Best places to visit in Phuket
Unless you enjoy overdeveloped beaches, Patong Beach should be avoided. Unfortunately, this area is also where many hotels are located, so most first time visitors end up in Patong for lack of knowledge. The beach is crowded and full of vendors and touts. The water and sand is also not particularly clean. That being said, the nightlife in this area is the best in Phuket. You’ll find the widest range of bars, clubs, restaurants, etc in the streets behind Patong Beach. If you really must stay here and want to find a nice beach close by, Freedom Beach is nearby and accessible by boat, but you are much better off heading to another part of the island. However, for visitors looking to party, Patong is where all the action is.
Kata Beach – Best Beach for Wannabe Surfers
Now we’re talking. Just off the southern coast of Phuket, these 2 islands have some of the whitest sand beaches and clearest azure waters in Phuket. The snorkeling here is excellent, tropical fish are everywhere and easy to see in the clear waters. Scuba diving on Raya Island is also possible and can be done with or without a license.These islands make an easy day trip for snorkeling and lazing away on white sand beaches.
Laguna Beach – Best Beach for Families
Nai Yang Beach is near the international airport and is one of the premier spots in Thailand for kite surfing, due to its consistent breeze, shallow water, and soft waves. The calm waters here also make it a great spot for some stand up paddle surfing! There are no jet skis here and only a few local boats ply the waters so you can surf to your heart’s content in the protected waters off the beach. The beach itself is also quieter and more serene than other Phuket beaches, with a more local vibe. A great place to relax after a board session or to laze away an afternoon.
Mai Khao Beach – Best Beach for Privacy
The Similan Islands are a chain of islands forming a national park off the Khao Lak coast, 1 hour north of Phuket. One of the world’s best diving spots, the islands also have arguably the best beaches in Thailand due to the island’s protected status. Only limited amounts of camping are allowed on the island, so the beaches are beautiful and unspoiled. If you want to get away to an island paradise, this is the place to do it. If you are interested in diving or snorkeling, this is also one of the best dive spots in the world with almost 20 m of visibility and plenty of ocean life to discover. The islands are easily accessible from Phuket and makes a perfect day trip.