Phuket Beach Guide
Phuket has a wide choice of great beaches – perfect for couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway. Here’s a selection of the best, from the popular to the secluded:
Located on Phuket’s western coast, Kata Beach is one of Phuket’s finest beaches due to its natural beauty, lots of beach activities and good facilities, making it perfect for active honeymoon couples.
Pick your own spot to unwind on this 1.5km-long broad curve of soft white sand that shelves into a protected bay of calm, crystal-clear water. Relax on a sunbed or rejuvenate with a Thai massage in the shade of the palm trees that fringe the beach’s edge. Read more about Kata Beach and find beach hotels . . .
Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on this 4km-long squeaky-clean, white-sand beach. A choice of hillside resorts sit close to the beach with magnificent views overlooking the bay.
During the day you can choose from several water activities including sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, jetskiing and parasailing. Banana boats and waterskiing are also available. Dive and snorkel the coral reef at the southern end of the beach then cool-off with a cold drink at a choice of bars and restaurants at the northern end of the beach. Read more about Karon Beach and find beach hotels . . .
Pick your own spot to unwind on this pristine 1.5km-long golden-sand beach located just north of Patong Beach. The beach shelves into the calm waves of a pretty bay that is perfect for swimming from November to April.
The northern end of the beach offers good snorkelling and larger waves for surfing. Or you can shooce to go jetskiing or parasailing. Sunbeds are available from the beachfront hotels or local vendors. Read more about Kamala Beach and find beach hotels . . .
Known as ‘Millionaires Row’ due to the luxury resorts based there, as well as the million dollar homes that sit atop hills overlooking the Andaman Sea.
Surin Beach offers a pristine golden-sand beach that is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking during the high season from November to April. Some good snorkeling can be found among the rocks at the north and south ends of the beach; equipment can be rented on the beach. Read more about Surin Beach and find beach hotels . . .
Phuket’s famous – some would say infamous – 2km-long stretch of golden sand offers a wide variety of daytime activities and a bustling nightlife – the ideal place to party.
During the day choose from sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, jet-skiing and parasailing. Banana boats and water-skiing are also available. For good snorkelling, head to the rocks at the northern end of the beach; equipment can be hired on the beach. Surfing is also best at the north end, with waves up to a metre and a half with a beach break. Read more about Patong Beach and find beach hotels . . .
Mai Khao Beach
Discover Phuket’s longest beach, an 11km-long white-sand beach fringed by the casuarina trees of Sirinat Marine National Park.
Pick a secluded spot to sunbathe, go beachcombing or head to the waterslides at the beachfront Splash Jungle Waterpark, located the West Sands Resort. The waterpark features a wave pool, numerous waterslides and rides including a 335-metre ‘Lazy River’.
At night, join a tour to catch a glimpse of Giant Ridley Sea Turtle. During November and February each year these lumbering giants emerge from the sea onto the sandy shore at night to lay their eggs.
Other great beaches in Phuket
– This exclusive, tiny cove of glittering white sand is accessible only to guests of the Chedi and Amanpuri resorts – haunt of celebrities and megastars. The only access to the beach is through the hotel grounds.
Laem Singh Beach
– A small hidden gem south of Surin, accessible only by a steep path from the road. You'll find a few unassuming restaurants offering cold drinks and food.
Nai Thon Beach
– Rent a car or take a taxi to one of Phuket’s best-kept secrets. A short drive through forested hills along the coastal highway brings you to this quiet beach of silky white sand.
Nai Harn Beach
– With most of its beachfront land occupied by a temple, the soft sands and clear waters make Nai Harn an ideal swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing spot during the dry season.
Ao Sane Beach
– Sometimes called ‘Jungle Beach’, this quiet and peaceful beach is reached down a dirt road through the car park of Le Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club in Nai Harn.
– A stunningly beautiful beach, 150m long, with year-round safe swimming, linked to another small beach by a path through the rocks.
Laem Ka Beach
– This sheltered, 150m long, boulder-framed beach is the only eastern-facing beach in southern Phuket that offers good swimming. It’s an ideal picnic spot as from midday it’s shady and cool. Popular with local Thais on a Sunday afternoon.
Nai Yang Beach
– One of the most isolated beaches in Phuket, with fantastic snorkelling, located within the wildlife preserve at Sirinat Marine National Park.