It is a well-known fact that beach lovers are spoilt for choice on tropical Phuket. The island is home to an array of sandy shores that charm a myriad of travellers, ranging from laid back beach bums and tanned sunbathers, to energetic water sports enthusiasts and trendy night revellers.
With numerous beaches on the island, it can be hard to make your choice when it comes to picking the best spot to head to for your favourite beach activity. The beach fanatics on our team help to make things a little simpler for you, by putting together a Phuket Beach Guide:
Ask any enthusiastic party-goer about the locations of hip and happening nightspots in Phuket, and it is likely that he or she will chime, ‘Patong Beach, of course!’
After sunset, the town turns into a hot spot of bustling nightlife. Be in the thick of action at Soi Bangla by exploring its neon-lit streets filled with restaurants, pubs, GoGo Bars, beer bars and glitzy discos.
The hustle and bustle of Patong may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you find the crowded streets of Patong too chaotic for your liking, venture instead towards Karon Beach. Sandwiched between Kata and Patong Beach, the coasts of Karon offer a diverse range of entertainment options that will appeal to travellers with varying interests. Vacation makers seeking a night of revelry will find a good selection of nightlife spots close to Karon Centre, as well as the southern end of Karon beach near Luang Poh Chuan Road.
Laem Singh Beach
Flanked by Kamala and Surin Beach, Laem Singh Beach is a slice of paradise along the western coastlines of Phuket. Water sports enthusiasts will be delighted to venture to the southern end of the beach, for it presents an excellent site for snorkeling. If you would like to be surrounded by a myriad of beautiful marine creatures, we offer a simple tip – bring along some bread, and break them up into chunks to feed the fishes. You will find yourself being enveloped by flocks of fishes in no time!
True to its name, Paradise Beach is a striking beauty that captivates beach-goers with its picturesque coasts. The gorgeous coral reefs of the beach makes it a great spot for snorkeling.
Regarded as one of the best surfing sites on the island, Kalim Beach hosts a number of surfing competitions throughout the year. Do not wait a moment longer – grab your surf board, head down to the coast and get ready for a wet and wild adventure!
Laem Ka Beach
The gentle waters of Laem Ka Beach makes it a popular spot for beach bums keen on getting a good swim in the tropical waters. The best section of the beach for swimmers lies at the northern end, for it is considerably less rocky compared to other sections of the coast. Safe and serene, the waters at Laem Ka Beach draws avid swimmers of all ages.
Unwind and Relax
Are you searching for a quiet coast to spend a lazy afternoon under the sun?
If you have answered yes, fill up your tote bag with beach essentials and vacations reads, and make your way over to Layan Beach. Situated on the western coasts of Phuket, it is a tranquil coast lined with shady palms and towering pine trees. Unlike other popular and touristic beaches in Phuket, one will not find long, snaking lines of beach chairs and umbrellas at Layan. Apart from a handful of beach-goers, a restaurant and a small selection of shops selling fruit and drinks, the coast remains relatively quiet and empty.
Perched atop a headland in the south of Patong, Emerald Beach is a hidden gem that draws beach-goers keen on chilling out along an isolated coast. Sun-seekers can look forward to a good sunbathing session, for a large portion of the unshaded coast basks under direct sunlight.
Arm yourself with a trusty pair of shades and a bottle of rich suntanning oil, before you lay back and relax on one of the sun beds along the beach!
Wine and Dine
Pretty as a painting, Surin Beach boasts a fine stretch of pristine white sand and sparkling turquoise waters. The scenic surroundings offer an intimate ambience perfect for a romantic night out. Dress up in your best, and venture out to one of the fine-dining restaurants and posh bars overlooking the beautiful coast!