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Kamala Beach ⛱️

What to Do in Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach is a very nice beach with a tranquil atmosphere on the west coast of Phuket, popular with families and travellers who prefer a quiet holiday. The beach is immense and features many excellent Thai and international restaurants right on the beach, a rare luxury in Phuket.

The popularity of Kamala expanded with the new Pine Beach Bar opening at The Intercontinental Hotel or Cafe Del Mar Beach Club next. Kamala is still a beautiful long beach with clear waters during the high season. It features many small beach restaurants, shopping options, and excellent hotels, some with direct beach access.

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The main road coming down from Patong Beach passes through Kamala, and you might keep driving (fast) without noticing the small street at the bottom of the hill. Kamala consists of two villages, the original Muslim town in the very back with not much happening here, and Kamala’s tourist part is built all along the beach.

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There are no real attractions to see or visit besides Fantasea Park, a modest temple, a local market, and the beach itself. A few small beaches (Rayee Beach and Hua Beach) to the south on a tiny long road leading to nowhere, nicknamed “The Millionaire Row”, home of the beautiful Paresa Resort and a collection of incredible private villas. You can enjoy a drink at the very end in a small bar built on top of rock boulders with amazing Patong Bay views.

The Main Beach

Kamala Beach

The beach has always been the main reason travellers preferred Kamala. The beach is long and wide with soft pale sand with casuarinas and coconut trees. The sea is very shallow and clear during the high season. The northern and central areas are the most attractive as some dirty streams release brown waters at the south end, where fishing boats are often parked.

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Phuket Fantasea Park

Phuket FantaSea Show on Kamala Beach

Phuket Fantasea Park is a massive stage performance involving acrobats and adult elephants. Fantasea is a top-rated show in an immense park full of shops and games in the middle of a village.

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Carnival Magic

Carnival Magic - The Magical Kingdom of Lights

Carnival Magic is a brand new 40-acre nighttime Thai carnival theme park, known as the Magical Kingdom of Lights. It features numerous record-breaking attractions that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Situated on Kamala Beach, Carnival Magic stands as an iconic destination that no visitor to Phuket should miss.

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kamala night market

The main road also has a bit of nightlife, shops and restaurants and even a Big C Superstore but most interesting is the fresh local market held all day at the village entrance.

Night Market

Kamala Beach Night Market

The night market opens on Mondays and Fridays from 3.30 pm to 10 pm on the main road. It’s your chance to see fruits and vegetables like you haven’t seen before and eat fun snacks you will never forget.

Wat Kamala

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Wat Kamala is a modest temple near the entrance of town. It is quite modest, but the long lines of small golden Buddhas are worth a photo and a glimpse of real Thai life. Remember that this is a religious site so don’t wear too short clothes.

Nearby Beaches

Rayee Beach

Rayee Beach in Kamala

Rayee is just next to the main Kamala Beach and is home to several luxurious properties, including Hyatt Regency Phuket and, further down, Cape Sienna. While it is a beautiful spot, Rayee is not suitable for swimming because of the coral.

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Laem Singh Beach

Laem Singh Beach

The elusive Laem Singh Beach is just a little further down the road, past Kamala. This was one of the most popular green coves on the island for many years, but the landowner decided to close it. It now seems impossible to access, but it still is. You have to find the way! We’ll tell you how 🙂

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Surin Beach

Surin Beach

Further north, just a few kilometres away, the superb Surin Beach and Pansea Beach are further north. Surin is an immense natural beach with only one restaurant still available. Years ago, it used to be the place to dine and party at one of the many beach clubs, but all were declared illegally built and removed one day. Pansea Beach next to it is a beautiful but private beach only accessible to the guests of the two 5-star hotels sharing it: The Surin and Amanpuri.

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Kamala has a wide range of hotels, from budget to luxury. You will find a row of guesthouses along the south part of the main beach at excellent prices, but the sea isn’t as attractive around this part. In the centre is the Kamala Beach Resort, and in the north is the Novotel Phuket, an excellent value for money. Both have direct beach access. In the 5-star range, try the luxurious Paresa Resort or the Hyatt Regency.

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Intercontinental Phuket

The Intercontinental Phuket Resort, located on Kamala Beach, is a luxurious 5-star hotel that offers an unparalleled experience. The hotel is divided into two separate wings, each with its own unique vibe and situated on either side of the main road in Kamala. The smaller beachfront wing boasts a sleek, modern design and features amenities such as a swimming pool, a beach club, and a beachside restaurant. The back wing of the hotel is actually the most visually stunning, with a spacious reception area and a central pathway that leads to a stunning white Thai building located at the back of the property. This building is so impressive that it immediately captures the attention of all guests upon their arrival. Read more

Category: 5-star
: 221
Swimming Pool
: 4
: 3
Distance to city centre: 1.4 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 22 km
Distance to airport: 24 km

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The Kamala dining scene seems to be changing faster than the seasons. Kamala is famous for the many small restaurants and bars set along the beach on a 1 km strip. Those restaurants are great for a slow and affordable breakfast by the sea, a lunch with a sea view or a great dinner with a sunset. Parallel to the beach, but behind a line of buildings is the ‘main street’ where you will find other favourite Thai restaurants such as Charoen Seafood at Kamala Dream, Blue Manao, and Sala Thai.

