9 Postcard Perfect Beaches in Phuket, Thailand

Best Beaches in Phuket

As the largest island in Thailand, Phuket has no shortage of beautiful beaches and unspoiled paradise to visit. With more than 30 Phuket beaches to choose from, you won’t have to worry about getting stuck somewhere you don’t like.

We’ve listed some of the most popular beaches in the region that locals and tourists flock to. The list includes beaches that offer you a boisterous and entertaining spot, a high-end luxury experience, or a secluded seaside escape

Freedom Beach

9 Postcard Perfect Beaches in Phuket, Thailand

There’s a reason why this pristine beach in Phuket has earned its name. Located 10 minutes away from the mainland off the west coast, the 300-meter-long Freedom beach boasts white sand, towering palm trees, beach chairs, and an atmosphere of utter relaxation—everything you’d want in a holiday vacation!

Unlike other places, there are no water activities available at Freedom Beach. Only a few people come to the beach as well, leaving you in relative peace to enjoy the lush jungle and the clear, turquoise sea.

Some things to note:

  • You can access Freedom Beach by hiring a long-tail boat off the west coast of Phuket
  • When you head to the northern side of the beach, you can also climb the cement stairs. While tiring, you’ll be treated to a panoramic view of jade-hued water so clear you can see the reefs and the fishes living below the surface.
  • There is only one restaurant on the island. Located on the southern end, the restaurant is called One ‘n’ Only. The prices are a little bit higher by Thai standards, but the flavors are well worth the extra payment.

Kata Beach (Including Kata Noi Beach and Kata Yai Beach)

9 Postcard Perfect Beaches in Phuket, Thailand

Stretching around 1.5 kilometers, Kata Beach has quickly become a family favorite for its soft sand, clean waters, soft seabed, and laid-back atmosphere—plus resorts, if you’re planning to stay nearby for a while.

The sandy beach of Kata is divided into two parts: Kata Noi to the north and Kata Yai to the south.

Kata Noi is the smaller, less populated beach, partly because most of the area has been taken over by the luxurious Katathani Phuket Beach Resort. Having said that, there are still plenty of public areas where you can enjoy yourself.

In contrast, Kata Yai is a larger, more crowded beach. The strip of sand is home to a range of family hotels and commerce options. It’s also home to a variety of water activities, including body surfing and snorkeling.

Karon Beach

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Karon Beach isn’t quite as popular as the lively Patong Beach. However, it’s quite a unique destination, with the sand squeaking on every step.

Karon Beach boasts the typical soft, golden sand and turquoise sea. However, it’s much quieter than its sandy neighbors, offering visitors a more laid-back experience. Despite that, there are plenty of things to do in Karon, including parasailing, swimming, and jet skiing. The southern end of the beach also boasts great diving and snorkeling locations.

Note: The sea in the Karon Beach area is very approachable, but there are strong riptides in the low season.

Banana Beach

9 Postcard Perfect Beaches in Phuket, Thailand

Accessible by a long-tail boat or a car, Banana Beach is a hidden gem offering a lush green jungle and crystalline calm waters. The magnificence of Banana Beach is coupled with its range of offerings in terms of water activities, which include parasailing, snorkeling, and kayaking.

As in the case of all of the main tourist beaches in Phuket, it is safest to swim in the waters between November and May. Outside those months, the waters can become too rough and dangerous. Having said that, there are also more tourists in Banana Beach when the waters are calmer.

Nai Harn Beach

9 Postcard Perfect Beaches in Phuket, Thailand

Once a well-kept secret of locals, the Nai Harn Beach has become a popular destination with feather-soft sand, shallow water, and incredibly blue waters. That said, you won’t need to wander the sands in hopes of finding a spot not already taken by the crowd.

There are plenty of things to do at Nai Harn Beach. In the high season, the waters are calm enough for a great swim, with the breeze making it great for kiteboarding. In the low season, the strong currents make it a popular spot for surfing. Additionally, there is a large lake almost immediately behind the beach where visitors come to fish or take a ride in swan-shaped pedalos.

One upside of being a well-known beach is that there are small shops selling food and refreshments, which means you won’t have to go far to cool off. The beach is also overseen by lifeguards during the high season between November and May.

Ya Nui Beach

9 Postcard Perfect Beaches in Phuket, Thailand

Ya Nui Beach only stretches 200 meters. However, what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in the beauty and tranquillity of the nearby Koh Keyao Noi island and the rocky outcrops that look ready for photographs.

There are plenty of activities you can do in Ya Nui Beach. You can hire snorkeling gear or a kayak. At the northern end of the beach, you can also go bodyboarding or get a massage by sea.

There is a good selection of nearby restaurants and vendors selling fresh fruit, snacks, and refreshments, as well as merchandise such as textiles and souvenirs.

Note: There are several safety flags set up in the waters of Ya Nui Beach. Also keep an eye open for jellyfish, which have been known to frequent the area.

Bang Tao Beach

9 Postcard Perfect Beaches in Phuket, Thailand

Known as the second longest beach on Phuket, Bang Tao Beach offers solace for visitors looking for a less populated beach with a range of affordable accommodations. There are two areas on Bang Tao Beach: the north, a relatively untouched area where waters are rougher, and the south, where the waters are more forgiving due to the cove that protects it.

There are sun loungers on Bangtao beach, but most are provided by hotels, which means they are exclusively for their guests. There are, however, small areas where you can rent and place a beach chair or lay down a towel for free. There are also local beach shacks offering snacks, drinks, beachwear, and tours.

Note: Bangtao Beach does not have public toilets.

Patong Beach

9 Postcard Perfect Beaches in Phuket, Thailand

No list of beaches in Phuket will be complete without mentioning Patong. Stretching 2.5 kilometers in length, Patong is both the longest and the most popular beach destination in Phuket. The beach, however, is a victim of its own popularity, with crowds flocking to its sands.

One reason why people flock to Patong is its lively atmosphere and its close proximity to Phuket’s nightlife. The beach itself also offers plenty of accommodations, including all-inclusive hotels, and luxury resorts.

Note: If you want to chill out after a day on Patong Beach, you can drive 30 minutes inland to Phuket Town where there is a mix of brightly colored shops, markets, and heritage buildings.

Surin Beach

9 Postcard Perfect Beaches in Phuket, Thailand

Surin Beach was once the life of Phuket, famed for its restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and eclectic shops. However, a dispute between the government and beachside businesses in 2016 led to the demolishing of the nearby shops and restaurants.

Today, Surin Beach is marked with towering palm trees, colorful hammocks, and clear waters. Local vendors have also started popping up, selling beach toys, fresh juice, food, and massages.

There are several things you can do in Surin Beach, including floating on the sea, throwing a frisbee, and snorkeling. Visitors can also sign up for a cooking class at nearby The Chedi where they can learn how to make Thai dishes as well as experience buying the freshest ingredients from the market.

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