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Best Beaches Around Patong

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The area around Patong has everything from crowded party beaches dominated by large groups of young tourists, to quiet and secluded beaches that attract couples and families. The more popular beaches focus on making tourists comfortable, with vendors delivering drinks and snacks to those relaxing on the sand – plus facilities for renting anything from a beach lounger to a jet-ski.

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  • Beach Goer

10 Places

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10 Places

Patong Beach

Beaches, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Kata Beach

Beaches

Kata Noi Beach

Beaches

Nai Harn Beach

Beaches, Lookouts

Karon Beach

Beaches

Freedom Beach

Beaches

Kamala Beach

Beaches

Surin Beach

Beaches

Bang Tao Beach

Beaches

Rawai Beach

Beaches

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • Many beaches in this area have strong currents. You may see riptide warnings up and down some of the beaches, and most will not have lifeguards on duty. You should be aware of tides and currents when swimming and snorkeling and especially when scuba diving.
  • Staying safe in the sun in Thailand is important. Wear high-factor sunscreen, drink plenty of water and seek out shade, especially at the height of the day between 11am and 3pm.
  • While crime on Phuket is not a major problem, it makes sense to leave valuables at your accommodation and only carry the cash you will need for your day’s expenses to the beach.
  • Patong Beach
    Beaches, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Patong Beach is the most accessible for many tourists, making it a lively place with a fun atmosphere. It has all the conveniences you’d expect from a Thai tourist beach, including beach vendors to buy drinks and snacks from, jet-skis for hire and other watersports.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • There are plenty of food spots and bars just across the street so this is a good beach to go from daytime beach lounging straight into the evening’s nightlife.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in Patong
    • Night life 20/03/2019
    • Great sunset 20/03/2019
    • Patong Beach
    Phone:
    +66 95 636 6169
    Other:
  • Kata Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Kata is a gorgeous white sand beach that’s a little quieter than Patong Beach, particularly in the low season, yet it still provides all the facilities you might want or need for your day at the beach. There are fewer beach vendors here to disturb you, but there’s still an area to buy drinks and snacks nearby.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • This is a good area for snorkeling, with lots of fish coming into the shallows. Try snorkeling the southern end of the beach, near the rocks.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Kata Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relax mode 19/03/2019
    • Kata Beach 19/03/2019
    • Kata Beach
    Address:
    Pakbang Road
    Kata Beach, Karon, Phuket 83100
    Thailand
  • Kata Noi Beach
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Just ten minutes from Kata Beach is Kata Noi Beach. Although mostly used by the residents of the large Katathani Resort that dominates the coast here, there is a small area accessible to the public, meaning you can access a beach with a private, secluded feel but with all the conveniences of parasol and lounger hire – plus a selection of watersports.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Most food and beverages here are not cheap by Thai standards, but there is a small beach bar called ‘On The Rocks’ which is more budget friendly.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Karon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kata no beach 20/03/2019
    • Clean water beach 20/03/2019
    • Kata Noi Beach
  • Nai Harn Beach
    Beaches, Lookouts
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    Kirsty S Says:

    An easy day trip from Patong takes you to Nai Harn, a nice shallow shelving beach, which is a good choice for families with younger children. Less crowded with few beach vendors, there are still places to buy food and drink nearby.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • If you have your own transport, consider driving up the mountain to the Nai Harn viewpoint for a breathtaking view of the area.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Nai Harn
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nai Harn Beach 20/03/2019
    • Nai Harn Beach 20/03/2019
    • Nai Harn Beach
    Phone:
    +66 62 215 5646
  • Karon Beach
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Karon Beach is a clean, pleasant and family-friendly beach, close to Patong with three miles of soft white sand, so it’s great for long, romantic beach walks as well as lounging in the sun.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Despite being popular with families, there are some strong currents here so keep a close eye on children at all times.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Karon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect place to reiax 20/03/2019
    • Nice beach 20/03/2019
    • Karon Beach
    Address:
    58/11 Bangla Road Soi Patong Resort
    Patong Beach kathu phuket
    Karon, Phuket
    Thailand
  • Freedom Beach
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This is a beautiful beach, with clear water and great views. It’s also rather popular, with its proximity to Patong’s main tourist areas making it very accessible. To avoid the crowds, get here early (or stay late). It’s busiest between 11am and 4pm.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • You can get to Freedom Beach by longtail boat from Patong Beach, which can add a nice extra dimension to your beach day. Be prepared to negotiate a good price for the trip.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in Patong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mai Ngao Beach 20/03/2019
    • Nice beach 20/03/2019
    • Freedom Beach
  • Kamala Beach
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Head North from Patong to the smaller, quieter town of Kamala. You’ll find a lovely, scenic beach with fewer tourists and more locals. Away from the party atmosphere of Patong, this beach is popular with more laid-back travelers looking to enjoy the beach rather than the bars and activities, although there are still a few convenient places to buy drinks and snacks.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • For a more relaxing, laid-back beach holiday as a couple or family, consider staying at Kamala Beach rather than in Patong itself.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Kamala
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kamala Beach 20/03/2019
    • Kamala beach 20/03/2019
    • Kamala Beach
  • Surin Beach
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    Kirsty S Says:

    A little further north from Kamala, you’ll find Surin Beach: another quiet, more relaxed beach, but with a strip of restaurants and shops catering to tourists and locals alike.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • With many of the restaurants here providing candlelit dining and live music, this is another good beach to go from day to evening, especially for couples and small groups.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Choeng Thale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Crowded 19/03/2019
    • Mr W Mkhabela 19/03/2019
    • Surin Beach
  • Bang Tao Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Bang Tao Beach is just a short walk from Surin (or a bike ride – there are bikes for hire at Surin Beach) so you could easily try both beaches in one day. Bang Tao is a natural, unspoiled beach away from the crowds, with just a few kiosks selling basic refreshments.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • There’s plenty of natural shade among the trees, so don’t worry about taking a parasol or finding a place to hire one, even if you’re here through the heat of the day.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 264 things to do in Phuket
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice beach! 04/03/2019
    • great for a day visit 04/03/2019
    • Bang Tao Beach
    Address:
    Bang Tao Beach
    Phuket 83110
    Thailand
  • Rawai Beach
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    Kirsty S Says:

    A comfortable day trip from the main Patong tourist area is a beach with a difference. Unlike the other tourist beaches on Phuket, the Rawai beach area is an authentic Thai fishing community and the place to go to learn about Thai fishing methods, as well as watch the boats come in while enjoying some amazing fresh seafood.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • This place is about the experience, not about sunbathing or swimming. Bring your camera, talk to the locals, and sample the latest haul of fresh fish and seafood.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 23 things to do in Rawai
    • Best place to stay on the Island 20/03/2019
    • Peaceful beach 20/03/2019
    • Rawai Beach
    Address:
    Rawai Beach
    Rawai, Phuket
    Thailand
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