20 Most Beautiful Beaches in Phuket
What are the most beautiful beaches in Phuket?
If you travel to Phuket but you do not know what are the best beaches to visit, here is the list of the 20 most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Phuket has more than 40 beautiful tropical beaches along the coastline with white soft sand and incredibly clear waters.
The beaches listed below were selected for a vast variety of scenery, atmospheres, facilities and activities. These beautiful beaches, located on the west coast of the island, are easy to reach and some are easy to access. But they certainly won’t be quiet, so don’t think you have the whole beach for yourself. They are often crowded especially during the high season (Nov-Apr).
Most of them features umbrella zone and nearby places to eat and to stay overnight. Besides, to offering some fun water sports, these beaches are the favorite places for families, groups, couples, and retirees for convenient reasons.
Some Phuket beaches remain hidden and quiet, and their exclusivity comes from their rather challenging accessibility. These gems are considered the most beautiful beaches in Phuket because they keep the beauty since the origin.
To conclude, deciding which is the most beautiful is a hard question to answer, so below I have added the list of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. I also built a map at the end of the page to help you locate these great places in Phuket.
The list of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket
1. Freedom Beach
Freedom Beach is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Nestled in a pristine hidden cove, the beach is blessed by its whitest sand and an cleanest water in all of Phuket. It’s great for snorkeling and for swimming or even for a short walk. There are no vendors and no beach activities, so it remains peacefully silent.
This gem of Phuket is on the list to many, but it’s a little tricky to get to, so it remains relatively quiet. There are two ways you can access it: by boat and by climbing down of the hill. The best way to get to the beach is via long tail boat, but it could be a bit pricey. This kind of transfer is generally available during the high season (Nov-Apr). Trekking through a jungle is the second and the challenging way to get to the beach.
2. Kata Beach
With its 1.5 km length white sandy beach and its incredibly clear blue water plus a photogenic Island, Kata beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. It is a great destination for families and travelers that enjoys the beautiful marine landscape and a fantastic laid-back atmosphere. Undoubtedly also for the combination of activities and facilities. Kata is less crowded than Patong and offers a wide selection of hotels, restaurants, markets, shopping, bazars, and a moderate nightlife. Kata Beach enjoys excellent conditions for surfing in Phuket. The large bay of Kata becomes a training ground for surfers that love to ride constantly the waves during the southwest monsoon season (May–October).
3. Kata Noi Beach
The location of Kata Noi Beach is relatively quiet because it remains far from the main road. Surprisingly, it’s much quieter than its neighbor big sister Kata Beach. The beach is approximately 700 meters long nestled in an amazingly turquoise and charm bay. Kata Noi beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
Blessed of the tranquility, this beach has a relaxed and charming atmosphere. On 2016 year Kata Noi Beach was once voted one of the Top 10 world’s most beautiful beaches by TripAdvisor. Kata Noi Beach ranks 3rd in this list as one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. The beach is great for everyone to relax and soak up the sun. It’s also one of the best beach for snorkeling especially at the southern end of the beach. On the back there are 2 luxurious resorts to stay and some great restaurants for dining.
4. Karon Beach
Karon beach is the second-longest beach and one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. At almost 3.5 km in length, it’s an immense of whistling white sandy beach with incredibly clear blue water in high season and beautifully lined with coconut trees. The beach is surprisingly vast that it never feels crowded even during the high season. It’s great for families, for couple and for all travelers that don’t like crowded beaches as Patong. On the beach road and nearby there is a good choice of hotels, restaurants, massage shops, bazaar, markets and even a small nightlife. There is also a wonderful Buddhist temple with a night market.
5. Patong Beach
This list of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket could not be completed without mentioning Patong beach. It is certainly known as the busiest beach on the island, and undoubtedly it could be the most loved or the most hated to many. This 3 km length sandy beach and incredibly blue water in high season, offers plenty of activities and attractions.
The central part of the beach is generally busy and noisy and relatively quiet on the northern end. The town behind the beach has been excessively developed, so it prevails its annoying noise. There is a large choice of hotels, restaurants, bars, best tattoo studios, massage, tailors, markets, go-go bars, shopping malls, pubs, as well as the legendary of Phuket’s nightlife! The Phuket nightlife predominantly takes place in the famous Bangla Walking Street in Patong Beach.
6. Nai Harn Beach
At 700 meters in length, Nai Harn Beach is one of the best and one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket located at the southern end of the Island. Surrounded by green hills, the beach is incredibly blessed with white soft sand and crystal blue water. The calm turquoise bay offers shelter for many sailing and fishing boats in high season. The scenery is amazingly breathtaking especially at sunset. Nai Harn beach is great for everyone and it’s one of the best beaches in Phuket for swimming, and also for surfing during the monsoon season (May – October). The surrounding area hasn’t been excessively developed, so it retains its quiet charm.
