Best beaches Phuket
What is the best beautiful beach in Phuket? This is a common and difficult question to answer since everyone enjoys beaches for a variety of reasons. In Phuket, there are two types of beaches: those where people stay and those where they spend the day.
- Beaches where people book hotels: For convenience, most people reserve hotels at Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala, and Bangtao Beach. These beaches feature a lot of restaurants, shops, and, of course, nightlife, but they are often bustling or even packed.
- Beaches where people just come for the day: These beaches normally have very little or no accommodation but are perfect for spending the day because of the quality of their sand and water, as well as a relative peace that you won’t get at Patong or Kata Beach. Nai Harn, Freedom, and Surin are the most well-known.
1. Freedom Beach
Kata Beach is Phuket’s second most popular beach after Patong. During the peak season, it is a popular option for families since it has a broad white sandy beach with exceptionally blue water. Kata is less congested than Patong and provides a diverse range of food and retail options, as well as a lively nightlife. There are lots of hotels to suit all budgets, although just a few are directly on the beach.
2. Kata Beach
Freedom Beach is one of Phuket’s most stunning beaches, with wonderfully smooth white sand and brilliantly blue seas. Surprisingly, it’s very close to the bustling Patong Beach, yet despite being a mini-paradise, it’s surprisingly peaceful. The answer is simple: there are only two ways to get there: by boat during peak season or through a very steep climb from the top of the hill.
It’s worthwhile to make the effort.
3. Patong Beach
Patong is the major beach on Phuket’s west coast, and booking a hotel here is entirely up to you. It’s a huge town with plenty of restaurants, stores, marketplaces, bars, and go-go clubs, but it’s no longer Thailand. The central section of the beach may grow crowded, but the northern end is still stunning and relatively calm. There are hundreds of hotels to select from, but just a few are luxury, and there are only three hotels on the beach itself. If you’ve come to a party, Patong is the place to be.
4. Karon Beach
Karon Beach is one of Phuket’s most popular and second-longest beaches. In peak season, the beach is an astonishing expanse of white sand and pure blue water, so large that it never seems crowded. There are numerous fine hotels along the main beach road, but only Centara Grand Beach Resort has direct beach access. There are several restaurants, small stores, a bazaar, a temple market, and even respectable nightlife.
5. Nai Harn Beach
Nai Harn is a beautiful and well-known beach surrounded by lush hills and little islands. In the peak season, the beach is exceptionally soft, and the ocean is a brilliant blue (November to April). It’s a far cry from the tourist traps on the west coast, such as Patong, Kata, and Karon. The park that surrounds the bay hasn’t altered much, although there are lots of Thai eateries and street food right beyond the line of trees. With just a few hotels, Nai Harn has managed to keep its authentic local vibe. The beach is located in a protected cove with calm seas where sailing and fishing vessels may anchor.
6. Kata Noi Beach
If you want to be close to Kata but avoid the tourist crowds, Kata Noi Beach is a great option. During the peak season, this gorgeous strip of sand featured pure blue water and was named one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Fortunately, it’s ‘out of the way’ position keeps it pretty quiet, and you’ll probably miss it if you don’t know about it.
7. Laem Singh Beach
Laem Singh has long been one of Phuket’s favorite beaches; it’s like a Caribbean beach, a little nostalgic, extremely green with palm trees drooping over the sand, and you nearly have the beach to yourself. It looks and feels like a private Robinson Crusoe hideaway, even more so after public access was restricted in 2017. But there is still a long way to go.
8. Ya Nui Beach
Ya Nui is a little island with the appeal of small beaches situated in a bay between the Windmill Viewpoint and the famed Promthep Cape in Phuket Island’s extreme south. It seems to be a hidden beach, but it is not, and many people visit to enjoy it, particularly for snorkeling and beach diving. It would be easy to overlook it if there weren’t so many automobiles parked along the road.
9. Kamala Beach
Kamala Beach used to be distinguished by a lack of distinguishing features, but that all changed with the introduction of Fantasea Park and the world-famous Cafe Del Mar beach club. It’s a lovely beach with crystal-clear water, particularly at the northern end. Kamala’s little town has a good selection of eating and retail choices in numerous hotels, some of which have beach access.
10. Bangtao Beach
Bangtao is one of Phuket’s longest beaches, located on the island’s west coast midway between the airport and Patong. Bangtao is traditionally connected with the resort complex known as ‘Laguna Phuket’ because of its gorgeous length of the beach. Bangtao has become one of Phuket’s most vibrant and stylish beach destinations in recent years, with several beach clubs and a diverse beach eating scene.
