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Updated by Lucie Aurore on Jun 01, 2016
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Best Beaches in Phuket - The forefront of Phuket Beach Life

What does one look forward to on an island vacation, than the sun-kissed, palm fringed beaches? Here are five top beaches in Phuket to be ticked off your "Must-Visit" list.


Patong Beach

With its wide range of activities and vibes that thrum with life, Patong beach is the most famous beach in Phuket. Phuket beachfront villas, restaurants and bars all don a different life as the night falls, making Patong THE place to party. The nightlife of the area makes Patong stand apart from the rest, but it also means that no rest may be found for the weary traveller in these parts. Overwhelmingly vibrant streets basking in neon lights invites the young and the reckless to these parts. The unofficial motto of survival in Patong is "Mai pen rai", which is the Thai equivalent of Hakuna Matata – "don't worry, be happy!"


Layan Beach

Layan beach is a tranquil stretch of beach that is removed from the hustle of tourists and views of jet skis and beach umbrellas that obstruct the view of the sea. As the beach area is sheltered by a small island called Koh Kala, the waters are quite calm in Layan beach making it a safe, peaceful experience. The island of Koh Kala itself can be explored by renting a kayak, and would make you feel like a true explorer. As only a few property adorns the area, a stay at one of the villas such as Anantara Layan Phuket Resort would enable you to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of being far from the maddening crowds.


Kata Beach

Kata beach is the middle ground, standing between tremendous tranquillity and prolific parties. The wide white sands and crystal clear waters entrance many visitors to Kata beach, which is a favourite family destination. Kata beach has a happening but not overwhelming nightlife, spectacular views, good restaurants, great shopping malls and an abundance of shops to sate even the hungriest shopper.


Kata Noi Beach

Little Kata beach is a little way off Kata beach and is a little paradise with very little to do other than relax and enjoy the scenery. This is the perfect beach to walk along the soft wet sands leaving footprints to be erased by the sparkling foam as it repeatedly embraces the golden sand in a never-ending dance of love. Kata Noi does get the attention of surfers during the monsoonal period of May-October, which also marks a risky period for swimming in the sea.


Mai Khao Beach

Located on the northwest coast of Phuket, Mai Khao is the longest beach in Phuket running for 11km at a stretch. Being a part of the Sirinat National Park, the beach is mostly untouched by any form of human intervention making it a mist-visit for the solitude it offers. It possible for you to walk for miles on the sands of Mai Khao, which incidentally is supposed to be the coarsest sand found in Phuket, without laying eyes on another person. Mai Khao, which translates to "white wood", is a beach sought for its geological significance as it is dangerous to swim in the waters from May to November, due to its sudden drop into the Andaman Sea.