Kamala Beach, Phuket

Kamala Beach, Phuket

Kamala Beach, Phuket

Phuket's Kamala Beach attracts a loyal return crowd year in year out -- it even gets the occasional wave.

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After the crass commercialness of Patong, long, sweeping Kamala Beach is a breath of fresh air. Lined by casuarinas, Kamala makes for fine swimming and it's easy to find your own patch of sand. During the short wet season don't be surprised to find the locals (and the occasional tourist) trying to fit in a bit of surfing.

Kamala feels more like a little Thai village than other towns on Phuket. It still has the standard touristy stuff, but you don't need to walk far to find an unaffected place or enjoy an authentic meal at a restaurant that sees more locals than tourists. However, with a number of new resorts and private apartments under construction and even more being planned, Kamala seems destined to eventually lose its small-town charm.

While the beach's far northern end remains mostly undeveloped due to a Muslim cemetery, the mountainous headlands to the south are dotted with cranes and half-built luxury villas. Known as Millionaire's Mile, this area is ... Read our complete Kamala Beach travel guide

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