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The soft sands and crystal waters of Phuket make it a must-see beach destination, with winding coastal roads that offer access to everything from busy, bustling tourist spots to more remote getaways. Here are the ten best beaches to visit in Phuket for a taste of what Thailand has to offer.

1. PATONG BEACH

The most famous beach in Phuket, Patong Beach boasts various opportunities for activities and nightlife along its 3.5km stretch. Patong Beach features bustling restaurants, upscale shopping, and bars in an exotic, neon-lit atmosphere. By day, visitors can experience water activities like parasailing and jet skis, along with a scenic vista to enjoy.

2. KATA BEACH

The white sands of Kata Beach offers a charming destination for families, with safe swimming, delicious restaurants, name-brand fashion shops, and souvenir shops. The Kata Beach area is a prime spot for surfers during the months of May to October, and offers a calm, sunny repose from November to April. Kata Beach is home to a beautiful coral reef and a variety of sea life. Local fishers can often be spotted catching their suppers on the rocks of Kata Beach.

3. PARADISE BEACH

Paradise Beach provides a quiet, relaxed beach experience. The small bay is surrounded by rocky points, giving it an air of seclusion. Paradise Beach retains its natural beauty and offers a gorgeous island getaway with some shaded areas to sit and a small restaurant. Paradise Beach is far from busy roads and tourist crowds, making it a great place to enjoy the quiet scenery during low and high season.

4. NAI HARN BEACH

Nai Harn Beach is a pristine, sandy beach nestled between rolling hills. This quiet beach is more laid back than the touristy areas on the west coast, but still has the hotels and restaurants needed for a great stay. Nai Harn beach is popular with the locals for its protected bay that remains busy, but not crowded.

5. KARON BEACH

As the second-longest beach in Phuket, Karon Beach is divided into three areas: Karon Lake, Karon Center, and Beachfront Road. Karon Lake occasionally hosts fairs and markets, while Karon Center offers food, shopping, and nightlife. Karon Beachfront Road winds from the lake to the beach and is dotted with hotels and luxurious resorts.

6. SURIN BEACH

Surin Beach is defined by gorgeous sand, clear waters, and plentiful dining options. It’s one of the nicest beaches in the area, complete with trendy shopping centers and restaurants for any budget. Though Surin Beach maintains a small-village feel, the area has grown in recent years with major housing and hotel developments.

7. LAEM SINGH BEACH

Laem Singh Beach is a great tropical experience in any weather. The lush greenery surrounding the beach offers a spectacular view for this once-remote area that is not visible from the road. Laem Singh Beach has some great restaurant choices and plenty of room for large crowds, though its seclusion means it is often overlooked by tourists.

8. KAMALA BEACH

Quiet and laid-back in an enclosed bay surrounded by hills, Kamala Beach affords sunbathers with a great view of calm waters and soft sands. Kamala Beach is wavefa-facebookree from November to April and offers safe swimming even amongst the larger swells of May to October. The northern end of the beach gives visitors the opportunity to snorkel.

9. BANGTAO BEACH

The Bangtao Beach area, once used for tin mining, is now studded with sweeping luxury resorts and villas that offer private beach amenities. The northern point offers seclusion and stunning coral, as it has remained largely undeveloped. Minutes away from Bangtao Beach lies Cherng Talay, a small fishing and farming village. The resorts of Bangtao Beach provide guests with everything needed for a relaxing beach stay, included swimming pools, spas, pool-side food and bar services.

10. KATA NOI BEACH

Kata Noi Beach sits south of Kata Beach and boasts one of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches. The somewhat-undeveloped area gives a more secluded feel than the more populated Kata Beach and doesn’t have the bustle of beach vendors to distract visitors from the stunning view. This beach is accessed by following a narrow road from Kata Beach, where stunning resorts can be found.

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