Where to Stay in Phuket
The Best Places to Stay in Phuket

First time in Phuket?

Planning a trip to Phuket and don’t know where to stay? Should you stay in the Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala, Phuket Town or other places?

In this article, we’ll show you some of the best beaches and neighborhoods around Phuket Island.

We’ll show you where to find the best nightlife spots or the best places for dinning, places for a romantic get-away as a couple, places for families. We’ll even show you the red-light district for single men. As well as other popular spots for expats and retirees.

This is an introductory guide to help you find the best places to stay in Phuket that match your life style, pace, and budget. We will list the pros and the cons of each of these places to give you a better understanding of what to expect.

Choosing the Best Place to Stay in Phuket
Places best suited to your budget, taste, lifestyle and daily routine

Phuket Island Size
Most people don’t realize this – Phuket is actually an island and the biggest island in Thailand. It is about 514 km2, about 50km long and about 20km wide. The official name is Koh Phuket, Koh in Thai translates into island.

Best Beaches & Areas
The best location in Phuket Island will depend on an individual’s lifestyle and preferences. Are you coming as a couple? Perhaps you’re coming as a family with small children? Maybe you’re coming as a solo traveler?

Lifestyle & Personal Preferences
Some people prefer staying close to the bars or next to the beach. Others are interested in shopping, high-energy parties, clubs and other nightlife activities. While others are more into the tranquility and peace around them. So, they look for a quiet place away from the horde of tourists and crowds.

If you have planned your vacations in Phuket, this island offers all of that and more. With dozens of beaches to explore, wild nightlife, shopping and quiet places on the island where you can still be away from the crowds. It’s all right here—you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for in Phuket.

For people traveling to Phuket for the beach, there are dozens of beaches to choose. Each beach will have a separate look and distinct features.

So, it is worth some time to look for the best place for you to stay in Phuket, because if you pick the wrong place to stay in Phuket, it can ruin your vacation.


Patong – Patong Beach & Bangla Road

GoGo, beer bars, party, eating, shopping, busy, crowded, love it or hate it

Where to stay in Patong

Patong: Pros & Cons

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For who: Party goers, budget travelers, lively nightlife, shoppers, lots of adult entertainment such as GoGo bars, beer bars and pubs.

Good for: Party, shopping, nightlife, GoGo, adult entertainment.

Avoid:

  1. If you are looking for a peaceful and quiet neighborhood. This area is very crowded with many things to do, along with many Thai vendors trying to sell you things you might not want or need.
  2. If you don’t want to stay in a tourist hot spot. This area is equivalent to Walking Street in Pattaya, it is the extreme party and adult entertainment area.
  3. The beach is ok, can be too crowded, not the greatest or the best beach on the island. Maybe 30 years ago it was a beautiful beach, not so much today.

Top Attractions in Patong

  • Bangla Road Nightlife
  • Patong Beach
  • Scuba & Snorkeling
  • Jungceylon
  • Boat Tours
  • Simon Cabaret Show
  • Malin Plaza Patong
  • Freedom Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Massages and Spas
  • Surf House Patong
  • Flying Hanuman
  • Kathu Waterfall

Top Places to Eat in Patong

  • Halfway Inn (Restaurant)
  • Vista
  • Naughty Nuri’s Phuket
  • No 9 2nd Restaurant
  • i-Kroon Café
  • Tandoori Flames
  • Thai Smile 2
  • Briley Chicken Rice
  • Le Brooklyn Patong

Summary

Patong is a beach resort town located on the west of Phuket Island. It is an exciting spot, also one of the most popular places in Phuket because of the high densities of nightlife activities on the island, especially Patong Beach & Bangla Road.

Bangla road is considered the heart of Patong and the main nightlife spot on the island. As Bangla road has the highest density of pubs, bars, clubs, massage parlors, GoGo and other adult entertainment in Phuket Island.

Also, the area is packed with cheap hotels, guesthouses, as well as other boutique hotels, along with other high-end resort accommodations.

On top of that, there are many great international restaurants, shops and other things to do in this area. But just as important, staying in Patong will save you some money from the ever-increasing cost for taxi and tuk-tuk fees when commuting into this neighborhood.

However, you might want to avoid staying too close or right inside Bangla road, as it can be extremely loud and busy until late at night, unless you don’t plan to sleep at night.

