The most beautiful tropical beaches in Phuket? Tough question, when the island has so many diverse stretches of soft sand with clear, warm water.
Home to the largest concentration in Thailand, Phuket beaches boast soft stretches of sand and crystal clear waters. With 540 square kilometres of island, winding coastal roads offer easy access to some of the best beaches in the world as well as some of the most stunning views. Some of the more popular tourist beaches can get a little crowded however there are also a number of Phuket beaches that offer seclusion and relaxation. All Phuket beaches are great for working on your tan and swimming, however some can be unpredictable during the monsoon season although many also offer fantastic snorkelling.
Best Beaches in Phuket
Nai Harn Beach
Definitely a very nice beach, different from the typical west coast touristy spots, Nai Harn is a popular beach among the expats and tourists. It is definitively changing but thanks the lack of possible developments, it still holds on to its local feel. The beach is in a protected bay where sailing or fishing boats anchors in calm waters.
Bang Tao Beach
Bang Tao Beach is an eight kilometer stretch of fantastic beach, making it one of the absolute best Phuket beaches. It is home to the famous Laguna Complex, an area consisting of seven upscale resorts and a private golf course. Laguna dominates much of the center of the beach, with a number of hotels and bungalows operating at the southern end.
This little beach is one of the best kept secrets on Phuket which offers beautiful rock formations and good snorkeling at the reef in front of the beach. To get there follow the road from Promthep Cape to the west. Between Promthep and the wind energy plant watch out for a small restaurant with a small parking lot. A few meters behind the restaurant you can see the beach.
Nai Harn Beach
A favourite of yachties and surfers, Nai Harn is a charming little place between the hills on the south western tip of Phuket. Offshore there is a small island, around which there is quite good snorkelling. On the dunes, behind the umbrellas and loungers, is a strip of restaurants shaded by palms. And inland are a Buddhist temple, large lake and one of the few outdoor children’s parks in Phuket. The Royal Phuket Yacht Club is at the northern end of the beach and nearby are several viewpoints, including Phromthep Cape Lookout.
Laem Ka Beach
Laem Ka Beach, in the very south of Phuket near Rawai is a little gem hidden from view, only the ones in the know might find it. But you have to be a bit curious or adventurous to get something different and obviously some did their homework since I found about fifteen people lazying on sun loungers.
Once the best kept secret of all the Phuket beaches, Banana has been discovered and is now very popular with tourists place. Despite this rise in the number of visitors, the beach is still absolutely spectacular and isn’t detracted from by the amount of other holiday makers who visit.
Bang Tao Beach
One of the best Phuket beaches to visit if you like convenience of shopping and accommodation right on the beachfront, this beach is home to the renowned Laguna Complex featuring a number of high end resorts and even a private golf course.