Laem Ka Beach in Phuket

Everything You Need to Know About Laem Ka Beach

Laem Ka Beach is now inaccessible as building work is going on there.

Laem Ka Beach is unique for various reasons. First of all, it's the only eastern-facing beach in the south of Phuket that offers good swimming and secondly, it's a total full-on Thai experience. This sheltered, 150-metre-long, boulder-framed beach is the ideal picnic spot as from midday on it's shady and cool. For many locals, it offers the opportunity to chat away Sunday afternoon while their children splash around in Laem Ka's safe blue waters, just metres away.

The views of nearby Koh Bon, Koh Lon, Coral Island and other surrounding islands are stunning, and the afternoon light playing on the water produces a deep marine blue next to the tropical green of nearby islands. 

To get to Laem Ka Beach, head to Rawai in the south of the island. Opposite the temple gates on the main road, you'll see a 7-Eleven next to a small road heading east. Go straight up this road, past a checkpoint, then drive 1 km through a coconut plantation. Follow the road to the right and into Laem Ka's car park.

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Laem Ka Beach activities

The southern end of the beach is rocky but at high tide, it's perfectly possible to swim out and snorkel. The middle of the beach is dominated by large granite boulders – a habitat for many crab species. The northern end offers fewer rocks and is a favourite splashing and swimming spot. Laem Ka is a kid-friendly beach because of its safe waters and shade-giving trees.

Laem Ka Beach restaurants

Wandering food vendors arrive at Laem Ka Beach from time to time selling snacks, but there are no other food options by the beach. To be sure of having something to eat, it's best to stock up at the 7-Eleven on the main road or at one of the barbecued chicken vendors at the entrance to the coconut plantation.

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