Aside from being the largest island in Thailand, Phuket is also home to the most beaches in the kingdom. This is probably the top attraction for tourists that visit the province, besides the amazing architecture and vibrant street markets. If you are eager to indulge in some underwater fun or just want to enjoy sunbathing on a picturesque beach, here are some of the best places to visit.
Covered by soft powdery golden sands that are lined by towering palms, the broad 1.5-kilometre-long Kata Beach is a great place to lie down and catch some rays. Despite the many locals and tourists that frequent this beach, it still manages to feel spacious and make for a great family outing. There are plenty of stalls where you can shop or have a meal at. You can also find several spots to hire snorkelling and diving gear to explore the pristine clear waters. The waters can however get a bit choppy so be on the lookout for red warning flags that are put out to warn visitors when not to go swimming.
For those that like a little more privacy, this secluded stretch of paradise is most easily accessed by boat. You can also get there by a dirt road which can get a little bumpy. Just minutes away from Patong, this location manages to attract few visitors, making it ideal for those that prefer some peace and quiet while enjoying their sunbathing and swimming. While you may not be able to partake in water adventures like snorkelling and deep-sea diving from here, you should still be able to enjoy a great day out thanks to the resident restaurant which offers food, drinks, and even beach chairs.
Ya Nui Beach
Located to the south of Nai Harn, this is another small beach that measures just about 200 metres. It however more than makes up for its lack of size by its stunning views that include Koh Keyao Noi island, which is famous for its excellent snorkelling. Other fun activities to enjoy include kayaking, bodyboarding, and fishing. The cove has a distinct rocky outcrop that splits it into two bays. The formation is very popular as a backdrop for both amateur and professional photographers.
This 800-metre-long beach holds some cultural significance having been the playground of royals and other elites in a bygone era. It is still popular with several high-class resorts overlooking its soft white sands. The waters run deep even close to the shoreline so care should be taken by swimmers. It is also lined by many shops and restaurants that are family-friendly and make for great retail therapy.
This is the most popular beach in Phuket and certainly one of its biggest with a length of 2.5 kilometres. However, even with its immense size, it can get quite busy. It is a top choice for visitors who do not mind the hustle and bustle found during the day and night-time. During the day, if you are not sunbathing or people-watching, you could be having all kinds of fun on and in the water. Jet skiing, parasailing, snorkelling, and surfing are just some of the exciting water activities to try. At night you can visit any of the many bars and restaurants, some of which you will find in high-end hotels overlooking the sea.