the water here, as it is at most beaches on the eastern coast of the island, rather muddy and not good for swimming or even wading. Palai Beach does have something for tourists besides swimming, snorkeling and other water activities though, a couple of good restaurants! Locals know about these, and the boat drivers all know how good they are, so if you’re in the area around meal-time, you should stop and treat yourself to a fine meal at Palai Seafood, it’s the best of the restaurants along the beach.

Palai Beach Clubs

There are no beach clubs at Palai Beach. It’s a quiet sort of place that is really more of a stop to explore if you have literally nothing else to do!

Palai Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Mor Moo Dong Restaurant – though there are a handful of other restaurants at Palai Beach, but you should just head straight for Mor Moo Dong Restaurant behind the water reservoirs on the far east end of Palai Beach. This is the only restaurant in the entire beach area that has a great rating, and hundreds of people have eaten the food here and overall agreed that it’s high quality and worth a stop. Don’t be tempted to eat at one of the fish or seafood market restaurants closer to the beach boardwalk. Warning – you will NOT be impressed by the ambiance. The food is good though.
  • Palai Seafood (Chalong) – If you want a rustic and a genuine Thai experience, then try Palai Seafood restaurant. They offer an extensive list of Thai favorites including Spicy seafood soup, seafood salad with fresh squid and steamed sea bass. All dishes are cooked with fresh ingredients and reasonable priced

Palai Beach Accommodations

  • Tachawan Resort and Restaurant – this appears to be a homestay hotel in a big house. The pool is small but looks clean. There are very few accommodations in Palai Beach, and this is the only one which received at least a 4 out of 5 rating by reviewers, so we’re going with it. Rooms begin around 2,400 THB nightly.

Palai Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Southeast part of Phuket, in Chalong Bay by Panwa Cape.
  • GPS Data: 7° 50’ 19” N, 98° 21’ 53” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 21 / 9 / 41
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: To the West is Friendship Beach. Khao Kad is the next beach to the east, located on the west side of Cape Panwa.
  • Direction Facing: South
  • Beach Length: 1.26 km (.8 mi.)
  • Beach Width: Couple of meters at the widest spot. (1 yd. ave.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 1’260 m2 (1,507 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Typical of Phuket’s east coast beaches with mixed mud and sand that is great for finding clams, but not good for swimming.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mud and sand
  • Restroom / showers facilities? There are restrooms at the couple of restaurants along the beach. No showers, nobody is swimming here.
  • Beach features: Large pier to take tourists out to the boats. The water is very shallow and muddy, and a pier is necessary.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? None
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees. Easy access.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, boats can anchor offshore here.
  • Boat dock and marina? Yes, a large dock is available.
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: unknown
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: The Phuket Zoo is located less than 1 kilometer (.6 mi.) behind the beach. Ratings are just 2.8 out of 5 at Google, so it probably isn’t going to impress you much. Reviewers mentioned poor conditions for animals, and elephant shows. The process of breaking elephants to tame them is especially cruel, and there is a movement against zoos across the globe. There’s little else around the area except if you’re a surfer and want to check out Freedom Boardsports. They claim it’s the largest surf shop in Asia.
  • Activities: Walking and eating! There are a couple of markets here too – one just under 200 meters (219 yd.) east past the pier called the Seafood Market. All the seafood markets appear to be restaurants, and not markets at all.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? Absolutely not.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Stingrays can lurk just under the muddy sand at all east coast Phuket beaches. The barbs on the tail are venomous and cause extreme pain if they puncture your skin.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes

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Pansea Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Pansea Beach, like most of Phuket’s beaches, has rocks at either end and a big sandy spot in the middle. Pansea Beach is located just to the north of (next to) the lovely Surin Beach. These beaches are very similar, with Pansea Beach being the smaller of the two.

The Surin and the Amanpuri resorts are on the beach here at Pansea, and access is either through the wooded area (find your own path), swimming or snorkeling around the point from Surin Beach, or by taking a longtail boat from another nearby beach. One website said the staff from the Amanpuri will chase you off the beach if you arrive by boat. We cannot verify that, but just be aware that they’re not going to be happy about your boat pulling up. All Thailand beaches are by law public access, so, if you wanted to cause a scene about it and file a complaint, you could. There are plenty of other beaches in Phuket to visit, like Surin beach next to it – so, maybe your best solution is to say mai pen rai (no matter), and let it rest like Thais usually do.

Pansea beach, like Surin Beach, has nice deep, soft sand, and plenty of trees to relax under. Chairs with umbrellas and restroom and shower facilities are of course available for guests of The Surin or Amanpuri Resorts.

Pansea Beach Clubs

No actual clubs to be found at Pansea Beach, but there is a great restaurant reviewed below, and if you stay at the Amanpuri, they have a fantastic Italian restaurant which also serves the usual seafood and Thai cuisine.

Pansea Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Beach Restaurant by The Surin Phuket – not sure if this is the actual name of the restaurant, or if it has no name and they’re just calling it this. Apparently, it’s part of The Surin hotel at the other end of the beach. Beautiful views from this on-the-beach restaurant. High ratings at online review sites from guests. This is a really stunning place the view is magical.
  • The Amanpuri Resort – has tables set up on the beach for enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner under the trees in front of their property.

Pansea Beach Accommodations

  • The Surin Phuket – this private 5-star resort has some tough competition at the other end of the beach but is holding its own with equally as incredible views, and architecture. The Surin Phuket was previously called the “Chedi” – if you’re wondering. Some visitors to Pansea Beach may appreciate the smaller scale of The Surin compared to the larger Amanpuri up the beach. Starting at 17,000 to 20,000 THB per night, they’re both targeting the same guests with financial means.
  • Amanpuri – another 5-star resort on Pansea Beach that is stunning to see. The views are perfect, and the private location makes you feel like royalty. Not surprisingly, you’ll almost have to be royalty to afford the 22,000 THB starting rate for rooms during low or high-season. Is it worth it? Overwhelmingly, most guests rate the Amanpuri very highly despite the cost. If you’re looking for one of the most breathtaking high-end resorts on Phuket, and you don’t mind paying 10,000 THB for a meal for 2-persons, this one is a great choice.

Pansea Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: On the west side of Phuket Island, past Patong and Kamala, you’ll come to Surin Beach first, and Pansea Beach is just to the north, separated by a rocky outcrop. The name in Google Maps is “Pansea Surin” beach.
  • GPS Data: 7° 58’ 55” N, 98° 16’ 37” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 14 / 25 / 24
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: To the south is Surin Beach, one of the prettiest beaches on the island. To the north around the peninsula is Bangtao Beach.
  • Direction Facing: Almost directly west.
  • Beach Length: 400 meters (437 yd.)
  • Beach Width: About 40 meters (44 yd.) – a very wide beach, nearly twice as wide as Surin Beach.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 16’000 m2 (19,136 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Exceptional – great sand, soft and light colored. Mostly free of rocks and sharp shells. Very few people compared to Surin Beach, Pansea is just better all around.
  • Ocean Bottom: Nice – sandy bottom that changes with the tides. Some coral reef near the rocks at the north end of Pansea Beach.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Not for public use. This beach is occupied by two five-star resorts and there doesn’t seem to be any access from the highway except through these resorts. You can, of course, take a longtail boat from another beach to reach Pansea.
  • Beach features: Rocky at both ends and beautiful deep sand in the middle – ideal for picnics, wading, and swimming when the waves are not bigger than waist high.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, at both resorts.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at both resorts. The Amanpuri has thatched umbrellas – quite nice.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, but you’ll need to come around by boat or possibly swimming around the rocks at the north end of Surin Beach, to reach Pansea.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Temporary anchorage is possible. You’ll find a better spot north of here at Bangtao Beach – plenty of boats anchored there. Pansea is open to the wind
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: unknownm
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: No real attractions nearby, but Phuket FantaSea is just south by ten minutes. If you haven’t been to Surin Beach (connected to Pansea and found by going south, you should definitely have a look.
  • Activities: Snorkeling can be good on the north end of the beach by the rocks at the base of the Amanpuri resort. There are rocks and coral and a lot of fish. There is a sand volleyball court set up during high season near The Surin beach restaurant.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? Yes! Quite good for surfing here when the conditions are right. There is a nice ‘right’ from the north end of the beach that starts off the coral and rocks. Beware rip-currents.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: During high season (November to May) the waves are usually calm enough so that Pansea provides an ideal beach for relaxing for families. However, as soon as the waves pick up, the rip-currents can become dangerous.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes

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Paradise Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

A short drive from Patong Beach is this hidden gem, Paradise Beach. In the past, people were put-off from visiting here because it required a somewhat treacherous motorbike ride up and down steep dirt hills and winding turns. Today it’s completely paved, and you can reach it in your car or on your motorbike, as well as a tuk-tuk or songthaew (truck with seats in back). This out-of-the-way location is getting more crowded with each passing year, but it is still tolerable if you like the music and don’t mind the fees for parking, chair rental, etc.

