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Best Beaches in Phuket – Enjoy sunny days on the shores of Phuket

Phuket is one of Thailand's top destinations for travellers, thanks to its many beaches and all the activities that come along with that. Keep reading to discover some of Phuket's best beaches.

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Nai Thon Beach

Looking for a quiet beachfront that's located along the west coast of Phuket? Nai Thon Beach is the one for you. If you're staying somewhere on the west coast like Avadina Hills by Anantara, the beach is about a 11-minute drive away. The good thing about it is that it doesn't attract as large crowds as some of the other beaches in the country. Make sure to visit this beach during the high season though, as this is when you'll encounter vendors. In the low season, the whole place is quite empty. However, if you value privacy over convenience, then peak season is fine too.

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Freedom Beach

With waters of turquoise that are crustal clear, this beach is a true beauty. The beach itself boasts a 300-metre stretch of soft, ivory sands. Like Nai Thon Beach, it has the advantage of being relatively less crowded than many of the other beaches in Phuket. Why? It's because accessing the beach is a bit trickier than it is for most others. You can get there one of two ways – you wither have to set off on a steep descent down a hill to reach it or else reach it by boat. As a result, it offers an enhanced level of seclusion. However, that's not to say that it doesn't come with amenities. There are restaurants set along the beach that come in handy when you work up an appetite or want to quench your thirst. But the type of vendors that can sometimes come off as the harassing types (e.g. those who try to get you to purchase rides on jet skis and the like) are usually not on this beach, making it even more tranquil.

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Ya Nui Beach

Among all the beach attractions across Phuket, one of the most unique might just be Ya Nui Beach. It's formed in the shape of the letter 'L' and is a relatively tiny beach (only 200 or so metres long). But it's got a lot of goods things going for it. From soft sands to clear waters that are great for snorkelling to rocky outcrops that are perfect for selfies, there's something for everyone here. And for your convenience, there are plenty of eateries and vendors in the area as well.

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Kata Beach

If you want to spend time at a popular beach that offers a range of amenities and activities and things to see and do, then Kata Beach is the one for you. From restaurants and hotels on the beach to smaller eateries, drink stalls and other vendors, this beach has it all. During the high season, you can enjoy snorkelling there, and when it's the low season, this beach is good for surfing.

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Layan Beach

Layan beach boasts a pristine sandy coastline; from here, you can even walk to an island just off the coast when the tide gets low.