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40 Amazing Phuket beaches and how busy are they?

A List of All the Beaches of Phuket

There are no less than 40 beaches now on our list! A few are crowded, a lot are quiet, some are hidden, and some are still secret. There are so many beautiful beaches where you can walk alone for kilometres, even during high season.

Here is our updated list of Beaches by alphabetical order. Some are easy to find; some are hidden. Surprisingly the most beautiful beaches, long and deserted, are just next to the main road! There are two more amazing secret beaches, but we prefer to keep them secret 🙂 So get a bike or a car and start exploring! Stay away from the crowd and discover Phuket!

1. Ao Sane

A little Remote – not too busy


Ao Sane is a small hidden beach, visible from Nai Harn Beach, but unless you know that you need to drive through a tunnel under the kitchens of the Phuket Yacht Club, you will never find out. Ao Sane consists of three tiny sandy bays, and you can walk from one to another through the few beach bungalows. Read more

2. Ao Yon

Remote and Quiet Beach

Ao Yon Beach

Ao Yon is so out of the way, and far from the road, you could drive nearby ten times without noticing its entrance. Located between Panwa beach (past the Novotel Panwa resort) and Cape Panwa, it is barely indicated, but few ‘restaurants’ signs. Read more

3. Banana Beach

Relatively Quiet


Phuket is a world wide famous holiday destination. Every corner of this tropical island has been explored, invaded, sold, developed and exploited. Or so you thought! Still, one tiny beach is hiding from the crowd, but it won’t last long. Read more

4. Bangtao Beach

Quiet in North Part – Busy in South

Bangtao is one of the longest beaches in Phuket, half way between airport and Patong on the west coast of the island. With its beautiful stretch of sand, Bangtao is always associated with the huge resort complex known as ‘Laguna Phuket’. Read more

5. Freedom Beach

Relatively Quiet – By Boat Only

Freedom Beach

Freedom beach is a beautiful strip of soft white sand lined with coconut trees in the South of Patong. Since the land surrounding the beach is privately owned, the only way to reach it is by longtail boat from the south of Patong, near the big bridge. Freedom Beach is only accessible during high season, during the low season no boats will go there because of the rough sea. Read more

6. Friendship Beach

East Coast – Not a Sandy Beach


Friendship Beach is not a swimming beach since it is on the east coast but offers beautiful views on the islands. The name of Friendship probably originated from the small resort built there as it is a trendy hangout for expats.

7. Haad Sai Kaew

Deserted Beach


Haad Sai Gaew is a beautiful endless beach located at the very north of Phuket Island. Haad Sai Gaew means ‘Glass Sand Beach’ in Thai, but sand is not that shiny. During the high season, The sea over there has a beautiful blue tone and walking alone for miles; you would never guess you are still in Phuket. Read more

8. Haad Pak Phra

Deserted Beach

Haad Pak Phra Beach

Haad Pak Phra is the last beach when leaving Phuket from the north end and most people would drive past without ever stopping. But Haad Pak Phra has a little ‘Dirty Secret’. Read more

9. Kalim Beach

Not a Swimming Beach

Kalim Beach

Kalim Beach is a modest bay located just next to the famous Patong Beach on the way to Kamala Beach. As the sea floor is mostly made of rocks and dead coral, Kalim is not a swimming beach, but in low season it is a popular spot for local surfers. However, waves are not very high so don’t go imagining some big action. It seems to be a good practice place. It’s not a popular place to hang either as the sand is quiet rough and coarse. People just come here to walk their dogs or eat at one of the many food stalls coming at the end of the afternoon. Read more

10. Kamala

Moderately Busy

Kamala Beach

To most, Kamala Beach surprisingly shines by its lack of particular signs, if you don’t take Fantasea park into consideration of course. It is, however, a beautiful large beach with clear waters during high season and a decent amount of dining and shopping options, several hotels, some with beach access. Read more

11. Karon


Karon Beach

Karon Beach, the second longest beach in Phuket, enjoys a very long and wide stretch of white sand with an acceptable dining and nightlife. Yet it doesn’t seem to attract the crowds, and it’s not because municipality hasn’t tried. Read more

