Phuket



Phuket Province is located in Southern Thailand. It is the biggest island of Thailand and sits on the Andaman Sea. The nearest province to the north is Phang-nga and the nearest provinces to the east are Phang-nga and Krabi.
 
Phuket has a large Chinese influence, so you will see many Chinese shrines and Chinese restaurants around the city. A Chinese Vegetarian Festival is held there every year. While the Chinese community is quite big, there are many other ethnicities bringing all their traditions and festivals from all over the world to Phuket.
 
Being a big island, Phuket is surrounded by many magnificent beaches such as Rawai, Patong, Karon, Kamala, Kata Yai, Kata Noi, and Mai Khao. Laem Phromthep Viewpoint is said to feature the most beautiful sunsets in Thailand.
 
It isn’t all just beaches though, there is also fantastic classical architecture such as the Goom Restaurant. That and the very welcome atmosphere and the famous Phuket nightlife, you can see why the island is a hotspot for tourists in Thailand.
 
Visiting Phuket is easy as there are many travel options.
 
 
General Info.
 
What comes into the mind of travellers when we talk about sea, sun and sand? Phuket must definitely be one of the answers. A number of exciting activities can be found on this island. In the early days of regional maritime trade, the cape of Phuket was locally referred to as Jung Ceylon, while locals called it Thalang, which evolved to be the name of the main town to the north of the island. As the perfect stopover sheltering traders from monsoons, Jung Ceylon welcomed merchants from India, Persia, Arabia, Burma, China, and also Siam. During the 16th century, the island was  a popular trading port for tin. In 1785, Thalang town was surrounded by Burmese troops who invaded the coastal area. It was under the leadership of Chan, the widow of the governor, and her sister, Muk, who united the local residents and successfully fought and drove the invaders out of Phuket. It took over 30 days for the defending troops of Phuket, under the command of Chan and Muk, to claim their victory. As a result of such heroic deeds, noble titles were granted to Chan and Muk as Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sri Soonthorn, respectively. They are still highly respected by Phuket residents even today. When the city was in a peaceful state, the development of mining was so unprecedented. Chinese businessmen and miners later migrated to Phuket and soon enjoy thriving wealth. The island's long history has shaped the Phuket of the present with its diverse ethnic groups, culture, architectural influence, and fine cuisine. These attributes have made Phuket a complete tourist destination that offers a lot more beyond its natural heritage of sea, sand, forest, and world-renowned diving sites. Sino-Portuguese architecture casts its spell delighting travellers to the city, while Phuket style of hospitality has never failed to impress visitors from all walks of life.
 
Phuket Province is located in Southern Thailand. It is the biggest island of Thailand and sits on the Andaman Sea. The nearest province to the north is Phang-nga and the nearest provinces to the east are Phang-nga and Krabi.
 
Phuket has a large Chinese influence, so you will see many Chinese shrines and Chinese restaurants around the city. A Chinese Vegetarian Festival is held there every year. While the Chinese community is quite big, there are many other ethnicities bringing all their traditions and festivals from all over the world to Phuket.
 
Being a big island, Phuket is surrounded by many magnificent beaches such as Rawai, Patong, Karon, Kamala, Kata Yai, Kata Noi, and Mai Khao. Laem Phromthep Viewpoint is said to feature the most beautiful sunsets in Thailand.
 
It isn’t all just beaches though, there is also fantastic classical architecture such as the Goom Restaurant. That and the very welcome atmosphere and the famous Phuket nightlife, you can see why the island is a hotspot for tourists in Thailand.
 
Visiting Phuket is easy as there are many travel options.


 

Patong Beach



     Patong beach is the most popular beach resort in Phuket. This amazing stretch of the coast is often called "Little Pattaya". The resort is incredibly picturesque and has perfect infrastructure. For millions of travelers Patong beach is known as the "Asian capital" of nightlife. It is consummate in the number and variety of nightclubs, bars and discos.The most popular nightlife places are situated on the Bangla Road street. A fun and noisy atmosphere here is both in the afternoon and late at night. The main feature of the resort is that all entertainment venues, restaurants and hotels are concentrated close to the coast. Patong Beach is focused on tourists who prefer to spend most part of their holiday on the beach.

However, you should not liner your recreation by only beach activities. In addition to world famous nightclubs and discos, Patong Beach is the place of the original entertainment complexes, sports centers and water parks. It is easy to find a luxury spa or a wellness center. Thereby, tourists have a great opportunity to combine a beach holiday with care about their health. The lively resort is focused on a wide range of tourists. Thus, young and active people, even travelers with children will feel comfortable here

The prices for the resort should be necessary discussed. Budget travelers will like Patong Beach for sure. People who prefer a high-   quality holiday and not to save money on accommodation will also assess it. The closer to the coast, the more expensive entertainment venues, shops and hotels you find. If you delve a little inside the island, you can find a lot of attractive cheap hotels  and restaurants, where you can order a great dinner at a reasonable price. Patong Beach is a unique modern resort of world significance, which allows guests to organize the rest of different levels.

In recent years, many high-quality hotels appeared in Patong. There are luxurious hotels by internationally famous brands and small guesthouses that are suitable even for budget tourists. In total, there are more than 600 hotels in the resort area, and all of them are located within walking distance of the beach. The length of Patong Beach is roughly 4 kilometers. It borders with Kalim Beach on the north. The latter is also very popular with tourists. In the south, the beach of the resort borders with the comfortable Freedom beach, the entrance to which is paid. This beach is very popular with upscale travelers and fans of comfort.

 

 

Bangla walking street

                    Patong is a universal beach that is suitable for trouble-free relaxation and sports entertainment. It is a great place to enjoy riding a hydro cycle, to  try kayaking and parasailing, or to visit local diving centers. There are several sites suitable for diving not far from the coast. These are great places       to admire coral reefs and exotic creatures that live deep underwater.

