Swimming in Phuket

Phuket Tourist Information Guide

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This beautiful and iconic island of Phuket has many incredible beaches where you can really enjoy a great swimming experience.

Swimming in Phuket at one of the lovely beaches is usually safe, but you do need to understand quite a few things about swimming in Thailand. The first thing to know is that there are very rarely any lifeguards on duty, and then you will only see them during certain hours at certain beaches and on certain days. Usually there are no lifeguards on holidays. Signage to warn of dangers in the water is not always posted, or easily visible. If you see very few people in the water, that could be a good sign that there is something unsafe about being in and everyone else seems to know about it apart from you. Look for signs, look for lifeguards and you can always ask around about the water conditions.

During certain times of the month there is a greater likelihood that jellyfish and Portuguese Man-O-War are in the water. These stinging beasts can cause great pain, and in some cases, even death. Riptides are another danger in the water, this occurs when there are curves to the beach, and when waves are coming in from different directions. You may not see riptides before you get in the water, and by then it’s too late. Do some research about the Phuket beach you’re visiting before you go, to find out about any typical cautions you’ll need to be aware of.

The beaches have changed a lot compared to years ago when you could rent a beach chair and wait for people to come by selling BBQ chicken, fresh fruit, or rice dishes. You can still eat on the beach, but buy it before you come and bring it with you if you want to have a picnic on the beach.

If you haven’t yet been to the beaches for swimming in Phuket, they are highly recommended and are some of the most stunning beaches in Thailand. Please do have a look at the listing bellow for more detailed information.

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