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Phuket Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations


Discount Hotels in Phuket : Patong Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Bang Tao Beach, Cape Panwa, Kamala Beach, Nai Harn Beach, Nai Yang Beach, Rawai Beach, Phuket Town, Phuket Outer Islands, Koh Racha, Nai Thorn Beach, Surin Beach



Phuket Beaches - with Wired Destinations

Phuket offers much for the visitor to choose from, if he seeks Phuket activities around the island or wants to take on one of the inviting Phuket diving venues. Not to forget Phuket nighlitfe for a memorable or not so memorable experience; Wired Destinations' Phuket Travel Info, Phuket Travel Tips and Phuket Insider Travel Tips give you all you need to know. However, when it comes to the real tropical intake, only the Phuket beaches should be your choice. Everything that Phuket is has been built around its major drawing card - the Phuket beaches. This tropical island has a beach perfectly suited to meet everyone's highest expectations. If you like small intimate patches of sand tucked into the head of a snug cove, Phuket beaches have them. If you prefer wide swaths of powdery white sand stretching into the distance, they are here. If you desire a perfect crescent of sand fringed by swaying palms and dotted with multi-coloured parasols, you will not be disappointed. Assurances of abundant sunshine, calm seas as well as host of beach-related activities come in the form of the Northwest monsoon period from December to March. Near deserted wind swept beaches with great crashing waves under skies the colour of slate are the norm during the low season. The transitional period of a couple of months on either side present a good mix of the two extremes. There are, of course, the popular beaches known to most everyone but there are also the small or infrequently visited beaches that manage to go unnoticed by mainstream tourism. The following is listing of some prime Phuket beaches.

Nai Harn

Nai Harn View
Nai Harn View

On the south-west coast is a small bay with hills rising up from the headlands. The seascape is punctuated by a small islet off to one side, and in the dry season, by sailing yachts at anchor. The main beach of Nai Harn is a wide graceful curve of sand backed by casaurina pines under which small restaurants serve tasty delights. There has been some development in recent years to accommodate visitors but overall this is still a quiet relaxed beach, which never gives the impression of being crowded even during the high season. The beach has a family atmosphere with many local Thai and expat families joining in the fun on weekends.


Kata and Karon
Kata and Karon

This beach community sports two beaches, Kata Noi and Kata. The bay is a shallow cut in the coastline with a rocky outcrop in the centre that splits the two Phuket beaches. The beaches are crescent shaped and backed by a combination of trees, Kata Beach hotels and restaurants. Kata is one of the most picturesque beaches on Phuket with its long tree-lined arc of sand dotted with colourful parasols. Long-tail boats congregate in the south corner, a few small fishing trawlers drop anchor in the lee of Pu Island and sailing yachts spread themselves evenly across the mouth of the bay. Beach side massage and refreshments are near at hand. The beach ambience is one of subdued sophistication where the visual presentation is neat and orderly-trimmed to perfection. The majority of beach-goers are international visitors and retired ex-patriots. Thais frequent this beach in small numbers near sundown when the overwhelming majority of tourists have left.


A vast ribbon of sand stretching into the distance characterises Karon Beach. The view is unencumbered as there are no trees or construction of any kind along the shore. Large Karon hotel establishments and commerce are situated on the other side of the beach road. The coastline being low and straight coupled with the absence of off-lying islets provides an expansive vista where land, sea and sky meet. Beach chairs and parasols provide shade and comfort, and people have plenty of room to themselves; crowding is impossible given the immensity of this beach. A highlight at Karon is walking on the fine powdery sand while the sun sets into the sea. The grand scale of this seaside leaves one feeling small and inconspicuous by comparison, which makes it a great place for contemplation.


Patong Beach
Patong Beach

The brash character of Patong Beach is a reflection of the community crowding its shore. This is the hot spot for people-watching, boisterous Phuket nightlife and choice of dining menus that span the globe. Throngs of international visitors congregate on this beach providing an interesting perspective on the varied forms of human packaging. The mix is astounding, despite the propensity of some nationals to flock together in a specific area of the 3,000 metre-long strand. Patong is situated in a big bay cutting deep into the rolling hills of the west-coast shoreline. The beach is wide, packed with chairs and parasols, and served by a bevy of Thai masseuses, snack vendors, and beachside restaurants. Jet skis, paragliders, and banana boats thread through the moored yachts while beach volley ball, football and show-offs animate the beach scene. Patong Beach is a seaside carnival that should not be missed. Check out Wired Destinations' Patong Beach hotels.


Not so long ago a quiet fishing village dominated the valley beyond the beach. Today it shares the terrain with a rapidly developing beachfront community. Shops and  Kamala hotels are springing up everywhere, catering to the ever-increasing numbers of tourist who prefer the proximity to Patong nightlife but enjoy the relaxed ambiance of Kamala Beach. While the beach is calm and peaceful, the activity in the small town is lively. The bay is of moderate size with good snorkelling towards the rocky shore dominating the northern end. The south end is where all the commerce is located. A large treeless no-mans land lays behind the central portion-probably earmarked for future development. The north end has a camp-ground feel to it owing to the natural setting. Park under the pines and hit the beach or grab a quick lunch at one of the two laid back beach restaurants situated on the edge of the sand.