Some entertainment centers are widely known far beyond the borders of the resort. They regularly become venues for performances of famous musicians and DJs. The most famous Thai box arenas are also located near this road. Fans of unusual and exotic entertainment will find it interesting to visit these fights. It is also important to mention shopping centers of the resort. Jungle Ceylon is the largest and the most popular one. Besides hundreds of various shops, this shopping center has a modern cinema, numerous cafes and charming restaurants. There are several markets in the city, with Malin Plaza and Banzaan being the most famous and frequently visited ones.

Bangla road is that street that stretches all the way from the beach to Rat-U-Thit Road, near Jungceylon Shopping Mall. While it is a very anonymous one-way traffic street during the day, it turns into a crazy pedestrian walking street starting at 6 pm. At the beginning of the night it is still relatively quiet as you can see on the photo above, but past 10 pm, expect to share it with a dense crowd.

On each side, you will mostly walk past a vast amount of beer bars, and all have an open facade. Every bar comes with ladies whose mission is to convince you to step in and order a drink (nothing more). Ladies usually stand in front of the bar, showing a menu with the price for the drinks,  some ladies are dancing on counters, and some demonstrate jaw-dropping pole and acrobatic dancing skills (they are wearing cloth so don’t go imagining something). It’s easy-going and quite cheap, so have a seat somewhere, chat with the ladies, they are very friendly and watch the crowd.

 

Live Music Bar

 

Live music venues are extremely popular in Phuket. The overall quality of the bands has greatly improved with time, as well as sounds and light systems and for the price of a beer, you are watching a live concert. The good old ‘Rock City‘ is now gone but New York Live Music Bar and Monsoon. A bit away from the centre of Patong is the legendary Hard Rock Cafe with excellent musicians and bands, but also with a higher price tag



Kata Beach


Kata is a sister beach of Karon, located southward from Karon Beach. The golden sand beach is best known as a home to the world-famous, activity-focused resort of Club Med. South of Kata Beach, divided be a steep cliff, is a more private and compact beach of Kata Noi.

Possibly the most beautiful beach in Phuket, Kata beach is a 1.5km long paradise waiting for people 
to visit and fall in love. White sands, clear seas, tropical trees and endless activities are just a few of 
the things that make Kata beach so special, and here are 10 reasons why we think Kata beach will 
be your new favourite beach in Phuket.

The Beach

Kata beach really has it all. From golden sands, clear blue water, sun-bathing and relaxation, to surfing, snorkelling, family fun and endless activities. It really is everyone’s beach.

A whole mile strip of perfect sand meeting crystal sea; the south end is the perfect spot to enjoy a thai massage in the shade, with the north offering a host of thrilling activities including kayaking and scuba-diving – any way you choose to spend it, you’ll be awed at the beauty of this

 

The Weather

 

There really is no bad time to go to Kata Beach, and although Phuket has a tropical monsoonal climate, it avoids the typhoons and tropical storms that hit the close-by countries.

Phuket’s best time weather-wise is December through to May, where the island stays hot, reaching its hottest temperatures toward the end of May and into April. June, July and August are favoured by the locals as the hot days are usually relieved a little by short downpours of rain, but long days of sunshine are still to be enjoyed at this time.

And even during the rainiest season from September to October long days of sun await you on the beach between short rainfalls, and plenty of low-season activities are still available to enjoy.

 

Family-Friendly

Arguably the most family-friendly destination in Phuket, Kata Beach offers many resort options for families, with activities all around ready to be enjoyed by all ages.

The south end of the beach is particularly perfect for families as it becomes shaded later in the day and is close to lots of amenities, meaning a day on the beach is fun, safe, and simple.

 

Perfect Nightlife

While most of Kata Beach is family-friendly, quiet and content, there are a few places to swing round for a great night out. Much less hectic than Patong, most evening venues along the beach are geared toward couples and families, with outdoor cafés and restaurants galore. But on the back road running parallel to the beach you’ll find the fun, from karaoke bars to dance clubs and more, at which to party the night away.

 

Fantastic Food

The food at Kata Beach leaves nothing to be desired. You’ll be spoilt for choice, and will only worry that you won’t have enough time to sample all the incredible restaurants lined up along the beach.

From the Horn Grill Steakhouse whose menu boasts everything from steak to swordfish, to Kampong Kata Hill where you can taste possibly the best that Southeast Asia has to offer. You’ll also find one of the most celebrated restaurants in the whole of Thailand right on the beach; The Boathouse Phuket offers a luxurious dining atmosphere, served with the most delicious dishes, alongside award-winning wines and cocktails in a decidedly classy atmosphere.

Whatever your preferences are for taste, décor, atmosphere or service, there’s a restaurant for everyone at Kata Beach.

 

Amazing Activities

You’ll never get bored at Kata Beach with so much to do all around. The north end of the beach offers a range of nautical activities from snorkelling to surfing to scuba diving for all ages and abilities, while the south end offers more relaxed leisure, including Thai massage, shops and restaurants.

Around Kata Beach you’ll find even more to do. Like the Kata/Karon viewpoint, which is one of the most frequented viewpoints in Phuket, and it’s no wonder considering from the top you can soak in views of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon Beaches, which is why it’s locally known as “Saam-haad” (three-beach) viewpoint.

As well as the incredible views, have fun at the Dino Park Mini Golf the kids and adults alike will just love, the Surf House where surfers can ride the waves every day no matter what the weather, and Kata Temple – just 1km from the beach – where you can bask in the beautiful culture of the island.

 

Is It Crowded?

Of course, like any tourist spot Kata beach has it’s busier times, but compared with other nearby destinations, the crowds in Kata beach are quite tame.

The high season (December and January) sees the most tourists visiting the beautiful beach, but during the low season (around September to October) you’ll find a place of peace and serenity, with a lot of hours of sunshine between the rain-spells. But even during the high season the mile-long beach never feels crowded, and is much more laid back than Patong.

 

Is It Safe?

Kata beach is a very safe place for tourists to be. Locals are warm, friendly and welcoming, and are proud of their gorgeous part of the world and the tourism it attracts.

