Phuket Beaches Guide

Where to Stay in Phuket?

Few islands can boast of such an abundance of sandy beaches and clear waters as Phuket. The winding coastal roads along the west coast of this 540-square-km island offer stunning views and easy access to some of the world's finest beaches. 

Whether one wants to sample the frenetic pace of Patong or find solitude on a remote stretch of sand in the north, Phuket's beaches have it all for the sun seeker. The monsoon rains of May-October can bring unpredictable swimming conditions, so heed the posted flag warnings.          


DoubleTree Resort by Hilton

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton

DoubleTree Resort Phuket in Surin Beach is a child-friendly place to the point of being almost child-specific. Its range of features especially appeal to family holidays, which is something none of the other big-name hotels around it on Surin Beach can claim. That does not make it a destination exclusively for children though. The 250 rooms each have the comfort and sophistication you would expect from a hotel operated by the Hilton and the tropical surroundings with nearby shopping, entertainment, water sports and a buzzing nightlife make the resort as fun for adults as it is for children.

Address: 106/27 Moo3,Cherngtalay Surin Beach, Phuket, 83110, Thailand

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Most Popular Beaches in Phuket

Patong Beach Patong Beach

With its wide variety of activities and shopping, Patong is an ideal place to party. It has a bustling  nightlife which includes hundreds of restaurants, bars, Go Go Bars and famous Cabaret Shows.  Read More...

 
Karon Beach Karon Beach

Karon is concentrated around three main areas: The Karon Plaza area on the south end features a number of budget guesthouses, restaurants and bars. Read More...

Kata Beach Kata Beach

Kata entices and charms visitors with its white sand and clear waters. Kata is a favourite due to its palm-lined beach, great restaurants, nightlife and accommodation options. Read More...

 
The Beach of Kamala Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach is a beautiful long stretch of beach that's pretty deserted, even in high season. A day spent on the beach is truly a lazy day, not too many distractions... perfect.  Read More...

Surin Beach Surin Beach

Surin is a gathering place to snack on barbecued seafood, enjoy a cool drink and escape the heat of the day. It's not surprising it's many people's favourite beach in Phuket. Read More...

 
The Beach of Bangtao Bangtao Beach

Bangtao Beach is roomy and many parts towards the north have no beachfront development at all and is mainly used by guests of the hotels here. Read More...

Mai Khao Beach Mai Khao Beach

An endless stretch of fine sand; the only real getaway on the west coast of Phuket. Aside from the JW Marriott Resort, the area is largely undeveloped. Read More...

 
Nai Harn Beach Nai Harn Beach

A quiet little spot at the southern end of Phuket, Nai Harn is one of the island's most beautiful locations and one of the most popular places with in-the-know locals.  Read More...

 

Other Beaches of Phuket

Rawai Beach Rawai Beach

Rawai is Phuket's longest-established beach resort. The beach is lined with open-air seafood stalls and is a popular launching point for boat trips to Racha and Coral islands.  Read More...

 
Laem Ka Beach Laem Ka Beach

This is the only eastern-facing beach in the south of Phuket that offers good swimming and is an ideal picnic spot as from midday on it is shady and cool. Read More...

Naithon Beach Nai Thon Beach

Approaching this quiet beach of silky white sand is spectacular in itself - a drive on the coastal road from the south takes you through forested hills.  Read More...

 
Kata Noi Beach Kata Noi Beach

This small bay of stunning white sand, separated from Kata by a headland, is a quiet and peaceful retreat. The Kata Thani Resort complex dominates the area. Read More...

Laem Singh Beach Laem Singh Beach

This small, hidden gem of a beach just south of Surin is accessible only by walking down a fairly steep path from the road. Get there early for a beach chair. Read More...

 
Banana Rock Beach Banana Rock Beach +VDO

Beautiful and almost deserted, Banana Rock Beach is not known to many people in Phuket as it is relatively isolated. Nevertheless, it really is one of Phuket's most glittering gems. Read More...

Rawai Beach Rawai Beach

Rawai is Phuket's longest-established beach resort. The beach is lined with open-air seafood stalls and is a popular launching point for boat trips to Racha and Coral islands.  Read More...

 
Nai Yang Beach Nai Yang Beach

The casuarina-fringed Nai Yang, together with Mai Khao in the north, forms the longest and most secluded stretch of beach in Phuket, about 10km altogether. Read More...

More Beaches of Phuket

Kalim Beach Kalim Beach

Kalim Beach is located just north of Patong Beach and, unlike its famous neighbour, still retains some of its local Thai touches. Kalim is considered one of the best surfing spots in Phuket, and some competitions are held there. Read More...

 
Layan Beach Layan Beach

Layan Beach is the name of the northern end of Bangtao Beach. Unlike the majority of Phuket’s west coast beaches, it is still a very tranquil area, where you can lie under the shade of the pine trees bordering the beach. Read More...

Pansea Beach Pansea Beach

Pansea is a tiny cove of glittering white sand and plays host to to the rich and famous guests of The Chedi and Amanpuri Resorts. Read More...

 
Emerald Beach Emerald Beach

Snuggled into the headland south of Patong, Emerald Beach is the perfect place for sun lovers and those who are dead serious about going for the maximum tan.  Read More...

Cape Panwa in South Phuket Cape Panwa

Cape Panwa Beach is divided into two parts by a 300-metre long seaside esplanade. The western part is right next to the Thai Navy headquarters and is only 70 metres long and not that wide.  Read More...

 
Panwa Beach Panwa Beach

The lovely Cape Panwa, just south of busy Phuket Town, remains a peaceful, unspoiled gem of a place with lush hills, sandy coves, mangroves and tidal flats.  Read More...

Ya Nui Beach Ya Nui Beach

Ya Nui lies in the shadow of two of Phuket's loveliest viewpoints; Phrom Thep and the viewpoint featuring large white windmills. It's a charming little cove. Read More...

 
Paradise Beach Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is stunningly beautiful; one of the most attractive of the many wonderful beaches Phuket has to offer. It also features safe swimming all year round. Read More...

Ao Sane Beach Ao Sane (Jungle Beach)

A little beach reached via a road that runs through the car park of The Royal Phuket Yacht Club it's a quiet and peaceful place, with decent coral outcroppings off its mostly rocky shore.  Read More...

 
Ao Yon Beach Ao Yon Beach

There are actually two Ao Yons lying south of Capa Panwa and they are separated by a rocky headland. At the far western end an ice-cold stream coming down from the hills meets the sea. Read More...

Chalong Bay Chalong Bay

This bustling bay, a major launch area for boat and dive trips, is filled with bobbing vessels throughout the year. Plenty of restaurants, shops and tour operators are packed into the short street leading to the pier. Read More...

 
Freedom Beach Freedom Beach

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Phuket Districts

Kathu District Kathu

Kathu is the smallest of the three districts that make up Phuket. It covers the central part of the island from the west of Phuket Town to Patong and Kamala Beaches. Read More...

 
Thalang District Thalang

Thalang is one of the three districts that make up Phuket and is located in the northern part of island. If you are staying at Patong you will pass through it on your way to your hotel. Read More...

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