11. Mai Khao Beach
Mai Khao Beach is the longest in Phuket, stretching 11 kilometers. Surprisingly, it still seems to be as quiet and desolate as it did when I first visited it in 1990. They erected a few hotels, but beach chairs, umbrellas, and food sellers have yet to take over the beach.
You may still walk eleven kilometers and only see three other people, and the beach is largely unspoiled.
12. Surin Beach
Surin beach is presently deserted. It used to be a wonderful area to relax on beach chairs, go to one of the numerous pubs or restaurants along the beach, and shop from a variety of sellers. You could relax on the various beach clubs’ comfy couches, but that is no longer the case, and Surin beach is now completely natural.
13. Paradise Beach
‘Paradise Beach’ sounds appealing. With a name like that, many expect to find another ‘beautiful-secret-hard-to-find-beach’ in Patong. And, to its credit, the water is blue, the beach is powdery, and there are charming small boats softly bobbing in the harbor. Yes, it is tiny, secluded, and difficult to discover. However, paradise beach has evolved into a theme park, with admission fees of 100 baht or more.
14. Pansea Beach
Private beaches are not permitted in Thailand, however, you may get around this by owning all of the property around the beach. And such beaches are often the most gorgeous. One of those magnificent beaches is Pansea Beach, which is shared by ‘The Surin Phuket’ and ‘Amanpuri Phuket.’
15. Nai Yang Beach
Nai Yang is one of our favorite beaches since it is slightly off the main road and has therefore stayed largely unspoiled. This sandy crescent is home to a few inviting eateries and pubs located close to the beach and under the shade of trees. The bay is home to a few luxury resorts, like The Slate and Marriott Nai Yang, although there are plenty of inexpensive hotels a bit farther from the shore. Nai Yang is a lovely little refuge away from busy beaches, yet with much to do all year round.
16. Naithon Beach
Naithon Beach is another hidden treasure on Phuket’s west coast due to its remote location from the main road. The beach is enormous, the water is dreamlike in peak season, and the sand is fine and white, ideal for people looking for a secluded area with just enough services. There are a few eateries and convenience shops nearby to meet your needs for a weekend getaway. There are just a few hotels nearby, including the excellent Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Resort. To make the most of your time in Naithon, you should hire a vehicle or a motorcycle. If you intend to visit during the low season, which runs from May to November, it may seem a touch too quiet, although some visitors like it that way.
17. Ao Sane Beach
Ao Sane is a little secret beach viewable from Nai Harn Beach, but you won’t know about it unless you know you have to drive via The Nai Harn hotel. Ao Sane is made up of three little sandy bays that may be reached by walking past the few beach houses.
18. Banana Beach
Phuket is a well-known tourist destination in the world. This tropical island’s every nook and cranny has been explored, occupied, sold, developed, and exploited. That’s what you thought!
One little beach is still hidden from the crowds, but it won’t last long.
19. Panwa Beach
Panwa Beach, also known as Khao Kat Beach, is not a bathing beach, but it has the appeal of these secluded bays that few visitors to Phuket take the time to discover. The region is home to luxurious villas and a few resorts and is located on the east coast yet faces west, making it a perfect alternative to the west coast’s congested places.
20. Rawai Beach
Rawai Beach, located at the southern end of Phuket Island, is not a bathing beach, but it does provide stunning views of the numerous adjacent islands in a tranquil local setting. It’s a terrific area to eat fresh seafood and a great place to start if you want to go island hopping.
Phuket Beaches FAQs
Where are the best beaches in Phuket to stay?
There are five beaches where most guests book hotels:
- Patong Beach
- Kata Beach
- Karon Beach
- Kamala Beach
- Bangtao Beach
Are there beaches where you can spend the day?
Here are 6 popular day-trip beaches for visitors:
- Nai Harn Beach
- Ya Nui Beach
- Ao Sane
- Freedom Beach
- Layan Beach
- Paradise Beach
Is it still possible to book a hotel on a quiet beach in Phuket?
There are a few excellent and quiet beaches where you may stay:
- Naithon Beach
- Nai Yang Beach
- Maikhao Beach
- Panwa Beach
Where can I find the hidden beaches?
Phuket still has some hidden gems:
- Banana Beach
- Tri Trang Beach
- Sai Kaew Beach
- Nui Beach
- Ao Yon Beach