If you haven’t visited Paradise Beach in a couple of years, you’re going to be shocked by the renovations that have taken place here. In years past there was a small patch of sand in front of the small parking lot. Today there is a lot more sand, and there is an entire complex of buildings up at the top of the hill where you can eat and shop. There’s also a “Dive & Water Sports” shop where you can rent all sorts of gear. Paradise Beach offers a restaurant, rest rooms, and freshwater showers. There are beach chairs and lounge chairs to relax in. There is a wide assortment of drinks available, including alcohol and the restaurant serves Thai and western favorites.

Take a walk over the hill behind Paradise Beach. When you do, you’re going to see one of the coolest places to snorkel – ever. This is a little oasis that will blow your mind. Great for photos! I won’t say more, because you have to see it to take it all in and truly appreciate it. Just GO SEE IT! The second surprise is that there are a couple of small sandy beaches on the right side of Paradise Beach Phuket. You have to swim around to the right (or walk in low tide) to reach them. This area is called “Lucky Beach.” Pretty cool huh?

Paradise Beach Clubs

The whole place is like a private beach club with music and restaurant serving food and drinks. There is a full-moon and half moon party each month, and it has quite a party atmosphere.

Paradise Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Paradise Beach BBQ – there is a large barbecue restaurant up on the hill behind the beach. There is plenty of seating and on the menu are BBQ options of all kind – meat and seafood. Reviewers mentioned the fresh food over and over – so give it a try!

Paradise Beach Accommodations

There is no place to stay right at Paradise Beach, but if you stay anywhere on the south end of Patong Beach, you’ll be close enough to visit Paradise Beach with a ten-minute drive.

Paradise Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: West of Patong Beach along beach road, you climb through the hills and you keep going straight up the hill past Tri-Trang Beach. It’s just 5-minutes by vehicle, or a somewhat difficult 25-minute walk.
  • GPS Data: 7° 53’ 27” N, 98° 15’ 55” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 7 / 21 / 46
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Tri Tra (Emerald) Beach is south. On Google Maps it is listed as “Little (sic) Tiger Beach.” It’s the small beach in front of the Marriott Hotel. To the east is Tri-Trang Beach. Patong is the next beach going east.
  • Direction Facing: North-northeast
  • Beach Length: The main beach area is 85-meters-long (93 yd.) if you include the little beach to the right around the rocks. Past the rocks on the left (west) side is another 60 meters (66 yd.) or so of sand. Up over the hill is a rocky beach hundreds of meters long, where you can snorkel or walk along the rocks for up to a kilometer.
  • Beach Width: The beach area where visitors can lay out and catch sun on the sand, or recline in the beaches, is about 11 meters (12 yd.) wide. The entire cove is sandy, where not covered with concrete.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 1’595 m2 (1,908 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: The sand is nice and soft, and the family who owns it takes care of some of the trash in the main area – it’s pretty clean.
  • Ocean Bottom: An area without rocks close to shore, then a lot of rocks and coral further out.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, both
  • Beach features: Paradise Beach is very private, with nothing around but trees and rocky coast. It consists of a small peninsula with the beach on the base of the east side and a beautiful rocky cove on the other side over the small hill.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, 10% of the Beach.
  • Umbrellas? Yes
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Private. They charge fees for entering (200 THB per person), 150 THB for a chair, and 300 THB for renting snorkeling gear. Extra fee for life jacket. If it’s so crowded that you cannot ride your motorbike yourself down the path, they charge you each way for that as well. Everything is available for a price.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes
  • Boat dock and marina? Yes/No
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-8m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: The attractions are the cool little beach and the rocky cove on the other side of the hill. This has become a rather loud beach with music playing over speakers.
  • Activities: Snorkeling is the primary activity on either side of the peninsula. There are rocks close to the surface, so take care not to scrape the rocks or coral. The rocky bay over the hill is best for snorkeling. You can rent kayaks and paddleboards, and even diving and snorkeling equipment at the water sports shop on the hill. Sometimes there is a beach volleyball court set up. There are massage ladies available for legit massage.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? No – too many rocks.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Rip-tides can be dangerous when waves get big. Watch for lifeguard flags and ask what they mean if unsure.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Patong Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Patong Beach is the one place you just CANNOT MISS when you travel to Phuket Southern Thailand?


This is the main tourist area of Phuket Island, and is located in the southern region of the west side of the island between Kalim and Tri Trang beaches, and almost due west of Phuket Town. This small 4 km2 (1.5 mi2) town is the main area for beach, nightlife, shopping, and just about everything you could want to do on the island of Phuket.

If you’re coming to Phuket, don’t skip visiting Patong Beach!

Patong Beach is a wide and sandy northwest facing beach about 2.8 kilometers long (just under 2 miles) with over 110,000 m2 (1.2 million ft2). Patong isn’t just for people watching, window shopping, and getting dizzy on alcohol – it is also scenic! There is a lovely view from the beach – especially from either end. No, this isn’t the most scenic part of Phuket, but you won’t be disappointed when you arrive. The beach faces northwest and is large enough that sunsets can be experienced all along the soft sandy stretch of beach.

Patong Beach became popular in the late 1980’s when travelers, mostly from Europe, came to spend weeks at a time in a state of total relaxation. Things were much slower then!

In 2017, Phuket International Airport received over 8,000,000 visitors. Many of them made it down to Patong Beach. The Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) is expecting to beat that number in 2018 and beyond. Most visitors to Phuket are from China, then Russia, Australia, Korea, and then the United Kingdom comes in fifth place.
 

What’s Patong Beach Like?

The beach itself is highly commercialized, as you might expect. There are restaurants along some sections of the beach where you can eat or drink to your heart’s content. There are women offering massage (legit), hair braiding, and other personal services. You can rent just about anything on the beach to stay afloat, or to help you relax. Beach chairs and umbrellas, floats, or blow up chairs are common.
 

Beach Features

Set in a deep cove with hills at each end, the north and south ends of Patong Beach are protected from some wind. The sand is deep, fine, and soft at Patong Beach, and very light – almost white in some areas.

The beach is very wide and long, and there is a lot of space for the thousands of visitors that spend some time here daily. Patong Beach is definitely the most popular beach on the Island of Phuket because it’s so convenient to reach from all the hotels where most people choose to stay to be close to nightlife, shopping, and good restaurants.

The ocean is calm and good for swimming and wading. When waves are bigger, it’s OK for surfing or bodyboarding. The main feature is that it’s convenient and everything you need to enjoy an easy day is right here within easy reach.

Is the Beach Good for Swimming and Wading?

Yes, Patong Beach is mostly clear of underwater rocks and coral reef. It’s a great place for wading, swimming, and even snorkeling at either end near the rocks is fine. During high season the waves are smaller, sometimes no more than a couple inch high waves! Really, the water is smooth like glass during many days from November through March.

Is Patong Beach Clean?

Because there are so many people visiting the beach, rubbish is something of a problem. The sand isn’t so clean, with beer bottle caps and broken glass occasionally found. It’s just what you might expect at a beach where millions visit each year. The government has added many more garbage bins in recent years, so it is getting better. Still not perfect! You’ll find this is the case with all beaches in Thailand, there are probably none without trash of some sort laying around. Don’t let it detract from your enjoyment of the place. They’re working on it, slowly.

Food!

You can eat at your mat or lounge chair on the beach if you want. Bring your own food for a picnic or buy something you’ve never before eaten while you’re there. Vendors selling fresh cut fruit, fruit smoothies, beverages, grilled chicken or pork, and seafood are always close-by and only a short walk away. The variety of food available is a bit overwhelming. There are restaurants on Beach Road and within one-block walking distance inland are dozens of places to eat – Thai food, or just about anything you crave is available.

Is Vegetarian Food Available?

Vegetarian dishes are available at the beach, but you may have to search around a bit. The only time you won’t have to look hard for vegetarian food is during the Jeh Festival in October – also known as the Vegetarian Festival. Many locals pledge to eat only vegetarian during this time, and restaurants cater to them.

Restroom / Shower Facilities?

Yes, there are a couple of restrooms along the beach, but not nearly enough. Most people try to use restaurants or hotel restrooms along the beach instead of walking a great distance to the public restroom. Most of the time you’ll be able to do the same.

Patong Beach Attractions

The beach is nice enough that most people who just want to spend some time in the water or gawking will enjoy Patong Beach. Nightlife is the main reason people are staying in Patong Beach instead of elsewhere on the island where the geography, the scenery, is so much more stunning.

Patong Beach at night around Soi Bangla – the nightlife hotspot – is going strong from 9 pm. and later, every night unless there is a Buddhist holiday or other national holiday. Bars and clubs close between 1 am. and 4 am. each night, and it’s generally a lot quieter after 2-3 am. Still, there are always some clubs who pay officials extra to remain open later (at least there have been in the past.)

Things to Do at Patong Beach (Activities)

There is a lot to do at the beach, it’s not just all about falling asleep on your beach chair or mat. There is also jogging; swimming; wading; snorkeling; massage; lunch or dinner on the beach; a small children’s area; photography; people watching; bars on the beach (all hours); banana boats; jet skis; kayaks; snorkeling (not so good here); parasailing; longtail boat rides to other beaches or to islands.

