Phuket, one of Thailand’s most loved destinations, located in Southern Thailand, is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’. It is Thailand’s largest island located 867 kilometers south of Bangkok. Being a big island, Phuket is surrounded by many magnificent beaches and natural vistas. Some of the must-visit beaches are:
Patong Beach is the most famous beach in Phuket with a wide variety of activities and nightlife. The area around this beach hosts the main tourist resorts on the island, and it has plenty of beach activities and vendors.
Racha Islands (or Raya Islands) are known as some of the best diving and snorkeling destinations in Thailand. Racha Noi is uninhabited while Racha Yai has several bungalows and resorts.
Karon Beach is one of the longest beaches in Phuket. The southern end is close to Kata Beach, where you can enjoy many beach activities like water sports, beach volleyball, etc. It is a more serene and less crowded option to the nearby popular Patong beach.
Kamala Beach is a popular destination for families, a beautiful long beach with clear waters during the high season. It features a fair amount of beach restaurants and some excellent hotels with direct beach access. Phuket Fantasea, a Thai Cultural Theme Park, is on this beach.
Bangtao Beach is located halfway between Phuket International Airport and the Patong area with a beautiful stretch of sand. This beach has become the home of the famous Laguna Phuket Luxury Resorts.
Nai Yang Beach combined with Mai Khao Beach to the north is the longest stretch of sandy beach on the island. There are great swimming and snorkeling spots along the beach with access to Phuket Campground and Sirinat National Park.
Mai Khao Beach is part of Sirinat National Park, right where Nai Yang Beach ends. Many excellent five-star resorts are located along this beach.
Some of the other beaches worth mentioning are Layan Beach on the west coast of Phuket, Tri Trang beach near Patong Beach and Rawai Beach which is at the southernmost tip of Phuket.
For those who love nature, along with beaches, viewpoints in Phuket are also amazing. Phromthep Cape is perhaps one of Phuket’s most important landmarks and most popular. Karon Viewpoint, Khao Rang, Black Rock. Krating Cape (Laem Krating) are full of magical discoveries.