Patong Beach
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The Beaches of Phuket


Phuket remains the most popular tourist destination in Thailand, and for very good reason. No other part of Thailand offers such a wealth of activities and attractions, combined with nightlife and international cuisine as Phuket does. However, Phuket became popular for one initial reason, the profusion of incredible beaches which make up the shore line of this tropical paradise island. Below we will take a look at the very best beaches which Phuket has to offer.

Patong Beach

Patong Beach Phuket

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The original tourist beach which started the Phuket craze several decades ago. Patong Beach is located within a sheltered bay, and provides some three kilometres of golden sand, lapped gently by the shallow warm waters of the Andaman Ocean. A full range of services are offered on the beach, including deck chair and sun lounger rental. Thai Massage is available right on the beach, and a variety of hawkers patrol the beach selling snacks and cold drinks. Patong City is a short five minute walk from the beach, with every possible amenity a holidaymaker could require close at hand. If you enjoy beach life, but like to be close to other attractions as well as nightlife, then Patong Beach is the beach for you.

Naiharn Beach

Naiharn Beach

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Naiharn Beach is not a particularly large beach, and it is less easily accessible than most other beaches. Neither of these facts prevents it from being one of the best beaches on Phuket. Located on the coast road heading north from Promathep Cape, Naiharn Beach is popular with both tourists and local Thai people. The beach is located in a small, deep bay. During the winter months the waters of Naiharn Beach become quite rough, which makes this beach popular with surfers during this time of year. At the northern end of the bay is the Royal Phuket Yacht Club, which is a perfect place to take lunch to avoid the hot mid-day sun.

Kata Yai and Kata Noi Beaches

Kata Yai and Kata Noi Beaches

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Kata Yai (big Kata beach) is a one and a half kilometre long strip of perfect golden sand, lined by small food and trinket vendors amongst the shady palm trees. This is the second most popular beach on Phuket (Patong Beach being the most popular) and for good reason. Much cleaner than Patong Beach, but with just as many facilities close to hand, Kata Beach offers a slightly more upmarket beach experience. Just South of Kata Yai is Kata Noi (little Kata beach); this is a very small bay, which is entirely undeveloped. It does however offer some real breath-taking scenery, and is well worth a visit.

Karon Beach

Karon Beach

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Karon Beach is one of the largest beaches to be found on the island of Phuket. Three kilometres of sand, quite narrow in places, provide an entirely varied beach experience. The northern end of Karon Beach is almost entirely undeveloped; it is still possible to find an entirely uninhabited part of the beach to enjoy your own privacy. The further south you head along Karon beach then the more developed it becomes, with all of the usual beach amenities available including sun loungers, snacks and even jet-ski hire.

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

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Kamala is one of the less developed tourist areas of Phuket, and Kamala Beach reflects this fact. A very quiet beach, popular with long term residents and families. Kamal Beach is also quite small, less than a kilometre long. If you enjoy a laid back vibe, away from the tourist crowds, then Kamala Beach is a good choice.

Phuket offers some of the best beach holiday options in the world, from hedonistic Patong with its boisterous nightlife, to laid back Kamala with its beach bars and local fishing fleet. Whatever you enjoy in a beach holiday Phuket has it all.

Date posted: 6th January, 2015

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