Kalim Beach is located just north of Patong Beach and, unlike its famous neighbour, still retains some of its local Thai touches. A car park and vendor space at its southern end cuts the beach into 2 parts and hosts a small street food market with half-a-dozen stands selling noodle soup, roti, Thai ice-creams and other delicacies, as well as soft drinks.
Kalim Beach itself is pretty rocky and not very attractive for swimmers, even though some snorkelling is possible at high tide. The highlight of the beach is surfing in low season. Kalim is considered one of the best surfing spots in Phuket, and some competitions are held here. Another activity at Kalim, albeit up the road on the hillside, is the exhilarating activity of zorbing at Rollerball.
Kalim is also famous for its fine-dining venues. Acqua, White Box, and Lim’s are well-respected restaurants – each with their own particular atmosphere, décor and cuisine.