information can be found about the northern beaches and areas
Beach and area information in greater detail for Kamala, Surin and
Bang Tao Beaches can be found
Mai Khao Beach
Nine kilometers of nearly deserted beach characterizes Mai Khao
where there is little tourist business - though it is beginning to
develop quickly. The beach is part of the Sirinat National Park and
protected. The water is fine for swimming during the dry season; the
rainy season brings big waves and strong currents that are
dangerous. This lonely beach is another area where sea turtles come
to lay eggs. It is also home to what the Thais call a sea cicada,
which is a form of marine life. To get there go to the northern tip
of Phuket; the beach lies along the road's length. In depth
information about this general area, the northern part of Phuket
(including the next two beaches on this list) can be found at
Sai Kaew Beach
This strip of sand is just the north portion of Mai Khao Beach and
has much the same character.
Located west of the bridges spanning the channel between Phuket and
Nai Yang Beach
The beach is on a long curving bay lined with evergreens that
provide shade to picnicker. The large coral reef is home to many
different species of fish, and Nai Yang is well known as a site
where sea turtles come to lay their eggs during the period from
November to February; the population of these has however, dropped
off greatly. First class accommodations are available and small food
vendors cater to the many day trippers. This Beach is
well-known for its many beach shack restaurants.
Site of the Chao Ley or Sea Gypsy village, many restaurants and
bungalows, shell handicraft shops, and both fishing and charter
boats to the nearby islands. The beach itself is ok for
swimming and protected by the Coral island in front. Rawai is 7 km
south of Chalong Circle.
Nai Thon Beach
This quiet bay nestled at the foot of high hills has a 900meter long
fine strip of the sand. There are accommodations and numerous
small businesses in the area. The beach is good for swimming outside
the monsoon season and a coral reef at the southern end provides
good snorkeling. Located between Bang Tao Bay and Nai Yang Beach,
Nai Thon Beach can be reached by taking Thep Krasatri Rd. Turn at
the first traffic light north of Thalang Town to Nai Yang Rd. Look
for signs indicating the turn-off to Nai Ton.
Bang Tao Beach
Bangtoa is a large open bay with one of Phuket's longest beaches.
Part of the area was once used for tin mining, but has been developed into a
luxury resort. Most of it is occupied by the Laguna Beach Resort, a
massive five-hotel development with golf course. There are, however,
accommodations available outside Laguna at the bay's south and north ends. Dry
season swimming is excellent, and at the bay's north end is a
smaller bay, almost completely enclosed, at the mouth of which is
some fine coral. Plenty of places to eat, tour companies, and other
tourist facilities available either at Laguna or in the nearby town
of Cherng Thale.
This beach is at the northern end of Bang Tao beach where the beach
meets a river and a lagoon. The area is home to many birds and other
wildlife who enjoy the peacefulness of the lagoon. The many small
tracks which cover the hillside of the beach are well known by
climbers and bird watchers. You can reach the beach by walking pass
the Laguna Phuket Resort or by following the highway and turning in
to Layan Beach at the road sign.
Nai Harn Beach
A popular swimming beach and yacht anchorage during the dry season.
The beach is fine, but big waves strike it during the wet season,
making swimming hazardous. Regular bus service to and from Phuket
town during daytime. Nai Han is just north of Phrom Thep Cape. Cafes
and bars on the beach serve excellent food for reasonable prices.
Ao Sehn Beach
This remote bay is Northwest of Nai Harn Beach and a little secret
of Phuket because it is not easy to reach. The beach is small, clean
and features many rocks. it is a perfect place for a picnic. To get
there you must pass the gates of the Le Royal Meridien Yacht Club,
drive through the parking deck on the left side and follow the way
through the Hotel Complex until you reach a small road which goes
for app. 1 km Northwest.
Evergreen trees rim this small, curving bay beneath the foothills
north of Kamala. Surin is home to Phuket's first golf course, a
nine-hole course laid out more than sixty years ago during the reign
of King Rama VII. It is now largely in disuse except as a park. The
steep incline of the beach, turbulent water, and big waves can make Surin a
hazardous place to swim during the rainy season. Beach
chairs and umbrellas can be rented there. Surin is most famous for
its breathtaking sunsets. Accommodations and restaurants are nearby.
Kamala is named after the Muslim fishing village north of Patong. The beach is beautiful and about 2 km. in length. There
are accommodations ranging from guesthouse to international class,
and many small Thai restaurants specializing in seafood. The FantaSea
Phuket Themepark is located here which offers daily evening shows.
