Beaches in Phuket:
There is a huge selection of beaches for you to visit and enjoy. This list starts with the northern tip of the island, going down on its west coast and up on the east coast.
Sai Kaeo Beach
This beach is Phuket’s most northern beach. It is long, white-powdery, and good for relaxing. Natural groves of pine trees line its shore.
Mai Khao Beach
This is Phuket’s longest beach, it is tranquil. Swimming is not advisable there as the sea bed has a steep slope. Mai Khao Beach is an egg-lying ground for sea turtles.
Nai Yang Beach
You will find isolated and impressive Nai Yang beach south of Mai Khao beach. Swimming is good, pine trees offer plenty of shade, and it is ideal for picnics. Diving in the area is nice, thanks to nearby coral reefs and sea turtles.
Nai Thon Beach
This beach is popular with visitors, especially daytrippers, and swimming is good. It is a secluded bay to the south of the Sirinat National Park.
One of Phuket’s longest beaches, with a large open bay. This is an area where you will find Phuket’s luxurious resorts and golf courses, especially the Laguna complex.
Next door to Kamala Beach, to the north, is this very enchanting beach lined with casuarina trees, ideal for sunbathing, but not for swimming, unfortunately. It is isolated and secluded.
Laem Singh Beach
About one kilometer from Surin Beach, this beach is relatively small, and quiet. Uniquely shaped rocks dot the beach.
This beautiful beach is 2-kilometer long, swimming is good, the sea bed is sandy, and it is good for relaxing. You can watch gorgeous sunsets from here.
This beach is between Patong to the south and Kamala Beach. It is secluded and dotted with rocks.
What else is there to say about Patong Beach? All has been said. This is the most developed, busiest, noisiest beach of Phuket. No wonder it never fails to impress. It boasts 3-kilometer long of white sand and is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing and parasailing.
Patong beach is by a main street where you can do lots of shopping and sit at numerous coffee shops and restaurants. Patong is also the uncomparable night-time entertainment hot spot of Phuket.
Karon beach has the shape of a crescent, small sand dunes, and palm trees and casuarinas. It is south of Patong. The undertow may be strong between May and October; you should watch for the warning flags before swimming or surfing at its southern end. At other times of the year, this is an ideal beach for relaxing, swimming and sunbathing. You will find some nightclubs, restaurants and other entertainment on the beachfront road.
There are in fact two Kata beaches, Kata Noi, for small, and Kata Yai, for big. Snorkeling is good thanks to the coral, tropical fishes and the sea’s eco-system. Both beaches offer various activities.
Nai Harn Beach
This is quite an extraordinary beach, near Phromthep Cape at the southern end of Phuket. The sand is whiter than anywhere else on the island, and the waters are crystal clear. It is not much developed, in comparison to many other beaches, making it peaceful. Swimming is not recommended between May and October; you should watch for the warning flags.
This is a peaceful and less crowded beach. Not much commercial activity is carried on there. It is home, though, to the Chao Le people, sea gypsies. You can board boats in Rawai to go to other islands.
Here, you can charter boats to islands south of Phuket. You will also find excellent seafood restaurants and a number of dive shops. The bay offers a very relaxing location, and swimming is not recommended.
This clean and quiet beach is located at the extreme southwest end of Chalong Bay, it is ideal for swimming.