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We believe Kamala Beach is the best place to spend time in Phuket, Southern Thailand. The sandy beach is in the middle of the western coast of the island. The water is crystal blue and the sand is clean. The Kamala Mountain range provides the perfect backdrop for the quaint little town.

Kamala attracts people of all ages and backgrounds. You will find tourists from all over the world and a lot of Thais too. We like it because it is not overdeveloped. You won’t find huge towers or mega-hotels here. That said, there are enough bars and restaurants to keep you entertained.

Kamala enjoys a privileged location. You can go to Phuket City in no time. There are a couple of pristine beaches nearby. The Sirinat National Park is 15 miles (25 km) further north. The party beach of Patong is only 5 miles (8 km) south. Besides, the ferry terminals to other islands are near.

Kamala Beach Phuket

How to get to Kamala Beach

Flying into Phuket Airport

The vast majority of tourists arrive at Phuket airport and then head to Kamala Beach. Serving some 16 million passengers each year, the airport is the second most important in Thailand. Flights from all over the world and from the rest of the country arrive there.

The airport is 15 miles (25 km) north of Kamala. The fastest way to go there is by taxi. The journey lasts approximately 45 minutes. Depending on which service you hire, a taxi should be between 20 to 50US$. Private vans charge around 50US$. There are also shared vans for around 10US$.

Chic lobby

Taking a Boat to Nearby Islands

We advise you to arrange for shared vans to go to the ferries. Ferries to Koh Phi Phi leave from Rassada Pier in Phuket Town and arrive in 90 minutes at Tonsai Pier and in 120 at Laem Tong terminal. They leave at 8:30, 10:30, and 11:30 AM with an additional noon departure in high season.

The journey from Phuket to Krabi is an attraction in itself. The views are epic! Boats from Phuket to Krabi depart from Bang Rong Pier, north of Phuket Town, and take 2 hours to arrive at Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang. They leave at 9:30 and 11:30 AM.

Our favorite islands in Thailand are Koh Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai. Boats from Phuket to both islands leave from Bang Rong Pier. There are half a dozen ferries a day to Koh Yao Noi. The journey takes half an hour on a speedboat and one hour on a long tail boat. Be sure to grab a window seat and enjoy the ride! The same boats go to Koh Yao Yai and take a bit longer.

Boats to Koh Yao Noi

Moving around Phuket

Moving around Phuket is not hard at all. The Airport Bus connects Phuket Town to the airport in an hour and a half. It goes through the middle of the island and stops 20 times. Tickets are between 1.5US$ and 3US$. A taxi should be around 25US$ and a shared van around 10US$.

The Smart Bus goes from the Airport all along the western coast to Rawai Beach. It stops 25 times along the way and charges 3US$. Pay on the bus or get a discount card if you are staying long. Taxis from Kamala to Phuket Town take half an hour and charge around 20US$.

Local Blue Songtaews are the cheapest way of moving around. These simple buses operate between Patong, Chalong, Kata, Kamala, Makham Bay, Nai Harn, Nai Yang, Rawai, Surin, and Thalang. To go from Kamala to Phuket Town go to Patong first. Buses are reliable and charge 1US$ but don’t operate at night.

Main road in Kamala

Where to Stay in Kamala

Kamala Beach

Kamala is known in Phuket for its hotels. In comparison to other beaches, there aren’t many. That’s why the beach is never crowded. We do not recommend staying in the hotels on the hill. You have to walk on the road to reach the beach. We strongly recommend staying directly on the beach.

Our favorite hotel in Kamala is Thai Kamala Beach Front. The two-story building faces the sea. You won’t hear or see cars. The comfortable rooms are clean and have a balcony with lovely views of the palm trees and beach. The best restaurants in Kamala are nearby.

When we want to treat ourselves we stay in the best luxury hotel in Kamala, the Intercontinental. It’s the only one directly on the beach. The hotel is set in a huge garden and has a bar and restaurant. You have several pools to choose from. The spa and wellness center is fantastic.

Thai Kamala Beach Front

Rayee Beach

Rayee Beach is a narrow stretch of sand with crystal blue waters. Since it’s after Cape Sienna, it’s very quiet. From there to Kamala’s main beach is a 15-minute walk or a short taxi or tuk-tuk ride. Besides, the two hotels we recommend offer complimentary transportation. Please note that there are rocks in the sea, so you can’t swim at Rayee Beach.

