Phuket beaches are a big draw for travelers to Phuket in the South West of Thailand. Phuket island is small enough to drive around in a day of sightseeing and along the way there are a huge number of different beaches to choose from. There are the main beaches like Patong and Kata beach along with a number of much smaller and hidden away beaches that avoid the tourist hoards.
Kamala beach is a nice mix in that it is part of Kamala town which is relatively large and has all the amenities you might need, but it is a lot more relaxed than Patong beach, Kamala.
The beach is around 2 km’s long and is generally kept relatively clean by local business owners, but can go down hill in the off-season when Kamala pretty much shuts up shop. There are lifeguards on patrol and during the high season the water is relatively calm. There can be good waves in the rainy season and you will see surfers out almost every day with the best waves being mid to low tides. Boards can be hired from the surf shop back from the beach in Surin.
There are a number of bars and restaurants in Kamala along the beach, the beach road, the main road and into the village. The main tourist area is closest to the beach with a lot of older expats living towards the hills away from the beach.
Kamala is also home to Phuket Fantasea which is a must visit for most tourists to Phuket especially if they have kids in tow. The show is huge and one of the largest attractions on the island. It is a full action show with a full troupe of performing elephants to add to the fun.
Rockfish is a great little restaurant at the south end of the beach which does amazing food throughout the day with breakfast being a great value treat. The cheese and sweet red onions starter is addictive! Moving further along the road from Rockfish is the Cape Sienna, Andara and Paresa luxury hotels. Each has a cool bar and restaurant and well worth a look. Cape Sienna also has Sienna Rocks which is a pool, cafe and manmade beach right on the rocks overlooking the beach. This is a perfect place for a Phuket beach sunset cocktail.
Kamala beach is one of the top 5 Phuket Beaches for tourists and usually is on the to-do list for most. There are also a couple of small and usually deserted beaches a few minutes from Kamala so have an explore and see if you can find these hidden beaches. Laemg Sing beach is the next one along to the north of Kamala beach and this again is a real gem. No accommodation just a few restaurants on the beach. This is also a must see beach.