25 Best Beaches in Phuket to Put on Your List - 2020 (Updated)
The beaches in Phuket are some of the most exquisite beaches in the world. With clear blue waters, white sands and the palms dancing in the soft breeze, you will be mesmerized by their beauty once you visit Phuket.

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Apart from strolling around at the seashore, there are a lot of other activities such as speed boating, snorkelling, diving which you can do to enjoy to the fullest.Beaches such as Kata Noi beach, Kamala Beach, Surin beach, Freedom Beach offers a laid back atmosphere for people who want a quiet time. Phuket beaches are also pretty famous for their crazy fun parties.

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Paradise beach is widely known among the tourists and backpackers for its full moon parties at the beachfront. Apart from this, you can also go to Patong beach, Layan Beach, Bangtao Beach, which are also great options to go wild and have a lot of fun!

Check out the list of the best Phuket beaches:

01

Patong Beach, Phuket

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Patong Beach, Phuket
This is one of the best beaches in Thailand popular for its wild and crazily themed parties. Patong beach is always crowded with people due to its stunning views, massage parlor, and amazing nightlife. This place is simmering with energy and has several nightclubs, cabarets, bars, little tourist shops and restaurants.

The beach spans across 2.2 miles in length. You can reach the beach via bus or a private car available at Phuket airport.

Activities
: During the day enjoy all the beach-type activities from sunbathing to beach volleyball. Restaurants abound featuring every type of cuisine from seafood, noodle and rice vendors along the beach promenade.

Location: Kathu District, Phuket, Thailand

Getting There:
You can reach here by bus, a minibus or a cab.
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Kata Beach

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Kata Beach
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Located a short drive away from Karon Beach, this place is enchanting with its soft sandy bays and crystal clear water. The palm trees lining up the shore, various restaurants as well as easy accommodation facilities available closely make it a pleasant site to spend quality time with your family. It is lively even during the night, but there are no wild parties as such.

The beach remains open throughout the year. From May to October, several people come to surf while November to April finds people who want to enjoy the sun. The beach has two primary divisions; the Kata Centre up north and Kata South.

There are several little shops that sell souvenirs, resorts, fashion stores and a large variety of fine eateries and street food stalls. 

Location
: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand

Timing: Open all day.

Entry Fees: None

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Nai Harn Beach

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Nai Harn Beach

 A beautiful beach with an expanse of white sand and crystal clear water, this is a peaceful abode for revitalizing and recharging your soul and spirit. The bay is not sprawling in terms of size and has a few hotels and restaurants dotted along the shore.

The conditions for swimming are most ideal from November to April while in the low season, it gets tricky. The time from May to October is best suited for activities such as kite-boarding and surfing.

A few local restaurants on the beach makes it the perfect spot for relaxing and lazing in the sun. 

Location
: Nai Harn beach, Phuket town, Thailand

Timing:
Open all day.

Entry Fees:
None

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Laem Singh Beach

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Laem Singh Beach
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Laem Singh Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket, for those who love to spend time with azure water, golden sand, and the backdrop of thick palm trees on a sunny day. Located between Kamala and Surin beaches on the west coast, this stunning beach seems hidden beneath the thicket of palm trees with large boulders scattered around.

There are several restaurants serving Italian and Thai delicacies to indulge your taste buds. Those who are looking for water sports can enjoy snorkeling, boarding, jet skiing, water skiing, and even banana boat ride. Don’t forget to relax your body after a full day of adventure with Thai massage beneath the canopy of lovely palm trees.

Activities: 
water ski, Jet Ski, Snorkeling are famous at Laem Singh Beach

Location: 
Kamala, Kathu District, Phuket

Getting There:
 You can reach there by hiring a boat from Surin beach.
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Nai Thon Beach

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Nai Thon Beach
Nai Thon Beach is one of the obscure beaches. It is a haven for those who are looking to spend some time away from the crowd with the emerald water, warm sand, and tall palm trees. During the high season, you can enjoy swimming in crystal clear water, savor Thai delicacies of the beach restaurants, laze under the bright colored umbrellas with refreshing drinks or walk barefoot on the smooth sand.

The Dive shops on the beach can be contacted for Scuba Diving, to watch the activities of exotic sea life. Or you can also hire a long tail boat to explore the beautiful caves surrounded by rocks.


Activities
:  Enjoy scuba diving or go on an adventure of exploring the rocky coves on a boat.