The Hyatt Regency Kamala is an upscale best beach resort in Phuket. The property is on the slope of the hill, next to the sea. Thus, the views from its lush gardens and pools will take your breath away. Book a Club King Room with ocean views and you will never forget your time in Kamala. It’s got a lot of parking space.

The Namaka Resort Kamala is one of the best luxury resorts in Kamala. Considering its class and location, it’s great value for money. The property cascades on the slope of the hill facing the sea. It’s got three amazing pools with loads of lounges. The huge tropical villa with sea views is perfect for families.

Namaka Resort Kamala

Things to Do in Kamala

Spend Some Time on the Beach

Of all the things to do in Kamala, enjoying the beach is mandatory. The little town is cute, but its biggest draw is the long sandy beach. Unlike other beaches in Phuket, there are no tall buildings in Kamala. In fact, the hotels on the beach have two stories at the most.

The beach is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long. The widest section is in the center. Tall palm trees line the coast. Since Kamala is a bay, the water is calm and shallow. Besides, there are rocks only to the south. The rest of the beach is rock free. Therefore, you can swim without hurting yourself.

The beach is the best place to watch killer sunsets. All you have to do is grab your favorite drink. We like the simple bars directly on the sand. Not crowded nor loud, they offer delicious cocktails and juices. You can also have dinner or lunch on the beach.

Kamala Beach Thailand

Hike through the Hills

Kamala has more than a splendid beach. The area is perfect for incredible hikes through nature. You can walk at your own pace, no need to hurry. Our favorite walk is to the Hidden Rocks area, less than 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the main beach. You first reach tiny Hua Beach.

It’s a short but steep climb to the rocks and the pond. However, you can walk easily on a path to the top of the hill. The best walks are to the east. You have to walk 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the end of town to reach Bang Wan Waterfall.

The area around the waterfall is perfect for hikes. If the waterfall is closed, no worries. Go into the forest and walk along the path through trees, flowers, and all sorts of plants. You can see the bay and the islands from the top. Bring your favorite drink and enjoy a killer sunset.

Pedestrian path in Kamala

Visit Temples

The population in Phuket is pretty diverse. You have Muslim and Buddhist Thais living happily side by side. The nicest Buddhist temple in the area is next to the sea, a 15-minute walk from the main beach. You have to walk to the southern cape. On your way there, you will pass the Memorial to the 2014 Tsunami.

Wat Baan Kamala is on the beach in front of the 7-11. Paintings cover the walls and wooden ceilings. Tough damaged, the temple survived the 2014 Tsunami. The entire community helped restore it and is now active. Local people visit to pray so be respectful.

You have three lively mosques to discover. Al-Bushra Mosque is next to the main beach. Kamala Mosque is to the east of the city, beneath the hill. The big mosque combines Islamic and Thai elements. Our favorite mosque is Phadungsat east of the center. The blue-domed temple is the oldest in Kamala.

Wat Baan Kamala

Try Delicious Food

Evidently, Thai food is the local specialty. We love Thai food and never get tired of it. However, when we stay longer in the country, we need some food from back home. Fortunately, Kamala like the rest of Phuket has all types of restaurants.

Our favorite restaurant is Smile Bar, directly on the beach. The food is delicious, and the cocktails and juices are the best in Kamala. The fancy Café del Mar Phuket is also directly on the beach. You can enjoy delicious food and your favorite cocktail on the sand or in the super cool bar listening to music.

For seafood, go to the main drag. We always eat at Kamala Seafood. Everything is fresh and tasty. Our favorite coffee shop is next door. Coffee 936 serves premium coffee and teas. You can have western style breakfast and cakes. For a drink at night with fellow tourists and locals, head to YaYa’s.

Restaurant in Kamala

Have a Relaxing Massage

No one does massages like the Thai. When in Thailand, we have massages at least three times a week. You can have the best massage directly on Kamala beach. Oasis Massage is a clean comfortable place facing the sea. Nothing beats a massage listening to the waves.

The massage parlors on Rim Hat Road are all good. It’s the main drag parallel to the coast. One of the best things to do in Kamala is to have a massage late at night. Andaman and Planet Sabai on Rim Hat Road face each other and close at midnight.

If you are looking for luxury, head to Oasis Spa in the center. The elegant villa has manicured gardens, a pool, and fountains. Their packages are irresistible and considering what they offer a steal. Love yourself and book one of their plush suites for a couple of hours.

Rim Hat Road

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