Is there Surfing in Patong?

Yes! During the months of April to October, there can be ridable waves for surfers and bodyboarders. Sometimes the waves can even reach two meters high (almost 7 feet). Waves are very small during most of the high-season months (November to May), though big storms can increase wave size at any time.

For those of you interested in surfing in Patong Beach there are some small waves, some ridable on longboards, at various times throughout the year, usually associated with a storm front. Kids with bodyboards can enjoy the smaller waves too – there are rentals on the beach when the waves are around 1 meter. Even if the waves are small, kids still have a blast with bodyboards – so consider renting them.

Longboards are usually your best bet at Patong Beach when waves are a meter or so in height. If the swell gets bigger than a meter, short board riding is possible when the waves are coming in fast. You may be surprised that, even with all the people who are are at the beach, you’ll find very few surfers on the water. This is great news for surfers who are here on a day when the waves happen to grow to 1+ meters.

Almost always, the best Patong Beach waves are found at the north end of the beach, close to the piles of rocks. For decades, this has been the best spot to be when the waves start cranking in Patong. Go early morning to get the good waves to yourself while everyone else is sleeping off their hangovers. This spot does get somewhat crowded on epic surf days.

For more information where to surf in Phuket check out the following blog post: 17 Best Phuket Surfing Beaches

Surf Lessons and Rentals?

A local guy named Day who operates out of the Baan Andaman Sea & Surf Guesthouse can often hook you up with a surfboard rental. He’ll actually deliver it to you at the beach or your hotel in Patong Beach.

Contact info: surftrips@baanandamanseasurf.com; Phone: +66 89.97.32.161 (local 089.973.2161) or +66 83.52.28.523 (local 083.522.8523). If at all possible, call him because email is hit or miss.

Is Patong Beach Public or Private? Are there Entrance Fees?

You can feel free to come to Patong Beach anytime, from anywhere, it is publicly accessible from many directions. Beach Road runs the length of the beach, and visitors can enter anywhere along the beach, even walking through hotel lobbies in most cases without a problem. No fees to use the beach.

Is Boat Anchorage Available?

Yes, offshore is possible. Patong Beach is a deep cove that provides some protection from the wind and waves from certain directions.

Is there a Boat Dock and Marina?

There is a small boat pier at the southern end of Patong Beach, but there are longtail boats all along the beach.

Cautions to be Aware of…

  • Accidents? A number of accidents occur each year at Patong Beach because of the high number of people all in one place. Boats and jet skis running over people and jet ski crashes are somewhat common and extreme caution is advised while in the water near any boats or other motorized watercraft.
  • Undertow? When the waves are waist high or more, caution is advised because like every west-facing beach on the island, there are strong rip currents which can pull swimmers out to deep water. Sometimes the lifeguard sees this occurring, and sometimes not. Please ensure your family’s safety.
  • Smoking? Smoking on Patong Beach was banned starting in November 2017. Fines are ridiculously high at 100,000 THB or 1 year in jail as maximum. Thai lawmakers plan to make all beaches non-smoking in 2018. (https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/oct/11/thailand-bans-smoking-on-20-popular-tourist-beaches)
  • Traffic? The traffic in Patong Beach, especially on Beach Road, is horrendous during most hours of the day and evening. Do be very cautious about driving, and if you’re not confident you can drive safely, just pay a tuk-tuk or songthaew (truck with seats in back) to take you where you need to go.
  • Crime? Yes, there are a number of scams that go on at Patong Beach. Two of the most common are the jet ski damage scam, and the motorbike damage scam. When you return the equipment, the rental agency may accuse you of causing damage to their vehicle. If you don’t have good photos to back yourself up, you may end up paying tens of thousands of Thai Baht for repairs or replacement. These scams have been ongoing for many years, and probably are not going away. Document your rental with photos, and if you notice something wrong with your jet ski or motorbike, turn around immediately and have them give you a different one.Petty theft is a problem too. Recently, a video made the rounds of a foreigner stealing a bag from Chinese tourists as their backs were turned. The guy waited patiently for the perfect opportunity to grab the bag, then did so unnoticed. Leaving your bags on the beach as you swim is probably not a good idea. Leaving expensive items in your hotel room is not a good idea, use an in-room safe, or ask at the front desk for them to hold the item for you.Assault happens rarely, but you should know that walking home from the bars, or walking anywhere after midnight or later, can put you in a vulnerable position.Of course, most visitors to Patong Beach never have any serious issues and that’s why there are so many millions of people coming each year. You’ll have a fantastic time too if you pay attention to your surroundings, and be respectful to others – even after drinking alcohol!

What Are Some Fun Patong Beach Clubs?

There is only one club actually on the sand of the beach at Patong. That’s OK because there are dozens of other clubs close to the beach in Patong. Try the clubs we list below, but don’t stop there! There are so many good clubs in Patong – try as many as you can during your stay.

  1. KUDO Beach Club – Just 100 meters north of Soi Bangla, this is the only ‘beach club’ in Patong that is actually on the sandy beach. There are many tables with umbrellas to block the sun if you come during daylight hours. Complete with swimming pool, bars, and wet bar. The weekend party starts with a live band. Happy hour begins at Noon for lunch with draft beer at just 100 THB a mug. Drinks can be expensive, but the atmosphere is fun, plenty of people, and hopefully cool breezes off the water make this a personal favorite.
  2. Patong Beach Club – Tapas, Cocktails, Wine. Just off Beach Road about 200 meters from Soi Bangla – where nightlife is centered in Patong Beach. Mixed reviews on social media review sites, but generally positive. The prices are higher than some were ready for. Modern interior set above the street with view of sunset. Open lunch and dinner, with 4-course dinner from 399 THB.
  3. Terrazzo Ristorante & Bar – At the south end of Patong Beach, 650 meters south of Soi Bangla on Beach Road (Thawewong Rd.) and Ruamchai Rd. is this bar and restaurant which is part of the massive Holiday Inn property behind it. This is a nice spot with a calmer atmosphere than most clubs and is ideal for people who want to take it easy for a night, eat good food, and watch the sunset from your street side table. Italian pasta, pizza, salads, seafood, and Thai food is the focus here. The restaurant gets great reviews and many repeat visitors. A better option for families than most clubs in Patong Beach.

Some Great Patong Beach Restaurants / Bars?

  1. La Gritta Phuket – at the far south end of Patong Beach, just where the beach ends, is this fantastic restaurant with perfect views and excellent cuisine. Ultra-modern style with multiple floors (and a sun-deck) for dining while overlooking the Andaman Sea of Patong Beach. Authentic Italian cuisine at its finest. Exceptional reviews. Prices are similar to what other beachside restaurants charge.
  2. Yo Green Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurant – with even higher ratings than La Gritta above (slightly higher), this vegetarian restaurant, very close to the middle of Patong and just off the main drag – Soi Bangla – is crushing it on all the social media restaurant review sites. Nice interior with hardwood tables, chairs and benches. Fans – no air inside. Outside seating as well. Vegetarian pizzas, salads, flavorful drinks, and tofu in every variety is waiting for you at Yo Green – give it a try!
  3. Sam’s Steaks and Grill – also part of the Holiday in complex at the south end of Patong Beach, this has been a great place to get a variety of steaks and other meats for years. Located near Terrazzo Ristorante. The dining room environment is nothing special, but even so, the food and service get high ratings. Wellington steaks, beef cuts, and of course seafood – you’re at the beach, you know?!

Patong Beach Accommodations

  1. Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa – located right on the north end of the beach, Graceland was built after the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. The grass courtyard is ideal for kids, and not something you’ll see at very many resorts in Patong Beach. The rooms face north and south, affording most guests good views of the beach. The poolside rooms are extra nice and convenient. Oh, and kids are going to love the indoor bowling alley! Ideal for large groups – can accommodate large meetings of 800 people. Rates start at a very reasonable 5,000 THB (found online) for this modern beachfront resort.
  2. Grand Mercure Phuket Patong – extremely high ratings for this modern Thai style modern resort in Patong Beach. Just a short walk from City Center where Robinson, Big C Express and other stores and fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s are waiting. Rates starting around 5,000 THB.
  3. Patong Bay Hill Resort – high on the hill behind Patong Beach at the south end is this private modern resort with high ratings. For people looking to stay out of the busy streets in Patong, this resort is on the mountain and offers a secluded oasis, away from most of the noise of the city. With easy access to the beach and heart of Patong’s shopping and restaurants, Patong Bay Hill Resort offers a nice option for travelers not excited about non-stop action. Some rooms have sea-views, but only partial ocean views from all the photos we looked at. Room rates begin at 4,000 THB.

10 Amazing Phuket Beaches near Patong Beach

With our thorough list of awesome beaches within a short 30-40 minutes drive (depending traffic) of your accommodations in Patong, you won’t waste time driving around and looking for your preferred beach! You will have 10 great beaches to choose from, with directions from Patong Beach for each one. Don’t waste any time – grab a towel and swimsuit and get going, the beach is waiting! Click the following link to read the full blog: 10 Amazing Phuket Beaches near Patong Beach.

