If Phuket is also known as “The Pearl of Andaman”, it’s with reason. Of course, Phuket enjoys the tropical climate of South-East Asia but it is also famous for its white sandy beaches, luxuriant nature and a quality of life that cant be found anywhere else. In fact, due to the size of the island itself, which is about 50km long and 20km wide, there are many different atmospheres in Phuket and this page intends to help you discover them so that you can find the perfect location for your holidays or longer stay, because as you may know it already, Phuket benefits with a constant economic growth that also makes it the perfect location to combine work and the relaxing Thai’s way of life.
General infos about Phuket
The island of Phuket is well-known for its West coast, white sand beaches, and turquoise waters. And even if it was badly hit by the Tsunami in December 2004, the island recovered fast from this dramatic disaster. From North to South, the main areas and beaches located on this coast of Phuket are Mai Khao, Nai Yang, Nai Thon, Layan, Bang Tao, Pansea, Surin, Laem Singh, Kamala, Kalim, Patong, Karon, Kata, Kata Noi, and Nai Harn at the far South. Going back North along the Eastern coast, the main areas of Phuket are Rawai, Chalong, Cape Panwa, Phuket Town, Kathu in the center of the island, and Cape Yamu. Despite what one may call an over-urbanization, Phuket still remains one of these places that deserve to be called Paradise on Earth.
There are many different activities that are available in Phuket such as golf, canoe-kayak, karting, horse-riding, diving, snorkeling, trekking, etc. You can explore the history of the island in museums, visit the Chinatown area in Phuket Town, or visit pearl farms where you can follow and learn more about this extraordinay work. For those who just want to relax and enjoy the weather, Phuket is the perfect place for a successful holiday with its beaches, spas, lounge bars and restaurants. Indeed, Phuket is also famous for its vivid nightlife, mainly in the area of Patong but also all across the island. Start to explore now the main areas of Phuket.
Bangtao is located in the North-West part of Phuket. Apart from its neverending beach and beautiful bay, it is also famous for hosting the Laguna 5-stars hotel complex and a golf course. Bangtao is the perfect place for families or persons looking for a quiet yet busy area. There are several fine restaurants and lounge bars where it’s a pleasure to enjoy a meal or a cocktail.
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Cape Panwa is only 10km from Phuket Town but is a very remote and exclusive area with just a few hotels and long roads through a magnificient vegetation. Several beaches can be found there but be aware that they do not match the outrageous beauty of the West coast beaches. Nevertheless, Cape Panwa offers dramatic sea views on all the small islands near Phuket. Cape panwa is also where the Phuket aquarium is located.
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Chalong is the district located just at the South of Phuket Town and has a very large range of properties available. Even if the beach is a but muddy and cannot rival other beaches of Phuket, you will find there speed boats or long tail boats to escape to the islands nearby, where you will find exclusive beaches to relax, and amazing spots to do snorkeling, with beautiful waters full of colourful corals and fishes. As this area is developping fast, quite a few shopping malls complex have emerged in the recent years. Last but not least, Chalong reserves a few good surprises if you are looking for good seafood restaurants.
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Located just North of Patong and South of Kamala, Kalim is an area with quiet rocky beaches that can be interesting for snorkeling as well. The road through Kalim is gorgeous and leads through a great variety of plants and trees, and stunning viewpoints. There are several good restaurants and lounge bar that you can easily find along this road. With several luxury villas and housing complex built on the hillside, the area benefits with high quality and quiet rentals yet close to Patong’s nightlife.
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Kamala is a popular area known for its tranquility and relaxed atmosphere. The area enjoys a beautiful bay and a white sand beach as well as a high number of properties available, specifically in the luxury market as the road from Kamala to Surin is known as the “millionaire’s row” due to the large number of luxury villas overlooking the Andaman Sea. The area hosts FantaSea, the biggest attraction of Phuket, and offers many restaurants and a few bars. Being close to Laguna and Patong, shopping, golf and entertainment are always a few minutes away. Thanks to its quietness, Kamala is often elected by persons coming to Thailand for a peaceful holiday in paradise.
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After Patong, Karon is the second largest tourist area of Phuket. With its 3km long beach you will always find a place to relax and enjoy the warm sun of Thailand. There are also a few snorkeling and diving spots off Karon, but be cautious as the water currents can be strong some parts of the year. Karon offers a vast selection of villas, houses and condos/apartments available for rentals, whether in the center of the town or on the hillsides, where some properties benefits with absolutely splendid seaviews and spectacular sunsets.