12. Kata Beach

Busy – very popular

Kata Beach

Kata Beach is the most popular beach in Phuket after Patong. But it is still a great choice as it enjoys a wide white sandy beach with an incredible blue sea. Less crowded than Patong, it offers a large choice of dining, shopping, hotels, and not to forget a good nightlife! Read more


13. Kata Noi


Kata Noi Beach

Kata Noi Beach is a great little bay if you want to be near Kata action but stay away from the usual herd. This nice wide strand of white sand has incredibly clear blue water during the high season. Fortunately, its ‘Out of the way’ location kept it relatively quiet and unless you know about it, you probably would miss it. Read More


14. Laem Ka

Partly Hidden 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. Read more


15. Laem Singh Beach

Very Quiet – Accessible by Boat

Laem Singh Beach

Weather is lousy but you really want to go to the beach today… Laem Singh happens to look better in that exact weather. Laem Singh has this tropical touch that goes well with a bit of rain. It’s like been in the Caribbean, a bit nostalgic, very green with its palm trees leaning over the sand and you have the beach almost for yourself. Read more

16. Layan Beach

Quiet to Medium

Layan Beach

Layan Beach, a remote and very little known beach on the west coast of Phuket, is located at the northern end of Bangtao Beach which itself is home to many luxurious resorts such as Banyan Tree Resort, Angsana Laguna Phuket and Dusit Thani Resort. Layan Beach ends on one side with a river harboring small fishing boats and the best known feature is the tall island standing at the mouth of the river. Read more

17. Mai Khao Beach


Mai Khao Beach

Mai Khao Beach, the longest in Phuket, still looks in some parts as deserted as it was when I first visited it in 1990. A lot has been built but the beach hasn’t yet been covered with beach chairs, umbrellas and food vendors. You can still walk eleven kilometers or more and only meet three fishermen and the beach remained mostly untouched. Read more

18. Merlin Beach


Tri Trang Beach

There is a lot of confusion and discussion about all the tiny beaches near Patong. So far, Tri Trang beach is the small hard to find beach hidden behind the Marriott Phuket Beach Club and accessible via a small dirt road on the side of the hotel. The beach is nice but the sea is a bit rocky. You’ll find nice massages on the beach and a popular restaurant on the hill. Read more

19. Nai Harn

Medium to Busy

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. Read more

20. Naithon

Quiet to Medium


Naithon Beach is one of these little known beaches on the west coast of Phuket, mostly because it is far from the crowded areas. People coming here are usually in search of a peaceful spot with just enough facilities and hotels. Read more

21. Naithon Noi

Quiet Beach

Naithon Noi Beach

Naithon Noi Beach is not officially a private beach but since the land you need to cross belongs to Andaman White Beach, it ends up the same… lucky them, it’s one of the most beautiful in Phuket. Read more

22. Nai Yang

Medium to Quiet

Nai Yang Beach

Nai Yang Beach seems to be one of those beaches popular with returning tourists… It is a nice shaded beach full of tiny fun bars and restaurants, but like most of the northern beaches of Phuket which are not along the main road, it remains relatively unknown to the crowds. Read more

23. Nakalay Beach

Private Beach

Nakalay Beach

Nakalay beach is another case of beach surrounded by private land which makes makes it difficult for outsiders to access it. In this case, only the guest from Thavorn beach resort can enjoy it. It might not be the most amazing beach in Phuket but it’s large and very good for snorkeling.

24. Nui Beach

Hidden and Private Beach

Nui Beach

Nui Beach is hard to find and hard to reach. Just like a few other beaches it is surrounded by private land and therefore there is an entry fee. The entry fee for Nui Beach used to be expensive but recently price has been reduced. It’s located past the well known Karon Viewpoint on the dirt road that leads to Black Rock Viewpoint. The road that lead down to the beach is tricky, so drive carefully. Read more

25. Pansea Beach

Private Beach

Pansea Beach

Private beaches are not allowed in Thailand, but you can get around simply by owning all lands around that beach. Pansea Beach, shared by ‘The Surin Phuket’ and ‘Amanpuri Phuket’ is one of them, but there is a way to ear the beach. Read more

