Guide to Patong Beach
May29

Guide to Patong Beach

Patong is the most sought after beach in Thailand. Its two kilometer stretch is never bare. It has an array of things to be done and sights to see. It teems with tourists even in the off seasons. Northeast monsoon is the best time for families as the sea would be calm and smooth. On the other hand, the slightly rough choppy sea of the south west monsoon is perfect for the adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies. This makes this beach a tourist destination for the whole year round. Patong is a destination that caters to tourists of luxury to backpacker crowd. Due to the development in the infrastructure, Patong is home to many restaurants, hotels and pubs. It can be safely said that one will never run out of things to do in this place. You can be from the luxury circle or from the common circle, Patong cares for you just the way you need it to. Catering to this wide range of tourists has let Patong grow phenomenally. For those who just want to lay down kick back and relax, there are activities like sun bathing and Thai Massage. Local masseurs will be occupying the shady parts of the beach. These masseurs really help revive you from your stress and anxiety and let you cool down without burning a hole in your wallet. Jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, banana boat and Hobie Cats are some of the water sports that are available on the beach. All the equipment and safety gadgets such as life jackets are available on the beach itself for rent. All you have to do is strap in and have a blast. Volley ball and beach soccer are two other sports that are played on the beach. They are usually played by the home crowd and the locals don’t mind hanging with the tourists. This is also a good way to make some new friends as well. There are beach vendors who sell almost everything from souvenirs to eatables. Bargaining is an important part in doing business with these sellers, but the friendliness of it is enjoyed by both...

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Stay at the Hottest Resorts in Phuket!
May27

Stay at the Hottest Resorts in Phuket!

Phuket, an island off the coast of Thailand, is a fascinating tourist spot where it is fairly easy to find magnificent beach resorts. Phuket is one of the rare places in the world where many wonders are yet to be unraveled. Visitors have not yet set foot on many virgin beaches and jungles abounding in greenery. The island is endowed with comfortable tropical climate and a diversity of various Asian cultures. Here you will have so many things to do! At the inviting beach resorts, you will experience the luxury and serenity you never dreamt of, making your trip truly memorable. If you are planning to visit Phi-Phi islands, a part of the Maritime Park, the ideal place to stay would be the Holiday Inn resort. The beauty of Phi-Phi islands is enhanced by the sandy beaches, lovely palm trees and the bewitching limestone monoliths that draw the tourists to the spot year after year. The famous Hollywood movie, ‘The Beach’, displayed the grandeur of the beach landscapes, making it immensely popular. The Holiday Inn resort is a grand resort providing 77 rooms at prices starting from 7500 Baht. Cabana Hotel is another good choice in Phi-Phi Islands, with 162 rooms with all modern amenities for the ultimate comfort of the visitors at 4950 Baht and above. More economical resorts are also available that charge as low as 1500 Baht per night i.e. just 45 US dollars. If you intend to be treated to the most luxurious vacation that includes sun bathing, tanning, watching the grand ocean views and relaxing by the poolside, Katathani should be the ideal resort for you. Six restaurants cater to the taste buds of tourists, serving real Thai and European cuisines. To top it all, friendly attendants will take care of your personal needs. The invigorating spa sessions and plenty of entertainment and sports activities would simply make a new person out of you. Le meridian, Andaman Sea View Resort, Cape Panwa Hotel and Spa, Thara Patong beach resort are some of the other options for you to stay when you visit this bewitching place for experiencing sheer luxury, comfort and...

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Tri Trang Beach
Jul24

Tri Trang Beach

Just south of Patong Beach is Tri Trang Beach, a pretty little spot in Phuket that is often overlooked. Also known as Emerald Beach, Tri Trang Beach is a great beach spot for sunbathing and enjoying the scenery without the masses of people you see at Patong. The beach is about 500 meters long in all and is located close to the Merlin Beach Resort. It’s slightly scary that most people in Patong don’t even know where Tri Trang Beach is and yet it’s pretty much next door. Being a lesser-known beach, it’s the perfect spot for anyone who wants to escape Phuket’s tourist traps. Tri Trang Beach is pretty and has patches of grass along most of the beachfront. This Phuket beach is easy to find if you just head south along the beach road in Patong and turn left at the Amari Coral Beach Resort. Keep going until you reach the road that takes you down to the Tri Trang Resort. There are sun loungers on the beach a few scattered facilities and services. You can hire a jet-ski or take part in various other beach activities during high season. Swimming isn’t great at Tri Trang Beach because of all the rocks in the water. The real boon of this beach is that it’s quiet and scenic and a great spot for relaxing. There are occasionally beach parties held at Tri Trang. Image...

