Justifiably renowned as one of the world’s premier tropical resort destinations, Phuket is known for its outstanding beaches, probably more than anything else. With over 30 of them around the island, there’s a wide variety of atmospheres, scenery, facilities and even textures of sand available.
So, the lingering questions would then be, what are the top 5 choices?
- Mai Khao Beach
Situated north of Sirinat National Park headquarters on the northwest coast of Phuket, the island’s lengthiest stretch of beach at 11km is still wonderfully undeveloped, The sand of Mai Khao Beach, which translates as ‘white wood’ is probably the roughest of any on Phuket but given that it is mostly uninhabited this is where you could walk for hours without coming across another living being. It is important to note that a sharp drop off into the Andaman Sea makes swimming between May to November unsafe here. Known for its turtle preservation projects, there is a Turtle Releasing Festival here every Songkran or Thai New Year.
- Nai Thon Beach
Nai Thon Beach is a paradise for people looking for a relaxing beach vacation, away from the crowds and the hustle and bustle. This beautiful beach is located south of Nai Yang Beach and just north of the smaller Nai Thorn Beach on the north west coast of Phuket
So far, the area around Nai Thon is relatively untouched from the major development which has taken place on other beaches in Phuket. Nai Thon Beach and the surrounding area is a simple reminder of what many beaches in Phuket were like many years ago, unspoilt, relaxing, and very laid back.
The beach itself is only about 1km in length and lies within the Sirinat National Park. Activities include exploring the rocky coves only accessible by long-tail boat and scuba diving, which can be arranged at the dive shop on the Beach Road.
- Patong Beach
No visit to Phuket would be whole without time in Patong, the island’s most well-known beach. With its wide variety of happenings and energetic nightlife it has an established reputation as the best place to party and there are hundreds of restaurants, bars and nightclubs to enjoy, especially along Banga Road. Just minutes away the golden Patong beach is ideal for catching some rays, jet skiing, kayaking and parasailing. At 3 or 4 kilometres long, it is often jam-packed in the middle part and you’d be ambitious to think you’ll find parking, even for a bike. But the northern part of the beach is often much less occupied. Lovers of leisure can spend the day relaxing on a sunbed or enjoying a cocktail or foot massage from one of the vendors who regularly stroll along the sands.
- Freedom Beach
A short longtail boat ride from Patong will see you on this popular private beach for some of the best snorkelling in Phuket. Freedom Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket, with soft white sand and crystal-clear water that is surrounded by lush green mountains.
- Laem Sing Beach
Tucked away on the West Coast of the island, Laem Singh Beach is one of Phuket’s most stunning and can be found between Kamala and Surin beaches. Located in a bay lined with palm trees and speckled with giant boulders, it has the feeling of a secret beach yet to be discovered. The northern part is outstanding for body boarding, while the swimming and snorkelling is better in the southern part of the beach, with heaps of marine life to be seen around the rocky headland that separates the beach from Kamala Bay. It can be a bit difficult to reach but the rewards are worth it.
The best months for beach weather on Phuket are from December to March. This is when you’ll get the least amount of rain and the most sun. The month of November, which falls just after the rainy season and before peak season is a good time to enjoy good weather with smaller crowds