Best Beaches in Phuket Island
Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, has some of most popular beaches, mainly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Arriving from all over the world, travelers flock to Phuket for relaxation and adventure, and the island rates as one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. Phuket is also easy to access; it’s a short one-hour flight from all the big-city attractions of Bangkok. Here is the list of best beaches in Phuket Island.
Patong Beach is the longest beach on Phuket island and it was also once its most beautiful, until development and tourism turned it into a bustling hub of activity rather than a retreat from the world. Patong beach is still great for people watching. You may not be able to find a quiet spot on Patong to read and contemplate life, but you’ll find plenty of shopping and activity to keep you entertained. The famously raucous nightlife scene features beer bars, go-go bars, nightclubs, massage parlors and cabarets that overflow into the street along neon-lit Bangla Road and in the Patong OTOP Shopping Paradise complex.
Banana Beach, Coral Island
The Banana Beach gets its name from the fringe of trees that border its crescent-shaped shoreline. It has remained fairly quiet because of its relative inaccessibility; you need to walk down from the parking lot through the forest to get there. Swimming is not advisable during the monsoon season from May to October. The beach is not easy to find, but the search brings its rewards.
Karon Beach is a 3.5-kilometer-long strand of squeaky, golden sand and sapphire sea that attracts many couples and families. Generally quieter than neighbouring Patong, it is also especially popular with Scandinavian tourists, with many businesses catering especially to them. When the weather is calm, it’s a beautiful spot for a swim, but when the winds whip up, big waves pound the wide-open shoreline here, so take care if you are swimming during these times.
Kata Beach is considered one of the most popular beaches in Phuket due to its combination of beauty, facilities and activities. Although it’s still touristy, it’s more peaceful than Patong Beach with less hawkers. A tiny islet sits just offshore, and the beach itself is broad, with soft, white sand and decent snorkeling spots at either end. Late in the year as the waters turn calm, Kata Bay fills up with beautiful yachts which arrive from all over the region to compete in December’s King’s Cup Regatta, one of Asia’s premier sailing events. If you want an even quieter slice of shoreline, head south to adjacent Kata Noi Beach.
Ao Sane Beach, South West
The Ao Sane Beach is a great place for snorkeling, and yachts are often moored here during high season. It has basic facilities and plenty of shade provided by the almond trees. Chairs can be rented for a nominal fee and snorkeling gear is also available. Parking is limited but this beach rarely attracts large crowds.