26. Panwa



Panwa Beach, also known as Khao Kat Beach, is not a swimming beach, and yet has the charm of these remote bays not many would take the time to explore while visiting Phuket. Located on a east coast cape but facing west, the whole area is peppered with luxury villas and few resorts, a great alternative to relax away from west coast crowded spots. Read more

27. Paradise Beach

Private but Crowded

Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach’ sounds good, doesn’t it? With such name, people expect to discover another ‘beautiful-secret-hard-to-find-beach’ located near Patong. And yes, to its credit, the sea is very blue, sand is powdery and cute little boats are gently bobbing in the bay. Yes, it is small, remote and not easy to find. Read more

28. Patong


Patong Beach

If Bangkok is the Big Mango, then Patong is the Big Durian: you’ll love it or you’ll hate it… and it kinds of smells strong too. Patong Beach is the pulsating heart of Phuket Island and what makes it popular to some, is often what other people complains about. It’s big, it’s bold, crowded, bright and loud, yet people flock there like flies on honey. Read more

29. Rawai

Quiet – Not Really a Swimming Beach

Rawai Beach

Located at the south end of Phuket island, Rawai is not a swimming beach but offer beautiful views on the many nearby islands in a peaceful local atmosphere. It’s a great place to enjoy great seafood and a good starting point to do some island hopping. Read more

30. Rayee

Quiet – Not Really a Swimming Beach

Rayee Beach

Located in the southern part of Kamala, this tiny beach is not very attractive in itself but provides a beautiful view to the long-established ‘White Orchid’ restaurant as well as some small bars. Read more

31. Karon Noi

Private Beach

Karon Noi Beach

Part of the “Best Beaches of Phuket’ collection, Karon Noi Beach is one more inaccessible beach only for the use of a hotel’s guests. Not well known from most tourists, it happens to have the most beautiful sand and most amazing blue sea on the island, and it is not even far Patong beach. Karon Noi is also the nest of Le Meridien Phuket… Read more

32. Surin Beach

Moderately Busy – No Facilities

Surin Beach

Surin Beach is famous for a good reason, with plenty of dining venues along a vast beach blessed with beautiful sand and an amazing bright blue water. Maybe it is already a bit too popular, with four of even five rows of beach chairs in some parts. But the quality of the water and sand still makes it one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Read more

33. Tri Trang Beach


Tri Trang Beach

Tri Trang is without a doubt the longest and the nicest of four beaches located south of Patong. Its only downside might be during low tide when the sea reveals a rocky area that used to be coral. Fortunately, at high tide, there is more than enough sandy space for a good swim. Read more


34. Trisara Beach

Small and Private

Trisara Beach

Trisara Beach is just a tiny strip of sand on the west coast, just between Bangtao Bay and Naithon beaches and only accessible from the exclusive Trisara Villas.

35. Ya Nui


Ya Nui Beach

Ya Nui is tiny but has the charms of a small beach, tucked in a cove between the Windmill Viewpoint and famous Promthep Cape in the very south of Phuket Island. Coming from Nai Harn Beach, you would drive through, keeping your eyes on the curves, and miss it if it was not for the number of cars parked alongside the road of this hollow. Read more

36. Thavorn Beach

Private Beach


Thavorn Beach, like the three other ‘private’ beaches are not private, but the entire land you would need to cross beyond to the immense Thavorn Beach Village, one of the oldest hotel in Phuket.

37. Yae Beach

Private Beach

Yae Beach

Yae Beach is not a great beach, but since it is hard to find, weI wanted to see it. It’s on a cape between Patong and Kamala, and you won’t see much there, just a small hut selling drinks when it’s open.

38. Hua Beach

Hidden Beach

Hua Beach was unknown to us for a long time. Also not a great beach for swimming it is a very peaceful place not far from Kamala Beach. Read more

39 and 40. Phuket Secret Beaches

Phuket Secret Beach

Those two secret beaches might be the last ones so we will not reveal them openly here. They are hard to find and hard to reach too! So let’s make a deal 🙂 follow us on and send us a message, and we will tell you where they are. 😀

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