7. Ao Sane Beach
Ao Sane Beach is nestled peacefully in an untouched cove surrounded by nature. The tiny beach is relatively quiet because is far from the main road, so it retains its charm. This grainy sandy beach is well shaded by trees at any time of the day. Thanks for its great seabed rich of marine life, this beach with its clear blue water is excellent for diving and for snorkeling. Ao Sane is one of the best snorkeling beach and it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
8. Ya Nui Beach
Ya Nui is a tiny beach touched in a turquoise cove located between Windmill Viewpoint and Promthep Cape at the southern end of Phuket. It’s actually a hidden beach but in recent years has become popular. The beach has 2 tiny bays divided by a rock formation in the middle. The sand is soft and clean and the water is incredibly clear especially in high season. With the small Island nearby, called Koh Man, the beach enjoys lovely views creating a truly unique atmosphere. It’s a perfect place for families and couples and for people that love the peace.
This shallow area is rich in marine life which creates excellent conditions for snorkeling. It’s great also for kayaking around the Island only during the high season. Behind the beach there are just 2 Thai restaurants and some bungalows to stay. The area is relatively untouched, so the beach retains its charm. Ya Nui beach is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
9. Karon Noi Beach
With its white soft sand and incredibly clear water, Karon Noi beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket west coast. It is touched in a charming bay surrounded by green hills and crystal waters. This hidden gem is located just near the famous Patong Beach and the beautiful Karon Beach.
The beach is known as Relax Beach and its home of the luxury 5-star Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort. This superb hotel occupies the entire land around it which ends up almost the same, that’s the privilege of the hotel. It’s very hard to access the beach, but there are 2 ways to join in. Booking a room to stay or asking a daily pass at the reception.
10. Paradise Beach
Paradise beach is in the list of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket because it looks like a paradise. Paradise Beach is peacefully hidden on a beautiful secluded cove close to Patong Beach. Situated in a private land, just be aware that there is a small entry fee of 100 baht. It’s actually a hidden beach but it’s becoming popular, mainly for its Full Moon Party which takes place once a month.
Paradise Beach is 150 meters of white soft sand and an incredible clear water. This little paradise has a great coral reef some 100 meters offshore perfect for snorkeling and diving. Jet skis aren’t allowed to get close to the beach, so it’s retains its peace. The beach remains surprisingly calm during the monsoons season, so it’s possible to swim safely. A bar and a restaurant are just few steps from the loungers, serving International, Thai food and refreshing drinks. Paradise Beach is absolutely one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
11. Kamala Beach
Kamala beach is located about 12 km north of the lively Patong beach on the west coast of Phuket. The beach is superbly secluded in a turquoise bay with a curvy shape and incredibly clear water. The place is beautifully fringed by coconut trees and Casuarina with a tranquil atmosphere. Kamala is a popular beach for families and retirees and travelers who prefer a quiet holiday.
Some Beach Clubs, hotels, few massages and many excellent Thai and International restaurants are right on the beach. The town behind the beach holds a good choice of hotels, markets, restaurants, massage shops and even the popular Phuket Fantasea, making it one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
12. Laem Sing Beach
Laem Singh Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket, nestled silently in a steep-sided bay between Kamala and Surin Beach. The hidden gem is totally surrounded by tropical jungle, blessed with soft sand and incredibly clear water. With the coconut trees leaning the beach and some giant granite boulders, it has the feel of a secret beach. But it is not really secret because it is well-visible from the viewpoint along the coastal road. The beach is closed since April 2017, therefore it remained inaccessible for several years. Nowadays, there is a path from Surin beach to get to Laem Sing Beach. It’s a bit challenging, but it’s worth the effort.
13. Surin Beach
The 800-metre-long beach is a very popular destination for families and travelers that love to spend the day in a peaceful beach. It’s easy to know why is so popular. The beach retains its raw natural beauty because it is shaded mostly by coconut trees, soft white sand and clear tropical sea, making it one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Along the beach there is a good choice of vendors, selling street food, drinks and fruits with relatively convenient prices. You can also relax your body by getting a Thai traditional massage. Near the main road there is a good selection of exclusive hotels, shops and even restaurants.
14. Pansea Beach
At 400 meters in length, Pansea Beach is one of the most exclusive beach in Phuket. Pansea beach is home to two exclusive luxury 5-star resorts: The Surin Phuket and Amanpuri. It is located just next to the beautiful Surin beach, but it’s extremely hard to access it. The best way to access this amazing beach is by booking a stay at one of these two exclusive resorts. If you are not a guest at either hotels, you could always rent a longtail boat from the nearby beaches of Surin or Bangtao to get to the secluded beach.
