Phuket is Thailand’s quintessential beach destination. Of the many islands in Thailand, Phuket is the most famous thanks to the many beaches it has and the many excursion possibilities it offers to nearby islands. Despite being connected by a bridge, Phuket is an island, the largest in the country. It measures 48 km long and 21 km wide. Its west coast is the most famous and where most of the important beaches are. Its two centers are Phuket Town, a small city without a beach; and Patong Beach, the most important beach.
One of the great concerns of those who take Phuket holidays is choosing the beach where they will stay. Normal. Not all are the same so you must choose according to your interests. Mainly you will have to decide if you want a beach with a lot of nightlife, Patong, or a quieter one, practically the rest. All the beaches that I mention below are on the west coast of the island:
The beach and the town of Patong are the nerve center of the island. For those who live in Phuket, almost everything revolves between Patong and Phuket Town. Patong is a more common destination for tourists as it has a beach that once would have been very beautiful but is now taken over by masseurs, vendors, jet skis, etc. In addition, in Patong there are countless hotels and resorts for all tastes. Here you will also find the biggest nightlife in Phuket, especially on its famous Bangla Road, one of the red streets in Thailand. The town of Patong even has a modern shopping mall called Jungceylon.
Beaches south of Patong
Personally, I love the southern part of the island. From Kata Yai beach to Rawai, passing through the beaches of Kata Noi and Nai Harn. It is a fairly mountainous area, with beautiful viewpoints, forests and very cool beaches.
Karon Beach: A 3 km long beach and one of the ones with the most resorts, although most of them do not have direct access to the sand, but are behind the road. What most do have are sea views. It is therefore a fairly quiet beach, but with an offer of restaurants and it is very close to Patong.
Kata Yai Beach: Kata Yai Beach is a wide beach famous for surfing in the rainy season. There is quite a nightlife with a good offer of restaurants on its promenade. Although there are many resorts, few have direct access to the beach. Most are on the second line, although some enjoy sea views as they are slightly elevated.
Beaches north of Patong
The north of Phuket is characterized more by long and quiet beaches. The Laguna area (Bang Tao Beach) is the best urbanized on the island. Mai Khao is a paradise for those seeking peace and do not mind that the beach is not a travel catalog.
Kamala Beach: If you are looking for a quiet beach this is a good place to stay. Kamala has plenty of mid-priced and low-priced accommodation on offer. It is a medium-sized beach. Here you will also find the famous show among tourists: Phuket Fantasea Show.
Bang Tao Beach (Laguna): One of the longest beaches with a wide range of resorts with direct access to the sand. Here are some of the larger resorts like the Outrigger Laguna or the Dusit Thani Laguna. It is a good place if you are looking for a good resort and rest on the beach. The northern area of the beach is known as Laguna and is where the good hotels are.
Phuket is a paradise for every beach lover. Will you go there next summer?