Kata beach is centred round families and family activities, and is a great place for children and parents to vacation and let off steam.

The water at Kata beach is considered safe, but as always, if you aren’t a strong or confident swimmer, be sure to know your limits when it comes to sea swimming, and always wear a life jacket for water sports. The locals are very knowledgeable about their beautiful beach, so you can always ask the best times to safely swim, and for the best fun activities to take enjoy too!

 

Health And Wellness

As well as the hotels offering a range of spa facilities and treatments, there are plenty of opportunities in and around Kata beach to connect and unwind. Thai massage parlours are plentiful and a wonderfully relaxing experience for a great price.

But also just a stones’ throw away from the beach you’ll find a number of retreats dedicated to relaxation, meditation, yoga and detox. Whether you opt for a day of mindfulness, or a full week of yoga and therapies, you’re certain to find yourself refreshed, as Kata beach is the perfect location to practice peacefulness.

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Karon beach


Karon beach or in local name Hat Karon is the longest beach on Phuket island. This beach is very famous among tourist due to its white beautiful fine sand and fascinating atmosphere around the area. There are no such a place that suit for all kind of activity from relaxing to sport game than this beach.
 
Nearby the beach area there a lot of service for tourist in need such as resort, hotel, restaurant, shopping market, tourist service company, and there even night club if you want to enjoy the night.
 
Acording to Karon Beach travel Guide. There are some other place nearby if tourist want to make a detour such as the view point Katakaron that locate at the end of north side of Karon beach and Kata yai and Kata noi beach are still in task if you want to pass by.

 

What To Do In Karon Beach

What is there to do in Karon Phuket, you might ask. While Karon is more quiet and peaceful compared to its neighbor Patong, there are still plenty of things to do in Karon, and below we have listed what we think are the top ten things to do in Karon.

 

Karon Temple/ Wat Suwan Khiri Khet

Karon Temple, or Wat Suwan Khiri Khet, as it is called in Thai, is a colorful and well-maintained Buddhist temple located at the end of Soi Patak in Karon. The temple is fun to photograph and to walk around in. Marvel at the colorful dragons and amazing gold decorated roofs and doors.

 

Karon Temple Night Market

Tuesdays and Fridays are extra fun days to visit the Karon Temple as the temple houses a big lively market on the temple grounds.

Head here to play games, meet people (both locals and tourists), and eat lots of delicious local Thai food. You can do some shopping here as well, especially souvenirs and cheap beachwear like t-shirts, caps, and sunglasses. The clothes and souvenir department is a little touristy,  but the food is the real gem and highlight of this market.

Come to the Temple Market to enjoy delicious, cheap, and authentic Thai street food, and to shop for exotic tropical fruits like mango, mangosteen (my favorite!), passionfruit (Espen’s favorite!), dragon fruit, watermelon, and those small tasty Thai bananas. Or why not ask for the fruit to be mixed in a blender and formed into a delicious and healthy fruit shake?!

Other things you should try at this market are barbequed meat skewers, chicken rice, pad thai, roti/ pancakes, and last but not least, the famous Thai dessert Mango Sticky Rice. There are tables and chairs where you can sit and enjoy your food, beer, or a fruit shake.

Markets are a big part of the Thai culture, so if you have the chance, you should visit this market in Karon as it is a fun experience.

 

Barbequed seafood is the big thing in Karon

  • Opening hours Karon Temple Market: Every Tuesday and Friday, 16:00 (4 pm) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • Where to find Karon Temple Market: At Karon Temple, on Parak Road in Karon

 

Karon View Point

Karon View Point is located a bit south of both Karon Beach and Kata Beach, between the beaches Nai Harn and Kata Noi.

It used to be called the Kata Viewpoint, which is more appropriate if you ask me since it is closer to Kata than Karon. I have no idea why they changed its name.

 

 

From Karon Viewpoint you have awesome views of Karon Beach (furthest away), Kata Beach, and Kata Noi Beach (closest).

The viewpoint is called “Khao Saam Haad” in Thai, meaning “Hill of the Three Beaches”.  A suitable name since Karon View Point has a fantastic view of the three beaches Karon Beach, Kata Noi Beach, and Kata Yai Beach.

The viewpoint has one of the best panoramic views of the Andaman Sea in the whole of Phuket. It is a popular place to come for selfies and photos both among locals and tourists, as well as a popular stop on the way to Nai Harn Beach or the famous Promthep Cape.

From Karon Viewpoint, you can capture much of what Phuket is famous for in one frame – turquoise ocean, curving white-sandy beaches, a small island (Koh Poo, meaning Crab Island), and the green and lush tropical jungle as a backdrop.

 

Great views from Karon Viewpoint – the small Koh Poo island (Crab Island), Kata Noi Beach (closest), then Kata Beach, and Karon Beach furthest away.

At the top of Karon Viewpoint is a Gazebo/ Pavillion where you can get some shelter from the sun while enjoying the view. You can also buy drinks and snacks from one of the small stands just below the viewpoint.

Karon Viewpoint is about 10 minutes by car or taxi from Karon Beach. It is open all day every day.

Dino Park Mini Golf

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?! And how often do you get a chance to play mini-golf inside a jungle which looks like Jurassic Park meets the Flinstones! ????????

If you’re traveling with kids, then this is super fun for the whole family. The Dino Park Mini Golf is a combination of an open-air dinosaur park and jungle, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and a restaurant & bar.

The whole park is built on top of an artificial “volcano.” The volcano erupts now and again, sending out smoke, fog, and lights. The whole park is surprisingly realistic with great light- and sound effects and huge life-like dinosaurs.

There is even a waterfall that you will have to walk under, a big cave filled with lava that you must go through, dinosaur poo, and a moving and roaring Tyrannosaurus Rex! And the heat (there is no air-con in the park) makes it even more realistic as you feel that you are in a tropical jungle.

The restaurant and bar area, Dino Bar, is set in a beautiful green and lush garden, and there is a calm river running through it among the tables. The waiters and waitresses are all dressed as Fred and Wilma from The Flinstones, so cute!