Overall, if you have never been to Thailand, maybe you will enjoy the tourist atmosphere and amenities in your resort style hotel in this area. It will be an interesting place to first time visitors.

If you have been to Thailand many times, you might find Patong is not really a nice place. It feels too overcrowded, over-developed, and doesn’t have that authentic Thai feel. But that’s ok, there are many areas to choose from in Phuket Island.


Karon

“Patong’s little sister”

Where to stay in Karon

Karon: Pros & Cons

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For who: People into water sports, swimming, great for family, couples, people seeking a romantic retreat, individuals seeking for solitude.

Good for: Excellent snorkeling (at the south end), families, relaxing, viewing incredible sunsets, sun bathing, water sports, swimming, beach volleyballs.

Avoid:

  1. If you want to shop, you will need to head over to Patong for bigger selections.
  2. If you are looking to party with loud music and seeking other adult entertainment (GoGo).

Top Attractions in Karon

  • Karon Beach
  • Big Budha
  • Wat Karon
  • Dino Park mini Golf
  • Karon View Point
  • Beach VoleyBall
  • Snorkeling & scuba diving
  • Koran Park
  • Surf House Phuket
  • Wat Chalong

Top Places to Eat in Karon

  • EAT. bar & grill
  • Kalika 76 Restaurant
  • Pad Thai Shop
  • Golden Paradise Restaurant
  • Sabaijai Café
  • Red Duck Restaurant
  • Nami
  • Ging Restaurant
  • Karon Cafe Steakhouse & Thai Cuisine
  • Two Chefs Kata Beach
  • Elephant Cafe by Tan

Summary

Karon is one of the most popular holiday getaways on the Island. It is situated south of Patong, meaning you can still find similar things to do as at Patong on the northern part of Karon.

Karon is a great alternative to Patong if you prefer something a bit quieter and less crowded. If you prefer a quieter neighborhood, more suitable for families, couples, or you prefer solitude but still would like to visit Patong occasionally, then Karon or Kata might be the right choice for you.

Although, Karon can get busy with lots of tourists particularly during the high season. Since Karon beach is very wide (as it is the third longest beach in Phuket), it can accommodate large crowds and make it appear less crowded.

Overall, Karon is less crowded than what you would find in Patong, making Karon an excellent choice as the alternative to Patong.

There are plenty of shops and bar with lots of places to drink and eat. If you want to have more shopping options, you are still close to Patong for more shopping and other nightlife venues.

Karon beach is beautiful, long, and does not have too many water sport activities, making it great for swimming and it does not get too noisy. But sometimes it is full of jet skis and speedboats. So make sure you swim in the area marked safe for swimming.

The southern end of Karon beach is a great area for snorkeling and perhaps diving.


Kata

Watching the sun rise and set, surfing, not too much to do but the beach

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Kata: Pros & Cons

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For who: People into water sports, swimming, great for family, couples, people seeking romantic retreat, individuals seeking for solitude.

Good for: Couples, family, kids, surfing, sun bathing, watching the sun rise and set. Slower pace than Patong and Karon.

Avoid:

  1. If you want to shop, you will need to head over to Patong for bigger shopping selections.
  2. If you are looking to party with loud music and seeking other adult entertainment (GoGo).
  3. Reports by other travelers of smelly and contaminated waste being released into the water between Kata and Karon beach.

Top Attractions in Kata

  • Kata view point
  • Kata Beach
  • Kata Noi Beach
  • Phuket Big Buddha
  • Scuba & Snorkeling
  • Surf House Phuket
  • Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Top Places to Eat in Kata

  • Odysseus Greek Organic Restaurant
  • The Tavern
  • Red Duck Restaurant
  • En Vogue Restaurant
  • Palm Square
  • Eightfold Restaurant
  • Red Chair Restaurant
  • Mom Tri’s Kitchen at Villa Royale
  • The Kitchen Restaurant Kata Beach
  • Horn Grill Steak and Seafood

Summary

Kata is in Karon but we figured it would be a suitable addition to the list of our top destinations in Phuket Island. Kata Beach has a nice small bay with a small island near the center call Ko Pu.

Kata Beach is more calm, with not too many waves, and the water is not as deep, making it great for small kids (6 years and up) and there are many cheap seafront restaurants.

There is a good snorkeling spot off the north side of the beach where you can see lots of tropical fish, huge anemone and if you’re lucky you might see some squids. Other water activities are para gliding, jet skis and banana boat rides. Then you have the weekend market along the beach road.

