About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Beaches, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.