Fill up your energy level after the mini golf session with something cold to drink (you will need it!). Also, try the burger called the Dino Burger (it is, however, not made of dinosaur meat. I know, I was very disappointed about this as well…. ????).

The park opens at 10:00 in the morning but is best visited in the afternoon, when the heat has cooled down a bit. Bring water and wear mosquito repellents, and you will have a fun hour or so doing mini-golfing in Jurrasic Park and Flintstones settings.

  • Opening hours Dino Park Mini Golf: Every day, 10:00 (10 am) – 23:00 (11 pm)
  • Price: 240 Baht = US$ 8 for an adult, 180 Baht = US$ 6 for a child
  • Where to find Dino Park Mini Golf: Patak Soi 7. The park is part of the Marina Phuket Resort, located between Karon Beach and Kata Beach, on the Beach Road (opposite Starbucks).
  • Dino Park Mini Golf’s Webpage

 

Snorkeling & Diving

Diving and snorkeling is a big thing in Karon, and you will find several dive tour operators here. They offer everything from budget to luxury diving tours, and day trips to multi-day liveaboard trips.

Many of the dive tours will take you out to the islands Similan, Koh Phi Phi, and Surin, as well as Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago. You can also do PADI certification courses in Karon.

 

The south end of Karon Beach has some decent snorkeling, and many dive centers offers tours to the neighboring islands

 

Jet Skiing & Parasailing

Jet skiing and parasailing are popular in Karon Beach. We have not tried either of these beach activities, and it looks a bit crazy and dangerous, to be honest.

On parasailing, a “guide” will come with you on the balloon; only he is not wearing any safety equipment, not even a harness. He only hangs in the balloon by grabbing on to the ropes! Yieyks, it looks crazy! ????

Parasailing operator getting ready for the day

 
 
 

Be careful if you choose to rent jet skis or go on a parasailing trip. Some of the tour companies do not have insurance, and there have been some scams reported.

 

Surfing

If you are visiting Karon Beach during the low season, April to October, you can go surfing and take surf lessons. One hour of surf lessons cost about 1200 Baht = US$ 39. To rent surfboards cost about 300 Baht = US$ 10 per hour, while bodyboards cost about 150 Baht = US$ 5 per hour.

Most of the surfing takes place at the southern end of Karon Beach.

 

The surfing season is on from April until October. It hadn’t quite started when we visited.

 

Thai Cooking Course

Why not learn a new skill during your holiday in Phuket, like learning how to cook traditional and authentic Thai food? Learn how to make delicious Phad Thai, curry, Tom Yum, Papaya Salad, and Mango Sticky Rice.

Several of the big hotels in Karon Beach have Thai cooking courses, like Mövenpick Resort, Centara Karon Resort, The Front Village, and Thavorn Palm Beach Resort.

 

Thai Massage & Spa

Thai massage is a big part of Thai culture and something the Thais are very proud of. If you have not tried it, you definitely should. Karon Beach has some of the best spa and massage centers in Phuket. Try out the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa or the Mövenpick Resort & Spa for a top-notch relaxing massage and spa treatment.

There are also plenty of beach massages offered along Karon Beach, where you can have a quick massage for much less than at the resorts.

 

Shopping

Karon has no fancy shopping malls, but you will find some small tourist shops. The shops mostly sell touristy things like souvenirs, t-shirts, and clothes, fake handbags, suitcases, shoes, toys, etc.

Don’t expect to find a shopping mecca in Karon, head to the neighboring Patong, or preferably Phuket Town for better shopping opportunities.

 

You will find small tourist shops along the streets in Karon

 

Small local restaurants and cafes along the streets in Karon selling both western and Thai food

For shopping, head to the streets and market-like shopping centers listed below:

  • Karon Night Temple Market – Every Tuesdays and Fridays on the grounds of Karon Temple.
  • Karon Bazaar (Shopping Sale Karon Plaza) – A sizeable market-like center on Beach Road, between Woraburi Resort and Mövenpick Resort.
  • Centre Point Village – A 100-meter long corridor covered by a roof with a dozen shops and restaurants. Located on Karon Beach Road, next to Karon Princess Hotel.

 

Nightlife

The nightlife in Karon is more laid back and family-friendly compared to the sleazy go-go bar scene in Patong.

The chic and modern Coast Beach Club at Centara Grand Beach Resort is the only real night/ beach club in Karon. It is a stylish place with a relaxed vibe, and a cool place to watch the sunset with a cocktail in your hand. They have some light dishes on their menu, like tapas, cheese, and pizza, perfect to go with your wine and cocktail. Some evenings there is a live DJ playing music.

There is also a popular Irish pub in Karon, the Angus O’ Tool’s Irish Bar & Restuarant, with the biggest selection of draught beer in Karon. They also serve Irish pub food as well, like bangers & mash. Sport, especially soccer matches, are shown on big TV screens, but once in a while, they have live music evenings which are very popular. The pub also has a guesthouse, so if Irish pubs are your thing, you can even stay here.

Bangla Plaza

Most of the nightlife in Karon is centered around Bangla Plaza, a bar and pub street off Patak Road. The bars that line this street all look very similar, with a bar inside, some tables outside, a snooker table, and several big screens showing sports.

They all open around 17:00 (5 pm) in the afternoon until late (or as long as they have guests).

Most of the nightlife in Karon Beach can be found in the street Bangla Plaza

 

Where To Eat In Karon BeachMost of the hotels and resorts in Karon have excellent restaurants serving both international and Thai food, so there are plenty to choose from.

A real gem is the romantic On The Rock Restaurant at Marina Phuket Resort, which is located right by the sea. A great place to eat and watch the sunset. Their specialty is seafood, and they have a great selection of wines.

There are some excellent stand-alone restaurants in Karon as well, and we tried out one of them – the EAT Bar & Grill. It was fantastic!

