Phuket is world renowned for it’s sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. At the last count, there were over 25 beaches, all of which are conveniently located within approx half an hour of Phuket Town. Thavorn Grand Plaza offers guests a free shuttle bus to Karon Beach (approx 25 mins) leaving at 10am everyday and returning at 3.30pm and 7.30pm. There is an abundance of motorbikes, taxis, cars (either self drive or with driver included) and Tuk Tuks (small red vans with open back and sides) available to hire in the town so Thavorn Grand Plaza offers the perfect base for exploring all of the island’s spectacular beaches, bays and coves. For a cheap public transport alternative, flag down a ‘Song Taew’ bus (a truck with open back and sides) with services running to many of the beaches around the island. Just check out the Song Taew’s destination on the front of the bus, stick out an arm (there are no bus stops in Phuket) and hop on the back when it slows to a stop. Buses leave Phuket Town approximately every 30 mins, depending on passenger numbers, 7 days a week between the hours of 6am and 6pm and are ideal for backpackers operating on a minimal budget.
The Thavorn Palm Beach Resort located at Karon Beach and Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa located at Nakalay Bay, occupy prime positions along the island’s stunning west coast. Both resorts are minutes away from the many famous and beautiful beaches, all with a unique and individual character of their own waiting for you to discover. A free daily shuttle bus service from both resorts is provided to nearby Patong Beach (one way only) and the front desks at the resorts can arrange transport for you to explore the island’s other popular beaches.
This guide to beaches in Phuket provides you with all you need to know about the main beaches, including the key beach and inland activities, dining options and nightlife. We also throw in some information on the lesser known gems tucked away along the stunning coastlines, to help you avoid the crowds and find your own slice of paradise.
West Coast Beaches
The most popular beaches on the island span the western coastline where since the beginning of time the powerful force of nature, in the form of crashing waves during the monsoon season, have carved out spectacular bays with pristine white sand. This is where we begin our guide to Phuket beaches with the first name that springs to mind when you think of beach resorts in Phuket.
South and South East Coast Beaches
The beaches dotted along the South and South East coastline will never be able to compete with the splendour, glamour and world class tourist appeal of their neighbours on the western coast. However, their true value to the island’s tourist industry should not be underestimated with many of the beaches providing essential services and access to activities that enable Phuket to revel in it’s reputation as one of the world’s top holiday destinations.
Gateway to the Andaman Sea
The stunning coastline around Phuket and the nearby famous islands in the crystal clear, azure waters of the Andaman Sea provide unrivalled opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving, sea fishing, sea kayaking and island hopping boat tours. The ‘working beaches’ of the South and South East coastline is where all the fun and excitement begins.