Phuket is paradise for beach lovers. Floating in the warm Andaman Sea, Thailand’s largest island boasts over 30 pristine beaches – making travellers flock here from across the globe to tread glowing white sands and float in crystal-clear waters under the soaring sun. Looking for the best Phuket beach? You’re spoilt for choice. So here are 5 to choose from.
Stretching 7 km in length, Bang Tao beach gives you room to roam. Head over to Phuket’s west coast to experience its jaw-dropping sunset. Duck into one of the tasty restaurants nearby. Or lie in its glowing white sand – watching tall trees swaying in breeze and surfers riding in the distance. Pure bliss. And a must for the romantics.
Nestled in a cosy cove, Ya Nui beach is an idyllic retreat in southern Phuket. Time stands still here as small yachts and fishing boats sleep on the sand. Turquoise waters gently ripple under the sun. And locals lie on hot sand. We recommend you make the most of the excellent snorkelling here. Plus admire background islands, grassy slopes and rock formations from the shore. A welcome addition to your bucket list.
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Kata Noi is the definition of idyllic. Its 2 km of delicate white sands provide the perfect picture-perfect photo opportunity. Backed by lush green jungle, the soft sands, crystal clear ocean and secluded feel make this many people’s favourite beach in Phuket. Kata Noi is on a dead-end road, so the only traffic you’ll encounter here is people looking to park their cars. Grab a coffee, book or surfboard and jump in the waters, ultra-clear and inviting all year round.
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Patong beach seemingly stretches forever. Yet every inch of sand shines a spotless white, until painted a golden glow by the sun’s rise and fall. Activities like jet-skiing, surfing and paragliding are a big hit here – as well as swimming and floating blissfully in the crystal-clear waters. A refreshing way to soak in the hot sun. Patong is a Phuket must-visit. Just don’t forget your camera (and maybe some sun cream).
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It is a mystery and a blessing why Karon is not heaving with tourists. Your own slice of heaven awaits you here on Phuket’s west coast. Postcard-perfect palm trees dot bright stretches of sands and clear (rock-free) waters call you in to cool off from the heat. There are outdoor restaurants aplenty serving ice-cold cocktails just a short walk away that provide a blissful setting to watch the sunset. Come on in, what are you waiting for?
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