In this post we will present you the Best Beaches in Phuket, all tested by us. Phuket offers different kinds of beaches for different activities.
Some are good for Relaxing, some for Snorkeling and some are good for pure Action.
If you like Snorkeling, check out our Snorkel Guide!
Let’s start with world famous Patong Beach. It’s sandy, crescent beach is lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. The famously raucous nightlife scene features beer bars, go-go bars, nightclubs, massage parlors and cabarets that overflow into the street along neon-lit Bangla Road and in the Patong Shopping Center. When you come for the first time to Phuket, it’ll probably be Patong Beach you will visit on the first day, before you start to explore other beaches while on your trip.
In Patong is the most action from all beaches in Phuket. 24 Hours!
Everything here is specialised on Tourists.
You can find many shops & restaurants around Patong.
The Beach is 2.5 km (1.5 Mile) long with great small sand. Sadly the water here is not really clear. In fact, Patong is the most ‘dirtiest’ beach in Phuket.
Jetski & other Water activities like Para Sailing or Banana Boats are available throughout the entire beach.
Many Sellers walk through the beach, offering sunglasses, selfmade accessories or fruits & food. In Patong you can always expect many people, wherever you go. You will never be alone.
Patong is not the best beach for snorkeling, however, at the end of the beach from the left and right it is still possible.
Located on the west coast, between Patong to the north and Kata to the south, Karon Beach is the one of the most popular holiday destinations in Phuket.
Karon Beach is the third longest beach in Phuket, and it’s never too crowded. It is especially popular among families and couples, and less popular with singles than Patong.
It’s great for snorkeling and offers beautiful sand and clear water!
A few minutes away from Karon Beach, you can find Kata Beach.
You can find many palm trees, white sand and clear water here, just wonderful.
Relaxing here is a very good choice. From golden sands, clear blue water, sun-bathing to surfing, snorkelling, family fun and endless activities.
There is also a big choice of restaurants, with great food.
Kata Noi Beach
It’s about 700m long (0.4 Mile) it’s one of Phuket’s smaller beaches but it’s quite popular. Soft sand, crystal clear water and the lush green jungle backdrops are the main attractions that ensure visitors keep coming back for more. As Kata Noi is on a dead end road the only traffic is competition for car parking spaces.
Kata Noi Beach has a great Restaurant directly at the beach, named “On The Rocks” with very friendly staff and great choice of food + amazing ocean view.
If you go further through the restaurant, you can climb up some stones and check out a great panorama view!
Nai Harn Beach
Nai Harn beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket with its excellent clear water quality and finest sand. It’s encompassed on both sides by jungle-covered mountains and there’s a large freshwater lagoon inland. Never overloaded, even in high season, Nai Harn is usually busier at weekends as it is popular with both Thais and Tourists.
On the end of the beach, left & right, it’s possible to snorkel, but a better choice is to drive to Ao Sane Beach which is right next to Nai Harn. Snorkel there, and then come back to Nai Harn to relax. There is also a great selection of restaurants here.
Ao Sane Beach
Ao Sane is a rocky beach is one of the island’s loveliest secrets. It’s perfect for snorkeling. Here you can see a lot of underwater life, just beautiful!
The beach is only 200 metres (0.12 Miles) long, and never too crowded. It’s offers beautiful sand, and big stones.
On the left of the beach you can climb up the stones, and you will have an amazing view.If you are lucky, you can see some big lizards there, too.
There is exactly one wonderful restaurant there, with very friendly staff and a great choice of food.
It’s beautiful to eat there while sunset to end the day, or at sunrise to start the day good. You can also relax here under the palm trees or you could drive – as mentioned above – to Nai Harn beach right next to it, after a great snorkeling session.
Ya Nui Beach
Ya Nui Beach has a very interesting shape, with a climbable giant stone in the middle of the beach.
It’s great to snorkel around this stone, you can see lots of underwater life.
Kayaking from here is possible, and you should go to one of the nearest islands, hop out of the kayak and start snorkeling, there you can see many many fishes!