It is more family-oriented and doesn’t offer much in the way of nightlife there. This area is one of the best places to stay in Phuket for families and couples, as opposed to single individuals.

Overall, Kata is not too hectic, commercialized or crowded compared to Patong or Karon beaches, but there are still a lot people, especially during the high season.

Kata is a smaller neighborhood, so expect to have not as many restaurants or things to do as compared to Patong and Karon Beaches; making it a quieter place for holidaymakers to enjoy the calm and relaxing vibe.

Some people have said Kata Beach is the best beach on the island, while others say it may not have the cleanest water. With some odd days, rubbish can be found washing up in the morning or something floating near the bottom.

If you do not like Kata beach for whatever reason, but want the same quiet and relaxing vibe, try heading south to Kata Noi Beach. It might be a lot nicer beach and might have much clearer water!


Phuket Town

A beautiful and different side of Phuket. Great Alternative from the crowded beach scene

Where to stay in Phuket Town

Phuket Town: Pros & Cons

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For who: Family, couples, budget traveler, alternative from the busy beaches of Phuket

Good for: History, culture, local food, market shopping, laid-back vibe, a break from the hustle and bustle.

Avoid:

  1. If you’re seeking a beach life – as Phuket Town is located inland at the center of Phuket Island.
  2. If you are looking for high-engery party with loud music and seeking other adult entertainment (GoGo).

Top Attractions in Phuket Town

  • Night market
  • Cafes & restaurants
  • Street food

Top Places to Eat in Phuket Town

  • Surf and Turf by Soul Kitchen
  • Flavor Phuket
  • O-OH Farm Ta-Eiad
  • Kopitiam by Wilai
  • One Chun Cafe and Restaurant
  • Song Pee Nong 2

Summary

For first time travelers, it is recommended to get a guided tour, as this area is not easy to get around for newcomers.

The nightlife is quiet and it is nothing close to Patong, but is there anything like Patong besides Pattaya? However, there are many bars and they look classier than other places around the island.

Generally, local and scruffy Thai town, it’s not really a noteworthy vacation destination but it is rich with culture, character and heritage. The streets have real character, look fascinating and great for photos. The buildings are brightly painted, while some beautifully restored.

You can see a mixture of influence from the Chinese, Portuguese and Thai cultures. Make sure to bring your camera, there are many interesting photo spots with colorful architecture.

You can also enjoy a nice cold drink inside the many coffee shops. Then do some shopping at the souvenir shops, so prepare to bargain or just pay if they are cheap enough.

This area seems cheaper to stay, eat and shop as compared to somewhere like Patong.

The Weekend Market is massive with lots of clothes, souvenirs, food and other entertainment. Prices are a bit higher when compared to other similar shopping areas in Thailand, not including the modern shopping malls. Quality seems to be decent.

Phuket Town makes for a great day of sightseeing, with lots of hidden treasures if you take the time to look. So plan to take some time to walk around, go find a great cafe to have an iced coffee to cool off and relax.

It is a peaceful change of pace with a break from the crowd, away from the hustle and bustle of main attractions far away from beaches on the coastline.

Overall a great night out or day trip with friends or family.


Kamala

Away from the party and noise of Patong, quiet, family friendly

Where to stay in Kamala

Kamala: Pros & Cons

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For who: Away from the touristy area but still has a nice beach. Anyone seeking a local Thai feel and relaxing place for R&R.

Good for: Family with small children, quite beach, less crowded, budget travelers, lots of affordable but quality hotels. Less commercialize than Patong and feel more like a real Thai neighborhood.

Avoid:

  1. If you are seeking fine white sand with clear blue water.
  2. If you want to shop, party, or adult entertainment, you will need to head over to Patong for bigger selections.
  3. Depending on when you visit Kamala Beach, it can be a bit dirty with garbage on the ground.

Top Attractions in Kamala

  • Kamala Beach
  • Baanchanghai Elephant Lovers
  • Phuket FantaSea
  • Kamala Beach Gallery
  • Tsunami Memorial Park
  • Pang Chang Kamala
  • Laem Sing Beach

Top Places to Eat in Kamala

  • Grill Bill
  • 936 Coffee
  • On The Roof by Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach
  • The Greek Tavern
  • Blue Manao
  • Restaurant at Lillo Island Resort
  • Baan Mai
  • Smile Bar

Summary

Kamala is a small, calm, relaxing, clean and secluded beach town about a 20 minute drive north of Patong.