Fringed by coconut trees, the beach has a soft white sand and an incredible blue sea. Being a hidden beach, is blessed by a tranquil atmosphere, and only birdsong and the cicadas sound can be heard. Pansea beach ranks as one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
15. Bangtao Beach
Bangtao beach is one of the longest beaches, and also one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Located just next to the exclusive Pansea Beach, it’s a beautifully stretch of sand, fringed by Casuarina Pines and incredibly clear turquoise water especially in high season. It’s a great beach for swimming and for taking long walks breathing the sea breeze.
With some superb beachfront hotels, several Beach Clubs and restaurants, Bangtao beach has become one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. The vast area, behind the beach has a large choice of superb hotels associated with the resort complex known as Laguna Phuket. Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket are the most luxurious hotels in the Laguna complex, just for mentioning some.
16. Banana Beach
Banana Beach deserves being in the list of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Banana Beach is silently hidden in a pristine cove just near Naithon Beach in the Phuket west coast. This little gem with soft, white sand gives way to a scenic row of palm trees, while the sea itself has both light and deeper blue tones. The extreme parts of the beach with rocky bottom are rich in marine life, so they are excellent spots for snorkeling. The longtail boats, anchored in the southern part of the beach, make a great background for a photo especially at sunset. The pristine beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
17. Naithon Noi Beach
Naithon Noi Beach is one of the most secluded beaches as well as one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. It is a very hidden beach located just next to Banana Beach, direction to north. It’s amazingly nestled in a quiet cove with coconut trees leaning over the beach and blessed by white sand and incredibly clear water. Probably it’s one of the cleanest beaches with clearest water in all of the Island, making it one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. This is a little tropical gem that all of you can dream of.
Surprisingly, this immense beach is only visited by a few people each day. Naithon Noi Beach is home of the superb Andaman White Beach Resort. The hotel occupies the entire land around it which ends up almost the same, that’s the privilege of the hotel. It’s very hard to access, so the only way to go there is asking the permission at the reception desk. Good luck!
18. Naithon Beach
Naithon Beach is a quiet beach located just 2 km north from Banana beach in the west coast of Phuket. The beach is immense with soft sand and crystal water especially in high season (Nov – Apr). The water is incredibly clear with some amazing blue tones like as no others, making it one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
It’s great for swimming and for snorkeling, but during the low season this beach is almost deserted with an occasionally raging sea. The stretch beach is lined by Casuarina Pines to provide shade which is a good shelter during the hottest hours of the day. It’s a great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy a quiet atmosphere. The surrounding area behind the beach hasn’t been excessively developed, so it retains its charm. There are just some restaurants, massage shops, street vendors and some hotels. At the northern end of the beach, on the hill is perched the Pulman Arcadia Naithon Beach, a luxurious 5-star resort.
19. Nai Yang Beach
Nai Yang is a quiet beach located in the north-west of Phuket just close to the Phuket International Airport. Nai Yang Beach is part of the Sirinath National Park divided into three zones. This C shape sandy beach, with a few beach loungers, is very wide, long and mostly lined by Casuarina Pines to provide shade. The water is shallow and in high season the sea is surprisingly calm and clear, great for swimming and for snorkeling. During the low season, this beach is an excellent Kite surfing spot.
The beach itself remains quiet all year round, so it still retains its charm as Phuket of 40 years ago. It is great place for families and travelers that love to spend the vacation far from the crowds. Across the beach road there are few bars and Thai restaurants that serve International food, good Thai food and Seafood at affordable prices. In the southern end of the beach, a small Island makes a great background for a sunset photo. Nai Yang beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
20. Mai Khao Beach
To conclude the list of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket could not be completed without mentioning Mai Khao Beach. Mai Khao is the longest beach in Phuket. This 11-km-long sandy beach is surprisingly almost undeveloped as it is part of the Sirinat National Park. There are just a few hotels and the Phuket International Airport on the side of this beach. With its coarse sand and with its deep blue tones of the sea, Mai Khao beach is totally different of any beaches on Phuket. The beach is deserted almost all year round and is generally lined by tall Casuarina Pines to provide shade.
During the low season (May-Oct) the beach is hit by strong westerly winds an occasionally raging sea. Swimming is absolutely forbidden because there are very strong sea rip currents. This is the only beach where it is possible to watch the planes landing from the sea side only in the high season. Mai Khao beach known as deserted beach, it ranks as one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
Map of the Most Beautiful Beaches in Phuket
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