Paradise Beach Phuket
UPDATE: There is now a 200 Baht entrance fee to enter Paradise beach.
Paradise Beach Phuket is just 4 kilometers from Patong Beach and consists of 2 small sandy bays with blue water, soft sand and coconut trees. You will find there plenty of beach chairs, bars, restaurants, shops and massive parties on some nights. Yes, Paradise Beach is small, remote and not easy to find if you don’t know but it is becoming increasingly popular, especially since it hosts the now famous Phuket Full Moon Parties.
Paradise beach used to be difficult to find, until a concrete road made it easier to reach. It suddenly became very popular as it is very close to Patong and it was a bit like discovering a secret beach. This Robinson Crusoe atmosphere is long gone but Paradise still has a lot to offer. If the main beach gets too crowded for you, walk 100 meters to the left above a small hill and a fly of stairs will take you to a surprisingly quiet sandy cove.
The Main Beach
If you ever explored this beach in the past, you will probably have a shock as the main beach has tremendously changed in recent years. It was always a bit crowded with a lot of beach chairs and a couple of restaurants, but it now looks more like a cross-breed between a village and a shopping mall. All around the beach are restaurants, shops, bars, stages, dance floors and more colorful shops. It’s not to everyone’s taste and the entrance is not free, but apparently it still attracts crowds.
How to get to Paradise Beach
On your own: From Patong Beach, drive south to the bridge leading to the well-known ‘Amari Phuket‘, and turn left right after the bridge. Then follow for few kilometers until you reach the ‘Marriott Merlin Beach Resort’ on your left and the nice Tri Trang Beach on your right. A sign pointing to ‘Paradise Beach’ a the bottom of the hill will show you to continue further for another 2 or 3 kilometers. The road is quite narrow, but nicely paved which makes it fairly easy (too easy). You will arrive on a large parking which can accommodate about twenty cars and a lot of bikes. From there a shuttle will take you to the beach (again it’s now all free).
By Shuttle: Look for the yellow truck at Jungceylon mall, it’s free and every 30 minutes. (see map)
- 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, every 30 minutes
- 9:00 am to 4:00 am, every 30 minutes for Full Moon Party
There are at least 2 types of parties on Paradise beach: Full Moon and Half Moon. Obviously the Full Moon Party is the most popular. There is an entrance fee to join but at least there are plenty of free shuttles between Patong and Paradise Beach on those nights. See the schedule here