Kamala is great for people not in a rush, people who want a slow-paced lifestyle and away from the chaos of Patong. This makes Kamala best for couples, families or anyone seeking a small quiet beach town with small bars and restaurants. You do not have to worry about people trying to sell you stuff on the beach.

Since it is a small beach town, Kamala is still not as commercialized as other parts of the island. Kamala still has that local Thai feel and relaxing vibe.

Although not the most beautiful beach in Phuket Island, Kamala is probably the top place for relaxing and a place to get away from the crowds. We would recommend coming here just to watch the sunset or sunrise.

Kamala Beach is perfect for an enjoyable quiet evening watching the sunset or relaxing on the beach with friends, family or your sweetheart.

Overall, Kamala neighborhood does not offer many nightlife activities, or high-energy parties with loud music. If you’re seeking that kind of nightlife, then this area is not for you, however there will be small clubs, bars and pubs near the beach along the roadside.


Bang Tao Bay

A really nice long beach but an expensive area to stay

Where to stay in Bang Tao Bay

Bang Tao Bay: Pros & Cons

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For who: Family, couples, best luxury resorts, wealthy people, water activities, running, watching sunset/sunrise, some budget options

Good for: Some of the best luxury resorts on the island are here, high-end shopping, high-end fine dining, great for morning or evening runs, clam, relaxing, sun bathing, and water activities

Avoid:

  1. If you have a limited budget.
  2. If you are looking to party with loud music, high-energy parties and seeking other adult entertainment (GoGo).

Top Attractions in Bang Tao Bay

  • Bang Tao Beach
  • Surin Beac
  • Phuket Adventure Mini Golf
  • Green Elephant Sanctuary Park
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding
  • Boat Avenue Villa Market

Top Places to Eat in Bang Tao Bay

  • Siam Supper Club
  • The Corner Restaurant
  • Bampot Kitchen & Bar
  • Taste Bar & Grill
  • Chilli Kitchen
  • Tatonka
  • Cut Grill & Lounge
  • DeDos
  • Catch Beach Club
  • DaVinci Restaurant

Summary

Bang Tao Bay is about a 10 minute drive north from Kamala and about a 30 minute drive from Patong. It is the second longest beach in Phuket Island at about 6km long.

This place caters to the wealthy and people seeking the most luxurious holiday getaway on the island or perhaps all of Thailand, since Bang Tao Bay has some of the best luxury hotels, resorts, high-end beach bars and fine dining restaurants on the Island. Therefore, this neighborhood is one of the most expensive places on the Island and perhaps all of Thailand, but if you look for them you can find some budget options.

Don’t let the words luxury hotels, expensive or wealthy people scare you off. In Thailand, it doesn’t mean the luxury hotels will be the same price as what you paid back in North America or Europe. In Thailand, luxury or 5-star hotels don’t mean a middle-income foreigner cannot afford them.

The area has a very relaxing feel, it is mostly clean, with many water activities and tasty eateries.

The area is more family friendly and for couples seeking the ultimate romantic getaway or anyone wanting to get some R&R.

The long beach is perfect for running during the morning or sunset. The area does not get too crowded; although there are many tourists where the hotels are located but less as you walk further away from the hotels and other resorts.

Overall, when compared to some other beaches in the south, Bang Tao Bay is a quieter area. It is a beautiful stretch of beach with many trees for shade and miles of white fine sand.


Mai Khao

The longest and quiet beach in Phuket Island

Where to stay in Mai Khao

Mai Khao: Pros & Cons

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For who: Families, couples or anyone seeking a peaceful and almost deserted beach. Travelers with long layover waiting for their flight at the airport.

Good for: A few hours visit, breathtakingly beautiful sunset and sunrise, relaxation.

Avoid:

  1. Not the best beach for swimming because of the strong current, unless you’re a strong swimmer.
  2. • If you want to shop, you will need to head over to Patong for bigger, cheaper selections.
  3. If you are looking to party with loud music and seeking other adult entertainment (GoGo).

