Located right next to Patong, but a world apart when it comes to ambience, Kamala Beach is laid back, less crowded and generally frequented with couples, retirees and expats. Of course, it has the same gorgeous soft sand and shimmering waters as it’s better known neighbour but it is more enjoyable with less commotion.
Kamala Beach is accessible from a small street at the bottom of the hill off the main road from Patong Beach. It has a long stretch of beautiful light golden sand and a green backdrop of low hills.
When it comes to swimming, from May to October there is often a strong current with large waves and swimming is inadvisable when red flags are flying. However, this is a popular time for surfers to enjoy the waves which can be up to 3 metres high at the north end of the beach.
From November to April the water is calm making it ideal for swimming, jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing and longtail boat rides. There’s also a PADI dive shop nearby.
The beach has sunbed and umbrella rentals (avoid those reserved for hotel guests). The middle section of the beach is popular with locals while the north and south ends are more relaxed.
Kamala Beach has plenty of shops and restaurants nearby catering to the more discerning clientele with quality goods, beachwear, handicrafts and authentic Thai cuisine as well as Mexican and seafood restaurants.
There are no toilets but you can use the resort facilities. Beach vendors are the best place to buy cheap snacks and drinks.
- Diving & snorkelling
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