The restaurant has a Swedish chef, serving some delicious western-style grilled meat. Head here for a real American steak and a beef burger made of high quality imported meat. The presentation of the food was also very delicate, and the meat was super juicy. The staff was welcoming, and the service was excellent.

 

We had some delicious juicy steaks at EAT bar & grill in Karon

 

Cozy atmosphere at EAT bar & restaurant grill with friendly and service-oriented staff. Loved it!

For some cheaper dining options and delicious and authentic Thai street food, head to the Karon Temple Market, open every Tuesday and Friday.

The small family-owned beachfront restaurants in front of Karon Lake in Karon Park serves some cheap and delicious barbecued seafood. They also have the standard Thai dishes like Phad Thai, Tom Yam, and chicken cashew nuts on their menus. The restaurants are small but have a fantastic location right by the beach.

Karon Beach Square

For a more sophisticated and stylish dining and pub scene, head to Karon Beach Square, located on the ground of the Mövenpick Resort. Karon Beach Square is a dining and nightlife complex with some cool bars and restaurants set in a beautiful garden.

 



Nai harn beach


Located a few kilometers from Kata Beach, next to Phromthep Cape, approximately 18 kilometers from town is Hat Nai Han, an extra-ordinary beach that has white powdery sand and crystal clear water. The beach borders on two charming landscaped lagoons surrounded by rubber trees and other tropical plants. As the beach has not yet been fully developed to its full potential, it is less crowded, more peaceful, thus is ideal for people seeking solitude. Holidaymakers are not recommended to swim during the monsoon season from May to October. Watch out for the red flag! Despite having a rather limited selection of accommodations, they range from budget bungalows to the top-class Yacht Club. Check with the TAT Phuket Office for more up-to-date information and room rates. This beach can be reached by songthaeos, which leaves from the intersection of Ranong Road and the fountain circle.

 

What to Do in Nai Harn?

Nai Harn is a superb beach with smooth white sand, tucked between green hills and tiny islands in the south of Phuket. More laid back than west coast tourist spots, Nai Harn has enough restaurants, hotels and shops for a great day and has remained relatively untouched. The protected bay offers great anchorage for sailing boats and luxury yachts and has always been popular among expats and locals.The beach is vast with clear blue water during the high season and is not too busy during high season (December to May). It can get a bit crowded during the peak months of December and January. The southern part of the Nai Harn beach is crossed by a small stream coming from the lake nearby, so and you will have to get your feet wet to go to the other side.

Where to Eat

Your only problem will be to decide which restaurant you’ll pick for lunch. There are a few local shops to choose from, all nicely set in the shade of the huge trees near the beach. They actually all look the same, and serve more or less the same classic Thai dishes at a reasonable price. Just browse the illustrated menu placed in front of the restaurant and follow your instinct and appetite! It’s fun and very relaxing.

For something more sophisticated, walk to the beautiful Rock Salt restaurant at The Nai Harn Resort, just at the end on the beach. It’s a lovely place for a lunch with a view. For dinner, don’t miss their rooftop bar!

 

Shopping

Along the road, few tiny shops sell the usual batiks, beach toys and stuff, but the best are the many fruit vendors along the street selling beautiful tropical fruits. Have you ever tried Dragon fruits or Star fruits or freshly peeled ripe mangoes harvested the same day?

Of course, there is a mini-mart (or two) and the unavoidable tailors. Did I mention the few beach massage? Having a massage on the beach for 300 baht for an hour is the best way to treat yourself when you start to get tired of doing nothing.

If you prefer a peaceful and quiet massage, there are real shops some near the restaurants. Don’t worry about finding one; they will find you, usually greeting you with the usual “Hello, you want massaaaaage?”

Between the beach and the lake, Wat Nai Harn was once a small and unknown temple surrounded by walls. After adding a brand new building, it expanded to become a landmark. The lake behind the beach, once natural, is now a large concrete pond where you can rent some paddle boats, fun for the kids.

 

What to Do in Nai Harn Beach

Despite the remote location, there are a lot of interesting things to do around Nai Harn. There are two ways to get excellent bird views of Nai Harn Beach. The easy way is to go to the Windmill viewpoint next to Ya Nui Beach.

If you are ready for a bit of exploration and climbing, try the Black Rock Viewpoint, but for this one, you would have to drive back to the Karon viewpoint to find the entrance road. That one requires a bit of dedication.

The beach is vast with clear blue water during the high season and is not too busy during high season (December to May). It can get a bit crowded during the peak months of December and January. The southern part of the Nai Harn beach is crossed by a small stream coming from the lake nearby, so and you will have to get your feet wet to go to the other side.

 

Where to Eat

Your only problem will be to decide which restaurant you’ll pick for lunch. There are a few local shops to choose from, all nicely set in the shade of the huge trees near the beach. They actually all look the same, and serve more or less the same classic Thai dishes at a reasonable price. Just browse the illustrated menu placed in front of the restaurant and follow your instinct and appetite! It’s fun and very relaxing.

For something more sophisticated, walk to the beautiful Rock Salt restaurant at The Nai Harn Resort, just at the end on the beach. It’s a lovely place for a lunch with a view. For dinner, don’t miss their rooftop bar!

 

Shopping

Along the road, few tiny shops sell the usual batiks, beach toys and stuff, but the best are the many fruit vendors along the street selling beautiful tropical fruits. Have you ever tried Dragon fruits or Star fruits or freshly peeled ripe mangoes harvested the same day?

Of course, there is a mini-mart (or two) and the unavoidable tailors. Did I mention the few beach massage? Having a massage on the beach for 300 baht for an hour is the best way to treat yourself when you start to get tired of doing nothing.

If you prefer a peaceful and quiet massage, there are real shops some near the restaurants. Don’t worry about finding one; they will find you, usually greeting you with the usual “Hello, you want massaaaaage?”

Between the beach and the lake, Wat Nai Harn was once a small and unknown temple surrounded by walls. After adding a brand new building, it expanded to become a landmark. The lake behind the beach, once natural, is now a large concrete pond where you can rent some paddle boats, fun for the kids.



