Phuket in Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Kingdom. The problem with popularity within the tourism industry is also overcrowding. It is true that Phuket is a luxurious and tropical tourist destination, but only if you are wise enough to avoid the tourist hotspots where things can become a little too crazy for those looking for a relaxing and quiet holiday on Thailand’s largest island.
Nai Yang Beach, Phuket
It is amazing that not many people actually stop at Nai Yang Beach, which is where the Sirinat National Park is also located in the north of the island next to the airport.
Most of the clientele in the hotels in this very quiet and tropical spot are airline employees at the beachfront is just a short 5-minute drive from Phuket’s international and domestic airport. This means the hotels here do some very good trade all year round, and it also means that while occupancy rates are high in the hotels here, the beach is virtually empty even in peak season.
There are a series of resorts, restaurants, and hotels along the beach front. There is a small local night scene here too if that is your thing. If you are interested in staying on Nai Yang Beach even for a couple of nights, then you have the option of low, mid, and high-end accommodation as well as dining in the area. On top this, you will practically have your own private beach.
One of the suggested places to wine and dine Thia style is the Boss Bar in Naiyang Park Resort. There are a few other nice places to eat just a short walk from this bar where you can get high-end pizzas and Italian food.
Sai Kaew Beach, Phuket
This is another beach located in the north of the island. It seems that the north of Phuket is largely ignored by tourists who tend to head down to Patong or Kata beaches where it must be said, the hustle and bustle of both these beaches are not for those looking for a quiet getaway.
Sai Kaew beach offers a beautiful sandy beach and is located just before you come to the Sarasin Bridge, which connects the island of Phuket to the mainland province of Phang Nga. Along the beach, there are some great bamboo style restaurants where the food is much cheaper and tastier compared to the more tourist-ridden areas of the island.
Kamala Beach, Phuket
This is another area many tourists booking a visit to Phuket tend to overlook. The allure of other beaches is arguably the main reason that Kamala Beach has managed to keep its charming character. There are slightly more visitors here compared to our first to example making it the perfect location for those looking for a mix of that tropical beach experience and somewhere that is not too far off the beaten track.
The town’s atmosphere here is reasonably quiet and very relaxed. There is not a huge party scene and the nightlife on this beach is for those that prefer a quiet drink, some live entertainment, and early retirement to bed ready for the next day.
Phuket Luxury Villas by Inspiring Villas is a very good place to look for high-end accommodation on this beach; especially, if you are travelling in a group and you are looking for a place with your own swimming pool.
Summary Of Our Guide
Next time you think Thailand, and Phuket springs to mind, think of this guide. It is so easy to get sucked into the main tourist areas on the island and end up in a noisy spot where prices are inflated and local party goers tend to party a little too hard – not ideal if you are on a family holiday.
Above we have suggested 3 of the best beaches on the island, and if you do fancy a night of hard partying, then just arrange transportation with your hotel or trip organizers and spend a day in the thick of it, then return to your quiet and tropical beach location for a pleasant recovery.