Our Guide to the Most Blissful Beaches in Phuket

The largest island in Thailand, this region is teeming with hidden coastal paradises and encapsulates beachside bliss. Here's our exclusive list of the best

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Often referred to as the Pearl of the Andaman, it’s not hard to see why Phuket is such a popular spot for visitors to southeast Asia.

Adorned by ribbons of pearly white, palm-fringed beaches laced together by dramatic rock formations, Phuket is beautifully diverse.

All of the beaches in Phuket are completely unique—from the luxurious and vibrant resorts and beach clubs that line the northwest coast, to the peaceful beaches in the far south, nestled away by the tropical jungle. Meanwhile, the west coast beaches are where people head for exhilarating water sports and Go-Go bars.

We reveal some of the top beaches in and around Phuket.

Freedom Beach

Incredibly beautiful, clean, and tranquil, you wouldn’t believe this hidden gem is only 10 minutes away from Patong Beach (the busiest beach on the island). Only accessible by longtail boat, Freedom Beach is the place to go for complete peace and relaxation. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may wish to climb the cement stairs at the northern end of the beach for breath-taking panoramas of colourful reefs and crystalline waters.


A long stretch of sun-soaked, sandy bliss, Kata is considered one of the most popular beaches in Phuket. Divided into two sections, it attracts hundreds of people every day due to its ideal blend of endless beauty, fun activities, and top facilities—but the beach doesn’t ever feel crowded. Expect spectacular sunsets, one of the best swimming spots on the island and a great choice of shops and places to eat.

Karon Beach

Boasting a blissful combination of silky golden sand, unbelievable turquoise waters and a laid-back vibe, Karon is situated between Patong and Kata. While very popular, it’s the third longest beach on the island so it’s much more peaceful than its neighbouring beaches. Unwind to the gentle sounds of rolling waves, or enjoy a spot of swimming, parasailing, or snorkelling.

Paradise Beach

As I’m sure you can imagine from the name, stepping foot on this beach is like walking into a postcard. Sheltered by large granite rocks and tropical flora, we think this little pocket of paradise is one of Phuket’s most attractive beaches. As there’s a small fee to access this beach and no jet skis are allowed to get too close, you’ll discover a wonderfully calm atmosphere here. Snorkellers will love the teeming coral reef just 100 metres offshore, but it’s a good idea to wear water shoes as the ocean floor does have some sharp areas of rock and coral.

Phra Nang Cave Beach

This beach is truly one of a kind. You will be treated to marvellous scenery of towering rock formations, emerald jungles, exotic wildlife and, of course, a crystal-clear turquoise sea. However, this coastal spot is best known for Phra Nang Cave, also known as Princess Cave; the spectacular fertility shrine here makes Phra Nang an entirely unique and memorable attraction.

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