Which beaches are good during the rainy season in Phuket?
When it’s rainy season in Phuket, the sea is sometimes rough on the west coast where all the popular beaches and hotels are… but if you still want to swim in the ocean, where should you go?
We get a lot of questions between June and October, which are usually the rainy season months in Phuket. Phuket is quite a big island, so you will need transportation to those isolated beaches. Those beaches are not the greatest; some can be a bit rocky, but it’s better than no beach. Ideally, you should have your car or bike to get there as some are remote or a little hard to find.
Even though we know conditions are usually better on those beaches, it’s never 100% sure, so please remember: Use your common sense and always experience caution! (and respect those red flags when you see them).
This one is probably the best beach for the low season as it has decent swimming conditions and is closed to Patong and Karon. Just be aware that there is a small entry fee of 100 baht (at the time we write this page). The place has plenty of beach chairs and a couple of bars and restaurants, so you are all set for the day.
Tri Trang beach is also very close to Patong beach. Currently, a massive luxury resort is under construction, but it is still a good option and very easy to access.
2. Ao Yon Beach
Ao Yon is tricky to find on a cape near the east coast, but it is quite a nice place. It has a few beach bars and restaurants to enjoy after a swim.
3. Rawai Beach
At first, Rawai doesn’t appear to be a real swimming beach because of the many longtails and speedboats parked in the middle section, but you can stay and play at each end; it’s quiet, and you get to try some amazing seafood too!
4. Layan Beach
(near Bangtao, middle of the island)
Layan is a great spot if you stay in one of many Bangtao beach resorts such as Banyan Tree and Dusit Thani Phuket. At first, the sea seems rough, but keep walking to the island you see at the northern end, and you should have enough shelter to swim. Just remember to use your common sense and be safe!
(very north of Phuket)
Haad Pak Phra is not easy to find even though it’s just next to the Sarasin Bridge connecting Phuket island to the mainland. It’s not the greatest beach in Phuket, but we can’t be picky about finding a swimming beach during the low season. The best way to reach it (and sure, you need to have a car) is to use Google Maps to find the right road to that beach. If you want it simpler, you can also cross the bridge and swim in front of Thanoon Seafood; this way, you will have access to great seafood and drinks!
UPDATE: Access to Laem Ka beach was just close for construction reasons
Laem Ka hides at the end of a tiny street somewhere close to Rawai, and you will need a bike or a car and a Google map to find it. It is a little run down and isolated in low season, but that’s the price to pay for a swim!
Map of Phuket Beaches for Low Season