Although this is my 3rd time in Thailand, I have never been to Phuket before. During my first visit, other travelers kept on telling me that the island is not worthy because of its party reputation.
This time I had no chance but to enter Thailand through Phuket as it was the only place open in October, and I don’t regret it. Surely I’m not meeting the island as it usually is in “normal times” but I think it’s better this way so I can better enjoy it as tourists here aren’t that many. I will stay in Thailand for a while and in Phuket for a few months, so finding a good spot to actually live was a must.
I struggled a bit to understand where should I stay, but I finally chose Patong beach and I don’t regret that either.
Patong is the first place I visit in Phuket. I will stay near the beach so I can walk there daily and enjoy the amazing sunsets that Phuket has to offer. Trust me, sunsets in Phuket are stunning.
Patong is a good place to be if you are not looking for a very pacific place where nothing is going on. I have visited other beaches like: Kamala, Kata, Karon ad Kata Noi, and nothing is going on over there during nighttime. So unless you really don’t want to meet anyone and do exactly nothing, those places are not the best option for a long stay on the island. *please note this post was written during pandemic
Patong has a lot of foreigners. Many of them are old and looking for cheap sex. That is the thing you will see in Bangla street, the party street in Patong where are all the bars with hookers and loud music. That is the crowdest place in Patong, but if that’s not your vibe you can always step away from it and enjoy the nearby streets or beach that has some improvised places where you can buy a drink and sit next to the sea. You can also enjoy beach walks as the area is pretty lit up. Those other beaches I mentioned before are not that great for a night walk as they are totally dark.
The beach in Patong is long with many activities to be done. From parasailing (which I did for 800 bahts) to banana boats 500 baths each or renting a jetski. There are different parasailing operatours, Mine was the cheapest as you will find some asking 1200 baths for 5 minutes in the air. At first, I was very excited about doing it, but I can tell you already that the thing is not that exciting as it seems.
I’ve been here for a while and I could also say that another good place to stay long-term is Rawai, although I haven’t been there. I think the place is lively and you will not get bored.
That said, I have been around Patong most part of my time, but I have hiked to nearby beaches.
The first beach was:
The beach is not so far for a walk from Patong, but be sure that you will find steep hills on the way. There are actually two paths to get to Freedom beach: a free one and one that you have to pay for.
I didn’t know about this so we went to the paid one besides having a gate saying private area. There were some people outside that told us to get in. Only 2 minutes after we realized that there was a man requesting 200 Baht to access the beach. We were shocked! No way we would pay to go to the beach, so he mentioned another fee trail. So, apparently, this paid walking path has better conditions than the other one. But we still opted for the free walk to the beach. The free trail is steep, muddy, but totally doable. There are also some ropes to help you on the way. It is a bit tough but totally doable. We were unlucky to have rain with us all afternoon so hiking that muddy trail was super slippery.
The beach itself is not that big and there was almost no one there. Maybe because it was a rainy day… For this reason, we were not able to enjoy the watercolor properly so the beach was not that impressive.
On another day I hiked by myself to Kata Noi beach (about 10km away from Patong)
Karon Noi beach
On my way south, the first beach I saw was Karon Noi, the most beautiful one I saw during this trek. I was not expecting to find such a beautiful beach because I haven’t seen much about it but later I understood why. So, this is a private beach to the customers of Le Méridien Phuket Resort. The resort claimed that beach for itself, so if you want to go, you have to pay them an entrance fee and apparently can enjoy their beach chairs, etc. This is not cool as this beach looks amazingly beautiful and I couldn’t even have a proper view of it. There is a viewpoint, but the view is very covered by trees.
The next beach I saw on my journey south was Karon beach and seeing it from the hill was way better than seeing it from the beach itself. Because I was walking towards it, I found this amazing spot with a clear view of Karon beach, and the best viewpoint from the street. Near Centara Villas is where you will find this gorgeous view of Karon beach
The next beach on my journey to the south was kata beach. It is a pretty beach with a small rocky island nearby. The beach was not that busy and apparently, you can rent a kayak here. I didn’t see this beach from above, so it didn’t impress me either.
Kata Noi beach
Next and the last beach for me this day was Kata Noi beach, a beach 10 min walk away from Kata beach. Kata Noi is way smaller than Kata beach but I found it more charming. There were a lot of surfers there although there weren’t those many waves. The beach is pretty and I had the best sunset here. Sunsets in Phuket are so amazing as the sky turns pink 360º around and all the surround helps to the magic of the moment.
After the sunset, I headed back to Karon beach making my day a little less than a 20 km walk. My original idea was to go to Karon Viewpoint but I was too tired for it. On this journey, I found that there is a local bus connecting Rawai- Kata- Patong- Airport. To know more about the local buses and their routes, you need to install this app called “dotsmobi” which will tell you bus routes, prices, and schedules.
But those are not all the beaches I have visited so far. Check more Phuket beaches HERE!