Thailand may have energetic sprawling cities, dense forests and rolling mountains, but one of the country’s best assets is its coastline. Thailand’s beaches are among the most stunning in the world. Complete with turquoise waters, white-sand coast, ocean air and lush greenery nearby, Thai beaches are postcard exotic destinations.

Among the most popular beach vacation spots in Thailand is in Phuket where the coast stretches along the Andaman Sea. Here are 4 Phuket beaches you shouldn’t miss.

Phuket Beaches

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Patong Beach

Patong Beach, Phuket

Phuket’s major city, Patong, boasts an exciting scene complete with restaurant and nightlife opportunities. If you’re looking for a place to party, Patong is for you.

But a few steps away from town lies Patong Beach, a great place to see and be seen among locals, luxury travellers and backpackers alike. There are plenty of leisure opportunities located around the beach, including mini-golf, beach volleyball and good, old-fashioned sunbathing.

You can also meander away from the waterline to enjoy noodles, seafood and other eats from vendors who set up shop along the beach’s promenade.

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Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach, Phuket

If the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach isn’t for you, check out the quieter option among Phuket beaches – Kamala Beach. This tranquil oasis boasts the perfect combination of calm and activity. The serene nature of the beach stems from its less-densely frequented reputation: While there are generally a few beachgoers to rub elbows with, you’re less likely to experience crowding here than you would at Patong.

As for the activity angle, one of the more popular things to do on Kamala beach is to go snorkelling just off the main stretch of beach.

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Surin Beach

Surin Beach, Phuket CC 2.0 / Kent Wang

Surin Beach is situated close to a number of multi-million dollar homes, providing eye candy and perhaps some pleasant delusions of grandeur. However, one of the best features of Surin Beach is its abundance of water sports. Have you always wanted to try your hand at surfing? Do it at Surin Beach!

There are also a number of parks and the quaint coastal village of Surin nearby if you need a break from this Phuket beach.

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Karon Beach

Karon Beach, Phuket CC 2.0 / rosana632002

Last on this list of Phuket beaches is Karon Beach. Karon Beach draws crowds for a number of reasons. First and foremost is the town itself, which is home to a thriving art community, a number of restaurants of bars, and historic architecture. The beach itself is lined by shops that allow visitors to browse for goods and souvenirs before and after their time near the water. With clear blue waters and an even clearer blue sky (unless it’s Monsoon Season), Karon Beach is as beautiful as it is charming and fun.

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