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Pineapple Beach | Laem Son Beach | Phuket Beaches

Pineapple Beach, also known as Laem Son, is located on Phuket’s northwest coast on the north side of a small cape just west of Bang Tao Beach jutting out into the Andaman Sea. Pineapple Beach is around 700 meters (766 yards) long, though the sandy area is only about one third sand with the rest of it being fairly rocky. This beach faces north and gives great views of Layan, Trisara, and Banana Beaches up the coast.

As you can see in our video, the beach is quiet, and though not totally secluded, it does offer a bit of privacy in certain parts. The water is filled with rocks and coral, and is good for snorkeling, but you should have diving flags on floats to alert longtail boaters in the area that you’re in the water. They may not be expecting you. Swimming to the west or east from Pineapple Beach will give you plenty of space to snorkel for a couple hours.

Pineapple Beach appears to have no public access through private land, so your best bet is to take a longtail boat here from a nearby beach.

Pineapple Beach doesn’t have Thai food vendors along the beach, nor does it have umbrellas and lounge chairs for you. We recommend that you bring everything you need with you – including snacks and drinks – in your longtail boat and arrange for a pickup in a set number of hours, so you can enjoy yourself to the fullest!

Pineapple Beach Clubs

There is no beach club at Pineapple Beach

Pineapple Beach Restaurants / Bars

There are no restaurants or bars on the Pineapple beaches, outside of those found at the resorts on the hills around the beach.

Pineapple Beach Accommodations

The major property lining the Pineapple beache isn’t listed on Google maps, and we cannot figure it out from the boat as we drove by. The property may be in transition to new owners.

  • Amanpuri – this is a 100-acre high-end 5-star luxury resort full of private villas that possibly takes up the entire peninsula, but they list their address as Pansea Beach, not Pineapple Beach. The resort overlooks the Andaman Sea at multiple points on the peninsula. Large terraces and open-air lounge spaces at each villa. Large villas with up to 9 bedrooms available. Four restaurants, one of them focusing on Italian food. After plugging in dates for ten minutes to find an opening, we found a 29,000 THB room for two people for one night, during low-season (October).

Pineapple Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Northwest side of Phuket Island
  • GPS Data: 7° 59’ 13” N, 98° 16’ 34” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 14 / 25 / 24
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Bang Tao Beach is east; Pansea Beach is on the southern side of the peninsula.
  • Direction Facing: Beach #1 (west Pineapple) faces north-northwest; Beach #2 (east Pineapple) faces north.
  • Beach Length: Beach #1: 215 meters (235 yd.); Beach #2: 370 meters (405 yd.)
  • Beach Width: Thin, under 10 meters in most spots. Let’s call it 7 m (8 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 4’095 square meter (4,898 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Idyllic. Nice soft sand, and very few people visit this beach.
  • Ocean Bottom: Rocks under the water on both beaches, but close to shore there is a 10-meter-wide place to wade.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None
  • Beach features: A rocky, picture-perfect beach with views of Bang Tao Beach, Trisara Beach.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No boats anchored here.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Unknown
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: Unknown
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: Phuket FantaSea theme park is just down the road in Kamala.
  • Activities: You probably won’t find any kayak and paddle board rentals here, but it is only a short drive to Bang Tao Beach.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Not known for rideable waves, but it’s possible some waves might be present during bigger swells. If not, Bang Tao Beach is right there.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Currents are strong with big waves.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Unknown

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Pon Beach | Yae Beach | Phuket Beaches

Pon Beach, or Yae Beach as locals know it, is a 500 meters (547 yards) long beach facing almost due south. Because of the hill to the west, sunset won’t be the best, as you won’t likely see its last moments above the horizon.

Pon beach is not typically available unless you’re staying at the resort (The NAKA) which occupies the entire beach, but if you’re on a motorbike or bicycle and want to give it a try, here’s how you can try. Drive north past Patong Beach on Kamala-Patong Road (Hwy 4233). In about 4 km. (2.5 miles) you’ll come up to the Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa. Make a left and travel down a paved road for 150 meters (164 yards). Then you will make another left and follow until it reaches a dirt trail. From there, it’s a 100-meter (109 yard) walk to the beach. There is no parking, and the resort might tell you that motorbike and vehicle parking is not available. You’re out of luck then because Yae beach is not accessible by boat due to the shallow coral reef during high or low tides.

Pon beach is certainly not one of Phuket’s nicest beaches, so unless you’re staying at this resort, there’s no real reason to go to see it. The water is shallow and usually clean, and the sand is deep. There are some shade trees in the middle of the beach. If you’re staying nearby, there are other amazing beaches like Surin Beach, Banana Beach, or one of the other dozens of beautiful beaches on the island that are easier to access.

Note, during western swells, the Pon beach here will have very strong rip currents which can pull people out to sea. Do be cautious as the waves pick up in size.

Pon Beach | Yae Beach Clubs

There is no beach club at Pon Beach

Pon Beach | Yae Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Nana Beach Bar – there is a beautifully designed bar at the east end of Pon Beach where you can eat and look out over the Andaman Sea. The breakfast was noted as especially worth it by guests at this restaurant/bar.
  • Wiwa – this is a beautiful looking restaurant and part of The Naka resort. There are very few reviews, so we cannot review the quality of the food. Some guests staying at The Naka mentioned the food wasn’t especially good. We cannot verify that, as we’ve not eaten here yet.

Pon Beach | Yae Beach Accommodations

Because Pon Beach is quite small, there is only one resort here which takes up all the land behind the beach.

  • The Naka – this is a 96-villa resort set on and behind the beach on sprawling grounds. Each villa has a swimming pool. Very serene, this is an ideal spot to take a spouse or love interest. You can get around by requesting the golf cart to take you down to the restaurant, beach, or front office. The resort gets fantastic reviews, and you’ll love the design of the place. A night at The Naka will run you around 12,000 THB.

Pon Beach | Yae Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Pon Beach is located at the north of Kamala Bay.
  • GPS Data: 7° 55’ 32” N, 98° 16’ 02” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 8 / 20 / 30
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Naka Lai Beach is adjacent to Pon Beach going east. Hua Beach is the next beach going north.
  • Direction Facing: South
  • Beach Length: 200 meters (219 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 22 meters (24 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 4’400 square meter (5,262 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Nice quality sand without rocks on the beach except at both ends.
  • Ocean Bottom: Many submerged rocks present a hazard. Wading is possible where the water is shallow, and you can see the rocks below.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? We didn’t notice any showers or restroom for the public. However, The Naka Phuket is a 96-villa resort just behind the beach where you could use the facilities if you were a guest of their villas.
  • Beach features: Rocks at both ends of the beach. Wide sand and great for relaxing.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Not on the beach, but up at the Nana Beach Bar they have lounge chairs.
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No, too many rocks in the bay.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Unknown
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: Unknown
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: There are no real attractions at this small beach, but it is in the same big bay as Patong Beach, which is only a short drive away. There are plenty of attractions there!
  • Activities: Snorkeling can be good at either end of Pon Beach. There are also rocks in the center of the bay as well. Swimming and wading is limited to the shallows where you can see the submerged rocks. Sea kayak rentals are available by the Nana Beach Bar.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? Not good for surfing.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Submerged rocks can be dangerous. During high waves, the rip current can be strong.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Unknown

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Pullman Panwa Beach | Phuket Beaches

This beach is named after the Phuket Pullman Panwa Beach Resort found behind the beach. Pullman Panwa Beach is typical of other Phuket east coast beaches with a muddy bottom under the water, not great for swimming or walking through the water. There are few people on this beach, and you can reach it by a small path at kitesurf (200m south of Pullman) or by longtail boat if not staying at the resort.

Pullman Panwa Beach Clubs

There is no beach club at Pullman Panwa Beach

Pullman Panwa Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Tree Top Restaurant & Bar – though it has nothing to do with a tree top, as far as we can tell, this small restaurant gets decent ratings and offers an option outside of eating at the Pullman resort complex.
  • Sawasdee 2 Restaurant & Bar Phuket – another option if you don’t want to eat at the Pullman Phuket Panwa Resort, this small restaurant has good reviews and specializes in Thai seafood. Live music at night makes this an ideal dinner spot.

Pullman Panwa Beach Accommodations

  • Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach – amazing rooms and property. Spacious rooms with very updated furnishings. Can accommodate conferences. Villas with pools, Jacuzzi, and large balconies. This is a great place to stay if you really don’t care about swimming at the beach and will spend a significant part of your vacation in your stunning hotel room. Basic rooms starting around 4,000 THB per night.
  • The Panwa Guesthouse – these basic rooms are a cheap alternative to the Pullman and set back further away from the beach. Reviews are good for this 3-start hotel. Rates start around 1,200 THB per night.