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Kata is a very scenic area of Phuket with one of the best view points of Phuket. The main beach can be busy during high season, but her sister Kata Noi is less developped and is a perfect alternative for those who prefer more preserved places. In addition, the rocks The center of Kata is very touristic with a lot of restaurants, shops, lounge bars, massage shops or tailors. As a matter of a fact, Kata is a very good place for families. As a matter of a fact, there is a vast choice in Kata in terms of villas, houses, condos or apartments rentals.
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Kathu is a very central location where mostly Thais and few foreigners live, but very little tourists except for golf lovers, attracted by the immediate proximity of no less than three 18-holes courses and one 9-holes course. Close to Phuket Town and Patong, Kathu is also the location of the famous Central shopping mall, one of the biggest in Phuket. There are also many popular fresh markets in this area. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, and so there are many properties in Kathu that offers scenic views on the tropical forest.
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Located in the eastern part of Phuket, just north of Phuket Town, Koh Kaew is notably famous for being the location of Boat Lagoon and Royal Phuket Marina, two high-end marinas from where the pristine and exclusive beaches of Phang Nga bay can easily be reached by boat. Close to Phuket Town and many shopping, Koh Kaew is the perfect destination for persons who are willing to visit the small islands around Phuket.
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Layan Beach is actually the northern part of Bangtao beach, with just a small river separating them. However it is a much more remote and calm area than the rest of Bangtao, and the small island of Kala gives this place a special atmosphere. As this area is luckily pretty much preserved from over-urbanization, only a few villas, houses and apartments are available for rentals. Most of the market in this area concerns luxury properties.
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Located in the South of the island, Nai Harn is one of the most famous beach for Phuketians. Besides a long white sand beach and clear waters, the presence of the Buddhist monastery Wat Nai Harn prevented this area from excessive development. Both on the left and right hand sides of the beach are Ao Sen and Hat Nui beaches, some of the most secret beaches of Phuket. However, there are quite a few restaurants in the area, small shops, massage shops and is a perfect location for families looking for a quiet place to stay during their holidays. Hence, there are different properties for rent in Nai Harn.
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Located in the northern part of Phuket, Nai Yang beach is a beautiful and uncrowded area with much less estate developments than in the rest of the island. For people who like to be close to nature and enjoy a quiet area, Nai Yang is one of the best places in Phuket. In addition, there are many attractions that can be reached easily by car such as golf courses, pristine beaches and much more.
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Patong is one of the party capital of Asia and the largest touristic area of Phuket, with a very wide offer of resorts, guest houses, restaurants, bars or shopping available. Patong once was a beautiful bay with dolphins swimming in transparent waters and parots hanging on the trees. Now it’s busy with speed boats, jet skis and umbrellas. Same same, but different! But if you are coming to Phuket for its nightlife, the big party, and not for the beach, Patong is the perfect spot and you can still find villas, houses, condos or apartments in quiet areas of Patong.
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Phuket Town is the economic center of Phuket and mostly Thais live in this area. The oldest part of Phuket Town, which is a small Chinatown, gives and idea of the success of the mining industry in Phuket, with beautiful sino-portuguese houses. Phuket Town also has very good restaurants and an intense nightlife with discotheques and bars where young Phuketians like to hang out with their friends, as well as a few foreigners who want to discover the a more traditionnal Phuket rather than going to the big event in Patong.
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Rawai was the first touristic beach in Phuket long ago, people prefering it for its proximity to Phuket town and because it was more accessible than the West coast beaches. Rawai is now famous for the fresh seafood market at the sea gipsy villages. The beach itself is not ideal to relax as many longtail and speed boats are waiting there to take tourists for a fishing trip or to the nearby islands, Coral island, Koh Racha or Koh Lone. Besides, the beautiful beaches of the Nai Harn district are just a short driving away. However, Rawai is very popular for its tranquility and because there are a lot of housing complex, from luxury villas with stunning seaviews to condominium projects.
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Surin is small village even if there had been more housing and resort developments in the recent years. The area probably has the highest concentration of luxury villas in Phuket. The bay opens up on a beautiful beach inviting to chill out, while the hillside landscapes dominating the bay benefit with picturesque seaviews. Consequently you will easily find high standard properties in this area. Along the beach, there are many simple restaurants serving a spiceless therefore tasteless Thai food, but recently, a few restaurants of very good standards opened and specialized in seafood.
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