Surin Beach


Surin Beach is one of Phuket most beautiful bays. Long gone are the beach clubs and the restaurants, but it looks a lot more lively now. Surin Beach used to be very popular for its wide choice of dining venues and trendy beach clubs. It still is blessed with a large beach of beautiful sand and a fantastic blue sea. The quality of the water and sand always makes it one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Swimming is excellent during high season (December to April), but the sea can be rough in low season.

 

What changed on Surin Beach?

The answer is simple: EVERYTHING.

Surin beach used to be a great place to party, walk from beach clubs to bar and to restaurants all along the beach. You could rest on the comfortable sofas of the many beach clubs until sunset when it was time to start party around trendy bars and talented DJ’s.

Most of it is gone, all of what was on the beach and across the small street: the famous Catch Beach Club that pioneered the beach club trend in Phuket, the excellent Salt restaurant, all gone. Today the beach is undeniably beautiful and natural with lots of palm trees, and parking is not a problem anymore. But it’s not all gone! Thai people are way too resourceful not to find a way to bring the trade back where it is most needed! During high season, Surin beach now has a long line of local food vendors, fresh fruit juice stalls, massage, beach toys vendors and the list goes on. It’s good to see life back.

 

Where to Stay near Surin Beach

The most attractive resorts are Twinpalms ResortThe Surin, Ayara Resort and of course the legendary Amanpuri. Just next to Surin beach is the beautiful ‘Pansea beach‘, but hotels owning the land around the beach will not allow access to non-guests. Surin Beach Resort is the only budget hotel nearby with beach access.

 

Shopping on Surin Beach

You won’t find much around Surin Beach but a few shops worth mentioning. ‘Lemongrass’ sells spa and massage products with a large range of oils and essences. The ‘Plaza’ is a three floors trendy building full of house decorations and some nice paintings and clothing. Try ‘Ginger’, a fashion shop that originated from Chiang Mai displaying an original collection of clothing and accessories at very affordable prices.



Kamala Beach


Kamala Beach is a popular destination for families. It used to be a very quiet beach with only Phuket Fantasea as a highlight, but its popularity expanded with the opening of the new Cafe Del Mar beach club. Kamala is still a beautiful long beach with clear waters during high season, featuring a nice amount of beach restaurants and shopping options, several great hotels including some with direct beach access

The main road coming down from Patong Beach passes through Kamala, and you might keep on driving (fast) without noticing the small street right at the bottom of the hill. Kamala consists of two villages, the original Muslim town in the very back with not much happening around here, and the touristic part of Kamala built all along the beach.

 

Where to Eat in Kamala?

The dining scene in Kamala seems to be changing faster than the seasons. Kamala was famous for the many small restaurants and bar set all along the beach on a 1 km strip. These restaurants are not always legally built, so they tend to come and go, making it difficult to tell which is open or closed at the time you arrive. However, there are still a few of them to enjoy in the middle area. Those are nice for a slow and cheap continental breakfast by the sea. Recently Cafe Del Mar and HQ Beach Club opened at the northern part of the beach next to Novotel Kamala.

Parallel to the beach but behind a line of building is the ‘main street’ where you will find the usual suspects: tailors, conveniences stores, travel agencies, dive shops, bars and restaurants, and even two small shopping alleys, one leading to the beach and one leading to a plaza in the back. Favourite Thai restaurants to eat on this street are Charoen Seafood at Kamala Dream, Blue Manao, and Sala Thai.

For a more sophisticated dining experience there are a few places worth trying, including some with superb panoramic restaurants:

 

What to Do in Kamala Beach?

Then, of course, there is Phuket Fantasea Park, a fantastic stage performance involving acrobats and adult elephants. Fantasea is a top-rated show in an immense park full of shops and games in the middle of a village.

The main road of Kamala also has a bit of nightlife too, shops and restaurants and even a Big C Superstore but most interesting is the big fresh local market held all day at the entrance of the village. It’s your chance to see fruits, vegetables like you haven’t seen before and eat fun snacks you will never forget (in a good way).

Besides Fantasea Park, this market and of course the beach itself, there are no real attractions to see or visit. There are a couple of modest beaches (Rayee Beach and Hua Beach) to the south on a tiny long road leading to nowhere. This road was meant to reach Patong, and you do see Patong from the end of it, but someone didn’t agree to sale the last bit of land. This road is nicknamed “The Millionaire Row” home of the beautiful Paresa Resort and a collection of incredible private villas. Almost at the very end, you can even enjoy a drink on a little bar built on top of rock boulders with amazing views on Patong Bay.

Further north of Kamala, just a few kilometres away are the superb Laem Singh Beach and Surin Beach



Rawai


Rawai Beach in Phuket lies at the southernmost tip of the island. This west-facing beach is very pleasant, with plenty of trees providing shade. Just west of Rawai is Promthep Cape (Laem Promthep) a small peninsula that provides an excellent viewpoint over the Andaman Sea.

As Rawai is rather close to Phuket Town, it's often the beach of choice for family outings. You'll see many locals enjoying picnics, usually on Sundays. 

It's not a good idea to swim at Rawai because of the many boats moored there. The sea is quite shallow and when the tide goes out at Rawai Beach, mudflats and rocks are exposed.

 

How to get to Rawai Beach in Phuket

Rawai Beach is located on the southern tip of Phuket, about 15.3 km south of Phuket Town. You can get there by car – take the main central road (402), which runs through the centre of the island. Go as far south as you can without actually driving into the sea. 

 

How to get to Rawai Beach in Phuket

Rawai Beach is located on the southern tip of Phuket, about 15.3 km south of Phuket Town. You can get there by car – take the main central road (402), which runs through the centre of the island. Go as far south as you can without actually driving into the sea. 

 

Facilities on Rawai Beach

Rawai Beach is not a sunbathing or swimming beach in Phuket. It's a major point of departure for boats heading out to the surrounding islands. There are signs up along the beach road, quoting prices for longtail boats for hire.