Top Attractions in Mai Khao

  • Saphan Sarasin Bridge
  • Nai Thon Beach
  • Mai Khao Beach
  • Soi Dog Foundation
  • Nai Yang Beach
  • Splash Jungle Waterpark

Top Places to Eat in Mai Khao

  • Sala Sawasdee Lobby Bar
  • Takieng Thai Restaurant
  • Out of the Blue Bar
  • Marriott Cafe
  • Kin Dee Restaurant
  • Metzo’s Bistro
  • JJ’s Bar & Food
  • Cucina
  • La Sala – Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
  • Phen’s Restaurant Bar & Coffee
  • Bill Bentley Pub
  • Sea Fire Salt – Anantara Mai Khao

Summary

Mai Khao is the longest beach on Phuket Island, measuring at 11km and possibly the most deserted beach on the island. Which means there are very few, if any washroom or shower facilities and amenities seem to be far from common, unless you’re staying in a hotel.

Also, it is possibly the cleanest beach on the island; the beach is almost spotless, an unspoiled area of Phuket Island.

With that said, it is not an ideal spot for swimming because of the strong current. However, Mai Khao is a great spot if you want a quiet beach for relaxation or a place for running during the morning or evening because it can get too hot during the mid-day.

You’ll find mostly 4- or 5-star hotels, high-end shopping, massages, spas and other high-end services. Which makes this area an expensive spot to live or to move around Phuket. For example, a taxi ride to Phuket Town from this area may cost about 800 baht ($20 USD) one way.

Overall, Mai Khao is one of the most quite places on the island, with the longest unspoiled beach, combined with lots of high-end eateries and accommodations. But in Thailand high-end or luxury hotels don’t mean it will cost the same as if you’re back in North America or Europe. If you look for cheaper options, you can always find them here.


Rawai

Primarily a working beach, not for sun bathing or swimming

Where to stay in Rawai

Rawai: Pros & Cons

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For who: Anyone seeking fresh seafood and boat trips. People seeking the local feel and vibe.

Good for: Fresh tasty seafood, boat trips, if you want to swim or sunbath – head over to Nai Harn Beach

Avoid:

  1. Rawai beach is more of a fishing or a harbor for tourists to board speedboats. If you want to swim or sunbath, you can go to nearby beach at Nai Harn Beach.
  2. If you want to shop, you will need to head over to Patong for bigger selections.
  3. If you are looking to party with loud music and seeking other adult entertainment (GoGo).

Top Attractions in Rawai

  • Nai Harn Beach
  • Rawai Beach
  • Scuba & Snorkeling
  • Seafood Market
  • Promthep Cape
  • Ao Sane
  • Ya Nui Beach
  • Windmill Viewpoint

Top Places to Eat in Rawai

  • Green Tamarind Kitchen
  • Natural Efe Macrobiotic World
  • Da Puccio Restaurant
  • The Family Restaurant
  • The Islander
  • Cashew Nuts Food
  • The Breakfast Hut
  • Rawai View Cafe’ & Bar
  • Sala Mexicali

Summary

If you look at the southern side of Phuket Island, there is the charming, calm and serene little vacation town of Rawai. It has an exceptionally peaceful environment in contrast to Patong. At the same time this area has many local fisherman, along with many small markets selling fresh seafood caught earlier in the morning.

You’ll also find many small restaurants and bars along the coastline cooking fresh seafood. If you like, you can buy fresh seafood to take home to cook yourself.

If you want to go for a swim, Rawai beach is not known to be the best spot for swimming. Rawai Beach is more of a parking spot for different boats and a place for tourists to get on or off the tour boats.

But to the west, just a 10-minute dive away over the hill you’ll find a nice small beach called Nai Harn Beach. This beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the main Phuket Island.


Nai Harn

An amazing tropical beach with local restaurants and massage shops

Where to stay in Nai Harn

Nai Harn: Pros & Cons

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For who: Anyone seeking a beautiful beach with clear water and not too commercialized.

Good for: Families, couples, swimmers, snorkelers, anyone seeking a stunning and quieter beach.

Avoid:

  1. If you want to shop, you will need to head over to Patong for bigger selections. Also, this area has very few fine dining restaurants and shops.
  2. If you are looking to party with loud music and seeking other adult entertainment (GoGo).

Top Attractions in Nai Harn

  • Nai Harn Beach
  • Windmill Viewpoint
  • Ao Sane
  • Promthep Cape
  • Ya Nui Beach

Top Places to Eat in Nai Harn

Summary

Nai Harn Beach is a gorgeous, clean, family-friendly beach, but there aren’t enough things to do and see. Not too many shops, restaurants and so on, which can be a little bit boring if you are looking for many things to do beside the beach.

