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  • 5 Beaches with Beach Chairs in Phuket

    Where to Find Sun Beds in Phuket

    NOTE: The following information was accurate as of April 2016.

    Beaches with Beach Chairs in Phuket have been surprisingly difficult to locate since early-2014. The reason for this is that the sand is public property and it was decided that private citizens should not be running business and profiting from land they do not own. Unfortunately, this did not take into consideration the tourists who visit Phuket and enjoy lazing on the beach in the comfort of a sun lounger.

    Over time, some beach furniture has been permitted back onto some of the beaches around Phuket. You are permitted to bring your own chairs and it is now possible to find a soft mat and an umbrella on many beaches (though only in specially designated areas, amounting to 10% of the total beach area). We’ve been right around Phuket checking every single stretch of sand in order to answer the question of where you can find beach chairs. Please note that this information is only accurate as of the date of the last update. The beach chairs situation continues to evolve and, while we will do our best to keep up with it, it is possible that things could change without notice.

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    It is really quite impressive to see the sun loungers on Bangtao Beach right on the sand, much closer to the sea than they are anywhere else in Phuket. However, the use of these beds requires that you are either a guest of Angsana Laguna Phuket or a customer of Xana Beach Club. Xana has a good menu, a nice pool and a great party atmosphere, making this a small sacrifice. Further north, along the quiet coast road leading towards Layan Beach, you will also see sun loungers further back from the surf, but free for common use. At the very most, you might be expect to buy one or two drinks from the little bamboo-shack bars nearby in order to use them. Read More...

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    Right at the start of Layan Beach, where it meets Bangtao Beach, you will find Dream Beach Club, which has beach chairs and cabanas right by (but not on) the sand. Naturally, these are only for use by customers of the club, but this is one of the best beach clubs on the island, making it a great place to spend the day anyway. A couple of the nearby bars and establishment also have a modest selection of sun loungers available – again, only for customers. Read More...

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    The powers that be do not permit beach chairs on Surin Beach and they are not available for rent. You can get mattresses and umbrellas, but these have to be laid directly on the sand. However, this very popular stretch of sand earns its place on this list of Phuket beaches with sun loungers thanks to the presence of Zazada Beach Club. Situated right at the northern end of the beach, it has a modest selection of loungers around the small pool, just a short drop away from the sand. At the other end of Surin Beach is Sun Pool Beach Club, which also has beach chairs available by the pool, but these are a longer walk from the sea. Read More...

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    A small, quaint beach in a sheltered bay near the Panwa peninsula, Ao Yon Beach is often overlooked by tourists and is considered something of a secret among locals and expats. However, it is the home of The Cove Phuket, which has a small selection of beach chairs set up on their artificial beach just behind the genuine article. These are accessible to guests staying in the bungalows as well as customers of the restaurant/bar, but the excellent food and lovely cocktails make this a small price to pay. Read More...

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    Access to Paradise Beach necessitates that you pay to enter the beach club, with the minimum fee being 500 baht for unlimited entries between 09:30 and sunset. However, once you’re in, you have a choice of beds, large cushions and deck chairs, many of which are right on the beach and can be moved as close to the sea as you please. There are, however, no adjustable sun loungers. The beds mentioned earlier are literal beds – a large mattress with a few small cushions. Read More...

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    There is a limited selection of beach chairs located on this tiny stretch of idyllic sand, just north of Surin Beach. They are well away from the surf and, while very comfortable, they are exclusively for the use of guests of The Surin Phuket. There are also loungers around the hotel pool, which is situated directly on the beach. Staff at the hotel have been known to inform travellers that the beach itself is private and exclusively for the use of their guests, but this is not the case. Read More...

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    Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort is found on a private beach roughly half-way between Patong and Karon. Sun loungers are not permitted on beach, but the hotel has done the best that it can, clearing areas of their grounds directly behind the sand for placing loungers. It is quite a wide beach, so this still gives you a pretty lengthy walk to and from the sea. Naturally, these loungers are only available for use by hotel guests. Read More...

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    Given that the main objection to the loss of the loungers is the fact that laying down at ground level and getting back up again can be hard work, particularly for older tourists, you can now find ‘sand loungers’ on Patong Beach. The beach has been shaped into a raised platform, about the height of a lounger, which the legally-permitted mattress is laid upon. Although it lacks the full mobility and flexibility of a real sun lounger, it is better than nothing at all! Read More...

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