With beautiful sandy beaches and long coastline, Phuket, a splendid Thai island, offers a perfect escape from the chaos of city life. While every beach on the island has its own characteristic feature, here’s a list of some of the most popular and beautiful beaches from the lot.
Bang Tao Beach
Also known as ‘Laguna Beach’, Bang Tao is one of the most prominent beaches in Phuket. Located on the northwest end of the city, the beach is famous for its white sand, and beautiful landscapes. A former fishing village, Bang Tao today is a fishing, farming and rubber tapping hub in Phuket. With the ocean current around the beach being less harsh, conditions for swimming and snorkelling are favourable. There are also some jet skies available on rent at the beach.
Popularly known as the ‘Millionaire’s Row’, the Surin Beach is a well-known beach area of Phuket. Featuring a long stretch of golden sands and crystal clear waters, the beach is an ideal place for sun loungers and those hoping for a quiet beach holiday. Although the beach is less crowded, there is no dearth of resorts, restaurants and hotels in the vicinity. Banana boat rides, water skiing, parasailing and jet skiing are some of the exciting activities one can enjoy here. Swimming and snowboarding are risky on the beach for the high waves and the strong nature of the ocean current.
Laem Singh Beach
Nestled in a hidden bay amidst Kamala and Surin beaches, Laem is yet another beautiful beach in Phuket. Featuring bright yellow sand and crystal clear waters, Laem Singh is best to enjoy a quiet beach holiday with family. For the seabed is sandy and packed with rocks, conditions for swimming are favourable. Visitors can spot several tall palm trees all along the beach.
Located on the west coast, Patong is one of the most famous beaches in Phuket. Featuring numerous restaurants, beer bars, and go-go bars, Patong is an ideal party place for the visitors. It could be a crowded place as scores of tourists visit the island to enjoy the nightlife or indulge in water sports such as swimming and snorkelling. Surrounding the beach are hills and mountain slopes which offer trekking opportunities to all.
Sometimes referred to as the ‘Banana Rock Beach’, Banana beach is one of Phuket’s lesser known beaches. It has a sandy seabed, clear waters and beautiful slopes, and is ideal for sunbathing and swimming and snorkelling. There is a small restaurant on the beach which serves authentic Thai cuisine. Do try it!
Located just north of Patong, Kamala Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Known for its fine white sand and beautiful landscape, Kamala is a perfect destination for visitors looking for a serene, scenic beach. The low tides and weak ocean currents in the area create favourable conditions for snorkelling and sea boarding.