many small, little-known beaches; some pretty, some so-so, but all tranquil
How to find the best hotel deals in Phuket
Book the hotel directly, cut out all middlemen. When the hotel pays no commission it can give guests a lower price. Thus, we display all beachfront hotels in Phuket that GUARANTEE, in writing, the lowest price for direct bookings.
Click the resorts list on the left, then contact hotels using the e-mail box on the hotel page.
Note that DISCOUNT ROOM VOUCHERS – the very cheapest rooms in Thai beach hotels – are available through this site; conditions apply. Go to Thailand Hotel Deals E-mart for the full list. For advice contact Jade: firstname.lastname@example.org
east coast beaches are very different to the famous west coast ones
Phuket's east coast faces a shallow, protected bay with calm water – a very different situation to the west coast, which faces the open ocean and receives the brute force of the monsoon waves each year. All beaches along the east face famous Phang Nga Bay, an exceptionally calm body of water that rarely sees waves over a half metre. With little wave action, the beaches are not well developed; they’re narrow, have coarse sand and make up only a small portion of the total coastline. More of this coast is blanketed in mangrove forests.
A few small beaches on the southeast peninsula at Cape Panwa are more beautiful. However, visitors come to these parts of Phuket for different reasons, not specifically for the beach. Often that’s to escape the tourist crowds on the most famous beaches like Patong, Kata and Karon. Some go east for a more 'Thai' experience, for the east coast is home to the great majority of the local Thai communities on the island. Anyone who wants to use boats to access the famous bay or the many islands in the region, or go diving or fishing, is better accommodated on the east side for this is where all marinas and anchorages are found. Yet others seek out the hotels in Chalong Bay for easy access to the many lifestyle advantages in this area, including good restaurants, bars, health and beauty spas and services, herbal saunas plus the more relaxed, less ‘touristy’ lifestyle on offer here.
Despite that Phuket’s east side of is not well suited for those coming specifically for a beautiful beach and lots of swimming, it has attractions of its own.
Here I give only a brief outline of each beach, while there is link to a full page of info and many more photos of each location, with its beachfront resorts, for those who seek more details.
Final note: the east side offers a number of very high class, 5-star resorts, including a few international names like Westin and Radisson.