Nai Harn Beach is a small isolated beach with one resort and not very crowded. There is little to no hard selling from any vendors as compared to some of the more ‘well known’ beaches.

Watch out for the ‘NO SWIMMING’ signs; if you see these, do not go in the water. There are strong undercurrents, especially during the rainy season.

Nai Harn Beach is among the most well-known spots for local Thais, which means you’ll see many local Thais come here.

Overall, Nai Harn Beach is not the chaotic party area with loud music; instead what you’ll find is only peace and quiet. Also, a great place to go for a swim or to sit in the shade sipping down a cold beer or watch the sunset or sun rise.

Update: Nai Harn Beach now seems to be overrun by tourists, mainly Russians. It is not as quiet as it was many years ago.


Nai Yang

Off the beaten track, less crowded, clean, plane spotting, close to airport

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Nai Yan: Pros & Cons

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For who: Aviation lover, family, couples, anyone seeking less crowded, less touristy beach. People waiting for their flight as this beach and neighborhood are close to the airport (about 5 min drive).

Good for: Great secluded beach, less tourist than other beaches and excellent location for plane spotting.

Avoid:

  1. If you want to shop, seeking watersports, you will need to head over to Patong for bigger selections.
  2. If you are looking to party with loud music and seeking other adult entertainment (GoGo).

Top Attractions in Nai Yang

  • Nai Yang Beach
  • Plane spotting
  • Snorkeling – Paradise Diving Asia
  • Soi Dog Foundation

Top Places to Eat in Nai Yang

  • Black Ginger
  • Peony Cafe & Restaurant
  • Phen’s Restaurant Bar & Coffee
  • Sea Almond Chilled Restaurant & Bar
  • Lee Pizzeria & Restaurant
  • Big Fish
  • Ma Ma Nang Restaurant
  • Shah Baba Indian Restaurant

Summary

Nai Yang Beach is a long, narrow, pristine, quiet beach, with glorious sunsets. It is also not touristy or crowded as other popular beaches on Phuket Island, which means the area still has that local authentic Thai experience.

It’s the ideal spot for the last day or 2 of your holiday waiting for your flight. You do not want to stay in this area too long as it is quiet and there are not too many things to do.

Although there are enough small bars, shops, café and restaurants, there are no watersports or beach vendors trying to sell you things. If you want to snorkel to see some marine fish and corals, best to go on a boat trip.

Nai Yang Beach is close to the airport, so you can hear planes taking off or land every half hour. Even so, the area remains quiet despite the airport. Since you’re close to the airport, this area is great if you have an early or late flight. It is also one of the best plane-spotting locations in the country. Make sure to take some photos.


Surin (Millionaire’s Row)

Gorgeous beach, beautiful turquoise water, not too crowded

Where to stay in Surin Beach

Surin: Pros & Cons

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For who: Family, couples, anyone seeking less crowded (although can get crowded during high season), less touristy beach.

Good for: Swimming or sunbath, watching sunset or sunrise, a place to hangout and relax.

Avoid:

  1. If you want to shop, seeking watersports, you will need to head over to Patong for bigger selections.
  2. If you are looking to party with loud music and seeking other adult entertainment (GoGo).

Top Attractions in Surin

  • Save Elephant Foundation – Surin Project
  • Ban Tha Sawang Silk Weaving Village
  • Surin National Museum
  • City Pillar Shrine

Top Places to Eat in Surin

  • Starbeam Restaurant
  • Tam Tam Italian Pizza and Restaurant
  • Kid Thueng Coffee & Bakery
  • Teddy Roll Cafe & Restaurant

Summary

Surin Beach is probably the best beach closest in the Patong area, about a 30 minute drive and one of the nicest, less crowded beaches between Bang Tao and Kamala. Although, it can get a bit crowded during the high season.

The water is beautiful, clear, but it gets deep just a few meters away from the shore. That is something you want to be aware of when swimming in this beach. Particularly if you have small children.

We would recommend to swim at the far end of the Surin Beach as there is a run-off from the construction sites and from the street in the middle of the beach.

Overall, a very beautiful beach and clean, depending when you come it can be crowded or not.

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