Laem Singh

Laem Singh Beach
Laem Singh Beach

You'll not notice it from the road up on the cliffs, but tucked into a cove at the base, is a delightful little beach known as Singh Beach. Between Kamala and Surin on the coast road you will note a number of cars and motorbikes parked off to the side, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Makeshift signs are posted to indicate the path leading to the beach. There are in fact two paths, one at the south approach and one at the north (about a kilometre further up the road). The northern approach is not quite as steep as the other. There are not many beach chairs to be had so get there early during the high season. A few snack shacks on the beach offer cold drinks and cheap food. Picture postcard perfect best describes this cozy cove that can get quite crowded during the high season.


This beach is on a shallow indent in the coast, and though not very long, it does offer an open view of sea and sky. The beach is popular but never crowded. A clutch of small huts serving food and drinks stretch along the edge of the sand. A casual atmosphere is prevalent. The field just back of the beach and to one side sees a good number of team sports played out over the afternoons and early evenings. Off to the north side, a gentle slope provides a great viewing and picnicking area. Very little in the way of modern development has occurred along this shoreline making it an unpretentious beach that appeals to most everybody.

Bang Tao

The Sheraton Grande Laguna Hotel complex with plenty of upscale accommodation and dining establishments dominates the land behind Bang Tao beach. Swimming pools and lagoons are a main feature along with canals that meander throughout the complex. Restaurants, pubs, boutiques and tailor shops are sprinkled along the entrance way. The beach, though not very wide, is a long majestic curve of sand lined with casaurina pines fading into the distant headland. Definitely no problem with crowds here.

Nai Thon

Quiet and sparsely developed, Nai Thon Beach has escaped the scrutiny of large scale developers. Only a few small enterprises have established themselves along the beach road. Surrounded by hills, this small beach is idyllic in its natural setting. The distance from nightlife, fine dining and flashy hotels have preserved the tranquil beauty and ambience of Nai Thon. If you want to "get away from it all" this is a cozy place to find seclusion.

Nai Yang

The beach is a pretty sweep of sand backed by towering casaurina pines. There is ample room for seclusion, especially along the northern end in the vicinity of the Sirinath National Park. Just a few kilometres from the airport, Nai Yang has a varied but small selection of Nai Ang hotels and accommodations. Along the south end of the beach under the pines is a string of small bars, restaurants and boutiques. The middle ground, between the cluster of beach shops and the virgin parkland, is an area of impromptu restaurants. Simple Thai meals are served on low tables while you are seated on mats with awnings overhead to protect you from the sun and falling pine needles. Popular with the local Thais, Nai Yang exudes a charming and friendly disposition.

Mai Khao

This nearly deserted band of fine white sand stretching as far as the eye can see is the loneliest place on Phuket. A place so forlorn and empty, giant sea turtles feel safe struggling ashore to lay their eggs. Aside from a smattering of bungalow operations, a campground and the one luxury resort hotel, JW Marriott Resort & Spa, there is nothing but coconuts along this flat northern section of Phuket's west coast. Here you can walk for miles and miles, never seeing anyone. As with most west coast beaches during the low season, giant waves crash ashore and swimming is ill-advised due to a very strong undertow.


Fishing Boat
Fishing Boat

The east coast beaches are not great for swimming. When the tide is out, it's way out! The mucky sand is littered with rocks and boulders. The sandy strips of shoreline are quite narrow in comparison to the west coast beaches. What makes Rawaii appealing is the line-up of tasty open-air sea gypsy eateries along the shore serving up fresh seafood. Rawaii is home to a large community of fisherman and their catch is always in abundant supply. Local long-tail boats are pulled up along the shore ready to transport tourist to the off-lying islands. A pleasant and scenic place for a lunch time stop while exploring the island.


Chalong Bay is where the local fleet of dive boats, fish boats, passenger boats and cruising sailboats moor. The shore is a thin strip of sand backed by all manner of restaurants, bars and accommodation. The area around the long pier is a thriving hub of activity with all the departures and arrivals of Phuket tour boats, water taxis and dive operators picking up or dropping off guests. This is not a place for lounging on the beach as the water is unsuitable for swimming. It is, however, a great place for sipping a cool drink while watching the busy port go about its business. The one-kilometer pier is popular with Thais for evening strolls.

Cape Panwa

South of Phuket City, Cape Panwa presents a great place for exploring. Beaches are plenty and varied. Roads wind through forested hills, past villages and quaint resorts. The Cape is best discovered on motorbike or by rental car. Plan on a half day and an unhurried pace. Take in the Phuket Aquarium and lunch by the seaside while your there. Then if you're still in the mood, consider further exploration along the east coast of Phuket, where you will undoubtedly discover some of the those "hidden Phuket beaches" and places of interest that are outside the realm of mainstream tourism.

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