Regular bus service to and from Phuket Town during daytime; tuk-tuk
service available to Patong, 5 km. away on the new road.
Sing Cape (Laem Singh)
The name means Lion's Point in English. The beach is in a small, 150
meter long curving bay with rocky headlands at the foot of
forest-fringed cliffs and is among Phuket's most beautiful spots.
The beach is good for swimming and quiet. In the high season you
might find some small food stalls and bars for refreshment. Located
about 1 km. south of the entrance to Surin Beach. Look for signs
indicating the path down to the beach.
This is Phuket's central tourist and night time entertainment
district. Over the years, Patong has turned from a fishing village
into one of the island's two major cities. The famous bay and 4 km. beach
is know as a center of entertainment with restaurants catering to
every nationality. Live music can be found in most pubs and bars.
Accommodations range from budget to five-star. Shopping
opportunities are endless. All kind of watersports are on
offer here and the beach is good for swimming so you should be
careful in monsoon season. In addition, there are many tour
companies waiting to help visitors plan their vacations.
This beach is really a continuation north of Patong beach, from
which it is separated by some rocks. The beach itself is a mixture
of sand and small rocks. At the back of the beach are
accommodations. The waters contain extensive coral reefs which you
can reach by foot at low tide (wear shoes as some of the rocks are very sharp) The
northern part is battled by monsoon winds and from June to September
you might have some big waves suitable for surfing.
This beach can only be reached by a 10 minute trip with a longtail
boat around the southern corner of Patong. It is one of the most
beautiful beaches with fine white sand. There is a coral reef which invites for snorkeling and a
restaurant with some beach chairs. To get there rent a longtail boat
The second largest of Phuket's principal tourist beaches. The sand is very
white, and squeaks audibly when walked on. The southern point has a
fine coral reef stretching toward Kata and Poo Island. Plenty of restaurants,
bars, tour companies and other non-hotel businesses are in the area. The narrow road
between Kata and Karon has a number of small businesses as well as
the Dino Park Mini Golf facility.
The smallest of Phuket's three main tourist beaches, Kata is
different in appearance and style from Karon or Patong. The beach
itself is broad and curving, and structures bordering it are
low–rise. The waters are perfect for swimming, and at the north end
is a coral reef with many varied corals and fishes which stretches
out toward Poo Island., about 1/2 km off shore. Facilities for every
price range include hotels, bungalows, tour companies, restaurants,
bars and clubs.
Kata Noi Beach
South of Kata is Kata Noi, a smaller beach with several hotels
and restaurants and shops. The beach is superb. Many fish inhabit
the rocks and corals along the rocky shoreline along the south end
of the beach.
This is a small exclusive bay encircled by rocks which houses only
two resorts: The luxurious Amanpuri and The Chedi. The resorts are
blocking the entrance to the beach but you can reach it by walking
through The Chedi as all beaches in Thailand are public.
Nakalay is app. 5 minutes from Patong and occupied by only one
resort which covers the whole bay - The Thavorn Beach Village. It
is suitable for people who like it quiet but still want to be near
the entertainment area of Patong.
This wonderful little bay is part of the Le Meridien Phuket Beach
Resort and accessible through the resort. It is located between Patong and Karon beach
and sometimes called Karon Noi Beach.
This little remote beach can be reached by a small road. Follow the
sign on the left side on the beach road from Nai Harn to Kata. It is a small adventure to reach the beach but well
worth it as there are few people due to its remote location. Its a
nice place for swimming. There is no accommodation or else at this
This quiet bay is used as anchorage by many yachts and tour boats
because it is protected from strong winds. Many trips to the nearby
islands starting here so it is crowded between sunrise and 9am, when
the boats leave, and between 4pm - 5pm when they return. In the
evening the beach restaurants are a favorite place for tourists
coming back from watching the sunset at Promthep Cape.
This little beach is one of the best kept secrets on Phuket which
offers beautiful rock formations and good snorkeling at the reef in
front of the beach. To get there follow the road from Promthep Cape
to the west. Between Promthep and the wind energy plant watch out
for a small restaurant with a small parking lot. A few meters behind
the restaurant you can see the beach.
Please Note: For your safety ALWAYS
check for the flags on the beaches which indicate if it is safe for
Green Flag = No Danger
Yellow Flag = Swimming is on
your own risk
Red Flag = DANGER -
Beach information provided by Sawadee.com but
updated by Patong2Kata.com