Pullman Panwa Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: On the east side of a finger-like peninsula of Cape Panwa on Phuket Island’s east coast.
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 37” N, 98° 24’ 13” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 23 / 11 / 44
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: South of Pullman Panwa Beach is Cape Panwa Hotel beach, Heeowhat Beach is to the north.
  • Direction Facing: Northeast, East
  • Beach Length: 512 meters (560 yd.)
  • Beach Width: Almost 18 meters (20 yd.) at its widest point. Most of the beach is not quite as wide. Let’s say 15 m. (16 yd.) During l by a small ow-tide, the beach can grow to 100 meters wide with patches of water and crabs.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 7’680 square meter (9,185 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Typical east-coast beach with mud mixed with sand. Not ideal for much, except enjoying a pleasant stroll.( near Pullman is swimming possible)
  • Ocean Bottom: Muddy sand, sharp shells.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? At the Pullman resort, yes.
  • Beach features: Shallow water beach with a large hotel.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, at the resort.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at the resort.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, but there’s little point coming here unless you’re staying at the resort.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No, too shallow.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 10-50m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Ton Ao Yon Waterfall; Phuket Town is about 30 minutes away (best shopping on Phuket); Tarzan Adventure Phuket.
  • Activities: Walking. Looking for crabs or shells. Spending a lot of time in your room or on the pool at the Pullman!
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? None
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Stingrays are a menace at the east coast beaches of Phuket. It is not recommended to walk in the shallow water without thick-soled shoes.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Rawai Beach | Phuket Beaches

Rawai Beach is a beach located in the south of the island of Phuket and is a locals’ favorite for years. Rawai Beach has a laid-back vibe and is lined with bars to help you take the edge off life. Many people prefer to stay in Rawai for their entire Phuket vacation, preferring the atmosphere here over elsewhere.

Rawai claims the title of being officially the first tourist beach. While Rawai Beach itself is not very good for swimming it is very inviting to stroll along the beach, rest underneath the evergreen Casuarina trees, which can easily grow up to 35 meters providing plenty of shade, and/or contemplate what you are going to eat next. While the real estate development happened more inland over the years, more and more restaurants popped up along the main beach road taking over the ever present night bars. So now you can choose between burger joints, Thai seafood, pizza, spaghetti or whatever you would like to have for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For locals as well as international tourists and expats, one of the favourite restaurant is Nikitas Beach Restaurant with its mixture of Asian and Western culinary delights, located right at the beginning of the Rawai Beach stretch.

From Rawai beach you can plan a trip to Koh Lon, Koh Bon, Coral Island or Racha islands. Easy to reach with your motorbike, you can change the scenery by enjoying a day on Nai Harn Beach and finish it at Cape Promthep.

BTW: The name Rawai derives from the Thai word “Rao Wai” which translates into “I Pray”. This has a lot to do with the legend which says that Buddha, leaving a “footprint” on the island in front of the famous Cape Promthep, set foot on Phuket where today is the village of Rawai.

Rawai Beach is not a beach for sport or bathing as most of the beach access area is used for longtail boat anchoring. But we recommend to visit Rawai Beach for lunch or dinner as it has great local restaurants with tables under trees along the beach, which serving fresh seafood for very reasonable prices.

Rawai Beach Clubs

We couldn’t find any venue with “club” in the name, but you can rest assured that besides dancing, the restaurants and bars we mention below are like beach clubs – right on the beach and serving alcohol and good food. Around 1 km from the beach you will find the No. 1 nightclub in the south of the island The Laguna Rawai Night Club – a complex of 25 bars and 1 discotheque.

Rawai Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Rawai View Café & Bar – patio seating above the beach and great ratings make this one beach bar to stop at if you’re planning on spending an evening at Rawai Beach. Located on the southern end.
  • Paradise Beach Bar – also on the southern end of Rawai Beach, this small bar gets high ratings and has both covered and outdoor patio seating. It is the most popular bar amongst the local expat residents from Chalong, Nai Harn and Rawai area.
  • Nikitas Beach Restaurant – near the Rawai Beach Pier. Nice atmosphere, and probably the beach bar you should start with. Great ratings and it looks like a nice variety of food including wood fired oven pizzas.

Rawai Beach Accommodations

  • Rawai VIP Villas and Kids Park – 250 meters (273 yd.) from the beach down Soi Rouyphad, is the most expensive place to stay in Rawai, which really isn’t that bad at just 7,200 THB per night. The rooms and furnishings are modern, and this is without a doubt one of the nicest places to stay in Rawai.
  • Rawai Beach Resort – this small resort on the beach gets decent reviews and offers basic accommodation for around 3,500 THB per night. They have a game room for kids which includes trampolines surrounded by thick pads – looks like fun for kids 12 and under.
  • Pool Access 89 @ Rawai Hotel – in spite of the odd name, this small hotel offers good basic accommodation and has a clover-shaped swimming pool. This hotel is about 600 meters (656 yd.) from the beach in the center of Rawai Town. The rate is about right at 2,000 THB or so per night.

Rawai Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Southeast side of the island.
  • GPS Data: 7° 46’ 19” N, 98° 19’ 18” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 22 / 15 / 47
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Laem Ka Noi Beach is to the north; Pak Pahng Beach is to the south.
  • Direction Facing: SouthEast
  • Beach Length: Almost 2 kilometers (1.2 mi.)
  • Beach Width: 16 meters (17 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 32’000 m2 (38,272 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: The sand is darker, typical of sand on Phuket’s east coast. There is a lot of dark mud mixed with the sand.
  • Ocean Bottom: Rocks throughout. Mostly mud with some sand.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Some restaurants along the beach have restrooms, but there are no showers here because people are not swimming.
  • Beach features: Very long beach with a boardwalk along the water. Restaurants are close to the beach and though the ambiance has changed considerably over the past few years, Rawai Beach is still a good place to relax and have a meal.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? There are longtail boats here, but we didn’t see any larger boats. It is probably possible at or near the pier.
  • Boat dock and marina? There is a 330-meter-long (361 yd.) pier to facilitate access to the beach from the water over the muddy bottom.
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
  • Sea inflow:: Yes – east side
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 1-2m (high tide)
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Rawai Park for kids is a really fun place if you have kids under 13 or so. It’s part of Rawai VIP Villas close to, but not on the beach. There are football fields, a water park, and lots of things to jump on like trampolines and other things kids can swing from. They have a large café for meals between all the jumping around.
  • Activities: Walking and eating are the primary activities at Rawai Beach. Oh, and drinking, of course!
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? None on the east coast of Phuket.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Under the surface of the water is sand mixed with mud, as in all east coast beaches on the island. Because of this, the probability for encountering stingrays is higher than at beaches on the other coasts. Do be careful to shuffle your feet as you walk to avoid stepping down on one. They have venomous barbs in their tail which hurt quite a bit.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes

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Rayee Beach | Kamala | Phuket Beaches

Rayee Beach Phuket is nestled between Hua Beach and Kamala Beach. You won’t find this beach listed on maps as Rayee Beach, in most cases. Some just call it part of Kamala Beach. This is a scenic beach, that is basically nothing more than that. This 500 meters (547 yards) long beach faces northwest and visitors can see a partial sunset from the beach, but there are much better places for watching the sunset on the island at any of the west-facing beaches like Surin, Banana, Patong, Freedom, and Karon, to name just a few. Rayee Beach is not the best beach to choose for swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, or wading. It might be possible to snorkel during high tide, but the rocks and coral are just under the surface and present a danger of scratches and cuts. It’s a great beach to lay out on and enjoy peace and quiet though! This is a serene retreat from Kamala Beach just down the road.

Rayee Beach Clubs

None

Rayee Beach Restaurants / Bars

With the exception of the White Orchid restaurant described below, there are no private restaurants, just restaurants within the grounds of the resorts mentioned in our Accommodations section below. Rayee Beach is taken up by these large resorts and there isn’t any private land for other restaurants to open. If you’d like to find more private restaurants in the area, there are others mentioned at our entry for Kamala Beach.

  • White Orchid Restaurant – an older restaurant that some reviewers say is in need of renovation. White Orchid receives great reviews for their food and friendly service. Some tables on the beach are available but fill up quickly. Located next to the Hyatt Regency. Some reviewers recommended the White Orchid instead to save some money on your meals.

Tri Trang Beach Accommodations

  • Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort – the Hyatt Regency is a 5-star resort on Rayee Beach. Reviews by guests are very positive, and there are hundreds of them – the mark of a fine hotel. The rooms and furnishings are updated and luxurious. They have a 60-meter-long (66 yd.) lap pool with lounge chairs, umbrellas and massage tables for on-the-spot massage. Room rates begin around 4,000 THB – a reasonable rate!
  • Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas – on the east end of Rayee Beach is this sprawling 5-star resort on the hill overlooking the ocean in front of Rayee and Kamala beaches. Villas include hot tubs and private pools and are quite nice. On the grounds are a gym and tennis court. This is another very reasonably priced hotel with prices for hotel rooms beginning at 3,000 THB per night.
  • Aquamarine Resort & Villa – an older, traditional Thai styled resort on the beach. The rooms, furnishings and grounds seem nice enough for budget accommodations. Moderately positive reviews by past guests. The food was mentioned as delicious a number of times. Very reasonable rates beginning around 2,000 THB per night, but we saw a wide range of rates. Shop online for the best deal.

