Bang Tao Beach & the Laguna Hotels
Located 40 minutes from Patong Beach, Bang
Tao Beach is a crescent shaped bay eight kilometers long, fringed
by rows of Casuarina trees. This pure white sand beach has its main
entrance two kilometers north of Surin Village, marked with large signs
from the sprawling Laguna Phuket complex, which occupies most of the middle
of the bay.
The Laguna Phuket Complex is a
community of five luxury resort hotels, designed in similar, cottage -
style architecture. It is situated around a beautiful lagoon. Blooming
flowers are everywhere with tastefully designed rock gardens and waterfalls
to give the guests a serene and happy environment for a carefree, all-inclusive
A worldwide famous event is the annual Thai Airways Phuket Laguna
Triathlon, that was held for the seventh time on December 2nd, 2000.
The constant but gentle breeze makes Bang Tao Beach very popular with
wind surfers and it plays host to several international competitions each
year. Located in front of the Dusit Laguna Hotel is the Phuket Laguna
Riding Club that offers
riding along the beach.
Kalim Beach is actually a continuation of Patong
Beach on the northern curve of the coastline. It is located just north
of the artistic rocky outcroppings which separate it from Patong beach.
It is a small, charming beach with rocky points and coral reefs.
Kalim is a quiet alternative to bustling Patong Beach, yet just in convenient
walking distance to the tourist services and night life of Patong.
At low tide, the coral reefs at the northern end of Kalim Beach
are close enough to the shore to be explored on foot. They contain an
amazing variety of living creatures. Seashells, crustaceans, tiny fishes,
starfish and sea cucumbers are found in the coral pools. Caution: It is
not wise to walk barefoot because some of the rocks are razor sharp. Wear
a strong pair of sandals or track shoes.
The northern half of the beach is exposed to the monsoon winds,
and on occasion from June to September the waves become big enough for
Just fifteen minutes by tuk tuk north of Patong
Beach lies Kamala Beach. Along the way, from the Khao Phanthurat viewpoint,
you can see the whole bay with its magnificent 2.5 kilometers crescent
The northern end of the unspoiled and scenic bay features a sandy
beach, shaded by Casuarina trees. The atmosphere is very relaxed and it
is a very pleasant location for those who are looking for a quiet place
for sunning or taking a long quiet stroll along an almost deserted beach.
Bay provides besides its family attractions good swimming in crystal
clear water on its northern end. To explore the coral reefs just a few
meters offshore, all you need are fins and a snorkel to enjoy the underwater
beauty. Even more magnificent scenery awaits you if you are a scuba diver.
The middle part of Kamala Bay is dominated by a village with small
resorts dotted along the beach. It is a popular community for longer-term
visitors to the island. The fishing village atmosphere remains with fishermen
casting their nets and the occasional water buffalo roaming the beach
Some small bars and seafood restaurants line the beach here, giving the
opportunity for refreshment.
Laem Sing Beach
20 minutes north of Patong, Laem Sing Beach is located on a steep
mountain range, hidden from the road and relatively undiscovered by tourism.
There is a small parking area and only a few handmade signs, making it
a place easily missed by the masses.
After a short walk down a narrow footpath, you arrive at the little
bay, winged by round-shaped granite boulders. There are some two hundred
meters of flashing white sand and picturesque rock formations in the ocean,
which offer some of the best snorkeling opportunities on the island.
There are no streets, buildings or cars, allowing for a feeling
of serenity and peace rarely found on other Phuket beaches. For refreshment
however, snacks, drinks and perhaps beach chairs are available from the
few walking vendors.
Mai Khao Beach
in the Nai Yang National Park, Mai Khao Beach at the northern end
of Phuket Island has a total length of nine kilometers and is the longest
beach on Phuket. It is a place full of peace and serenity to the visitor.
Mai Khao is one of the few beaches in Thailand, where still sea
turtles land to lay their eggs. They can be occasionally sighted by divers
in the area.
To prevent the numbers of sea turtles from dwindling further, there are
annual efforts to protect the beach in the nesting season between November
and February. On
the nationwide Thai water festival on April 13, baby turtles are released
into the sea at various locations.
Because of its remote location, there is almost no development,
so if you are in search of a remote and isolated beach for yourself, this
is it. Camping is allowed at various locations on the beach within
This beach can be highly recommended for just relaxing, walking
on the sand or combing the beach for shells. Caution is advised for swimming
however, since the beach has steep shelving sands at the waterline.
Visitors to this beach can find a special kind of shellfish here,
named Sea Cicadas (Chakkachan thale), which are found in mass under the
sand and only in this locality. The body of this crustacean is oval with
short legs, reminiscent of a crab. In many restaurants in Phuket, these
Sea Cicadas are among the secret delicacies that the visitor should not
miss, since they prove to be a tasty meal when fried in butter or as the
ingredient of a spicy salad.
Nai Yang Beach
Yang Beach is a quiet and serene strip of sand in a national park,
backed by a lovely, tree-shaded hinterland. Nai Yang Beach has a very
different feeling from the beaches to the south.
The locals use it as a picnic spot, especially on the weekends.
During low tide swimming can be good and a large coral reef a short
distance offshore is home to a wide variety of sea life. Seashells wash
ashore frequently here, making the area especially good for shell collectors.
Beach is a quiet and very relaxing beach, a rather undeveloped bay
lined by a row of high Casuarina trees which give shade to those who are
tired of Phuket's tropical sun and provide a pleasant change from the
common palm trees found everywhere else.
It is the favorite beach for the locals, who flock here on weekends
and holidays to enjoy seafood and other freshly prepared meals in one
of the beach restaurants.
Unlike most Phuket beaches, Surin Beach has a steep sand shelf, making
it not so suitable for swimming. Big waves are common on Surin beach during
the monsoon season and can create dangerous undertow conditions.
Surin Beach offers some good snorkeling opportunities at both ends
of the beach but during the rainy season the water visibility is not very
good, due to high turbulence.
Surfing is becoming increasingly popular here because there are often
good waves during monsoon season.