8 White Sand Beaches in Phuket That You Need To Check Out
Being a tropical island, Phuket’s top vacation attractions are its beaches. There are so many varied beaches covering the entire coastline that you need to definitely pick out the ones which you want to visit. While all the beaches are pristine, they offer different things for different travellers. Yet one thing that stands out as a must-have is soft, powdery white sands, which really is most iconic of Phuket. Here’s a list of the best white sand beaches for you to choose from.
1. Bang Tao
One of the longest beaches in Phuket, the Bang Tao beach is about six kilometres long. Here you can be assured that you have a quiet spot to yourself to enjoy the beach thoroughly. It is one of the prettier beaches of Phuket with calm and warm waters. What’s more, it is fun for the entire family, including kids. It has recently become a trendy and upscale beach due to many high-end resorts lined there along with attractions like a private golf course, wakeboarding, horseback riding, and beach clubs to choose from.
2. Nai Harn
If you are looking for the whitest sand beach in Phuket, Nai Harn beach is the one. The beach is in a sheltered bay where you will find boats anchored in calm, azure blue waters. It has a very gently sloping soft seabed with lifeguards stationed which makes it suitable to go to with kids.
You’ve heard of white sand, but Karon beach has the squeakiest white sand. As soon as you step on it, you’ll hear a funny sound from this fine and soft sand. This beach is also almost perfectly straight all through its length of 3.3 kilometres. This popular family beach has something for everyone- so while you sunbathe while listening to the waves, the kids can play in the sand and build sand castles too.
Kata beach is the second-most popular beach in Phuket after Patong. It is also known to be one of the most laid-back beaches and refreshingly, have no tall buildings around. Instead, you will find the beach lined with palm trees to cool you down as you sunbathe. At its north end, you can see colourful long-tailed boats anchored to the shore. It is not too crowded most of the times, so you can just grab a coconut from one of the stalls and relax and watch the world go by.
5. Kata Noi
Right next to Kata beach is the Kata Noi (literally translating to ‘little Kata’) beach. This short 700 metres strip is also quieter than Kata beach, so you can relax in the quiet atmosphere laying in the finest white sands. You won’t find any beach vendors here, which gives it a feel of a private beach.
Classily lined by luxury resorts and homes, Surin beach is nicknamed the ‘Millionaire’s Row’. It is a clean and relatively uncrowded beach which is about one kilometre long. Here, the sand is fine and white, and the sea is bright blue and clear. You may also spot a celebrity here, so keep your camera handy.
One of the most popular beaches among tourists due to its proximity to hotels, Patong is known as the party capital of Asia. It’s beach is 2.5 kilometres long and can boast of a consistently lively atmosphere. Go there if you want to experience the people and the loud and crowded setting. If shopping makes you happy then know that hawkers begin setting up the market at about 6 pm and stay till late.
A short drive away from Patong beach is Freedom beach —a much quieter, secluded white sand beach in Phuket. Accessing the beach is somewhat difficult, but when you arrive there, you’ll immediately notice the crystal-clear water, clean white sand, and a backdrop of palm trees. There aren’t many restaurants here, so we would suggest that you carry your own food and drink.