When the name ?Phuket? is mentioned, it conjures up images of miles upon miles of scenic and sandy coasts lined with palm trees. Phuket is one of Asia?s premier beachside destinations with a wide selection of beaches from the more commercialized ones at Patong and Kata, right down to the un-crowded and idyllic type at Nai Yang and Mai Khao. When you are not play golf on one of the island?s best courses. There is nothing better than a relaxing day at the beach.
Easily the most popular stretch of sand in Phuket, Patong Beach is roughly 3km long, scaling the entirety of Patong from north to south. This is a great place to hire a jet-ski, partake in watersports or just relax and take in the beautiful views looking out towards the crystal waters of the Andaman Ocean. A road runs parallel to the beach. This is where you will find lots of restaurants and fast-food joints, which mean that you are always within a one-minute walk of lots of eating and drinking options.
Karon Beach is situated a ten minute drive south of Patong. This 4km long stretch of beautiful powdery sand is one of Phuket?s longest and most scenic beaches. With a reputation for feeling un-crowded, even in the high season months, Karon Beach is the place you go to get away from the crowds of Patong Beach. Watersports aren?t as prevalent here as they are on other beaches, but the atmosphere is tranquil and will give you that subtropical Phuket beach experience you have been longing. The beach stretches from the south side of Karon, all the way to Kata. In the low season months from May to October, be wary of the red flag situation because the undertones and riptides can be fatal.
Kata Yai Beach
This palm tree-lined beach is one of the island?s quaintest. There are not so many beaches in Phuket as beautiful as Kata Beach. This is one of the best places for surfing, and you can hire the equipment you need from a selection of shops situated directly opposite of the south side of the beach. This picturesque bay looks out towards Koh Pu (Pu Island), which is a sight for sore eyes. This is the ideal family beach that also enjoys copious amounts of shade under the palm trees. You will find that many Thais enjoy visiting Kata Yai Beach because of the shade factor. Because the beach is quite small, it can seem quite crowded during the high season months, but nonetheless, this is a must visit beach. There are also a handful of shops and restaurants at the south end of the beach.