Rayee Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Northwest side of the island just north of Phuket, in Kamala Bay.
  • GPS Data: 7° 56’ 53” N, 98° 16’ 18” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 9 / 21 / 30
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Hua Beach to the west, and Kamala Beach to the east.
  • Direction Facing: North-northwest
  • Beach Length: 660 meters (722 yd.)
  • Beach Width: Close to 20 meters (22 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 13’200 m2 (15,787 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: The sand is nice, light colored and soft but mixed with large broken shells and rocks. The beach is beautiful to look at, and gently slopes into the sea, which is ideal for kids wanting to play in the sand and the shallows.
  • Ocean Bottom: Covered with rocks and coral. Not good for swimming or wading.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? No public facilities here, but of course the resorts along the beach have both.
  • Beach features: Lots of soft sand and a gradually sloping beach makes a great place to walk or for kids to play when there are no waves.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Resorts along the beach have sunbeds.
  • Umbrellas? Umbrellas over sunbeds at all the resorts along the beach.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, but all of the land behind the beach is privately owned.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No, too many rocks.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 40m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: Nothing here we’d call an attraction.
  • Activities: There are rarely people at the beach, and we didn’t see any kayaks or paddle boards for rent. You might try snorkeling on a high tide.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Not known as a great place for surfing.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Because this is a west-facing beach, the undertow can be bad when wave height grows. Be especially careful with children in or near the water and be aware that larger waves come every now and again.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Relax Beach | Phuket Beaches

Relax Beach is more widely known as Karon Noi Beach (little Karon Beach) on the Phuket Island maps and is about 350 meters (383 yards) long, and extra wide at 50+ meters (55 yards) in some places. The sand is deep and very light, and it’s one of the most scenic spots in Phuket.

The land behind the Relax Beach is owned by the Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, and they are not known to be accommodating to people wanting to pass through to the beach. They haven’t provided any beach access from the road, so you’ll need to either stay there as a guest or arrive by boat. There is a way to sneak in down the hill on the west side of the Le Meridien Resort, but it’s a 300-meter (328 yards) trek down a steep hill and most locals don’t bother because there are plenty of other beaches to surf at around the area if the waves are nice.

This is one of the best surfing beaches on the island, so if you’re a surfer – maybe the best idea is to book a room here and have the entire bay mostly to yourself?

Relax Beach Clubs

None, however there are pool bars and other F&B outlets at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort.

Relax Beach Restaurants / Bars

The Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort described below has some excellent restaurants but there are no other private restaurants in the area.

Relax Beach Accommodations

  • Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort – there is only one resort at Relax Beach, and it’s a beautiful one. The Le Meridien gets high ratings for rooms, service, and food. The location is excellent – with guests of each room enjoying a gorgeous view. There are many dining tables on the beach, and the views for sunset are unbeatable year-round. The resort has huge swimming pools, a lap pool, large gym, and tennis courts. Rates start at around 6,000 THB per night.

Relax Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: In a deep bay, just south of Patong Beach and north of Karon Beach.
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 32” N, 98° 17’ 56” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 13 / 18 / 48
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Karon Beach is to the south; Freedom Beach is to the North.
  • Direction Facing: Southwest
  • Beach Length: 318 meters (348 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 45 meters (49 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 14’310 m2 (17,115 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Beautiful! Deep white sand with few rocks or hard shells.
  • Ocean Bottom: Soft sand with shells. Rocks on either end.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? No public facilities, the hotel has both for guests.
  • Beach features: Secluded, deep cove with beautiful view and soft sand. Hills surround the beach and give it that secluded feel – except for the massive resort behind the beach.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort has sunbeds available for guests. There isn’t anyone else offering chairs or umbrellas.
  • Umbrellas? Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort has umbrellas available for guests.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Technically, Relax Beach is by law, public, but you cannot reach the beach from the road, you’ll need to either stay at the resort as a guest, or come by boat.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-8m
  • Convenience shop available? Not at the beach, but behind the resort.
  • Attractions: Just this picture-perfect little beach. Nothing around that might be called an attraction.
  • Activities: Surfing, snorkeling and sunbathing are the main activities at this picture-perfect beach.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Yes, there is surfing all up and down the west coast of Phuket. Waves are good for surfing around mid-tide and up to 2 meters high. If you book at the Le Meridien hotel, you may have the bay to yourself for much of the morning – or even the entire day.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: With high waves comes strong undercurrent which can pull you away from the shore. Be careful at all west coast beaches when waves are high.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Sai Kaew Beach | Phuket Beaches

Sai Kaew Beach is the beach furthest north on Phuket Island’s west coast and the translation from Thai is “glass sand.” From Hat Pak Phra Beach at the Sarasin Bridge connecting Phang Nga and Phuket provinces, Sai Kaew goes to the south, stopping at Mai Khao Beach. Looking west, the view is endless sea. Looking north, you can see a large unnamed sandy beach on Phang Nga’s southern coast just 400 meters (437 yd.) away.

The beach borders a deep-water channel where large boats with really low draft can cross. The water is typically clear and calm during low-season months.

Sai Kaew Beach Clubs

There is no beach club at Sai Kaew Beach

Sai Kaew Beach Restaurants / Bars

Sai Kaew has just one place to eat on the map, Sai Kaew Beach Restaurant which at the moment only has two reviews, one positive and one negative, so we won’t recommend it at this time. There are portable food stands along Thepkrasattri Road which you can sample and see what is tasty.

Sai Kaew Beach Accommodations

Sai Kaew has no places to stay on or off the beach. If you’re interested in staying a short-distance away, you can have a look at our entry for Mai Khao Beach, the next beach south. They have plenty of places to stay and eat.

Sai Kaew Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Top of the island on the west side.
  • GPS Data: 8° 11’ 59” N, 98° 17’ 08” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 45 / 42 / 17
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Haad Pak Phra is just east.
  • Direction Facing: West and north
  • Beach Length: 1.8 kilometers (1.1 mi.)
  • Beach Width: 20 meters (22 yd.) on average with some sections around 70 meters (77 yd.).
  • Estimated Beach Area: 36’000 square meter (43,056 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Soft, deep and white sand, and plenty of it.
  • Ocean Bottom: The water is free from rocks and coral for the most part, and is a good area to swim and wade in.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None here.
  • Beach features: Sai Kaew Beach slopes gently toward the open Andaman Sea, providing a nice place for kids to play, or for fitness walkers to enjoy.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no entrance fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No
  • Boat dock and marina? Pier
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-5m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: The Sarisin Bridge can be seen from the northern tip of Sai Kaew, and some people enjoy walking on the boardwalk over the ocean channel. There is good fishing from the bridge and around it.
  • Activities: Swimming, wading, fishing. You could also bring your own kayak or paddleboard and launch it here on flat days.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? We’ve not seen anyone talk about the surfing here, probably the water is too deep, and the waves don’t break so well. If you see someone surfing here – do let us know!
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Strong currents can build with large waves here and at all west-facing beaches.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Surin Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Certainly, one of the nicest beaches in Thailand and definitely one of our top 5 beaches on Phuket Island is Surin Beach ! Surin beach is located just up the road, so to speak, from Patong Beach, going north. In the early 2000’s Surin Beach was a top locals and long-time repeat visitor favorite. The beach is long, and the sand is deep. The water is usually clean and clear, with a ripple of waves. The atmosphere is always relaxed and there is plenty of room for visitors, it’s never crowded, and the food is always delicious.

In the past, there were food shacks just up under the trees – many of them. The military recently decided to reclaim all beach land – and knocked down all illegal structures, not only here but at all Thailand’s beaches. In a way, it was disappointing to see them go. Overall, it opens up the space here at Surin and there are still good places to eat from street food vendors who come and go each day. There is still a focus on the natural beauty of the beach, shady trees, and islands offshore. Perfect!

Surin Beach Clubs

There are currently no beach clubs here, but the place could sure use one! With close proximity to Patong Beach’s population, a club at this beach would be a hit. The land here is public property (government owned), so building any permanent structures is prohibited at this time.

Surin Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Street Side Vendors – all the permanent structures that were on the beach for years have been taken down by the military recently. Restaurants had been encroaching on the land. Don’t worry, today there are plenty of temporary vendors who show up daily to sell fresh fruit, fruit smoothies, alcoholic drinks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks of all kinds. Some places will serve you at your beach mat. Food is good and fresh because there is a high-turnaround. There are nine restaurants – three on the south end of the beach and six on the north end.
  • Patcharin Seafood – not sure how they did it, but this restaurant is the only structure on Surin Beach. Sure, it looks like it was put up in a day. The building and interior is nothing to get excited about, but it’s right on the beach and the food gets decent ratings by diners. Outdoor and indoor seating. Good prices surprised a lot of reviewers. Fresh fish and other seafood is the focus at Patcharin.
  • Phuket Seafood by the Sea – at the very southernmost part of Surin Beach, on the hill overlooking the beach is this lovely restaurant which is part of the Surin Beach Resort. Modern interior with indoor and outdoor seating. Few reviews at this time, but the view is stunning, and the location is excellent. Give it a try and let us know what you think. Curiously, the Thai food is on the expensive side, with Pad Thai at 220 THB for instance. But Italian food and burgers are priced reasonably.

