Phuket , known as "The pearl of the south" , is one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations , attracting visitors from both Thailand and overseas.There are numerous beaches along its coast.
Phuket , the pearl of Andaman , never fails to make a lasting impression on its visitors with the perfect natural beauty and all the conveniences for those who truly seek a quite rest. This impressive surrounding is easily accessible either by road , air or ferry.
The fresh breeze , pleasant sunlight and fine white beach that stretches to meet the emerald sea continues to welcome the rolling waves, the scenery that awakes any sleepy spirit before the sky in the horizon gives way to the gentleness of twilight, freshness and tranquility to take place right here.
One of the most popular tourist areas on Phuket is Patong Beach on the central western coast, perhaps owing to the easy access to its wide and long beach. Most of Phuket's nightlife and its cheap shopping is located in Patong, and the area has become increasingly developed. Other popular beaches are located south of Patong. In a counterclockwise direction these include Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Kata Noi Beach, and around the southern tip of the island, Nai Harn Beach and Rawai. To the north of Patong are Kamala Beach, Surin Beach, Bang Tao Beach & Layan Beach. These areas are generally much less developed than Patong, and sought out by individuals, families and other groups with a preference for more relaxed and less crowded environs than Patong. There are many islands to the southeast, including Bon Island, just a short boat trip away. There are several coral islands to the south of Phuket, the Similan Islands lie to the north west, and Phi Phi Islands to the south east. Islanders engage in a lively tourist trade, catering to snorkellers and scuba divers.
Nai Yang Beach, Phuket is where the Nation Park office are located. The beach itself is a long curving bay lined with evergreens that provide shade to picnickers--for which activity this a very popular spot. The large coral reef is home to many different species of fish, and Nai Yang is well known as a site where sea turtles come to lay their eggs during the period from November to February; the population of these has, however, dropped off greatly. First class accommodations are available, and small food vendors cater to the many day trippers that visit.
Layan Beach, Phuket is at the northern end of Bang Tao beach where the beach meets a river and a lagoon. The area is home to many birds and other wildlife who enjoy the peacefulness of the lagoon. The many small tracks which cover the hillside of the beach are well known by climbers and bird watchers. You can reach the beach by walking pass the Laguna Phuket Resort or by following the highway and turning in to Nai Thon beach at the road sign.
Bangtao Beach, Phuket is a large open bay with one of Phuket's longest beaches. It was once used for tin mining, but has since been developed into a luxury resort. Most of it is occupied by the Laguna complex, a massive five-hotel development with golf course. There are, however, accommodations available outside Laguna at the bay's south end. Dry season swimming is excellent, and at the bay's north end is a smaller bay, almost completely enclosed, at the mouth of which is some fine coral. Plenty of places to eat, tour companies, and other tourist facilities available either at Laguna or in the nearby town of Cherng Talay.
Surin Beach, Phuket is known as 'Millionaires Row' due the the top-end celebrity haunts Amanpuri, Twinpalms and The Chedi amongst the luxury resorts there, as well as the many US$ 1 million+ houses that sit proudly on top of the hills overlooking the Andaman Sea. Although popular with tourists it's not a busy resort town, more like a coastal village. Fine white sand and turquoise water has ensured that the picturesque beach is very popular with tourists and Thais alike. The whole area is awash with high end hotels and housing which in turn has created opportunities for high end restaurants and wine bars.
Kamala Beach, Phuket is a Muslim fishing village north of Patong. Tourist development on the beach much of which is covered by a Muslim graveyard and a police outpost has been slow in coming. Buffalo herds still come down to the beach to cool off in the afternoon. The beach is beautiful and about 2 kms. in length. There are accommodations ranging from guesthouse to international class, and a number of small Thai restaurants specializing in seafood for the tourist. Kamala is the perfect place to get away from it all and has little to offer in the way of entertainment for that go across the mountains to Patong. Regular bus service to and from Phuket Town during daytime; tuk-tuk service available to Patong, 5 kms. away on the new road.
Patong Beach, Phuket is a beach on Phuket's west coast. It is the main tourist resort in Phuket and contains the centre of Phuket's nightlife and cheap shopping on the island. The beach became popular with western tourists, especially Europeans, in the late 1980s. Patong Beach - over 2 km of golden sand awaits you in one of the most famous beaches in all of Phuket for those who would like the feeling of busyness, this is probably the beach for you. Fast driving notorious for its great variety of activities such as motorized water sports, wakeboarding, kayaking, volleyball and have their party when the sun goes down, Patong is also one of the most interesting places to be on. If you get hungry angry, you are not for the street right next to the beachfull of restaurants, cafes and bars. If you're in the mood for surfing head for the northern end of the beach as the waves a bit, there are more open to the wind and tend to give a real rush!
Karon Beach, Phuket is one of Phuket's longer beaches (5 km) and rarely feel full. There are no toilets on the beach, in contrast to Patong, but the hotels throughout theStreet are more than happy in general, leave their bodies) (a charge. Fine white sand and beautiful waters, if you want sun and beach head to the south of the beach if you just want pretty much in itself, a small corner down in the north overlooking the lake is a perfect place.
Kata Beach, Phuket is a few minutes away from Patong, this beach is lined with palm trees and said the ideal family beach with its calm and shallow waters making it ideal for swimming. The water here is excellentsnorkeling in the northeast) monsoon season (November to April. The most common sports would probably be the Banana Boat, and dragged through the water to be accompanied by a speed boat and clinging to ensure that you do not fall down!
Rawai Beach, Phuket site of the Chao Ley or Sea Gipsy village, many restaurants and bungalows, shell handicraft shops, and both fishing and charter boats to the nearby islands. The beach itself is suitable for swimming. Rawai is 7 kms. west of Chalong Circle.
Cape Panwa, Phuket its sand is rather rough and the water shallow but it's certainly very scenic with views out across Chalong Bay and Lone Island. Luxury villas and condominiums line almost the entire beach but dotted in between are fishermen's huts and at the far west end of the beach there is a mangrove swamp.