Location: West coast of the island of Phuket

Getting There: You can drive the west coast of Phuket road which takes you through a village then into a lush green valley before reaching the beach.
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Nai Yang Beach

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Nai Yang Beach
With one of the longest beach line on the northern coast of Phuket, Nai Yang Beach boasts of clear blue water, warm sand and fringed casuarina trees. With the warm tropical atmosphere and a shaded area with a number of beach restaurants and bars, this place is ideal for spending leisure time. This is one of the best Phuket beaches.

This beach gives a perfect opportunity to picnic under the shadow of trees and plays in the water. You can enjoy swimming or kite surfing on the beach or you can enjoy the Thai massage and yoga session to rejuvenate yourself. Experience the scrumptious Thai cuisines or learn to prepare Thai dishes with Thai Cooking classes.


Activities
: Scuba Diving, snorkeling, kitesurfing.

Location:
Near Sirinath National Park, Phuket

Getting There: You can reach there by hiring a cab.
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Karon Beach

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Karon Beach
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The third-longest beach located between Patong in the north and Kata to the south, Karon Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Phuket. It is also wide enough for the beachgoers to not feel crowded. It has spots for snorkelling and diving at its southern end.

Karon is divided into three main areas, each very distinct: Karon Centre is a lively small city that has a lot of options for food, shopping, nightlife, and a Buddhist Temple hosting a bi-weekly market. An ideal place for evening strolls, Karon Road boasts of several large resorts, restaurants and shopping areas including Karon Bazaar.

The third main area is towards the south end of the beach which flaunts excellent restaurants and more rowdy nightlife spots of the town.

Location
: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Thailand.

Timing: Open all day.

Entry Fees: None

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Ao Sane Beach

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Ao Sane Beach
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Located near Nai Harn Beach, it is one of the island’s exquisite rocky beach shores. Ao Sane beach has three sandy bays and you can walk from one to another through a few beach bungalows. All of them are dotted with a few restaurants where people like to spend a lot of their time under the shade.

This 200 m beach is one of the few beaches in Phuket which is calm enough to snorkel during the rains. Ao sane’s charm is in its ruggedness and the characteristic attractiveness itself.

Activities: Snorkeling, diving, sunbathing, spa.

Location
: nearby Nai Harn Beach.

Getting there
: Follow the road from Nai Harn beach for the direction of the Nai Harn, a 5-star hotel.
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Panwa Beach

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Panwa Beach
A picture-perfect beach also known as Khao Kat/Kad Beach has been as tranquil and unbothered by the intensive urbanization in the direct area as it was a few years ago. Its sand is rather rough and water shallow, which makes it unsuitable for swimming. But it is certainly very scenic with views across Chalong Bay and Lone Island.

Luxury villas, condos, and fishermen's huts alternate at the seashore. It is a great location to spend a lazy afternoon lounging or enjoy a great morning stroll along the sandy bay.

Activities: Spa, sunbathing, lounging.

Location
: Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand.

Getting there
: 20 min drive from Old Phuket Town.
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Haad Pak Phra Beach

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Haad Pak Phra Beach
It is the last beach you will see at the north end of Phuket and is located near the Sarasin Bridge. Haad Pak Phra has a superb view with some traditional fishing boats in the bay. The channel here is deep, so large boats can pass through here. The beach is the least frequented one by the tourists because of the accessibility. Mostly the local people and  fishermen come here for fishing and to sort out their daily catch.

There are not many amenities here, although there is one restaurant called Thanoon Seafood which offers delicious seafood and some extreme water sports facilities. Other than that, you can explore and buy a variety of fresh and dried seafood and enjoy the sun on this serene beach.

Activities: Extreme watersports, sunbathing.

Location: Near Sarasin Bridge.

Getting there: Go northbound on Highway 402.
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Pansea Beach

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Pansea Beach
Set between the beautiful tropical backdrop with a long stretch of white and soft sand and turquoise water, Pansea Beach is an isolated beach on the west coast of Phuket. A small cape isolates the beach from the livelier Surin Beach. The beautiful coconut and other exotic trees this beach is a perfect example of tropical Phuket beaches.

There are water sports center, restaurants which serve delicious meals and drinks, massage huts and sun loungers on the beach for you to spend enjoyable moments with friends and family. The lapping ocean offers great snorkeling opportunities for those who love water sports. Inflatable airbeds are also available on rent to soak yourself in the sun while floating on azure water.


Highlights
: An ideal place for enjoying the beauty and serenity of nature. The beach also offers snorkeling and jet skiing opportunity. Do not forget to experience the special oil massage to rejuvenate your senses.

