Karon Beach in Phuket is one of the longest beaches on the island, spanning 5 km of fine white sand overlooking the Andaman Sea. The northern end of the beach is usually deserted, making it an excellent spot for those who want the beach to themselves. The southern end, close to Kata, tends to be…
Karon Beach features the third-longest beach on Phuket Island. Located on the west coast, between Patong to the north and Kata to the south, Karon Beach is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Phuket. The beach itself has excellent snorkelling (and even diving) spots at its southern end…
Karon is one of the most family-friendly beach. It is the longest white sand beach in Phuket and it is 6 km from Patong beach. It has nice restaurants, shops, bar, hotel and resorts. There is an easy walkway between Kata and Karon beach. There is also a local bus runs between Kata and Karon beach.
“Kata Beach is a 1.5-km strip of golden sand and is considered one of the most popular beaches in Phuket due to its combination of beauty, facilities and activities. Hundreds of people come each day to soak up the sun and swim in the sea. Often busy but never crowded, this beach is pleasing in many ways. During the north-east monsoon season (November to April), the warm sea is often as flat as a pancake, crystal clear and turquoise in colour. The south-west monsoon season (May to October) can make for rougher swimming conditions, but it's at this time of year that the surfers flock to enjoy the waves. On days when red warning flags are flying, you should not enter the water due to dangerous rip tides and swells but on these days you probably wouldn't want to go to the beach anyway. Late in the year as the waters turn calm, Kata Bay fills up with beautiful yachts which arrive from all over the region to compete in December's King's Cup Regatta, one of Asia's premier sailing events. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available to rent on Kata Beach on a total of 10% of the sand, at intervals along its length. Beachgoers can also purchase small umbrellas (a few hundred baht in local shops and supermarkets near the beach) and beach mats (at the entrance of the beach, near Kata Beach Resort). The southern end has shops, restaurants and toilets close by. At the top of the beach, and for most of its length, there are shaded areas, sheltering beach massage parlours and street vendor stalls selling a great variety of snacks (fruits, grilled chicken and more) and drinks. The far south is ideal for families with small children as it becomes shaded later in the day and is also close to amenities. Wandering vendors roam the beach with ice-creams, fresh fruits, sarongs, sunglasses and beachwear. Many restaurants serving seafood, Thai and international dishes line the southern part of the beach. Hawker stalls can be found at both ends of the beach road, particularly in the car park at the southern end next to Kata Beach Resort. There's a small island at the northern end with good snorkelling around it. Kayaks can also be used for exploring. Parasailing is also good here as the reefs at either end can be seen from the air. Scuba diving enthusiasts and students are active at the northern end of Kata Beach, particularly during the high season when the water is at its calmest. The rougher conditions of the low season make swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving impractical, but are ideal for surfing. For many, the southern and central parts of the beach offer the best surfing in Phuket, which is why Kata Beach can get rather busy at times, even in the low season. The waves are fast but manageable and at times can really buck high at the sandbar. The south end of the beach is the best place to watch or join in on the surfing action because there's a beach break there. Rentals are available for those who leave their boards at home or just want to have a try. Pay for the day and you can use any of the surfboards or keep switching until you find one you like. The waves are a nice size for beginners and surfing tuition is also available. Close to shore, the waves have far less power and are perfect for little ones, so boogie boards can be rented for children. This will keep them amused like nothing you've ever seen.”
“Kata Noi Beach is a great place to relax and soak up the sun. At about 700 meters long, it's one of Phuket's smaller beaches. Soft sand, crystal clear water, and the lush green jungle backdrops are the main draws here. Kata Noi is on a dead-end road, so the only traffic you might encounter is if you're looking for a place to park your car. The sea is very calm from December to April, while surfers come out to play between May and October. Kata Noi Beach enjoys large swells during this period, so be careful if you see red flags on the sand. Banana boat rides are some of the most popular things to do for families in Kata Noi. You'll be towed through the water by a speedboat, clinging on tightly to the inflatable boat so that you won't fall off. Parasailing and jet skiing are suitable for those looking for thrills. You can also rent Hobie cats and kayaks by the hour to see Kata Noi's beauty from afar. Always wear a lifejacket, especially when jet skiing. The rocks at the southern end of the Kata Noi Beach offer excellent snorkeling, as you get to see plenty of colorful tropical fish and coral reefs. From May to October, surfers flock to Kata Noi to ride the waves. Even if you're not planning on surfing, it's a spectacle worth seeing. The fast waves are usually off the northern headland. The right-hander main wave breaks near the northern headland. Winds are southeasterly to northeasterly, with waves reaching up to 2 meters. As you enter Kata Noi Beach, there a few local restaurants serving reasonably priced Thai and international dishes located on the left-hand side of the road. For those looking for a fine-dining experience, Katathani Resort and The Shore have several restaurants and bars where you can enjoy European cuisine and premium wines. Partway up the hill towards Kata, Mom Tri's Kitchen at Villa Royale is one of the most popular upmarket restaurants on Kata Noi Beach. Kata Noi is just south of Kata Beach – keep going straight after The Boathouse in Kata Beach and the road will eventually rise and veer to the left. Continue on this road and you'll pass the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort.”
