- Bay - Cape - Beach
Phuket's principal boat anchorage and the island's
largest bay. Ao Chalong has a long flat, shallow, muddy bottom; at ebbtide,
waters recede as much as one kilometer. It is very picturesque but not
for swimming. Most visitors to the islands south of Phuket depart from
Chalong pier, and the bay's restaurants are well known for their seafood.
Charters to various places can be arranged from there, and it is the center
of the island's yachting businesses. To get there take Jao Fah Tawan Tok
Rd., or Jao Fah Tawan Okk Rd., to Chalong Circle. The pier and a number
of restaurants are located on the short road leading to the beach from
A small bay with many rocks and corals. Snorkeling
and diving are possible. For sunbathers, this secluded, curving strand
north of Nai Han offers some privacy. A small open air restaurant supplies
food and drink. To get there go through the parking lot of the Phuket
Yacht Club hotel and follow the road to Ao Sehn, about 1/2 km.
Ka cape is a popular stop for Thai visitors to
the island. Located at the extreme southwest of Chalong Bay. South of
the point is Leam Ka Beach, a sandy strip dotted with rocks and boulders.
The extensive coral reefs offshore make for interesting snorkeling mornings.
Bungalows, Thai food, and boat charters to the islands are available.
Ka Cape is 7 kms. west of Chalong Circle.
Phrom Thep Cape
"Phrom" is Thai for Hindu "Brahma"signifying purity,
and "Thep" means 'God'. Phromthep is a headland stretching into the sea
and forming the extreme south-end of Phuket. It has been prominent feature
for mariners since of early seafarers from the sub-continent, remains
of whose journey's have been found all along the Malay-peninsula's west
From Rawai Beach turn right and go for 2 kms.
The cape has tall cliffs on the south, and was formerly called by local
villagers "Leam Jao" (The Gods' Cape). From the cliffs running down to
the boulders at the sea is a line of palm trees. Emerald green currents
swirl in the deep water and breakers hurl themselves in vain against the
rocky point : it is one of Phuket 's most inspiring vistas. From Promthep
Cape, which is the most beautiful place to catch Phuket's famous sunset,
a road leads northwest to Nai Han Beach.
Site of the Chao Ley or Sea Gipsy village, many
restaurants and bungalows, shell handicraft shops, and both fishing and
charter boats to the nearby islands. The beach itself is suitable for
swimming. Rawai is 7 kms. west of Chalong Circle
The smallest of Phuket's three main tourist beaches,
Kata is different in appearance and style from Karon or Patong. The beach
itself is broad and curving, and structures bordering it are low–rise.
The waters are perfect for swimming, and at the north end is a coral reef
with many varied corals and fishes which stretches out toward Poo Island.,
about 1/2 km off shore. Facilities for every price range include hotels,
bungalows, tour companies, restaurants, bars and clubs. There is regular
bus service to and from Phuket town during daytime.
Kata Noi Beach
South of Kata is Kata Noi, a smaller beach with
only a few hotels and little other development. The beach is superb. Many
fish inhabit the rocks and corals along the beachless shoreline stretching
south. To get there take the narrow beach road up over the hill from Kata.
The second largest of Phuket's principal tourist
beaches. Large resort complexes line the road back of the beach, but the
strand itself, long and broad, has no development. The sand is very white,
and squeaks audibly when walked on. The southern point has a fine coral
reef stretching toward Kata and Poo Island. Restaurants, bars, tour companies
and other non-hotel businesses are at the north end, near the traffic
circle, and at the south, on the little road connecting the back road
with the beach road. The narrow road between Kata and Karon has a number
of small businesses as well as the Dino Park Mini Golf facility. Karon
is the most up-scale of Phuket's beaches. Regular daytime bus service
to and from Phuket Town.
Nai Han Beach
A popular swimming beach and yacht anchorage during
the dry season. The beach is fine, but big waves strike it during the
wet season, making swimming dangerous. Regular bus service to and from
Phuket town during daytime. Nai Han is just north of Phrom Thep Cape.
From this point can be seen the bays of Kata Noi,
Kata and Karon, and also Poo Island. It is one of the island's best views.
A large public sala, or shelter is there for visitors, and several vendors
sell food, drinks, and souvenirs in the area when the weather is nice.
The viewpoint is between Kata and Nai Han Beach.
This is Phuket's central tourist and night time
entertainment district. Over the years, Patong has turned from a fishing
village into one of the island's two cities. The famous bay and 4 km.
beach is know as a centre of entertainment with restaurants catering to
every nationality. Live music can be found in most pubs and bars. Accommodations
range from budget to five-star. Shopping opportunities appear to be endless.
In addition, there are many tour companies waiting to help visitors plan
their vacations. Some of the options available are listed below
This beach is really a continuation north of Patong's
strand, from which it is separated by some rocks. It is not yet developed
and thus affords some privacy. At the back of the beach are accommodations.
The waters contain extensive coral reefs.
Kamala is a Muslim fishing village north of Patong.
Tourist development on the beach much of which is covered by a Muslim
graveyard and a police outpost has been slow in coming. Buffalo herds
still come down to the beach to cool off in the afternoon. The beach is
beautiful and about 2 kms. in length. There are accommodations ranging
from guesthouse to international class, and a number of small Thai restaurants
specializing in seafood for the tourist. Kamala is the perfect place to
get away from it all and has little to offer in the way of entertainment
for that go across the mountains to Patong. Regular bus service to and
from Phuket Town during daytime; tuk-tuk service available to Patong,
5 kms. away on the new road.