About Kalim Beach
Kalim Beach is a modest bay located just next to the famous Patong Beach on the way to Kamala Beach. As the seafloor is mostly rocks and dead corals, 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 impressive action. It seems to be good enough for practice.
Kalim is not a popular place for sunbathing either as the sand is quite rough and coarse. People mostly come to walk their dogs or eat at one of the many street food stalls set at the end of each afternoon.
What to Do in Kalim
Kalim doesn’t have much to offer in terms of attractions, but it is just next to Patong so you won’t have a problem to find something to do. Of course, if you have a car or a motorbike, you can be anywhere since Phuket is quite a small island anyway.
The sand oh Kalim is not smooth or white enough for travellers to lie down on it and the seafloor is full of sharp coral, so it’s not the most attractive beach of Phuket. The beach is not deserted, it is a popular surf spot, and the ocean views attracted some fancy restaurants and lounges.
Get into a giant inflatable transparent ball filled with a bit of water and roll down a 190-meter long grassy hill. Silly fun but everyone loves it! Two persons can fit inside, which makes it even crazier.
Where to Eat in Kalim Beach
Kalim used to be home to three fancy and expensive restaurants with beautiful ocean views. You might have heard about Joe’s Downstairs, Da Maurizio Italian Restaurant and Baan Rim Pa. it might come to you as a surprise, but these are now gone.
Sea Salt Lounge and Grill is a beautiful restaurant as well as a lounge, built on a prime seafront location in Patong Beach. SeaSalt is part of the well-known Diamond Cliff Resort.
Acqua by Chef Alessandro is one of the best Italian restaurants in Phuket.
Address: 324/15 Prabaramee Road, Patong, Kalim, Phuket 83100
Open: 5 pm – 11 pm
Phone: 076 618 127
Kalim Rim Lay is a very local place with bamboo hut set just by the water. Note that they do not serve alcohol.
Location: Phrabaramee Road, past Kalim Beach, Patong, Phuket
Open: 9 am – 8.30 pm
Tel: 081 539 8873
Pan Yaah Restaurant serves seafood and Thai food in a beautiful setting by the sea.
Location: 249 Prabaramee Road, Kalim Bay, Patong Beach, Phuket
Tel: 076 290450
Open: 11 am – 11 pm
Indochine restaurant is in a resort on the hill nearby.
The local food market is also a lot of fun. At the end of the afternoon, a lot of cars park along the seashore selling all kinds of dishes. Some will look familiar and some totally strange.
Where to Stay in Kalim
There are quite a few resorts and villas overlooking Kalim Bay. Best known are Novotel Phuket Resort, Diamond Cliff Resort and the Aquamarine. There is also a handful of smaller guesthouse and hotels.
Novotel Phuket Resort is designed with typical Thai roofs over an imposing lobby, with palm trees and greenery everywhere around three huge cascading pools.
Kalima Resort Phuket is a hotel with amazing panoramic views of the immense bay of Patong Beach, built on a green hill near Kalim Beach in Phuket. With such a unique location, guests can enjoy the views but also a strategic location within minutes of Patong Beach without any of the traffic inconvenience.