Surin Beach Accommodations

  • Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort – 230 meters (252 yd.) inland from the beach near Soi Hat Surin 8, this Novotel resort is ultra-modern and updated. Super-clean and high ratings for service and restaurants on the property. Kids will enjoy the long, curving pool slides and kids’ activities. This resort is pretty ideal for kids, and many families stay here. Parents will enjoy the attention to detail, bars, and great restaurants. A typical night’s stay during high season starts around 4,000 THB.
  • Twinpalms Phuket Resort – a large resort and set back a couple hundred meters from the ocean, like the Novotel Phuket detailed above. Guests enjoyed the large rooms, beds, and bathrooms and raved about the service. The Twinpalms Phuket received fantastic ratings from past guests. Rooms start at around 8,000 THB per night. Highly recommended.
  • Surin Beach Resort – visible from the beach and the only resort right on the beach (above the beach). Long infinity pool and bar/restaurant on-site. Rooms appear small but nice and are a real bargain beginning at 3,000 THB per night considering the excellent location.

Surin Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: On the west side of Phuket Island, past Patong and Kamala Beach, you’ll come to Surin Beach
  • GPS Data: 7° 58’ 32” N, 98° 16’ 42” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 13 / 26 / 23
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Laem Singh Beach is to the south; Pansea Beach is to the north.
  • Direction Facing: West
  • Beach Length: 800 meters (875 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 40 meters (44 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 32’000 m2 (38,272 square yd)
  • Beach Quality: Nice soft, deep, and light-colored golden sand. Sand is free of rocks and trash for the most part. By the sea, there can be a shallow drop-off. For the most part, the sand is gently sloping and ideal for throwing Frisbee, jogging, or laying out for a tan. Turquoise water with small waves, ideal for children during high-season (low-wave season).
  • Ocean Bottom: Sandy and perfect for wading, swimming, bodyboarding, bodysurfing, surfing.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, both – showers for 20 THB.
  • Beach features: A large parking lot makes coming to Surin Beach convenient.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes
  • Sunbeds Available? No, but beach mats are available with umbrellas.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, available to rent at some spots along the beach.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Private boats can anchor here.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 6-8 meters
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Surin Beach is an attraction of its own. You should make plans to see it while in Phuket – nobody should miss it!
  • Activities: There is a beach volleyball net set up for pick-up games. Longtail boats await to take you to Laem Singh beach, not far away. Massage is offered right on the beach. There are shops selling various items like swimming suits and floats for children.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? Yes! Surin Beach is one of the best for surfing on Phuket when the waves start breaking. You’ll find dozens of people come for the waves when the swells start usually between the months of April and October or so. The waves are usually biggest during the early or late part of the low-season. Keep that in mind if you’re planning on coming to Surin for the waves. The soft sandy bottom is ideal for surfers. The breaks are not very long, there is no reef to start the break, but still it’s ideal because there is so much space to surf and the consistency can be great.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: When waves are present, Surin Beach can have a strong undertow which can pull out adults and children into the deeper water. When waves are present, close supervision of children is required.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Tri Trang Beach | Phuket Beaches

Tri Trang Beach, also known as Emerald Beach or Tri Trang Beach 1, is a small little beach 5 km from the centre of the famous buzzing Patong Beach. Tri Trang 1 Beach because there is a Tri Trang 2 Beach on the opposite side of the peninsula it exists on. There can be some confusion because the Marriott – which has a complex on Tri Trang 2 Beach, just calls it “Tri Trang”.

You can find Tri Trang Beach by going to the south end of Phuket and following that road for five minutes until you come down a hill and see the beach on your right side. To clear it up – Tri Trang Beach faces north.

Tri Trang Beach 1 is a very lovely quiet beach to spend a day on. To go into the water we recommend swimming shoes because of the coral debris. Occasionally you will find bride and groom having their pictures taken with the bride in white gown riding an elephant in the sea.

Tri Trang Beach Clubs

None here, but in close proximity to Patong Beach, nightlife capital of Phuket Island.

Tri Trang Beach | Beach Restaurants / Bars

There are a couple of restaurants and other food and beverage shops close to the beach, but none of them have substantial ratings from guests, so we’ll pass on listing them here until they are better established.

  • Tri-Curve – this hill-side restaurant is at the very west end of Tri Trang Beach, high above the water. The views over Tri Trang Beach and Patong Beach are lovely. The food and service get good ratings and has enough diners’ ratings that you can be sure you will be getting a good meal. The prices are not too extravagant, considering the view.

Tri Trang Beach Accommodations

  • At Zea Hotel – at the east end of Tri Trang Beach is the only hotel that is right on the beach. If you want to stay near Tri Trang, this is one hotel with favorable reviews you can stay at for reasonable rates. Rates around 3,500 THB per night.
  • Lets Phuket Twin Sands Resort & Spa – around 265 meters (290 yd.) inland from Tri Trang Beach, this newer hotel has up-to-date furniture and brightly lit rooms. Ratings are high from reviewers, and rates are reasonable at 2,600 THB per night.

Tri Trang Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Southwest coast of Phuket Island, just west of Patong Beach.
  • GPS Data: 7° 53’ 10” N, 98° 16’ 30” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 5 / 20 / 45
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Paradise Beach is just west; Patong Beach is east of Tri Trang.
  • Direction Facing: North
  • Beach Length: 720 meters (678 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 15 meters (16 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 10’800 m2 (12,917 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: The beach itself has been cleaned up a lot since the tsunami of 2004. Actually, before the tsunami, it was nothing special and very few people ever stayed at the beach. Today it gets decent ratings by reviewers which is interesting because there are a few places you can swim here. The beach is fairly scenic, but in comparison with almost every other west coast Phuket beach, it pales in comparison.
  • Ocean Bottom: The ocean bottom is primarily coral and rocks, but there are a couple of spots you can wade in and swim for a short distance.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None
  • Beach features: Tri Trang is a wide sandy beach that is great for getting away from the crowds of Patong Beach.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? None
  • Umbrellas? None
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Beaches are public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No, too many rocks.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes, sometimes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 5m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: None right here, but if you haven’t yet seen it, you should either take a longtail boat around the cape or go up the path to the west up the hill to see Paradise Beach.
  • Activities: Kayak rentals are sometimes available if the truck brings them. This is a wide generally flat beach where you can play volleyball, soccer (football), or throw a flying disc or American football.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No, very shallow and filled with coral.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: The rocks and coral are very close to the surface of the water, so when wading, swimming, or snorkeling, great care must be taken to avoid scrapes and cuts.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes

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Tri Trang Beach 2 | Merlin Beach | Phuket Beaches

Tri Trang Beach 2, which is also known by tree other names: Merlin Beach, Tri Tra Beach or Little Tiger Beach, is a small beach 5 km from the centre of the famous buzzing Patong Beach. If you come straight back off Tri Trang Beach near Patong, across Muen Ngern Road, you’ll see the large Marriott Hotel complex. This is the location of what appears to be a private oasis. Tri Trang Beach 2 is small compared to most beaches on Phuket, it is only about 160 meters long and not so wide, around 10 meters on average.

The beach itself is nothing so special, the sand is full of large shells and rocks and the ocean has some submerged rocks and coral. There is a large coral reef at the entrance to the bay which could entice snorkelers to go have a look. There are rocks at both ends of Tri Trang Beach 2 as well.

The Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa at Tri Trang Beach 2 is an exclusive 5-star resort with hundreds of positive reviews from their guests over the years. They have three massive swimming pools and a kids pool, wet bars, and restaurants which get good reviews. The location isn’t bad, but you won’t be walking to anything close by, it’s a bit secluded and Patong Beach shopping is 5-10 minutes away by tuk-tuk or your rental vehicle. Or you could opt for taking a longtail boat from the beach to Freedom Beach for 1,000 THB.

Complimentary morning buses into Patong Beach and return, were mentioned by a number of guests in their reviews. Many weddings are held here, and nearly everyone seems very satisfied with the friendliness and professionalism of staff at this hotel…

Tri Trang Beach 2 Clubs

No beach clubs at this beach, just the Marriott complex and the restaurant at the east end of the beach.

Tri Trang Beach 2 | Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Little Tiger Restaurant – on the hill above the east end of Tri Trang Beach 2 is this little restaurant you can reach by following the path from the beach up the hill. Some of the guests staying at the Marriott strongly recommended eating at least some of your meals at this more affordable restaurant because the Thai food was above par.

Tri Trang Beach 2 Accommodations

  • Marriott Hotel – occupying the entire Tri Trang Beach 2 is the Marriott complex. More than just a nice resort, there are lots of things to do on the property. Tennis, fitness classes, a small playground for kids, and a couple of massive swimming pools that are geared toward children.

    There are a number of restaurants at the Marriott, and one activity that was highly recommended is having BBQ at the beach bistro. Reviews of food, staff, and rooms were overwhelmingly positive, you will likely enjoy your stay whether single, couple, or family with children.

    Rates vary a bit, starting from around 4,000 THB per night.