Location: West coast of Phuket island

Getting There: This is a kind of private beach which you can visit only by booking hotels either 'The Surin' and 'Amanpuri'.
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Ao Yon Beach

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Ao Yon Beach
Ao Yon is a hushed and isolated beach located between Panwa beach and Cape Panwa. This quiet beach has a long stretch of warm sand and clear blue water with a tropical setting. Set between tall palm trees, this place is a great place to relax under the sun alone or with your family.

There are a few restaurants on the beach that serve you delicious meals. On several occasions, the locals practice the Dragon Boat race which is quite a sight to behold. Just take a barefoot stroll on the warm sand or relax under the shades with refreshing drinks.


Highlights
: Enjoy the lively Dragon Boat race by the locals on occasional weekends. Rent a longboat to explore the islands. You can also drive a little further to see the small cascading waterfall or have a panoramic view of the area at Panwa View Point or go to Panwa Aquarium.

Location: Soi Ao-Yon Khaokhad, Tambon Wichit, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat

Getting There: One can visit Ao Yon beach by bus or a car.
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Bang Tao Beach

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Bang Tao Beach
An unspoiled and the second-longest one in the list of Phuket beaches, Bangtao beach is the best place to be for a luxury retreat. There are a lot of incredible clubs lined up where you can enjoy the night. There is a lot to see and do here.

You will find a lot of luxury brand stores and fine-dine restaurants to indulge in. Despite the fact that this 6 Km long beach strip is all about extravagance, there are quite a lot of options for travellers on a tight budget a well.

Location
: Bangtao Beach, Phuket 83110, Thailand.

Timing: Open all day.

Entry Fees: None

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Tri Trang Beach

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Tri Trang Beach
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Tri Trang is a beautiful quiet sandy beach sheltered by coconut palms. This 500-m long beach is located near Patong beach making it quite convenient to be near the popular resort town and still far enough for some peace and tranquillity. It is a  rocky beach, so swimming  is not a good option.

Instead, you can relieve your nerves by getting a massage for around 400 Baht. There is still some confusion regarding its name. Some call it Emerald beach, some say it is the Merlin Beach and sometimes it is also called Crystal Beach.

Activities: sunbathing, massage, jet-skiing, snorkelling, kayaking.

Location
: Near Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand.

Getting there
: It is right opposite to Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach.
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Freedom Beach, Phuket

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Freedom Beach, Phuket
This is a beach where you can spend a relaxing time away from the crowds in a laidback and tranquil atmosphere. It is a confined gem among the Phuket beaches. The 300 m long belt of white sand is set in an amazing bay peppered with granite rocks and surrounded by hills covered with thickets.

You can explore the shallow waters at both ends of the beach which offer splendid underwater flora and fauna.

Activities
: Beach soccer, Beach volleyball, and snorkelling.

Location
: Pa Tong, Kathu District, Chang Wat Phuket 83100, Thailand.
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Kalim Beach

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Kalim Beach
This beach is really an extension of Patong Beach separated by a small rocky headland. The entire length of the seabed is rocky. But you can have a decent swim during high tide. Being adjacent to Patong, it is of course developed with several facilities. There is not much nightlife like Patong, but there are a handful of quiet bars.

The demand for water sports is pretty less here. You cannot go much wrong with the location as compared to other secret beaches in Phuket. Just go to Patong Beach and turn right. It is the rocky beach before you reach the big hills.

Activities: lounging, sunbathing, snorkeling.

Location
: Patong beach, Phuket, Thailand.

Getting there
: 1-hour drive from Phuket Airport.
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Nui Beach

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Nui Beach
Another hidden beach, which is not to be confused from Ya Nui Beach is ringed with rocks and split by a rock formation. It was renamed recently as Water Beach Club after the company which takes care of it. It is lined with swanky bars & restaurants as well as a lot of water activities.

A tropical dream destination with a view of bright, emerald green water, It is located somewhere near Kata Beach and Nai Harn Beach. The dirt road just past the super famous Karon Viewpoint which leads to Nui Beach is easy to spot. 

Activities: sea kayaking, beach volleyball, snorkeling, spa.

Location
: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Thailand.

Getting there
: Walk down the dirt road near Karon Viewpoint.
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Banana Beach

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Banana Beach
Occasionally called Banana Rock Beach, it is one of Phuket’s most glittering gems. Stretching at 180 m of length, it features cool blue waters where you can dive right in. Just make sure you steer clear of the high tides which can be quite dangerous. The best bet is to install yourself at the extreme northern or southern ends of the beach. The preferred time to visit is from November to May.

Activities: swimming, sunbathing.

Location
: Thalang District, Phuket, Thailand.