“Patong's 3-km strip of golden sand is one of the most popular beaches in Phuket. It has plenty of parasailing and jet ski operators, boat drivers, beach vendors and masseuses approaching travelers who are relaxing on the sand. Patong Beach has a row of coconut, palm and tropical almond trees separating the shore from the main road. This slightly cooler area is lined with stalls selling snacks and drinks, as well as beach massage parlours. You can also find beachfront restaurants and bars offering simple Thai and international dishes, particularly around the middle of the beach, near the entrance to Bangla Road. The northern part of Patong Beach hides a small sandy creek where the water is very shallow and clear during high season. The southern part is the mouth of a river, where several fishing boats anchor. The bridge over the river leads to a small fishing village and the various bays and beaches around the headland that separates Patong from Karon. The best time to visit Patong Beach in Phuket is between November and April when the sea is very flat and calm. From May to October, the beach experiences large waves and dangerous swells. While you can go in the water on some days, pay strict attention to the red warning flags when they're out on the sand. Along Patong Beach, many roadside stalls and wandering vendors selling a wide variety of food, drinks, snacks, and ice cream. You can also find many sarongs, beach mats, sunglasses, and souvenirs for sale. A large part of Beach Road (from Haad Patong Alley to Prachanukhro Road) is lined with restaurants and cafés, including international fast-food chains such as McDonald's, KFC, and Burger King. There's a good choice of restaurants and bars right on the beach itself, including Sole Mio, Chez Bernard and Patong Beachfront Food Court. Public toilets are spaced out along Patong Beach, and you usually have to pay a few baht to use them. There are plenty of parking spaces for small motorcycles and scooters along the beach road, but they can fill up over the course of the day. Due to its popularity, it's best to come early in the morning to find a good spot. Sun loungers are available on small areas of the sand and you can always lay down your own mat or towel anywhere along the beach. Patong Beach is most popular for jet skiing and parasailing. Operators can be found every few hundred metres, particularly around the end of Bangla Road. Exercise caution and wear a lifejacket if you're interested in motorised watersports. Most jet skis are not insured and scams are quite common. You can also enjoy banana boat rides, waterskiing, wake-boarding, kayaking and windsurfing. The best place to surf at Patong Beach is at the northern end, where waves can be quite fast and open to the wind. You can find some good snorkeling by the rocks at the northern end of Patong Beach. There are many vendors offering snorkel equipment right on the beach. Local masseuses are set up in the shaded areas of Patong Beach. An hour-long Thai massage usually starts from 200 baht. Other types of massage and foot reflexology are also available.”
“Nai Harn Beach is located at the southern tip of Phuket’s west coast, on the west from Promthep Cape viewpoint. This stunning bay, surrounded by the hills, is one of the best and most beautiful beaches on the south coast of Phuket. In 2019, TripAdvisor has included Nai Harn beach in the top three beaches in Asia. Earlier known only to some locals, currently Nai Harn beach has become one of the most popular destination on the island. Nai Harn attracts outdoor enthusiasts and athletes, families with children, fans of a relaxing holiday away from the tourist crowd. So far as only a few hotels are located in the small bay, Nai Harn beach retains its tranquil charm as before. Nai Harn is very convenient for the families with children. A cozy small (about 700 m long) beach is covered with white powdered sand, which is very soft and comfortable for walking barefoot. The seashore is shallow and safe, seafloor is sandy, water is warm, clean and transparent. There are almost no waves here in high season. Sunbed with an umbrella can be rented on the beach. The beach is surrounded by palm and casuarina trees so here you can relax in the tree shade during the sultry hours. In the eastern part of the beach, about 50 meters from the sea, there is a small pond perfect for kids’ swimming and playing: its depth is about the knee, without current and waves even in low season. Nai Harn beach has a perfect location. There is a good infrastructure around the beach. In the palm grove near the beach there are several restaurants and cafes for different tastes: local Thai cuisine, fresh seafood, European food (pizza, hamburgers, French fries etc). Here you can either have a full lunch or just enjoy a fresh mango shake while admiring a beautiful sea view. Several shops with beach equipment, snorkeling equipment and souvenirs stands near the restaurants. Surfboards, sup boards and kayaks can be rented right on the beach. There are several good spots for snorkeling and diving near the cliffs, covering the bay on the both sides. In low season, when wind blows from the sea, you can try windsurfing here. If you prefer relaxing holiday, you can enjoy the famous Thai massage right under the palm trees, overlooking the sea. A beautiful Buddhist temple is located just 500 meters from the beach, so in the evening you can hear the sounds of prayer session. Nai Harn lake lies near the temple, with a pedestrian road 2.2 km length around the lake. You can jog along this road or walk with a stroller and kids. There are plenty of Muay Thai Boxing training camps in the area of Nai Harn Beach, and athletes come to the lake for jogging. Also several weight training equipment are nearby. For outdoor walks, choose morning hours before 11 am or evening hours after 17 hours. A small park with kids’ playground located just on the lake, near the temple. Beautiful view and tree shades make it a great place for yoga or outdoor picnic. Nai Harn is easily accessible by car or motorbike. There are several free parking spaces near the beach. This beach is loved by all tourists and local expats. This is why people come here not only from the surrounding area Rawai, but also from all over Phuket. You’ll also be sure to visit this beach!”