Kamala is a rather quiet beach on the buzzing Phuket west coast. Stuck between rainforest covered mountains and the Andaman Sea, this once small and tranquil fishing village has Patong Beach immediately to the south and Surin Beach to the north - both of them far more active than Kamala on the tourism entertainment scene.
Kamala Beach may be a haven for people looking for a peaceful holiday destination in Phuket, but it nevertheless hosts one of the most prominent attractions of the island: Phuket FantaSea. The other interesting attractions are extremely mundane by comparison, but nevertheless make this an inviting and popular beach destination.
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flying Hanuman Ziplining Experience
- Canoeing Excursion in Phang Nga Bay with Thai Buffet Lunch
- Introduction to City Tour
- John Gray's Cave Canoeing Tour in Phang Nga Bay
Phuket FantaSea is the first and biggest Las Vegas-style show opened in Phuket in 1998. Phuket Fantasea complex has a lot in common with the Disneyland parks around the world in the architecture and decoration style of the buildings it hosts: from the Golden Kinnaree restaurant to the Palace of Elephants Theatre to the Fantasy of a Kingdom Show to Songbird Luminaries and more, every detail has been well thought out, offering visitors a step in a superb Thai culture-inspired fantasy world.
The world-class two-hour show presented every night (but Thursday) at 20:30 is simply outstanding: theatrical performance, choreography, magic tricks, battle reconstitution, elephants on stage, aerial ballet, and a lot more; it is no wonder why Phuket Fantasea is amongst the most popular attractions in Phuket. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 23:30 every day except Thursday - Show starts at 20.30
- Location: Kamala Beach
Laem Singh Beach is one of Phuket's most beautiful beaches and hides on the west coast between Kamala and Surin beaches. Nestled in a hidden bay, surrounded by palm trees and dotted with giant boulders, it has a feeling of secret beach. Sadly, it is a secret which is now quite widely known and, as a result of this and its limited size, the beach gets a little crowded during the high season and even pleasantly busy on low season sunny days. Even the additional of a 100 baht per person fee to access the beach has not dampened its popularity. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 19:00
- Location: On the coastal road between Kamala and Surin Beaches
- Price Range: 100 baht entry fee
Kamala Friday Market
Visiting Kamala Friday Market is the best way to get a glimpse into the fascinating local culture of Southern Thailand. Kamala, despite its beachfront development, could retain a large part of its culture and tradition, and there’s no better place to discover the soul of this small Muslim fisherman village than its local market (which is true for mostly any village in the world).
In here, you will discover a great range of products – vegetables, fruits, meat and seafood – produced in or around Phuket (local markets can be considered as eco-friendly places due to their articles’ production proximity), as well as a the opportunity to sample delicious Thai food takeaways. A section of the market is also dedicated to clothing and accessories at bargain prices.
- Opening Hours: Every Friday 14:00 - 19:30
- Location: the coconut plantation opposite Phuket FantaSea
Wat Baan Kamala
Wat Baan Kamala (Kamala temple) is a classic Buddhist temple located on kamala beachfront towards its Southern end. At the image of the greatly open-minded Thailand which has always guaranteed religious freedom, Wat Kamala is the Buddhist centre of this Muslim village.
Entirely rebuilt and renovated after the 2004’s tsunami, Wat Baan Kamala is set in a nicely landscaped garden and features five buildings: a Ubosot (ordination hall), a bell tower, the monks’ dormitory and refectory, and two small constructions housing Buddha images and statues. The end of afternoon is the best time to visit the temple while it is softly and warmly illuminated by the last sun-rays; visitors can then fully enjoy the peacefulness of the place.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: South of the village on the beachfront
Kamala is one of the favourite surfing spots in Phuket after Kata Noi and Kalim beaches. Kamala Beach features three clear sections, each of them offering an excellent surfers’ playground as following:
the southern part of the beach – from the temple to the village – with its gentle swell is the right spot for beginners at medium/high tide; the central area – from the village to Phuket Fantasea – is more recommended for advanced surfers as it hosts sandbanks creating three-metre high waves; the northern end of the beach is the best spot but requires excellent skills as a tricky swell is created here by a small reef point break. Read More...