Getting there
: Drive 500 m north of Trisara Villas.
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Ya Nui Beach

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Ya Nui Beach
Ya Nui Beach is a tiny alluring beach swaddled in between the Windmill Viewpoint and Promthep Cape. It seems like a secret beach because of its size, but it is quite popular and can be a bit busy on some days. What makes the small cove of Ya Nui unique and attractive is the small cape in the middle, the large island in the rear and the grassy slopes on each side. 

Activities: Snorkeling, diving, sunbathing.

Location: Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand.

Getting there: Drive from Patong to Promthep Cape.
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Layan Beach

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Layan Beach
Another secluded beach, Layan beach is located on the west coast of Phuket, on the northern end of Bangtao Beach. It is home to many luxurious resorts and hotels as well. The Layan beach ends with a river harbouring small fish boats and its best-known feature is the eye-catching island Koh Kala where the river reaches the sea.

You can walk in the shallow water during the low tide towards the island for some peace and quiet or maybe a barbeque picnic.

Activities: lounging, sunbathing, picnics, spa.

Location
: Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand.

Getting there
: Go past the Laguna complex & go along the small road towards North.
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Paradise Beach

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Paradise Beach
Situated at 5 Km southwest from Patong beach, it is one of the most coveted beaches across Phuket. The vibe here is peaceful and calm, fringed with lush green forests and palm trees as jet skis and beach hawkers are actively discouraged from approaching this beach. Despite this peacefulness, the Full moon parties are to die for. It is barely 150 meters long but is enough for various water sports activities offered.

You can access most of these activities like scuba diving and snorkeling from the Paradise beach club, as this beach is a part of it now. You will have to pay a small entry fees (approx 200 baths) to enter this secluded beach. This fee also includes a free shuttle to Patong, access to toilets, showers, and parking.

Activities: Snorkeling, bodyboarding, scuba diving, sunbathing,

Location
: Muen-Ngern Road, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand.

Getting there
: 5 Km southwest of Patong.
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Mai Khao Beach

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Mai Khao Beach
Mai Khao is the longest among all of the Phuket beaches. Stretching at a span of 11 Km., you will find a lot of deserted spots with nobody in view. The main reason for it is that this beach is a part of the Sirinat National Park. It is a beautiful beach and the best one to be as secluded as one can get.

The only downside is that your options for things to do get really limited. You can definitely explore the national park areas. The only place nearby is the Phuket Airport. This beach is also a convenient place to go to Phang Nga Bay.

Activities: Exploring National Park, lounging, 

Location: Mai Khao beach, Phuket 83110, Thailand.

Getting there: About 15 min. drive from Phuket Airport.
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Surin Beach

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Surin Beach
Often called the 5-star of Phuket beaches, Surin beach is a cool and suave place to enjoy the fine white sand and the glistening blue sea. Its calm and clear waters are perfect for snorkelling, kayaking and boogie boarding. It also offers some good surfing opportunities at both ends of the beach during the low season (May-October).

You can find boutique shops, high-end resorts, and the abodes of the rich and famous. Rimmed with lively beach-clubs, this 1-Km long beach is great for an adventure-packed afternoon, chilled sunset and a spirited night. 

Activities: Sea kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, boogie boarding.

Location: Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand.

Getting there: Approx. 30 minutes from Phuket Airport.
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Kamala Beach

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Kamala Beach
Kamala is one of the few beaches in Phuket, which has retained a strong local influence despite its popularity among the tourists. This genuine South Thai charm makes it a fitting destination for a holiday with children. It is one of the few places in Phuket which has restaurants lined right on the beach.

You can also find a good range of hotels for all budgets and some amazing beach clubs. The surfing scene here is high from May to November. Although less on the options for shopping, Kamala Beach is a perfect place for a romantic getaway and a place to spend some quality time with your family. 

Activities: experiencing local culture, surfing, clubbing, dining.

Location
: Kamal, Kathu District, Phuket 83120, Thailand.

Getting there
: Approx 45 minutes from Phuket airport.
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Kata Noi Beach

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Kata Noi Beach
This tucked-away beach located near the touristy Kata Beach is one of the most outstanding beaches in Phuket. It is the perfect strip of white sand and crystal clear waters to unwind and bronze yourself up in the sun. There are several hotels, spas, and restaurants peppered at the beach where you can enjoy the view.

One of the favorite spots amongst surfers is the northern end of this beach. They usually get decent waves to learn and practice. During the monsoons, i.e. the low season, the bay becomes rougher, and surfing gets more challenging. Golden sunsets over the turquoise waters at this beach are to die for.

Activities: Sunbathing, snorkelling, swimming, lounging, photography.

Location: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand.

Getting there: Adjacent to Kata Beach.
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