About Phuket’s Beaches.
Phuket’s best, the most popular, and safest is the beautiful sandy Patong beach, it gently slopes down, not a lot of dangerous holes drop off and rips unlike Kata and Karon beaches these can be very dangerous at certain times of the year, from late Oct to May the breezes blow off shore means less waves and calm water are great for kids, the rest of the year the breezes change to onshore, the south and east coasts beaches are stony more suited to walking, shell collecting or relaxing in a restaurant.
Phuket’s beaches have sun loungers for rent approx 100 Baht, they will keep an eye on your belongings when swimming, and supply you with refreshments.
Water Sports.
Patong beaches are a hive of activity with banana boats, parasail’s and jet skis wizzing across the water.
The beaches have cordoned off sections where bathers can swim safely. You will pay from 500 to 1000 baht for these Jet ski and para gliding activities.
Some of the quieter beaches have kayaks for rent so you can go and explore around the headlands.
Good snorkelling can be had at the northern end of Patong, See our section on the best snorkelling beaches.
Dangers.
The waters around Phuket are generally very safe but a few words of warning.
Rip Tides:
The biggest danger while bathing in the waters around Phuket is getting caught in a rip. Phuket averages around 30 drowning a year, most in the Karon Kata area, They almost all happen during the rainy season when the waves are big. If there are red flags flying at the beach you should not swim.
Rips can occur when the waves push into the beach and funnels together and goes back out to sea. This can create a very strong drag that can pull even the strongest swimmers out to sea. If you are caught in a rip tide you should not try to swim against the current; Remember the current is only a channel covering a small section of the beach. You should swim sideways, horizontal to the beach until you exit the current and then swim back to the beach.
Sharks: There have been no recorded shark attacks.
Jellyfish: the few jellyfish around Phuket are mostly harmless.
Stings.
Occasionally, you may notice a light stinging sensation in the water. It is a quick sting that fades so quickly you are not even sure it happened. cause is sea mites; tiny sea creatures that bite if they come into contact with your skin. In both cases, the sting is harmless.
Trees
Coconut palm. You will see them everywhere with tempting bunches of coconuts at the top of the tree, don’t try and climb, vendors sell them for 30 to 50 baht each, chilled.
People are injured or killed by falling coconuts, do not sit under.
Casuarinas trees, They grow to great heights and provide good shelter from the sun.
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Patong Beach.
Patong is the most famous and safest of all beach resorts on Phuket island. It has by far the most activities and nightlife, is the place to party. By night the town has a busy nightlife with hundreds of restaurants, chic lounge bars, and discos. nightlife is mainly centred around Bangla Road. However a big shift has occured driven by price with the building of the big shopping complex Jongeceylon with its supermarkets, clothes shops, dozens of classy restaruants, bars, theatres, Mini brewery, bowling alley, Maccas, KFC, Starbucks, and lots of markets in and around, it’s fast becoming the centre of activity, Bangla boxing is now situated at the back of Jongeceylon in Rat-u-thit Rd,  spreading from the beach,  Nanai Road  is where to find pool halls small restaurants,, competitive bars, boutique hotels and guesthouses, Banzann road is at the back of the shopping centre, it has great safe cheap Thai street food..

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Karon Beach

Karon, featuring an incredibly long stretch of squeaky white sand, is less hectic than Patong but it still offers a full range of facilities, dining and activities. While it’s a fast-growing area, Karon is nicely spread out and rarely feels crowded. Karon is concentrated around three main areas. In the Karon Plaza area on the south end there a number of budget guesthouses, restaurants and bars.
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Kata Beach

The pleasant bay of Kata, just a few minutes south of Karon Beach, entices many with its white sands and clear waters. Very popular with families, Kata is an all round favourite due to it’s spectacular beach, great restaurants, lively but not raucous nightlife and not to mention varied accommodation options – all close to the beach. April to September surfers flock to enjoy Kata’s somewhat small waves.
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Kata Noi Beach

This small bay of stunning white sand, separated from Kata by a headland, is a quiet and peaceful retreat. The Kata Thani Resort complex dominates the area, while a few shops, small hotels and restaurants line the beach road. A nice place for a relaxing snorkel or swim.
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Bang Tao Beach

Bang Tao is a study in contrasts, with the luxurious resorts and villas along its 6km (4 mile) stretch of beach just a few minutes’ away from the town of Cherng Talay, where many villagers still make their living as their ancestors did – by fishing, farming and rubber tapping. The northern tip of the beach, so far untouched by development, is still an area where visitors might find that they have the beach to themselves.
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Kamala Beach

This well-enclosed bay and fishing village has developed rapidly in recent years yet it still retains a small-town feel. Popular with families, Kamala Beach is lined with casual restaurants and food stalls, with good snorkeling at the rocky north end.
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Surin Beach

Naturally beautiful Surin is known as ‘Millionaires Row’ due the the top-end celebrity haunts Amanpuri, Twinpalms and Ayara Hilltops amongst the luxury resorts there, as well as the many luxurious villas that sit proudly on top of the hills overlooking the Andaman Sea. Although popular with tourists it’s not a busy resort town, more like a coastal village. Fine white sand and turquoise water has ensured that the picturesque beach is very popular with tourists and Thais alike.

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