First Time in Kamala Beach - What To Do

Kamala Survival Guide

During your first time in Kamala Beach, you are sure to fall in love with the quiet town’s relaxed atmosphere. Among the most family-friendly of the Phuket beaches, Kamala’s nightlife is more about fun shows and quite drinks than wild parties. The long, pleasant, sandy beach is lined with a great selection of restaurants, with a good choice of budget and high-end choices available around the town. While shopping opportunities are fairly limited, they are more local-centric, giving you a genuinely Thai experience as well as some great bargains.

Despite its great popularity with holidaymakers, Kamala has not been totally overrun with tourist-oriented establishments and parts of it still have a very local feel to it, particular the parts furthest from the beach. To help you make the most of your first visit to this relaxed destination, we have prepared this survival guide for your first day in Kamala.

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Kamala Beach at a Glance

Kamala Beach is one of the few beaches in Phuket that could retain a strong local touch despite its popularity. This genuine south Thai touch makes it a charming place to spend a relaxing holiday with children. You’ll find in Kamala a good range of hotels for all budgets, as well as a lively restaurants scene, including beach clubs. Shopping and nightlife entertainment options – apart from the notable Phuket FantaSea Show – are not exceptional, yet you’ll find in Kamala all that you need to spend a great holiday in Phuket.

  • One of the few places in Phuket with restaurants right on the beach
  • Good range of quality affordable hotels
  • Some top-quality restaurants nearby
  • Real local feel, away from the beach
  • Some excellent surfing available from May to November
  • Very few shopping opportunities
  • Pretty quiet at night
  • Few sight-seeing attractions

Things You Can Do in Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach offers a decent choice of activities all year round. Snorkelling is good toward the northern end of the beach from December to April, while the same area becomes one of the most popular surf spot in Phuket from May to November. Kamala has few sightseeing attractions apart from the beach, yet it features a good choice of things to do that range from spa treatments to visiting the temple to watching the fishermen throwing their nets along the southern part of the beach to catch small fish. If this is your first time in Kamala Beach, we strongly recommend you check out the following things to do.

  • Phuket FantaSea

    Phuket FantaSea

    Phuket FantaSea is the island's biggest show. With trapeze artists, a cast of hundreds, performing elephants and other Read More»

  • Kamala Beach

    The Beach of Kamala and Photo Gallery

    Popular with families, Kamala Beach is a beautiful large beach during the high season and is a still a very relaxing and Read More»

  • Fresh Markets in Phuket

    Fresh Markets in Phuket

    There's a saying that if you really want to get to know a country, you should visit its local markets. In Thailand you Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Kamala Beach

Nightlife in Kamala Beach is pretty far from the wild and raucous partying you get in Patong. That said, Kamala nevertheless hosts Phuket FantaSea, the largest Thai cultural show in Phuket, as well as a good choice of beachfront venues that include restaurants and beach clubs. This gives you quite a lot of variety in the evenings, even if the choice is kind of limited. With one or two exceptions, the atmosphere is laid back and family-friendly. Be sure to add the following nightspots to your bucket list, especially if you’re planning your first time in Kamala Beach.

  • Café del Mar Phuket

    Cafe del Mar Phuket is a classy beach club from the world-famous brand originating out of Ibiza. Opened at the dawn of Read More»

  • Phuket FantaSea

    Phuket FantaSea

    Phuket FantaSea is the island's biggest show. With trapeze artists, a cast of hundreds, performing elephants and other Read More»

  • HQ Beach Lounge Phuket

    HQ Beach Lounge Phuket

    With a beachfront location, a well-stocked bar and classy fusion cuisine, HQ Beach Lounge is a great place to relax in Read More»

Great Restaurants we Like in Kamala

Kamala dining scene seems to have something for all tastes and budgets. It’s also one of the very few beaches in Phuket that offer a good choice of beachfront dining options. The choice of cuisines on offer is also very varied, stretching from local Thai food to several European flavours. We’ve selected the three absolute must-try dining experiences for first timers in Kamala: one with a stunning view, one famous for its outstanding Thai cuisine and a selection of affordable toes-in-the-sand eateries.

  • Kamala Beachfront Restaurants

    Kamala Beachfront Restaurants

    The many Kamala beachfront restaurants is a big part of what makes this otherwise quite sleepy town one of Phuket’s most Read More»

  • Silk Restaurant

    Silk Restaurant

    Silk is predominantly a Thai restaurant although it does have a two-page western menu. Silk has equally sumptuous décor Read More»

  • Diavolo Restaurant - Kamala Beach

    Diavolo Restaurant

     The sun hovers above the horizon as shadows on the wooden deck terrace lengthen. A gentle breeze ruffles the Read More»

Hotels in Kamala we recommend to our friends

Kamala’s hotel scene is as varied as almost everything else in the quiet little town. At one end, you have the small, very affordable guesthouses available in the village. At the other, the upscale resorts that overlook the Andaman Sea along Kamala’s Millionaires’ Mile, to the south of the beach. With plenty in between too, you’re sure to find the right hotel to suit your preferences and budget. The three hotels we’ve selected below are the ones we personally recommend to our friends or families. If you’re going to spend your holiday in Kamala, we’re confident that these places will give you a lovely stay.

Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort

Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is a recent addition to Phuket luxurious accommodation scene.Located on a terraced hill on the Read More...

Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach

Located on the west coast of Phuket on the beach at Kamala, about 30 minutes from the airport, Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach offers Read More...

Kamala Beach Resort

Kamala Beach Resort - a Sunprime Resort is located in Kamala Beach, on Phuket Islands winding and atmospheric west coast.The Read More...


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