5 Most Popular Beaches in Phuket

When you think of Phuket, we bet that you’re visualizing long stretches of white sand surrounded by azure blue waters on one side and lush green tropical forest cover on the other. Most visuals for Thailand depict the same image.

After all, Phuket has been blessed with some of the most picturesque beaches on the planet. While that is a great thing, the sheer number of beaches in Phuket can confuse anyone, and especially first-time visitors. 

  1. Karon Beach

Description: Karon Beach is marked as the third-longest beach in the famous island of Phuket, Thailand. Karon Beach is located on the west coast, sandwiched between Patong that lies to the north and Kata which lies to the south. This beach is a popular holiday destination of Phuket and ideal for going for snorkelling.

Distance from Patong Beach

Karon Beach is situated at a distance of approximately 8 kilometres from Patong Beach. It takes around 11 minutes to reach Karon Beach from the Patong Beach.

How to Reach

Karon beach is a much quieter destination compared to its busy neighbour Patong Beach. To reach Karon Beach from Patong , the Phuket Smart Bus is a comfortable way. It will cost you approximately 30 baht to go from beach to beach. Direct buses ply from Patong and connect to Karon Circle. Buses depart hourly and operate every day with a journey time of approximately 15 minutes. Travelling by taxis is comfortable but expensive. Taking a tuk tuk or taxi from Patong to Karon might cost something around 400 baht. If you are not carrying much luggage, bus is the best option.

  1. Kata Noi beach

Kata Noi Beach is a beautiful about 700 metres long and quite popular beach of Phuket along its west coast. It is located just south of the main Kata Beach and has lovely soft sands. It has a number of Phuket’s most luxurious resorts, restaurants and sunset bars. The sea off Kata Noi Beach is clean and alluring. 

Distance from Patong Beach

Kata Noi Beach is located at a distance of approximately 13 kilometres from Patong Beach. It takes around 26 minutes to reach Kata Noi Beach from the Patong Beach via Route 4030.

How to Reach

Travel from Patong Beach to Kata Noi by Bus/Blue Songtaews, that takes around half an hour to reach. Beach is to drive which costs 32 – 50 baht and takes around 13 minutes. Take a taxi to reach Kata Noi from Patong for 340 – 430 baht. The distance can also be comfortably covered by rented bikes or cars. In the high season, from the months of November to April the rates of hiring two wheelers are the highest to about 250 baht per day. In case you hire cars or bikes for a long time, you can save a bit of money by renting for a week, which then comes to around 1,200 – 2,000 baht and for even longer duration & you can book the 13 Silver Taxi Cabs, say for example for a month, the rates would be 3,500 baht approximately. Renting bike budget should be estimated to about 150 – 450 baht per day, depending on your motorbike preference. Or else, you can book half-day or full-day tours around Phuket to cover Kata Noi Beach too. 

  1. Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach lies in the northern side of Patong. It is much quieter and relaxing compared to Patong and gives a relaxed feel. Kamala Beach has a beautifully enclosed bay and a fishing village surrounded by forested hills. Kamala Beach has developed to be a favoured spot for visitors seeking refuge from glitz and fast pace.

Distance from Patong Beach

Kamala Beach is located at a distance of approximately 10.4 kilometres from Patong Beach. It takes around 20 minutes to reach Kamala Beach from the Patong Beach via Route 4030 or 4233.

How to Reach

You can reach Kamala Beach from Patong Beach by bus by spending 55 to 85 baht. Bus travel duration is about 25 minutes. 

Kata Beach

Kata Beach is a beautiful and picturesque bay which lies close south of Karon Beach. This beach has white sands and clear waters which attracts visitors with its splendid charm. 

This beach is a popular family haunt and enjoys a lot of attention due to its spectacular palm-lined beach, lively restaurants, vibrant nightlife and plentiful accommodation options along the beach. 

Distance from Patong Beach

Kata Beach is located at a distance of around 11.3 kilometres from Patong Beach. It takes around 17 minutes to reach Kata Beach from the Patong Beach via Route 4030.

How to Reach

You can reach Kata Beach from Patong Beach by bus by spending 55 to 170 baht. Bus travel duration is about 25 minutes. Or you can plan a half-day trip to Kata Beach to enjoy the nearby attractions and activities such as the Karon or Kata Viewpoint, the Kata Noi Viewpoint Bars, Dino Park Mini Golf, Surf House Phuket, Kata Noi, snorkelling and diving, Kata Night Market and some pleasant experiences such as the Boathouse Oceanfront Cooking Classes. Take a taxi to reach Kata Beach from Patong for something around 426 baht. You can visit Kata Beach from Patong beach in rented bikes or cars which will cost you about 250 baht per day & truelinkz travel guide. In case you hire cars or bikes for a long time, you can rent for a week for around 1,200 – 2,000 baht and for a month for approximately 3,500 baht. Renting bike will cost you about 150 – 450 baht per day, depending on the model of motorbike chosen.

  1. Surin Beach

Surin Beach is surreal and pristine. It is called ‘Millionaire’s Row’ being a top-end celebrity haunt with luxury resorts. These resorts share prime spots on top of the hills beside the million dollar houses overlooking the Andaman Sea. It is busy resort town and an exotic coastal village with fine white sands and turquoise waters.

 Distance from Patong Beach

Surin Beach is located at a distance of approximately 27 kilometres from Patong Beach. It takes around 13 minutes to reach Surin Beach from the Patong Beach via Route 4030.

How to Reach

You can reach Surin Beach from Patong Beach by bus by spending 70 to 170 baht. Bus travel duration is about 35 minutes. Surin Beach to Patong bus services are operated by Phuket Smart Bus and buses depart from Patong station and connects Surin Beach station to travel back to Patong & you can get Travel Coupons at here. The fastest way to get to Surin Beach from Patong is to take a taxi that will cost 360 – 470 baht and takes merely 15 minutes approximately. Buses ply regularly, depart on an hourly basis and operate every day.

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