Top 15 Phuket Beaches

  • Freedom Beach

    Freedom Beach

    Freedom Beach is one of the most beautiful with a 300m crescent of soft white sand and clear blue water backed by lush green mountains. Located on the west coast of Phuket, you can reach this private beach by longtail boat from Patong which lies just to the south. You can also take a strenuous hike down the cliffs path from the beach parking lot… read more »

  • Nai Harn Beach

    Nai Harn Beach
    © Chonnatun Sirikunkrittaphuk

    Located as much off the beaten track as anywhere can be in Phuket is one of the island's best beaches. The largely rocky coastline of the southernmost tip of Phuket gives way to this pristine strip of soft white sand with its backdrop of lushly vegetated hillsides. As you would expect the waters of this small sheltered bay are warm and crystal clear.

    Whilst this… read more »

  • Karon Beach

    Karon Beach
    © pretoperola

    Karon Beach is popular and busy but still manages to deliver that feeling of paradise on earth when you visit. The 3-mile long beach has powder-soft white sand lapped by clear blue waters edged with white waves.

    It’s a popular scene with artists who often sit at their easels and recreate the view. The beach is also home to a beautiful temple known locally as… read more »

  • Kata Beach

    Kata Beach
    Jacek Lesniowski

    Kata Beach is a laid-back sandy crescent stretching for around 1km along the southwest coast of Phuket. Although it can be busy, it is nowhere near as crowded as Patong. It has a more local "villagey" atmosphere making it popular with families and couples looking for a relaxing place to spend the day. It's also known as Kata Bay or Kata Yai.

    Protruding tree-covered… read more »

  • Kata Noi

    Kata Noi

    Set just to the south of Kata beach, Kata Noi is like a smaller, undeveloped version of its bigger, brasher neighbour. It has the same golden-white sands that gently slope down to the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea, and as you would expect from a tropical island, the beach is lined with palm trees.

    Kata Noi beach is a great spot to relax,… read more »

  • Ao Sane Beach

    Ao Sane Beach
    © Thomas Tangelder

    If you're looking for a small sandy spot in Phuket, look no further than Ao Sane, a quiet 200m long cove tucked away and reasonably uncrowded. It is not easy to find, hence it remains something of a hidden gem.

    Although the cove is visible from the road and from Nai Harn Beach, it is only accessible by driving through the Nai Harn Resort. There… read more »

  • Ao Yon Beach

    Ao Yon Beach
    © Sunantam

    Ao Yon Beach is near Cape Panwa in Phuket. It is actually two coves divided by a rocky headland. Park your car on the road and walk down one of the paths to the beach – you will come to the larger Ao Yon Beach first.

    The leaning coconut palms offer shade along the narrow white sandy beach and there's a stream running down from… read more »

  • Bang Tao Beach

    Bang Tao Beach
    © khellon

    Bang Tao (Bangtao) Beach is in a contrasting area of modern resorts and villas at the south end and a quieter area at the north end near the rustic Cherngtalay village.

    Once a settlement of Chinese immigrants, there is an interesting historic shrine here. It has 8 statues of Chinese mythology on the rooftop guarded by dragons. Inside the hall is decorated with artwork and… read more »

  • Kamala Beach

    Kamala Beach
    David Johnson

    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… read more »

  • Nai Yang Beach

    Nai Yang Beach
    Andy Mitchell

    Popular with locals, Nai Yang Beach is the closest beach to Phuket International Airport, located just south of Mai Khao Beach. It's a good place to mingle, join in a game of volleyball or just relax and people-watch. The vast stretch of white sand and shallow turquoise waters are stunningly scenic, backed by waving casuarina trees and relatively little development.

    Swimming is pleasant and… read more »

  • Paradise Beach

    Paradise Beach
    Roma Neus

    The name Paradise Beach could apply to many beaches in Thailand, but it is appropriately assigned to a small cove 4 km west of Patong at the end of the road. Tucked away and not easy to find, it consists of two idyllic sandy coves each with soft sand, clear blue waters and leaning coconut palms. What more could you ask for in paradise?… read more »

  • Patong Beach

    Patong Beach
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  • Rawai Beach

    Rawai Beach
    Colm Britton
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  • Surin Beach

    Surin Beach
    Mark Leo
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  • Ya Nui Beach

    Ya Nui Beach
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