The beaches of Thailand are notorious worldwide for their gorgeous white sand and turquoise blue waters. Phuket offers some of the most popular beach vacation destinations. Check out the ultimate guide to Phuket beaches right here!
An up and coming area popular for the town’s proximity to the beach, mellow vibe, and easy access to Patong for an evening out. Karon beach has white sand and is notorious for it’s squeaky sand. Interestingly, the sand makes an unnerving squeaky sound as you walk on it, although it is pretty unique to experience. Not the cleanest beach, but lots of opportunity for watersports including parasailing, surfing, and jet skiing. Karon is a great place to catch the sunset after a long day playing in sand and surf!
Patong is the hotspot for backpackers and travellers looking to party and have a good time. The beach itself is much like neighbouring beaches, but perhaps most well know for its proximity to Phuket’s party central. The infamous Bangla Road is lined with bars with exotic dancers, high drink prices, and music loud enough to make you feel like you’re swimming underwater. The road is closed at after the sun goes down, this street turns into party central complete with neon lights, ping pong show vendors, and all the booze you could want. While not for everyone, it is a great place for a night out or if you’re looking for amazing people watching.
Kata Noi Beach:
Definitely more mellow than its Patong and Karon counterparts, this beach is flanked largely by the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, although access is free to the general public. Kata Noi beach is cleaner than Karon beach as designated staff clean up the beach on a daily basis. This beach has it all; white sand, beautiful crystal waters, and is a great place to catch some waves if you’re into surfing.
Nai Harn Beach:
By far one of my favorite beaches, this one takes a moped or short bus ride to reach. Located on the southern tip of Phuket just before Promthep Cape, this beach is less touristy, cleaner, and more secluded than other Phuket beaches. Unfortunately, it is busier each year as more and more resorts build along the coastline. Here, you’ll see plenty of expats hanging out and have excellent views of the hillside and ocean.
Ao Sane Beach:
Just around the corner from Nai Harn is the beautiful, secluded Ao Sane beach. Tucked into a small cove, this beach is off the beaten path up a narrow road providing gorgeous white sand and turquoise ocean views. Make sure to check the tide levels as this beach can be virtually nonexistent during high tides. Fees for parking at the entrance to the beach are 200 baht per day, but you can park farther down the road for free and walk. Unfortunately, this area is undergoing significant building and access could be restricted in the coming years.
Rawai was the only beach resort destination prior to the construction of the access road to Phuket’s west coast and has long been a popular spot. Today, it serves largely as a day trip point to visit nearby islands such as Coral Island or Racha Island. In addition, it is a large fishing area and you will see the typical tourist vendors and plenty of long tail boats moored just off shore.
Thailand has an abundance of gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters for every beach enthusiast. Start with our ultimate guide to Phuket beaches and explore Thailand’s exquisite beach offerings!