There is a regular seafood market in the Sea Gypsy Village, at the eastern end of the beach. If you're driving, it's best to park on the side of the road. Make sure your car is in the direction you're heading, or you"ll risk getting fined. 

 

How to get to Rawai Beach in Phuket

Rawai Beach is located on the southern tip of Phuket, about 15.3 km south of Phuket Town. You can get there by car – take the main central road (402), which runs through the centre of the island. Go as far south as you can without actually driving into the sea. 

 

Facilities on Rawai Beach

Rawai Beach is not a sunbathing or swimming beach in Phuket. It's a major point of departure for boats heading out to the surrounding islands. There are signs up along the beach road, quoting prices for longtail boats for hire.

There is a regular seafood market in the Sea Gypsy Village, at the eastern end of the beach. If you're driving, it's best to park on the side of the road. Make sure your car is in the direction you're heading, or you"ll risk getting fined. 

 

Dining on Rawai Beach

Rawai Beach has plenty of hotel-owned restaurants, standalone eateries, and food stalls. Must-tries include sticky rice, barbecued chicken and fish, and grilled crab. You can also drink at the many bars lining the beachfront while appreciating the great southern views of Koh Bon and distant Koh Racha.

Head towards Chalong to find the Evason Phuket Resort, a luxurious spot with several fine-dining options. Further along is the popular Friendship Beach, a nice resort to while away your afternoon with a snack and a swim in the onsite pool. 

 

What to do on Rawai Beach

Rawai Beach offers a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a local in Phuket. The beach's atmosphere is decidedly nautical. Fishermen caulk their longtail boats and mend their nets, while others work on a new boat. 

All you have to do on the beach is sit back and enjoy the view. There are no jet skis, banana boats, ambulant beach vendors, or any of the trappings of a west coast beach



Sapanhin


Saphan Hin is a popular seaside park in Phuket. The park has had a long relationship with islanders since the boom of tin mining years ago when it was a major trading port and the only beach located in Phuket Town.

It took a lot of work, money and more than 40 years to develop it into the agreeable and functional park it is today. It’s also the main venue of most of Phuket’s annual events, including the Red Cross FairLoy Kratong and a large procession from Chinese shrines on the last day of the famous Vegetarian Festival.

 

Saphan Hin highlights

Saphan Hin is a common social gathering destination for everyone, from young children to parents to grandparents. It usually becomes alive in the late afternoon and night time. Its surroundings and atmosphere are quite pleasant with mature pine trees lining the main road, and lovely open spaces with grass and a walking/jogging track.

On top of that, it has a preserved mangrove forest with a walkway that leads to the seaside and a small retaining wall that runs around the bay. All these make it a perfect place for picnicking, exercising or just relaxing.

Saphan Hin Stadium, the city’s main sports centre is also located inside the park. It features badminton, basketball and tennis courses, swimming pool, football field and a petanque pitch. It usually opens from about 4pm.

 

What not to miss at Saphan Hin

The park’s symbol, the tin mining monument (many mistake it for a shell monument) at the traffic circle is dedicated to the memory of an Australian captain, Edward T. Miles who brought the first dredge to Phuket some decades ago. On one side of the monument features a few dozen food carts selling tropical fruits, Thai sweets, a variety of spicy salads and barbecued items.

You can also often find a deep-fried insects stand. It's a must-try for the brave! Not far from here are restaurants serving seafood as well as popular kanom jeen . Kanom jeen is a soft rice noodles dish topped with curry and it’s best enjoyed with a variety of fresh and/or pickled vegetables.

Visitors will see more local eateries closer to the seashore towards the Chinese shrine. There are a good number of restaurants specialising in Issan-style (northeastern Thai) food and seafood (Nakorn Restaurant is probably the most popular among them all). Nearby stand more than 20 karaoke venues that get busy at night.

 

Good to known about Saphan Hin Park

There are 2 places of worship in the park that receive a good number of visitors all year round; the Kiew Tien Keng Chinese shrine right by the sea and the Prince Chumphon Veterans Memorial Shrine. The first one is a must-visit while the other is, unfortunately, less attractive because of its scale, design and location.

And what’s with the huge deserted building, one might wonder? It once carried the name Lucky Complex but it failed to launch as a shopping mall quite some time ago, before the arrival of Central Phuket Festival and Jungceylon.

It is advised not to frequent Saphan Hin after 10pm. To get to Saphan Hin Park from Phuket Town, simply head east on Phuket Road.



NaiYang beach


The northern end of Nai Yang beach is part of Sirinath National Park and thus has no development. There are a few salas (open sided pavilions) in which to sit if the sun or the rain get too much and the beach has little of the commercial feel that pervades in Patong or Karon. 

This northern area is a local favourite. If you happen to drive through on a weekend, you will see many families, groups of friends or couple having picnic parties in the large shady areas next to the beach. Many food vendors usually gather along the roadside to prepare all the classic Thai dishes, sweets, drinks and local fruits.

Further south is slightly more commercial and developed; bars and restaurants line the middle part of the beach. This is also where The Slate is located. Sea turtles are occasional nocturnal visitors who, lay their eggs in the sand at night time. If you see any turtles or their tracks you should let your hotel know and they'll contact Phuket Marine Biological Centre to incubate the eggs in safety.

This is a working beach and care should be taken to stay away from fishermen's nets and equipment. During high season, walking toward the north will give you unique views on planes approching phuket and landing at Phuket International Airport.

Drive towards Phuket International Airport on Highway 402 and turn left at the traffic lights for the airport. Instead of taking the right turn at the T-junction at the end of this road go left and then take the first right turn to Nai Yang.

What's Good

  • Friendly village atmosphere
  • Shady and good for picnics
  • Plenty of restaurants and bars
  • Good snorkeling further out to sea
  • Camping allowed
  • Water sports and dive schools

What's not

  • Unsafe swimming in low season
  • Remote location

 

Nai Yang Beach Facilities

Some small tour counters can organize a longtail boat to go around the coast or the small islands nearby. Toilets can be found close at the back of the concrete row of shops, there is a charge which is usually 5 baht. 

