As Thailand’s largest island, there’s no shortage of gorgeous coastline or perfect, unspoiled beaches to enjoy in Phuket. From the popular, party beaches with plenty of activities to the quiet, serene beaches that are almost empty.
Sidenote, Patong has a nice beach and Kamala too with lots of hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops but I will focus on the more quiet beaches around Phuket with the vibes I loved, not the noise of bars, etc.
Banana Beach near Naithon beach
Banana Beach in Phuket is a little hidden treasure. , the small Banana Beach is hiding from the crowd. It is still quiet. Considering that Banana Beach is pretty big with shallow clear blue waters, towering palm trees, and excellent sand quality, it is a mystery why it hasn’t been developed like the rest of the island.
There is a small restaurant on the beach open during the high season and on weekends.
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Freedom by name, freedom by nature. Despite being located in the boisterous district of Patong, Freedom Beach is far from what one might expect. A quiet, unspoiled beach, it’s much less accessible than the majority of beaches on the island as land access requires getting in touch with your adventurous side and trekking through a jungle, but is also reachable by boat.
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A favorite of many who come to Phuket, Karon Beach isn’t quite as popular as Patong, but there’s still plenty to do other than sunbathing here. The rocky area around the south of the beach is a top spot for snorkeling, but for those who prefer a more high-octane activity, it’s possible to rent jet skis on the beach too Whilst the sand might not be as soft as some beaches, the length of the beach means you won’t be short on space. The waves can get pretty wild during the rainy season, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop; nearby, there are a handful of bars that can easily provide an evening’s worth of entertainment whilst they might not match Patong.
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At around 1.5km long, Kata Beach is big enough never to feel overly crowded and ensures you’ll always have ample space for a towel on the beach. Palm tree-lined with soft, white sand and plenty of places to eat and drink nearby, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular with tourists and locals. As well as activities such as surfing available, there are plenty of shops nearby to engage in retail therapy, plus resorts if you’re planning on staying a while. With lots of space and so much going on, it’s ideal for families or those who want a break from the more raucous beaches in the area.
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Surin Beach is one of Phuket's most beautiful and natural spots on the island. A beach that the late King Rama IX once visited in the 50s, it’s since become a playground for the rich and wealthy, with several high-class resorts and hotels nearby, as well as a golf course. It’s not hard to see why it’s so popular: soft, white sand gives way to a scenic row of palm trees, while the sea itself has both light and deeper blue tones. A word of caution — the sea here gets deeper than in other bays, so be careful if you’re planning on swimming. Other than that, it’s an extremely pleasant beach with some good restaurants and bars just a short walk away.
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Nai Harn Beach
Located to the south of Phuket, Nai Harn is a small bay with powdery-soft sand and sea that changes from calm in the high season to strong currents in the low season, making it a popular spot for Phuket’s surfing and kiteboarding crowd. With much of the land owned by the Samnak Song Monastery, it’s avoided overdevelopment thus far, which makes a change from some of the more popular beaches on the island. Just behind the beach is a lake, where people come to fish and take a ride in swan-shaped pedalos, making for a pleasant change of scenery.
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Ao Sane Beach
Another hidden nirvana, Ao Sane beach can be reached by driving or walking through the Nai Harn hotel on Nai Harn Beach. Perhaps the island's rockiest beach, Ao Sane is also one of its best "secrets." This beach is where you'll find the meaning of true tranquility. You won't be bombarded by hawkers selling their wares or have to suffer through the incessant whining of Jet Skis. Nor will you be able to rent a beach chair or bodyboard, but this lack of commerce is the beach's greatest perk.
The sand at Ao Sane is rougher than it is on other beaches in Phuket. It's also incredibly rocky, so don't plan on a game of volleyball. This idyllic spot does, however, rate as one of the best places to snorkel and dive on the island. Plus, it's lined by giant trees, which provide much-needed shade to help you cool off.
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Ya Nui Beach
What Ya Nui beach lacks in size, it more than makes up for in beauty. Just south of Nai Harn, it may only be 200m, but the size isn’t everything. Rather than views of resorts, it features the view of nearby Koh Keyao Noi island and has dramatic rocky outcrops set alongside the cerulean sea that look ready-made for photographs. In terms of activities, body-boarding is popular here, as is snorkeling, with some of the best snorkeling to be found out by Koh Keyao Noi, which is only a short kayak away.
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The best way to describe Nai Thon is as the place you come to after you have ‘done’ Patong and Kata. Not flashy, indeed even a little comfortably ramshackle, but oh so quiet once you get out of high season.
Beachside street food and juice vendors, simple Thai restaurants, pizza, cold beers life can be very easy at Nai Thon. The beach is typical of the medium-sized bay beaches; ~1000m in length bookended by rocky points. The water is typically calm in the high season and as such is one of the best beaches in Phuket for family excursions.
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Almost four miles long, Bangtao Beach boasts the longest shoreline on the island. It’s strategically located halfway between Phuket airport and Patong Beach. Wide, quiet, and upscale, Bangtao is where beach bums wary of crowds head to if they’re overwhelmed by Patong. There are several hotels and beach clubs fronting the sea too, so if you were looking for a relaxing beachfront stay, Bangtao is the place to be.
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