Phuket Attractions by Interest
Hat Kalim (Kalim
Located north of Patong Beach is a secluded beach dotted
with rocks and coral reefs. Accommodations and restaurants
are available. Another interesting stopover is Freedom Beach
which is located around the head of Laem Ka Sai Rot and is
accessible by a chartered long-tailed boat.
Hat Kamala (Kamala
Located approximately 26 kilometers from Phuket City,
Hat Kamala is a relatively secluded 2-kilometer beach that
is suitable for total relaxation. Accommodations are available.
Hat Patong (Patong
This Beach is the most developed, most vibrant, most visited
beach of Phuket that never fails to impress visitors. Located
approximately 15 kilometers from the city, the beach has a
wide range of accommodations and shopping arcades, and provides
magnificent leisure activities and energetic night-time entertainment.
It is a picture perfect postcard view of a 3-kilometer long
white sandy beach that is perfect for swimming, lazing, and
enjoying challenging water sports such as jet skiing, windsurfing
snorkeling, sailing, and parasailing.
In addition, Patong offers gastronomical
delights for seafood lovers. There are plenty of good restaurants
located along the beach.
Hat Karon (Karon
Located south of Patong Beach, Hat Karon is a curving beach
that lies beautifully in the sun with small sand dunes, casuarinas
and palm trees. The crescent bay is the beach's signature
that drawing travelers attention. From May to October, the
beach may be affected by serious undertows, as the bay open.
Watch out for those warning flags before going swimming or
surfing at the southern end of the beach. During the high
season, the beach is ideal for relaxation, swimming or sunbathing.
A wide range of accommodations, from top-end to budget and
mid-range, are available. Other facilities such as nightclubs,
restaurants and other evening entertainment are located along
the beachfront road.
The beach is located approximately 20 kilometers
from the town and can be reached by taking either s or buses
from Ranong Market in Phuket City. Transportation is available
from 7.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and costs approximately 20 baht
/ person / trip. Taking a taxi to the town is another option.
It costs approximately 200 baht to Phuket City and 150 baht
to Patong Beach.
Hat Kata (Kata Beach)
Located approximately 17 kilometers from Phuket City are Kata
Noi (Small Kata) and Kata Yai (Big Kata) Beaches. Both are
renowned for snorkeling to see the coral, tropical fishes
and the seas eco-system. Also worth visiting is Koh Pu, a
small uninhabited island located off Laem Sai. Most visitors
find snorkeling along the islands rich coral reef enjoyable.
Diverse beach activities are available on both beaches. Accommodations
on Hat Kata are set amidst tropical and cliff settings. Visitors
can choose to stay in budget to top end accommodations according
to their preference. Well known hotels located here are Club
Med and the Boathouse.
For more information on how to get there,
please refer to the transportation section in Hat Karon.
Hat Nai Han (Nai Han Beach)
Located a few kilometers from Kata Beach, next to Phromthep
Cape, approximately 18 kilometers from town is Hat Nai Han,
an extra-ordinary beach that has white powdery sand and crystal
clear water. The beach borders on two charming landscaped
lagoons surrounded by rubber trees and other tropical plants.
As the beach has not yet been fully developed to its full
potential, it is less crowded, more peaceful, thus is ideal
for people seeking solitude. Holidaymakers are not recommended
to swim during the monsoon season from May to October. Watch
out for the red flag!
Despite having a rather limited selection
of accommodations, they range from budget bungalows to the
top-class Yacht Club. Check with the TAT Phuket Office for
more up-to-date information and room rates.
This beach can be reached by songthaeos,
which leaves from the intersection of Ranong Road and the
fountain circle. The fare is 25 baht / person / trip. In addition,
visitors can also charter tuk-tuks which costs a lot more
at 150 baht to 200 baht / trip.
Hat Rawai (Rawai
Located approximately 17 kilometers from town is the less
crowded, more peaceful and less commercial beach with a second-to-none
pristine beach. The Beach is home to a well-established community
of Phuket s Chao Le people (sea gypsies). In addition, from
this beach visitors can charter boats to explore other offshore
islands. Hat Laem Kha, located to the northeast of the beach,
is the departure point for those wishing to visit Koh Lon,
and Koh He. Laem Phromthep, Phukets landmark, is located at
the southern end of the beach. This cape is an ideal spot
for diving and snorkeling. Accommodations range from budget
bungalows to middle range resorts.
Getting to the Beach is easy by songthaeos,
which cost approximately 20 baht / person / trip. Songthaeos
depart from the stop at the circle of Ranong Road, while chartered
tuk-tuks will cost more at 150 baht / trip.
Hat Surin (Surin
Located approximately 24 kilometers from town and only in
a short distance north of Laem Sing is an enchanting beach
lined with casuarinas trees. Isolated and secluded, the beach
is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing. The beach, however,
is not suitable for swimming as it has a steep sloping beach
and the weather fluctuates during the southwest monsoon. In
addition, there is a golf course which was established in
the reign of King Rama VII.
Several Muslim fishing communities are located
nearby and Mosques are situated to the west of the beach.
The local Mosque, Matsayit Mukaram, is worth visiting as it
is an elegant whitewashed structure with lacquered wooden
To get there, travel along Route No. 402,
after reaching the Two Heroines Monument, turn left and proceed
for approximately 12 kilometers.
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