Home to the largest concentration of beaches in Thailand, Phuket boasts soft stretches of sand and crystal clear waters. With 540 square kilometres of island, winding coastal roads offer easy access to some of the best beaches in the world as well as some of the most stunning views. While some of the more popular tourist beaches can get a little crowded, there are many Phuket beaches that offer seclusion and relaxation. All Phuket beaches are great for working on your tan and swimming and snorkelling, although some can be unpredictable during the monsoon season.
Freedom Beach: Although it's not an easy beach to get to, it does offer some of the most sparkling water and white sand you have ever seen! A completely private and secluded escape, it’s highly likely you will have this place all to yourself. Accessible by boat, the beach can also be reached on foot, as long as you're prepared to hike the 1km through private jungle.
Banana Beach: Once the best kept secret of all the Phuket beaches, Banana has been discovered and is now very popular with tourists. Despite this rise in the number of visitors, the beach is still absolutely spectacular and isn't detracted from by the amount of other holiday makers who visit.
Paradise Beach: One of the lesser known Phuket beaches, Paradise lives up to its name with rocky headlands and sheltered bays offering a picturesque and private atmosphere. The beach is nicer than some of the more popular Phuket beaches which have been affected by the large number of tourists.
Kata Noi Beach: Not far from one of the more popular Phuket beaches, this beach has avoided much of development that has occurred elsewhere. With very few visitors and no vendors, the beach enjoys a level of privacy rarely seen at any of the other Phuket beaches.
Kata Beach: Although it is one of the loveliest Phuket beaches, Kata is also very popular and therefore quite busy. There is a lot of tourist activity both on and around the beach so be sure to arrive early to secure a spot in the shade.
Laem Singh Beach: Like many on the once-hidden gems of the Phuket beaches, this one too was a quiet little spot that only those in the know visited. These days the place is full of tourists, but who could blame them when the beach is still so stunning?
Nai Harn Beach: This beautiful beach is rarely crowded, which is surprising considering it's lovely soft white sand and gently sloping shore that lazily makes its way down to meet the Andaman Sea. A wonderful spot to relax, you'll enjoy plenty of peace and quiet on this little slice of heaven.
Nai Thon Beach: Part of the Sirinath National Park, this beach is far less developed than many of the other Phuket beaches. A visit to this beach is a unique experience thanks to the squeaky sand and with one whole kilometre of it to enjoy, you'll have plenty of space to spread out.
Bang Tao Beach: One of the best Phuket beaches to visit if you like convenience of shopping and accommodation right on the beachfront, this beach is home to the renowned Laguna Complex featuring a number of high end resorts and even a private golf course.
Kamala Beach: The ultimate family destination of the Phuket beaches, Kamala offers two kilometres of beautiful white sand, away from the hustle of Patong. Once a fishing village, Kamala is now a charming little town lucky enough to be home to such a lovely beach.