At Ya Nui Beach are exactly 2 Restaurants. Both are great with yummy food.
Merlin Beach is a small but wonderful beach. Once you reach it, the first thing you’ll see are the usual massage huts, and beyond it, is the bay. The area is really nice and while the sea is not great for swimming because of the coral, it is one of the best spots in Phuket for snorkeling with many fishes.
Beautiful sand and great shadowy places, almost no people are there.
If you go the stairs up on the left, you can visit a restaurant on a hill with a great view. If you want to relax alone on a beautiful and quiet beach or want to have a snorkel day, Merlin is the best choice!
Known as “Millionaire’s Row”, Surin Beach has several luxury resorts and many celebrities choose to stay here when vacationing in Phuket.
Surin Beach is a beautiful beach with fine sand and clear water. It’s not overcrowded like some other beaches, and you can relax here without the noise from jet skies and other motor vehicles.
Kamala is the first village north of Patong. This beautiful 2 km (1.2 Mile) long beach is a perfect place if you want to get away from the crowds.
The coastline is full with the restaurants and shops. This bay surrounded by green hills is one hell of a beautiful place. Last times in March there was many seagrass, so check it out before, if you want to stay only in this beach.
This hidden beach is one of the least known of Phuket, and it takes a bit of effort to find and then go down with crazy way through the jungle, but you will be rewarded by the pleasure of having seen a secret beach with very clear water. It is only 800 Metres (0.5 Miles) long.
There you can find 2 restaurants, where you’ll be served with a great seafood lunch, probably caught not far from here. Price is a bit higher than other restaurants, but once you see them carrying everything down the hill, you’ll forgive them.
Mai Khao Beach
Mai Khao Beach is an 11 km (6.8 Miles) long sand stretch, making it the longest beach on Phuket. The beach is deserted at most places, but the International Airport on the south end has become a popular plane spotting location.
Rawai is not a good swimming beach, but a great place to enjoy seafood with a beautiful sea view. Rawai also has a nice pier to walk along.
Bang Tao Beach
Bangtao is a study in contrasts, with the luxurious resorts and villas along its 6 km (3.7 Mile) stretch of beach just a few minutes’ away from the town of Cherng Talay.
The beach is very clean, water is perfectly clear and there is very less people even in high season.
Laguna Phuket is taking up a huge area in the middle of Bangtao beach, one of Asia’s largest resort complexes. The northern tip of the beach, so far untouched by development, is still an area where visitors might find that they have the beach to themselves. Apart from going to the beach and a few bars and restaurants there’s not much that you need to leave your resort for.
Nai Thon is a beautiful stretch of sand and clear water.This is an ideal spot to get away from the crowds and enjoy a quiet swim.
Nai Thon Beach is one of the smaller and less frequented beaches on the west coast of Phuket. Well worth a visit to get away from it. There are loads of restaurants along the road and stalls selling fresh fruit and juice.
Panwa Beach is 8 km (5 Miles) east of Phuket Town and covers the west coast of Cape Panwa. It’s sand is rather rough and the water shallow, but it’s certainly very scenic with views out across Chalong Bay and Lone Island.
Luxury villas and condominiums line almost the entire beach but dotted in between are fishermen’s huts and at the far west end of the beach there is a mangrove swamp.
Tri Trang Beach
Tri Trang Beach is a quiet, secluded place which is ideal for dedicated sun-lovers. The water is very shallow, you need to walk really long that it get you till the back. The 500-metre (0.3 Miles) north-facing beach is snuggled into the headland just to the south of Patong, making it conveniently close to the popular resort town while still being far enough removed to be a quiet safe haven of tranquility.
Unlike other sunbathing spots around Phuket, Tri Trang has a very open feel because there are no beach-side trees offering shade, making it a place for the really dedicated sun worshipers. While you can relax in the shade near the restaurant or at the resort end, most of the beach basks in direct sunlight.
We hope we could help you to find some great beaches in Phuket and optimise your stay there!
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