 

Nai Yang Beach Restaurants & Nightlife

For beach side eating, northern Nai Yang has a great choice of small beach huts, each serving up freshly barbecued seafood. A good pace to try something different or discover some Thai dishes you might never see on a menu.

Further south, in front of The Slate, many charming beach restaurants serve Thai food, seafood and Western favourites at reasonable prices. Many have a good selection of dishes and offer the rare pleasure of eating barefoot in the sand under the shade of casuarina trees, while a cool breeze keeps temperatures down for a perfect lazy afternoon.

Later in the evening, bars remain open, and some offer a good selection of drinks right on the beach in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Lately, some more sophisticated Italian restaurants have opened, or if you're looking for a dinner that's a bit more stylish, try the 'Rivet Grill' or the 'Tin Mine' at the Slate (you can walk in from the beach side or drive in from the airport road).

 

Nai Yang Beach Activities

A huge sala (open sided building or roof on stilts) has been built at the top of the beach, just south of Indigo Pearl Resort, for an army of masseuses to ply their trade. A Thai massage costs around 300 baht (Approx US$ 9), other kinds of massage and reflexology are also available.

 

If you enjoy long walks, set off towards the north end of the beach, past the picnic area and you will eventually find yourself by the perimeter of the Phuket International Airport runway. During high season you can take in the memorable sight of planes approaching from the sea side to land on the runway. If your hotel provides bicycles, the national park at the northern end of the beach is worth a look. 

 

Nai Yang Beach Watersports

Right up at the north end of the beach there is a reef that acts as a natural breakwater so swimming there is safe all year round. Masks and fins are for rent for those who wish to explore the reef. For the rest of the beach, pay attention to red warning flags from June to October.

 

Two diving schools are available in Nai Yang beach: Nautica Divers on the beach front and Paradise Diving Asia inside The Slate. Diving is possible on the nearby reef 10 minutes offshore, or take a two hours speedboat ride to the famous Similan Island.

 

Further south is slightly more commercial and developed; bars and restaurants line the middle part of the beach. This is also where The Slate is located. Sea turtles are occasional nocturnal visitors who, lay their eggs in the sand at night time. If you see any turtles or their tracks you should let your hotel know and they'll contact Phuket Marine Biological Centre to incubate the eggs in safety.

This is a working beach and care should be taken to stay away from fishermen's nets and equipment. During high season, walking toward the north will give you unique views on planes approching phuket and landing at Phuket International Airport.

Drive towards Phuket International Airport on Highway 402 and turn left at the traffic lights for the airport. Instead of taking the right turn at the T-junction at the end of this road go left and then take the first right turn to Nai Yang.

What's Good

  • Friendly village atmosphere
  • Shady and good for picnics
  • Plenty of restaurants and bars
  • Good snorkeling further out to sea
  • Camping allowed
  • Water sports and dive schools

What's not

  • Unsafe swimming in low season
  • Remote location

 

Nai Yang Beach Facilities

Some small tour counters can organize a longtail boat to go around the coast or the small islands nearby. Toilets can be found close at the back of the concrete row of shops, there is a charge which is usually 5 baht. 

 

Nai Yang Beach Restaurants & Nightlife

For beach side eating, northern Nai Yang has a great choice of small beach huts, each serving up freshly barbecued seafood. A good pace to try something different or discover some Thai dishes you might never see on a menu.

Further south, in front of The Slate, many charming beach restaurants serve Thai food, seafood and Western favourites at reasonable prices. Many have a good selection of dishes and offer the rare pleasure of eating barefoot in the sand under the shade of casuarina trees, while a cool breeze keeps temperatures down for a perfect lazy afternoon.

Later in the evening, bars remain open, and some offer a good selection of drinks right on the beach in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Lately, some more sophisticated Italian restaurants have opened, or if you're looking for a dinner that's a bit more stylish, try the 'Rivet Grill' or the 'Tin Mine' at the Slate (you can walk in from the beach side or drive in from the airport road).

 

 

Nai Yang Beach Activities

A huge sala (open sided building or roof on stilts) has been built at the top of the beach, just south of Indigo Pearl Resort, for an army of masseuses to ply their trade. A Thai massage costs around 300 baht (Approx US$ 9), other kinds of massage and reflexology are also available.

If you enjoy long walks, set off towards the north end of the beach, past the picnic area and you will eventually find yourself by the perimeter of the Phuket International Airport runway. During high season you can take in the memorable sight of planes approaching from the sea side to land on the runway. If your hotel provides bicycles, the national park at the northern end of the beach is worth a look. 

 

Nai Yang Beach Watersports

Right up at the north end of the beach there is a reef that acts as a natural breakwater so swimming there is safe all year round. Masks and fins are for rent for those who wish to explore the reef. For the rest of the beach, pay attention to red warning flags from June to October.

Two diving schools are available in Nai Yang beach: Nautica Divers on the beach front and Paradise Diving Asia inside The Slate. Diving is possible on the nearby reef 10 minutes offshore, or take a two hours speedboat ride to the famous Similan Island.

 

Nai Yang Beach Watersports

Right up at the north end of the beach there is a reef that acts as a natural breakwater so swimming there is safe all year round. Masks and fins are for rent for those who wish to explore the reef. For the rest of the beach, pay attention to red warning flags from June to October.

Two diving schools are available in Nai Yang beach: Nautica Divers on the beach front and Paradise Diving Asia inside The Slate. Diving is possible on the nearby reef 10 minutes offshore, or take a two hours speedboat ride to the famous Similan Island.

 

Kite Surfing in Nai Yang Beach

In the central part of the beach there is a kite surfing school , KBA: Kite Board Asia, just metres from the shoreline. The school opens only 3 months per year, from the beginning of June to the end of August when winds are strong enough. Some really good kite surfing action can be enjoyed at that time. The school offers several types of lesson, from beginner to advanced or private lessons to improve your style.