Kamala Beach is a quiet stretch of sand located around 9.5 km north of Patong in Phuket. It's an excellent spot for sunbathing, but you can find many beach activities at the northern end of the beach. With its quieter pace, Kamala is a popular spot for retirees and longer-term visitors in Phuket. Along a winding road leading to the beach, there are small hotels, villas and apartments with great views of Kamala Bay.
The waters of Kamala Beach are clear and calm from November to April (high season), but large waves caused by the ocean swell are common between May and October. While swimming is usually very safe on Kamala Beach, it's a good idea to stay on the sand when you see red flags flying.
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Facilities on Kamala Beach
There are no public toilets on Kamala Beach, but the many beachfront hotels have facilities. Small stalls near the beach offer mats and umbrellas for hire, which cost a few hundred baht each.
Dining on Kamala Beach
Head towards the southern end of Kamala Beach to find many beachfront hotels, where you can enjoy Thai and international dishes at their onsite restaurants. There are also a few local restaurants just a short walk away.
At the northern end, there's an area with hawker stalls selling all kinds of Thai cuisine from different parts of the country. You'll usually find chicken satay, spicy salads, and curries, as well as traditional desserts. Further north from there, you'll come across luxury beach clubs like Café del Mar Phuket and HQ Beach Lounge, both of which serve high-quality international food.
What to do on Kamala Beach
There's a choice of snorkelling spots near Kamala Beach, mostly around the rocks at its northern end. Jetskiing and parasailing are popular during the high season but note that many jetskis have 'no insurance' stickers – any damage to the vehicle, yourself, or other water-users will be your responsibility.
Longtail boat rides are best enjoyed in the low season. Many of these traditional boats are moored at the southern end of the beach. You can rent one to explore the neighbouring beaches of Laem Singh or Surin.
Experienced surfers should head to the northern end of Kamala's northernmost beach. You can find a beach break with stable sandbanks, due to the reefs. There are consistent waves which build up the closer to shore you get. Enjoy variable winds with swells of up to 3 metres.
Good to know about Kamala Beach in Phuket
Kamala Beach is excellent for a relaxing day in Phuket. Sunbathing and reading are some of the most popular things to do if you're not into watersports. Between November and April, you can enjoy snorkelling by the rocks at the northern end of the beach. You can rent equipment from vendors patrolling the sand.
Photos of Kamala Beach
Kamala Beach in Phuket
- Location: Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand