Chalong; a narow beach, a big bay & Phuket's major boat harbour
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Chalong Bay has a poor, narrow beach, but a whole host of other advantages
Chalong is generally called a bay, not a beach, because its role as Phuket's biggest boat anchorage is critical to the island, while its beach role is minor. The beach is just a thin, narrow strip of filler sand between water and land. There is nothing remarkable about this beach save the views over the bay to offshore islands and anchored yachts – best enjoyed from a seaside cafe with a cool beer or glass of wine at sunset.
Chalong Bay does, however, have a number of interesting beachfront hotels and resorts – all seen on our maps. Hotel guests who understand Phuket seek accommodation here for much more than a beach holiday. They come for a 'Phuket' vacation, for this east coast sector of the island is much less 'tourist' and 'beach', and much more 'Thai' and 'lifestyle'. Thus, while it’s not a classically beautiful beach like the famous ones at Patong and Kata on Phuket's west coast, Chalong's beach holds an entirely different set of allures and lifestyle advantages that attracts couples and families.
The shores of this big, circular bay face most directions of the compass, giving Chalong many beaches facing many directions. The Bay is generally shallow, the beaches narrow and the sand somewhat coarser than that on the west coast beaches. Never crystal clear, the water is milky at best, and quite murky in the upper reaches. Here we focus on Chalong's western shoreline, that shown in our beach map with the beachfront hotels and resorts. The other sector of the Bay with resorts is that lining the east, facing west. The beach here is also part of the Cape Panwa peninsula , and the four beachfront hotels here are mapped and described as part of that.