Tri Trang Beach 2 Facts

  • Location in Phuket: South of Patong and Tri Trang beaches on the west side of Phuket Island.
  • GPS Data: 7° 52’ 57” N, 98° 16’ 18” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 6 / 20 / 45
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Freedom Beach is to the south; Paradise Beach is the next beach going north.
  • Direction Facing: South-southwest
  • Beach Length: 173 meters (189 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 28 meters (31 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 4’844 m2 (5,793 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Exceptionally nice soft sand and free of rocks and hard shells.
  • Ocean Bottom: In the shallow water it is relatively free of rocks, but the bay here is mostly covered with coral and rocks.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None
  • Beach features: This is a wide, picturesque beach nestled between hills. The water is very clear when no storms around, and the beach is mostly blocked from large waves in the off-season by the hill to the west.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? At the Marriott, yes.
  • Umbrellas? At the Marriott, yes.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees, but no real access from the roads. Come by longtail boat unless you’re staying at the Marriott Hotel.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: None, just stones
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: There seems to be a butterfly sanctuary on the Google map, that could be part of the Marriott complex, but it doesn’t state specifically. If you find something out about this place, let us know, we’d love to see it too.
  • Activities: During a high tide you may be able to snorkel, but the water is very shallow and there’s always the risk of scraping yourself against the reef or rocks. The Marriott doesn’t rent out kayaks or paddleboards at Tri Tra. There are some incredible swimming pools at the Marriott if you do stay there, as well as tennis and fitness classes.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? Tri Trang Beach 2 is blocked from waves by a hill, and to add to that, the beach faces south-southwest, so it doesn’t pick up the good waves. Other west coast beaches on Phuket can have nice waves between April and November each year.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Though Tri Trang Beach 2 is not a west-facing beach, the potential exists for waves to wrap around the point and cause bad currents. Do be careful.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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Trisara Beach | Phuket Beaches

Trisara Beach is a small, private looking beach, that anyone can use, but the Trisara villas cover the property between the beach and the road. If you’re not staying at Trisara, you can come by longtail boat. The beach is beautiful and there are places to put your mat down. The water is not great for swimming or wading – there are many rocks and some coral as the water gets deeper. You can snorkel on the north end. Few people use the beach, because their large villas have everything they need.

Trisara Beach Clubs

There is no beach clubs at Trisara Beach

Trisara Beach Restaurants / Bars

Restaurants at Trisara – there are three restaurants at Trisara, all of which get great reviews. The breakfast was mentioned by a number of guests. Trisara restaurants use organic food as much as possible. Meal costs are on the high-end, as you might expect at a 5-star resort.

Trisara Beach Accommodations

  • Trisara Phuket – this 5-star property has many large luxury villas on the hills surrounding the beach. Reviews are stellar, with very few mentions of anything at all negative. Spa, restaurants, and large pool in the main building. Swimming pool at each villa. Cooking classes, tennis lessons on private courts, and yoga class are all available. Villa rates start at 23,000 THB per night. The Trisara is probably one of the top 5 properties on Phuket – if you can, you must.

There are some other resorts close by, but nothing on Trisara Beach. On Google Maps, it appears that nobody besides Trisara has their marker over their hotel – so we’ll not cover any other accommodations at Trisara.

Trisara Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Northwest side of Phuket Island, just north of Bangtao Beach on a little cape.
  • GPS Data: 8° 02’ 09” N, 98° 16’ 31” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 26 / 11 / 11
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Layan Beach is to the south; Banana Beach is around the cape going north.
  • Direction Facing: West-southwest
  • Beach Length: 174 meters (190 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 18 meters (20 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 3’132 square meter (3,746 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Beautiful, with white sand and lots of sand. Trisara is the only resort on the beach, and it gives the impression of a private beach.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mostly sand with scattered submerged rocks in the middle. The very shallow water has been cleared of rocks and coral, so is good for wading.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? At the Trisara villas, but you must be a guest.
  • Beach features: Rocky ends. Soft sand. Shallow water. Rocks under the surface.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes, at the hotel
  • Sunbeds Available? At Trisara – yes.
  • Umbrellas? At Trisara – yes.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees. You’ll have to arrive by boat if not staying at Trisara villas.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No
  • Boat dock and marina? Pier
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: Unknown
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: Layan Beach, Banana Beach, and Bangtao Beach are all close by, and easy to reach by renting a longtail boat.
  • Activities: There are no kayaks, paddleboards, or any other gear for activities rented out at Trisara, so you’ll need to bring whatever you’ll need while you’re here. Bring your snorkeling mask, fins, and snorkel, the north end of the beach has some nice rocks where you’ll find fish.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes, at hotel
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? No, the rocks and coral are too widespread.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: High waves produce strong undertow and currents that can be dangerous.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes

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Yanui Beach Phuket | Phuket Beaches

Yanui Beach is just another one of the beautiful and often overlooked beaches on Phuket Island. Between Nai Harn Beach and Promthep Cape is this tiny and so lovely little beach about 175 meters (191 yards) in length and around 15 meters (16 yards) wide on average. It goes virtually unnoticed because tourists are so focused on finding Promthep Cape, that they skip right by. Yanui Beach is a local’s favorite, and you’ll find as many Thais here as you will foreigners.

Yanui Beach is set in a little cove with a hill on each end, and has emerald green water and jagged rocks you can explore while snorkeling (snorkel gear rental available). There is a rocky bottom and some coral under the water, so bring protective rubber shoes for this spot. There are kayaks for rent here which you can use to paddle out to the small island, Koh Man, about 325 meters (almost a quarter-mile) away. Umbrellas and beach chairs are usually also available for a small fee.

To keep your hunger away and satisfy your appetite on a hot sunny day, the Yanui Restaurant, opposite the beach, has a very good selection of Thai and western food (pasta, pizza, and sandwiches etc.) as well as a good variety of drinks from water to fresh coconuts and cocktails to ice-cold Tiger or Chang beer. Don’t forget, while crossing the street, to look “RIGHT & LEFT”… you are in Thailand :).
There is also another restaurant close by; and you can always cater for yourself from the vendors passing through with fruits and snacks. There are also quite a few shops and restaurants 500 meters down the road towards Rawai. You should stop and have a look, this is one of the most scenic beaches and bays in Phuket – highly recommended.

Yanui Beach Clubs

There aren’t any beach clubs at this small beach.

Yanui Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Krua Roi Rod Restaurant – this is the only restaurant on the beach at Yanui. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have many reviews, and didn’t get fantastic reviews either. One reviewer commented negatively that the som tam was sweet and sour. Yeah, well in Southern Thailand, that’s exactly what it is. The food in the images looks great. We recommend you try it if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, or at least hungry! They have tables under shade trees at the beach, a bar, and they serve lunch and dinner.

Yanui Beach Accommodations

  • Ban Yanui Beach Bungalow – set back 150 meters (164 yd.) away from the beach is this small no-frills beach bungalow with a small pool. Ratings are high enough that we can suggest you give it a try if you want to stay close to Yanui Beach. Single rooms start at 1,500 THB.
  • Yanui Seaview – small bungalows about 40 meters (44 yd.) from the beach on the north end of Yanui Beach. Reviews are good, but like the Ban Yanui bungalows above, there are few.

Yanui Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: Less than 1-kilometer (.6 mi.) north of Promthep Cape at the southwestern tip of Phuket Island.
  • GPS Data: 7° 46’ 04” N, 98° 18’ 22” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 21 / 18 / 49
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Though there is a small beach on the east side of Promthep Cape, it is unnamed. The next beach is Alex 2. To the north is Nai Harn Beach.
  • Direction Facing: West-southwest
  • Beach Length: 212 meters (232 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 28 meters (31 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 5’936 m2 (7,099 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: White, soft sand, and a wide beach that could accommodate a lot of people – but few people go! Hint! This beach is no so great for swimming or wading.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mostly rocky with some larger submerged rocks and coral in the middle.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, in restaurant (small fee may apply)
  • Beach features: A beautiful white sand beach surrounded by rocky hills and boulders. Very close to Promthep Cape, Nai Harn, and other beaches. View of Koh Man island just 325 meters (355 yd.) off the beach.
  • Lifeguard Available? Yes
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? Yes, you can have an umbrella over your mat if you rent it.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, closer to the west side of the bay there are many yachts and catamarans anchored.
  • Boat dock and marina? Pier
  • Longtail boat rental possible? No
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 2-6m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: In close proximity to Promthep Cape.
  • Activities: Paddle boards and ocean kayaks are available to rent.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Surfing? No
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Though not a surfing beach, currents can become dangerous when the waves grow to a meter or more. Watch for lifeguard flags and ask what they mean if unsure.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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About Sepp Hatzl

This Phuket Beaches Blog and most of the published articles have been researched, written and compiled by Sepp Hatzl. Sepp started visiting Phuket in 1975, felt in love with the island, and in 1997 decided to spend most of his time in Nai Thon Beach Phuket. Sepp is happy to provide you with more specific information about all kind of Phuket topics, just drop him an email (email see in the footer).

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