Smile Bar

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Smile Bar is a very popular beachfront restaurant and bar with a great location just across the beach and the sea. The place has been recently renovated and is brighter and very welcoming. The team is super friendly and speaks good English. The menu is great, but Smile Bar is well known for its grilled chicken!

Speciality: Thai and International
: 97/85 Kamala Beach Road Soi Kamala Police Station Kamala, Kathu District, Phuket 83150
Hours: 10 am – 12 am
Phone: 089 677 4851

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Boat Bar & Restaurant

Boat Bar restaurant in Kamala

Boat Bar is a simple but always popular restaurant on the beach, and the staff is very friendly. They serve a great range of Thai food and Pizza at an excellent price. Perfect for drinks at sunset too!

Speciality: Thai and International
Address: Kamala Road, Soi 16 Kamala, Kathu District, Phuket 83120
Open: 11 am – 10.30 pm
Phone: 083 175 7664
Price: Cheap

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Bella Vista Kamala

Bella Vista Italian restaurant on Kamala Beach

Speciality: Italian
Address: 97/82-84 Moo 3, Kamala, Kathu District, Phuket 83120
Hours: 9 am – 10 pm
Phone: 083 199 9922
Price: Affordable

Plum Premium Steakhouse at Cape Sienna

Cape Sienna Sunset Dinner

Plum and Vanilla Sky, its sister restaurant below, offer the Andaman Sea’s superb panoramic views with a sunset if you stay in Kamala.

Location: Cape Sienna
: 18/40 Moo 6, Layi-Nakalay Road, Kamala, Phuket 83150
Phone: 076 337 300

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Kamala Beach Nightlife

Kamala beach nightlife has evolved a lot since the arrival of Cafe Del Mar and HQ Beach Club. After all, there is still a bit of old-fashioned nightlife, and you are still in Phuket. Few ladies will probably call you “Hellooooo welcome!” when you walk past their bars, and it is always more fun to have a drink with a friendly company than alone. It is nowhere like Bangla Road, but it adds a bit of spice and colour to the street.

Cafe Del Mar

Cafe Del Mar Beach Club on Kamala Beach Phuket

Café Del Mar Phuket is one of the best beach clubs on the island. This well-known Ibiza brand found out this island was the right place for a beach party beach club with good music, great drinks and most of all, notorious parties.

Address: 118/19 Moo3, Kamala Beach, Kathu District, Phuket 83150
Open: 11 am – 2 am
Phone: 061 359 5500
Price: 1,000 baht minimum spend per single lounger per day, 3,000 baht minimum spend per double beach bed

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Pine Beach Bar

Pine Beach Club at Intercontinental Hotel Phuket on Kamala Beach

Pine Beach Bar is a recent and beautiful venue set right on the sand of Kamala Beach and part of the prestigious Intercontinental Hotel. With such a wide strip of soft white sand and a beautiful landscape, the north end of Kamala is an ideal place to spend the afternoon or watch the famous colourful sunsets of Phuket.

Address: 333, 333/3, Moo 3, Kamala Sub-district, Kathu District, Phuket 83150
Hours: 8 am – 12 am
Phone: 076 629 999

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Are There Beach Chairs in Kamala?

Beach chairs are back on 10% of the beach, so everyone should be happy, as shown in this picture taken from the same spot on the same day. On the left are beach loungers; on the right, there are none. Kamala is a beautiful but often underrated beach. It’s probably why many visitors are returning every year, knowing that the best way to keep your favourite beach to yourself is to keep it low profile!

Fast Facts about Kamala Beach

⛱️ Beach condition:Good
⛱️ Beach length:2 km
⛱️ Other beach nearby:Surin Beach
📷 Thing to do:Phuket Fantasea
🍴 Best restaurant:Jaras at Intercontinental Phuket
🍸 Best rooftop bar:Vanilla Sky
🍹 Best beach club:Cafe del Mar
🛎️ Best luxury hotel: Intercontinental Phuket Resort
🧳 Best mid range hotel: Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach
🚙 Distance to Patong Beach:10 km
🚙 Distance to Phuket Town:22 km
✈️ Distance from Phuket International Airport:24 km


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FAQs about Kamala beach

Q. Kamala is a quiet small town and has a few activities to offer beyond the immense and beautiful beach, including two immense theme parks:
Phuket Fantasea Park
Cafe del Mar
Laem Singh Beach
Surin Beach

a. There are dozens of hotels to choose from, and quite a few of them have direct beach access:
Cape Sienna
Hyatt Regency
Novotel Kamala
Intercontinental Phuket Resort
Paresa Resort

a. There are restaurants for all tastes and all budgets, but the best ones are those on the beach itself:
Restaurants on the beach
Silk at Andara Resort
Plum Premium Steakhouse at Cape Sienna
Sunset Grill at Hyatt Regency
Diavolo at Paresa Resort

a. Kamala Beach is on the west coast of Phuket:
22 km from Phuket International Airport
10 km from Patong Beach
27 km from Phuket Town

a. Kamala Beach is suitable for swimming, but caution is advised during the monsoon season due to rough waves, and powerful tides.

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!