Patong Beach of Phuket, Thailand, is the most favored beach among tourists coming to the country.
The beach area has modern buildings and offers various entertainments for the visitors like bars, nightclubs and discos
. All visitors to Thailand come here and chances of meeting your friends back home are very high.
Lying 6kms to the south of Patong beach is Karon beach with its soft golden sand.
The 3kms long beach is separated from the road by a stretch of sand dunes. The beach is ideal for all water activities like swimming, parasailing, jet skiing and banana boat. The beach is a hit with visitors due to its crystalline water and clean sand that makes snow-like squeaking sound when walked upon.
Kata beach is a picture-perfect beach nestled among the panoramic greenery.
The beach has shallow waters, which makes it safe even for children. The water is clear and the sand white and soft. The perfect picture is completed by the green island located at a short distance into the bay. The beach stretches for 1.4km along a curved path. This beach has many water sports like jet skiing, wind surfing, banana boats, Hobie Cats and parasailing. Families favor Kata beach, as waterbed is shallow and hence safer than Karon beach.
Kamala beach offers ideal conditions for snorkeling and scuba diving.
The beautiful coral reefs and underwater life are just off the coast and this makes it all the more attractive. The water here is clean and clear and the northern end of the beach is quite safe for swimming. Families prefer this beach due to this. A fishing village lies in the middle of the beach and anglers casting their nets are a usual sight. There are also a few resorts along the beach for visitors. If you are planning for a long stay, this beach is perfect. The restaurants and bars
lining the beach cater to the needs of tourists.
Bangtao beach lies in the old tin mining country.
With the advent of tourists, a major portion of the beach has been converted into a five star resort, Laguna Complex, which boasts of a golf course
. For budget travelers there are other options in the southern side of the beach. This second longest beach of Phuket offers excellent swimming opportunities during dry season. The north end of the beach has a small bay with exquisite coral. Tourist infrastructure is well developed with many options for eating-places and sightseeing in both Laguna and nearby Choeng Thale.
Phuket town was developed by Malaysian and Chinese merchants to cater to the tin miners almost a century back.
In those days, Thalang was the capital and its port was insufficient to handle big ships. Phuket town
prospered in spite of the initial hitches and the big fire that destroyed much of it. It became a major center for social, commercial and political activities. Most of the ancient buildings that you see today dates back a century, when the town was initially formed. The main attractions are the grand Thai and Chinese temples, ancient Sino-Portuguese constructions and public markets.
Cape Panwa, located to the south of Phuket, is a not frequented by tourists and is nestled among rubber and palm plantations.
The Naval base and Phuket’s deep-sea port are located here. As you drive along the lonely, winding roads to Cape Panwa, you can stop by the roadside to enjoy the excellent views of the landscape and Andaman Sea. As the place is not on a regular tourist’s itinerary, those coming here get to enjoy the seclusion, away from the maddening crowds. Recently, property developers are eyeing the place. Not many entertainment options are available in Cape Panwa.
Ao Por Bay
Ao Por is a favorite destination for tourists due to its easy accessibility and closeness to International Airport and major tourist places.
It lies on the northeastern Phuket and is barely 20 minutes from Phuket town. There is also a golf course nearby.
Nai Harn beach lies close to Kamala beach and Kata beach, in the southern end of Phuket.
The beach is lovely and not crowded. However, accommodation facilities are sparse here. This is mainly due to the Samnak SongNai Harn monastery, which is spread over a major portion of the beach. There are some restaurants, bars and accommodation available behind the beach near the lagoon.
Surin beach is a beautiful beach, located north of Laem Sing beach and preferred by locals.
A line of Casuarina trees form a backdrop instead of palms, which is unusual for a tropical beach. This calm and secluded beach comes alive during weekends and holidays with local people. The beach boasts of excellent Thai-style seafood restaurants. During the north beach safari, Surin beach is the lunch halt, as the beaches ahead on the itinerary do not have restaurants. There are many beachside villas for rent
near Surin beach.
Rawai beach is popular among the local population for its excellent seafood and panoramic views of other islands.
Nowadays, not many come here and the beach is used more by fishermen. This is a safe beach for swimming throughout the year. There is a village located on the eastern end of the beach, where there are shops selling local artifacts and snacks. Another attraction here is the fish market. Tourists come here to visit the nearby Laem Phrom Thep viewpoint, which offers excellent sunset views.
Chalong bay is home to a large pier, which is the docking place for boats for fishing and diving expeditions.
If you are looking to hire a boat for diving, fishing or snorkeling trips, this is the place. Due to the active movement of boats here, Chalong bay is not good for swimming or other beach activities
. Inland near the Chalong Circle, you will find good restaurants and bars frequented by expats and tourists.
Nai Thon Beach
Nai Thon beach, which lies in North West Phuket, is a tourist’s favorite. It is sandwiched between Bang Tao beach in north and Nai Yang beach in south.
It is mostly unspoiled by development activities and hence not many facilities are there except some hotels and beach chairs. This small quiet beach offers superb views of green hills and valleys dotted with plantations. The drive along the winding roads to the beach is overwhelming. The squeaky beach sand is amusing.
Mai Khao Beach
Mai Khao beach is dominated by JW Marriott. It is a long deserted beach with little or no developmental activities.
In spite of its proximity to the International Airport, it is not much frequented by tourists. If you are looking for a vast beach for yourself, this is it. This beach is a protected area for Olive Ridley Turtles. They come here to leave eggs during the months of November to February. The national park also includes Nai Yang beach and Nai Thon beach, which lie just south of Mai Khao beach.
Nai Yang Beach
Nai Yang beach is a beautiful unexplored beach, included in Sirinath National Park, which has its headquarters here.
The beach has a row of pine trees forming an impressive backdrop. The beach sand here is the whitest in Phuket. The beach has exquisite coral reefs with colorful fishes close to the land. During low tide, this is easily accessible. Due to the variety of sea life in this area, beautiful seashells are washed up here after rainstorms.
Pansea beach, said to be the best beach of Phuket, is a small-secluded beach with white sparkling sand.
The clear aquamarine blue sea, exotic coral reefs and the special rock formation at the ends of the beach make it a picture-perfect tropical paradise. Due to its exquisite beauty, super luxury Chedi Resort and Amanpuri Hotel have encroached the small beach. International celebrities make a beeline to these places, which charge a ransom for the privacy and exclusivity it offers.
Cape Yamu is a peninsula located on eastern Phuket. It lies north of the famous Boat Lagoon Marina.
This is a preferred location for five star residential accommodations. It is valued high as an investment option. Its proximity to other famous landmarks like Royal Phuket Marina, Mission Hills and Blue Canyon golf courses make it a dream location. More and more super-deluxe residential facilities are coming up here.
Though Phuket has much to offer to tourists, there are a host of small islands located at a short distance
, which offer excellent views and sporting opportunities. Visitors prefer some for their exclusivity, while some others offer ideal conditions for diving and snorkeling
expeditions. You can reach these islands in an hour or two by hiring a boat. Some of these islands have state-of-the-art accommodations, while some others have on offer simple facilities.