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5 Most Top-Rated Beaches in Phuket - A beach to suit your every mood in Phuket!

Phuket has amazing beaches and is the major draw for most visitors to the island. With over thirty beaches to choose from, here are some top picks to include in your sojourn to Phuket.


Karon Beach

Karon beach is a beautiful stretch starting from Patong from the north towards Kata in the south. It is the third lengthiest beachside in Phuket! With soft, golden sand and turquoise water sparkling resplendently from the horizon, it's a beach lovers' paradise. It remains a popular beach in Phuket but is less packed than most beaches on the island. It's great for water sports like parasailing, jet skiing and kitesurfing.


Freedom beach

Situated on the west of Patong, Freedom Beach is one of the most immaculate beaches in Phuket. This beach takes us to an era before Thailand transformed into a tourist hub! Just a pure and lovely stretch of beach with a few solitary fishing boats. Snorkelling here is amazing! During the high season, the sea is visited by scores of tropical fish. However, snorkellers must bring their gear as there is very little commercial activity here. You can travel to Freedom beach by land, but the path is strenuous. An easier way to get up there is to take a long-tail boat.


Patong beach

This is the place to party in Phuket! You can anticipate a ton of action and vibrant nightlife, with the beachside surrounded by beach discos, bars, and restaurants. There is always a party in Patong, for those who want to enliven their nights on the island. Other than the social scene, the beach is pretty great too! There are loads of activities, like banana boats, parasailing, kayaking, and windsurfing. You can also relax with an invigorating Thai massage, renowned for its therapeutic properties. Plus, some of the best Phuket attractions can be found near Patong; shopping, markets, zip lines and much more.


Layan Beach

Located towards the northern extremity of Bangtao Beach, Layan Beach is often considered among the best beaches on the island. The serene coastline with swaying palm trees and blue sea is a picture postcard that comes to life. Its waters are subdued due to the proximity to Koh Kala.
This beach is a sanctuary for those who want some quiet moments of solitude beside a beach. It's also a very family-friendly location due to its shallow water, allowing young children to play at ease. Even great accommodations, such as Anantara Layan Phuket Resort are found nearby!


Ya Nui Beach

This beach is located between the stunning Windmill Viewpoint and Promthep Cape. Ya Nui is famous for its unusual rock formations around its crystal clear sea. This is a rather small beach, which adds to its appeal. You can find a range of stuff to do here, like snorkelling and kayaking. Kayaking to the nearby Nai Harn beach from Ya Nui is a popular kayak route. Its serene and calm atmosphere is just the place to capture a romantic sunset with your special someone!