Exploring the Best Beaches in Phuket

The beaches in Phuket are spectacular and one of the most popular travel destinations in Thailand for good reason. The warm crystal clear clean waters and perfect climate makes the island of Phuket an ideal place to take a family beach vacation. It’s easy to see why tourists flock here. But where do they all stay? Well most of them stay in the crowded overpriced hotels on the beach. Little do they know there are gorgeous private Villas in Patong, Phuket. You can have the whole place to yourself or share it with your family and friends. Everyone gets their own bedroom. The private pool and outdoor dining area will be the life of the party unless it’s raining, then the gourmet kitchen and luxuriously decorated living area will be the centre of social activity. Many villas have other extras like a cinema, sauna or tennis courts.

Everywhere on the Island of Phuket there are a multitude of lovely beaches to choose from, including a lot of secret beaches to explore. The beachfront runs from Patong to Kata Noi. Here you will find a huge range of quintessential Thai restaurants and shops. If you have time, take a moment to take a boat tour of the  Eastern shore. It is mostly rocky beaches but the special part is it’s covered in thick mangroves. Phang Nga has magnificent limestone Islands and hidden lagoons to explore.

There are designated areas along certain beaches where you can use an umbrella and hire long chairs. Mostly on the busiest beaches like Patong, Karon and Kata beaches you will be able to see a designated relaxing area at the back of the beach. Beach vendors sell everything and anything on many beaches and will try to sell you anything from clothes to bed linen. They rely on tourists that have no idea of the value of these items or the conversion from Baht to Euro, Pound, or Dollar. Be aware of the prices when shopping on the beach compared to the street price. The activities on the beaches here are endless. Things like parasailing, banana boat rides, jet skis and surfing are available.


Ao Sane

A beautiful beach that is located north of Nai Harn Beach. This beach is more like  three small beaches split by large rocks in-between. The sand is coarse and made of larger shells and rocks. It’s not the soft white sand you would expect like other beaches on the west coast of Phuket. The water is as clear as glass but beware of the coral located close to the shore. The beach is about two hundred metres long and is lined with trees that provide shade from the hot Thai sun. It is a rather quiet beach, sometimes you are the only person there. Plan to visit during November to March for snorkelling or scuba diving, although it is not a great swimming spot, due to the rocks that lurk just below the surface.


Banana Beach

Located on the north west coast of Phuket, hidden away between Bang Tao and Nai Thon Beaches. This small bay is so secluded not many people know about it.

This beautiful secluded beach is also known as Banana Rock Beach, due to the large rocks that divide the beachfront in two.This unique beach is around one hundred and eighty metres long but is never crowded. If you go during high tide, be careful not to leave your things as the waves have been known to go all the way to the road. From November through to April the water is calm and crystal clear, and is an idyllic spot for swimming. At either end of the beach are rocks that provide privacy and a beautiful array of underwater plants and animals to see while snorkelling.


Bang Tao beach

A wonderfully large and open bay stretches eight kilometres in length. It is the second longest beach in Phuket. You can find this beach between the picturesque Layan and Pansea beaches on the North West coast of Phuket. Also known as Laguna Beach, this area was once a lively tin mining scene. Now it has been developed into a tourist’s paradise. You won’t find any vendors on this beach as the resorts try to keep them away. From November to April Bang Tao beach is the best place for water sports like paragliding, kitesurfing, banana boat rides, windsurfing and jet skis.


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