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Cape Panwa
Jul23

Cape Panwa

Cape Panwa, located in the southeast tip of Phuket, is a secluded spot and certainly one of the most striking areas on the island. The main beach at Cape Panwa is called Khao Khat Beach, or just Panwa Beach. While other Phuket beaches have succumbed to development, Panwa Beach has retained much of its beauty and the tourism and property boom is yet to really hit the area. Panwa Beach is a beautiful spot, but the water is rather shallow and the sand a bit gravly. This isn’t the best place for swimming or snorkeling. Panwa Beach is located close to a number of high-end accommodation options. There are several Cape Panwa hotels and resorts worthy of your attention, including Sri Panwa, the Novotel Panwa Beach Resort and the Cape Panwa Hotel. Cape Panwa is easy enough to get to. From Phuket City, you just follow Sakadit Road all the way south. Just keep going and you’ll eventually find Panwa Beach. You can park on the main road to gain access to Panwa Beach. Panwa Beach isn’t such a hive of tourism and so there are comparatively few facilities on the beach. Food and drinks can be bought from the Beach Bar and there are a couple of other small places to eat. Just around the corner from Panwa Beach is Ao Yon (Yon Bay), which is a similar spot to Panwa Beach. The water is a bit murky and there are lots of boats, meaning that Ao Yon isn’t an ideal place to go swimming. The sand isn’t too powdery, but the scenery is rather charming. On a sunny day, Ao Yon is a beautiful spot, it’s just not your typical beach paradise. To get to Ao Yon, you head south along Sakadit Road, past Borrae Trading and turn right at the second Novotel sign. Turn left at the T-junction, then hang a left. You can park on the road and walk down to the beach. Image...

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Ao Sane

Ao Sane could be a great Phuket beach, but it falls a bit short of basic requirements. Ao Sane is located past Nai Harn Beach, through the Le Meridien Yacht Club and along the narrow road until you get to a wooden bridge. Stop and park at the bridge (limited spaces) and walk down to the beach. It’s a quiet spot and there are hardly any people about, which is always a plus point, but the state of this Phuket beach means that it’s not really worth making the effort to visit when Nai Harn Beach is so close by. Ao Sane has sand, but it’s more like gravel than the fine white powder you may have hoped for. The beach itself is tiny, with a restaurant and bar serving average Thai food and drinks. The water isn’t great for swimming, given the large number of rocks in it, but it’s suitable for a paddle. Here’s a tip: When there are elections in Phuket, all the bars stop serving alcohol. There are some bars that are a little off the police radar. We’ll leave it to your imagination to figure the rest out. To sum up, Ao Sane is nothing special but you might appreciate the seclusion of the area during Phuket’s busier...

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Freedom Beach
Jul09

Freedom Beach

Freedom Beach is hidden away round the corner from the southern end of Patong Beach. You can only get there by boat (longtail usually), either from Patong Beach (1,000 to 1,5000 baht) or Tri Trang Beach (about 500 baht). You could also take a speedboat for a little more, but for the kind of beach it is, it looks a lot better to arrive by longtail. Freedom Beach is about 300 meters long. It definitely ranks as one of the most beautiful Phuket beaches. The sand is near white and the water is clear. Although it was hard hit by the tsunami, Freedom Beach still has some coral reefs, which will no doubt grow and reach their former levels as time goes by. Snorkeling is decent at Freedom Beach, but not as good as in other places. There are better spots around Phuket for watching the marine life, but it’s the beach itself that’s the real attraction here. Freedom Beach is a private beach, but members of the public are allowed to go there. The beach has a few small restaurants and some toilet facilities. There are no banana boats and jet-skis at Freedom Beach and the locals who work there keep the entire area spotless. Image...

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Laem Singh Beach

For a long time, Laem Singh Beach was something of a hidden jewel in Phuket’s crown. Now that Laem Singh Beach is more well known, there are larger numbers of tourists to compete with during high season, but the beach is still a beautiful little spot, just north of Patong Beach. Tucked away between Surin Beach and Kamala Beach, Laem Singh Beach requires a sharp descent down a path that is more like a nature trail. Once you reach the bottom, there is 150 meters of beachfront to gawp at. The location is perfect, hidden in a small bay surrounded by hills and palm trees. During high season, there are a few annoying jet-skis doing the rounds. Laem Singh Beach is never too crowded, though, especially during low season. In high season, you might also discover that it is difficult to find a parking space. If you do manage to park somewhere, a Thai guy may come and collect a “fee” of 40 baht per car. Laem Singh Beach isn’t the most modern Phuket beach, so there are only a handful of restaurants and bars dotted about the place along with a few sun loungers. Swimming is pretty good at Laem Singh Beach, although surfing isn’t an option. Snorkelling is possible at the northern end of the beach. There are also massage ladies if you fancy a spot of pampering. The food at Laem Singh Beach is mostly standard Thai fare without any real surprises. There is also some Italian food. Beer is cheap enough and there are cocktails on offer, too. Of course, one of the main draws of Laem Singh Beach are the famous Sunday parties that happen at Laem Singh Lounge Bar at the far end of the beach. Soundwave Sundays are pretty much the only decent beach parties in Phuket. These parties are popular with the expat crowd and there is usually a decent DJ playing. Don’t go expecting a star-studded mega-party. Soundwave Sundays aren’t the glitz and glamor some websites make them out to be. The parties are just laid-back affairs where people can drink and dance until the early hours of the...

