A ten minute ride by longtail boat out and around
the headland at the extreme southern tip of Patong Beach brings you to
one of the most beautiful and isolated beaches on Phuket.
Accessible only from the sea, this isolated beach with its dazzling white
sand will make you forget about the hustle and bustle of Patong.
This is a private beach that is open the public, there is a small restaurant
and a few beach chairs. Visitors arriving by longtail boat are welcome,
but others arriving independently may not be allowed to stay.
While you laze around on the beach you can enjoy the beautiful scenery
and magnificent rock formations that guard the entrance to the bay. Don't
forget your mask and fins because the marine life that abounds on the
coral reefs here is among the best on Phuket island.
To arrange a longtail boat ask one of the locals on the beach about renting
one. The owner will soon appear and you can bargain for a price. Figure
on THB 400 for an hour, or THB 1.000 for the day (Longtail boats will
hold six to eight passengers).
ten minutes by tuk tuk from Patong Beach lies Karon Beach, following the
picturesque coastal road of Phuket. This beautiful, four kilometer stretch
of white sand is seldom crowded even in high season.
This makes Karon Beach a good choice for a more peaceful style of vacation,
with fine resorts like the Felix Karon near the beach and the Marina
Cottage on the hills overlooking the bay.
In the southwest monsoon season from May to October there are occurring
sometimes strong undertows and it is recommendable to look out for warning
flags. The waves at this time of year on Karon Beach can become big enough
for surfing. The southern end of Karon Beach has the most surf activity
and there are surf boards for hire.
immediately south of Karon Beach around a rocky headland and a little
cove is Kata Beach, a little village with the unobtrusive resort of Club
Med occupying the center of the beach. The bay is winged by smaller hotels,
resorts, restaurants, bars and boutiques.
Kata and Kata Noi, its smaller cousin to the south, are quiet beaches.
Crystal waters and a wide choice of recreation together with lots of elbow-room
are the highlights of the Kata area.
This is the beach of choice for snorkeling and diving because it remains
shallow for about thirty meters from the shoreline. Koh Poo, the small
island off the north end, has a lively coral reef that offers excellent
in views in the marine life of the region.
Nai Harn Beach
clean sand and clear water make this one of Phuket's nicest beaches.
Only one hotel is located on the beach, the Phuket Yacht Club. This gives
Nai Harn Beach an atmosphere of tranquility like no other.
The monastic center Samnak Song Nai Harn in the center of the beach claims
most of the beachfront land, preventing further tourist development. Several
little restaurants on the beach serve up some of the best food on the
island, at local prices!
Nai Thon Beach
of the most isolated beaches on Phuket is Nai Thon Beach. The road to
Nai Thon is hidden within the extensive rubber plantations in the area.
To reach it, you have to drive from Surin Village north past the turn
to Bang Tao Beach, continuing along the road a few more kilometers, you
get to a small village and turn left at the intersection. The road
will climb up into the hills overlooking the Andaman Sea and finally down
again to Nai Thon Beach.
Nai Thon Beach is a peaceful, quiet cove, well sheltered from the wind
and offering wonderful swimming. Both ends of the beach are flanked with
rocky headlands jutting out to the sea. The coral and rich marine life
offer excellent fishing opportunities.
There is a small fishing village across the road from the beach with one
small bungalow complex and a few small restaurants.
There are seldom more than a few people on the beach but if you want total
solitude backtrack down the road south keeping a sharp lookout and you
will find two more small, unnamed beaches.
With a total length of only 250 meters, Pansea Beach
is a small and exclusive cove on the northwestern coast of Phuket. Its
secluded location gives it a special feeling making it, for many visitors,
one of the finest beaches on the whole of Phuket Island.
Intricate rock formations on both ends of Pansea Beach together with a
lively, colorful coral reef near the shore offer excellent snorkeling
Access to the beach can only be gained through the grounds of one of the
resorts adjacent to the sand. This adds an extra bit of privacy and exclusivity
to this idyllic vision from a postcard paradise, making Pansea Beach maybe
even more worth a visit.
Not many years ago, Patong Beach was a remote island
village on a long crescent beach. Today, Patong Beach is most famous beach
of Phuket and one of the most developed beach resorts in Southeast Asia.
Almost three kilometers long, the beach itself consists of beautiful white
sand and is set in a deep oval bay, ringed by lush green mountains. Despite
the higher level of development here the ocean remains clear and clean.
the new beach promenade, the coast line is almost solidly lined with hotels,
ranging from simple guesthouses to luxury international resorts, together
with other services such as restaurants, shops, banks and tour operators.
At night, this is the center of the famous Phuket night life. It centers
around the main east-west street of Soi Bangla, and here you find numerous
a go-go bars, beer bars, restaurants and discos. A good time can be had
Patong Beach is a public beach and there are no closed or reserved areas
for any of the resorts. The beach chairs and umbrellas, however, are rented
from private vendors for a small fee. Many other services are available
on the beach such as traditional Thai massage, drinks, ice cream, fruit
At the south end of the beach, you can hire a longtail boat for transportation
to the neighboring beaches like Freedom
Beach or just to have a great view of the town. A full range of water
activities is available here, from jet skiing to parasailing behind a
speedboat. If you seek an adrenaline rush, this is the right place for
Those seeking a less commercial and quiet atmosphere may want to head
north on the beach road a short distance to the intersection with Phrabarami
Road (which means "road constructed through Royal influence"),
the main road to Phuket Town. There is an opportunity to find small seashells
that often wash ashore here and just around the rock outcroppings to the
north is the much quieter Kalim