Sun Bathing on the Beautiful Phuket Thailand Beaches

Beautiful Yet Fragile Thai Beaches

Phuket, Thailand, has some fantastic beaches! Picture this: soft, white sand, clear blue water, and lush green surroundings. Each beach here has its own vibe – some are perfect for parties, while others are peaceful and quiet. Whether you’re into water sports, chilling out, or watching stunning sunsets, Phuket’s beaches have something for everyone. It’s like stepping into paradise!

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Beaches, Beaches Everywhere!

We visited in the first week of December, and the weather was phenomenal. It turned out to be an excellent time to be on the beaches in Phuket, Thailand (it was really cold in South Korea), and the crowds didn’t seem to get the memo.

Getting Around

Many of the beaches can be accessed by taxi or tuk-tuk, but for others, you’ll have to hitch a ride on a boat. That being said, more than 1,000 tour groups to the beaches in Phuket, Thailand. Do some research and book with one of the 100 tour operators who are respectful and licensed to operate on the fragile waters. Trust me you can tell them from the ones that aren’t. There are tons of buskers selling tours to the far reaches of South Thailand. For more information go to Phuket Tourist Association for a list of them.


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Phi Phi Ley Beach & Maya Cove

Phi Phi Ley Beach & Maya Cove is perhaps the prettiest beach in a secluded cove that I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen some beautiful beaches all over Hawaii, Europe, and the Caribbean. It makes sense that this beach has been the location of many movies, including Leo DiCaprio’s The Beach. The one drawback is that everyone else knows it, too, and they all want to walk in Leo’s footsteps.

Patong Beach

It is not known as one of the most beautiful beaches, but it is definitely one of its liveliest. It’s like Honolulu. Everyone has heard of it and now that you’re here, you’ve got to be able to say “I was there”. It’s also the pulsating heartbeat of Phuket Island. What makes it popular to some is often what other people complain about. It’s big, it’s bold, crowded, bright and loud, yet people flock to it like flies on mango. Unlike many of the other beaches, most people come to Patong for the nightlife on and around Bangla Road.

Karon Beach

It is the second-longest beach in Phuket, enjoying a vast stretch of superb white sand with a decent choice of dining and nightlife. Yet, it never seems to draw crowds of tourists (aside from those staying at the big resorts on the beach), which might be a good thing.

Kata Noi Beach

It is a beautiful little bay and not much beach. But if you want to be near its big sister Kata Beach action stay away from the throngs of the usual suspects. This nice wide strand of white sand has obvious blue waters during the high season, and fortunately, its out-of-the-way location keeps it relatively quiet. Not much is happening around the beach, making you think you’ve got your own slice of paradise.

Rawai Beach

Is located at the south end of Phuket Island. You can’t swim there, but it has a beautiful view of the many nearby islands. It’s also known as the best beach for a great seafood dinner and an excellent spot to do a little island hopping.

Bamboo Beach

Bamboo Beach is stunning! The water is crystal clear, with a shallow area right off the beach for snorkeling and a sand bar with 6″ water for the kiddies. It is a long beach, and you feel safe even when there are many people.

Koh Phi Phi Beach

Phi Phi Beach (pronounced Pee Pee) is one of the only inhabited islands located 50 km southeast from Phuket. There are a lot of hotels, restaurants, shops and a few hidden away spaces for fun under the sun. The beach is still beautiful, and the water is crystal clear, but with more than 5,000 people visited the cluster of islands, many of the coral reefs are dead or dying. The tour operator’s we used on our recent trip to Phuket:

John Gray Sea Canoe

John Gray Sea Canoe has been operating in Phuket since 1983. Used recycled water bottles, gave a responsibility briefing on the wildlife, nature and trash. In the evening we made an offering that we floated out on the water but policed up because there were nails in it instead of bamboo, which are not biodegradable.

Tour East Thailand

Tour East Thailand has been operating in Phuket since 1982. It also talked about the delicate balance between man and nature.  They made alternate plans when one of the stops looked overcrowded because they didn’t want to drive over shallow coral.

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  1. MariaAbroad

    Those beach pictures send me into daydream mode. So beautiful and relaxing. I can practically hear the waves in the background. Just what I needed on a Monday morning 😉

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I took the pictures and as beautiful as they are they still don’t do the beaches justice.

  2. Marlana

    I love your blog Stacey! There are always such beautiful pictures and I love the way you describe your experiences. Not being able to travel as much as we used to is hard but I get such great ideas of where to go from your trips! You describe the culture, food and lifestyle of each place you visit so well. Keep posting, your travels are beautiful, as are you!!

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