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Bang Tao Beach
Jun21

Bang Tao Beach

At eight kilometers long, Bang Tao Beach is one of the longest Phuket beaches. The crescent-shaped bay is blessed with pure white sand and beautiful water. Bang Tao Beach is a popular spot with windsurfers and is also home to the luxury Laguna Phuket complex, which comprises five world-class resorts. Laguna Phuket dominates the central part of Bang Tao Beach. If you have the money to do so, you can really find paradise without having to leave your resort. The northern end of Bang Tao Beach is a quiet spot with some decent places for swimming and sunbathing. Sun loungers are dotted along the coast and there are also a few jet-skis disturbing the peace here and there. The nearby horse-riding club is the reason why you might catch a few horses trotting along the beach. For the most part, however, Bang Tao Beach feels unspoiled and is one of the highlights of Phuket that seems to have the right balance of beauty and development. Being a little bit of a high-end destination, the restaurants tend to be a touch more expensive than some of the other areas, but there is some great food to be sampled. For the most part, however, Bang Tao Beach has a very local, chilled feel, far removed from the likes of Patong Beach. There are also quite a few bars along Bang Tao Beach. The northern and southern areas are the most scenic. Swimming isn’t great in low season and the water can be rather deep, making it dangerous for unconfident swimmers. There are lots of sun loungers on the beach, although many of these belong to the resorts. There are a number of guesthouses at Bang Tao Beach, as well as spas, English pubs and...

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Rawai Beach
Jun21

Rawai Beach

Rawai Beach is located in Southern Phuket and is often ignored by visitors to the island, meaning that it’s less crowded and more peaceful than some of the other Phuket beaches. Rawai used to be one of the most popular Phuket beaches, but since improvement to Phuket’s road network, Rawai Beach has gradually slid down the order of merit, which is usually a sign that a beach is worth visiting. Rawai Beach is well shaded, but is perhaps not the best place for swimming, given the large number of boats just off the coast. The water is shallow at best and leaves mud flats and rocks when the tide is low. For a real glimpse of Thai culture, Rawai Beach is a great place to mingle with the local community and check out the Sea Gypsies. The area is chilled and has enough restaurants and shops. There aren’t many sun loungers at Rawai Beach and watersports aren’t popular in the area. It is, however, possible to catch a boat to one of the nearby islands or other beaches. The seafood market and Sea Gypsy village at the east end of Rawai Beach are an experience and there are lots of places to grab a bite to eat and watch the world breeze by. The food is generally superior and cheaper when compared with places such as Patong Beach and Karon Beach. There is a walkway along the beach where restaurants and vendors serve food. Rawai Beach is still popular among Thai families out for a picnic. Although Rawai Beach isn’t ideal for sunbathing and regular beach activities, it is interesting to sit back and watch the seafaring side of Thai life getting on with its business. Thankfully, there isn’t a banana boat in sight. Image...

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Yanui Beach
Jun21

Yanui Beach

Yanui Beach, which you might see written as Ya Nui or Yanoi, is a quiet little cove located near Nai Harn Beach. Yanui Beach is a scenic spot that is an ideal place for swimming, kayaking and snorkeling. The whole area is beautiful and the sand is perfect. As Yanui Beach is only about 300 meters long, it has been spared development that plagues the likes of Patong Beach. The southern end of the beach is bit rocky for comfortable swimming and Yanui Beach can be fairly busy during high season thanks to its compact nature. As well as the numerous vendors that frequent Yanui Beach, there are a couple of restaurants selling seafood and other Thai dishes. Body boarding is popular at the beach, although surfing isn’t all that great here. Across the road from Yanui Beach there are a couple of bungalow resorts if you fancy staying. Yanui Beach is a sleepy area that for a long time was one of Phuket’s best-kept secrets, but more people seem to be discovering it these days. This beach remains one of the most beautiful spots in Phuket. Yanui Beach was hard hit by the tsunami in 2004, but everything is pretty much back to normal now — although it took a lot of hard work by a lot of people to make it that way...

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