Photo: Surf is not up at Kamala beach.

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Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach has three main areas for accommodation: the southern beachside strip, the area north of the police station and the headland south of the beach with mostly high-end luxury villas and resorts. There are a few exceptions, but Kamala is a good choice for budget rooms.

Papa Crab
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
93/5 Moo 3, Rim Had Road, Kamala Beach
T: (076) 385 315, (086) 951 0403

Perhaps it's the influence of the architecture firm that shares this address, but Papa Crab has a lot more style than most budget guesthouses in Thailand. You're greeted by a koi pond and buffed concrete floors, and the modern, minimalist design extends to the rooms. The wonderful German/Thai couple who took over Papa Crab in October 2010 has added an art gallery and renovated each of the 10... Read our full review of Papa Crab.

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Chez Sabina Guest House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
86/11 Moo 3, Rim Had Road, Kamala Beach
T: (076) 279 544

A friendly family-run spot, Chez Sabina is more of a homestay than a hotel. You can rent a room by the night, but most of their business is longer term. This is a popular choice with people who come to Phuket for a month or more — often every year — so a reservation is a smart idea. They have a variety of one-bedroom apartment-style rooms and a separate two-storey house with three bedrooms,... Read our full review of Chez Sabina Guest House.

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Clear House Guest House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
121/2,121/10 Rim Had Road, Kamala Beach
T: (076) 385 401

This cosy guesthouse down a narrow alley has eight rooms with shaded terraces set around a small courtyard. An easy walk to the beach with several restaurants and shops nearby, this is a great spot if you want to be central to the (low-key) action of Kamala. Inside the whitewashed buildings are colourful rooms, all with air-con and big bathrooms with hot showers. A mini-fridge, safe, wall-mounted... Read our full review of Clear House Guest House.

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Deng's Guesthouse and Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Soi Police Station, Kamala Beach
T: (089) 873 9293, (081) 893 4094

Backpackers and vacationing families are likely to find something to suit their budget and taste at Deng's. Choose between the newer resort on the off-beach side of the road, and the older guesthouse that is closer to the beach. The beachside guesthouse has six rooms in two sizes that have all been upgraded with air-con, fridges and cable TV – sorry budgeteers, the cheap fan option is no longer... Read our full review of Deng's Guesthouse and Resort.

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Kamala Beachfront Apartment
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
107/1 Moo 3, Kamala Beach
T: (076) 395 412-5

Catering to families who love vacations but hate hotels, this place is a good deal. The two-bedroom apartments have two bathrooms, a full European kitchen, private terrace with table and day bed, and a dining table that seats six. Visit their website to see the floor plans yourself. You don't get more beachfront than this, but there's also a mid-sized pool lined with deck chairs. The smaller and... Read our full review of Kamala Beachfront Apartment.

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The Palms
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
88/6 Moo 6, Kamala Beach Road, Kamala Beach
T: (076) 302 500

The Palms is a solid choice for families, as it's just a short walk from Kamala Beach with many eating options nearby. The modern, minimalist-styled two- or three-bedroom apartments are massive and come with all the amenities you would miss from home, and more. Poolside studio rooms and larger studios with balconies overlooking the pool were added in 2013, as well as a gym. The white and grey... Read our full review of The Palms.

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Kamala Dreams
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
74/1 Moo 3, Kamala Beach
T: (076) 279 131

European-managed Kamala Dreams gets a consistent thumbs-up from its guests. This small 18-room hotel was badly hit by the tsunami but of course any signs of damage are long gone — they've even expanded. The spacious rooms are very clean and furnished with a king-sized bed, teak dining table, and a kitchenette with mini-fridge and microwave. All rooms have satellite TV, IDD phones, WiFi internet... Read our full review of Kamala Dreams.

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Print Kamala Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
74/8 Moo 3, Kamala Beach
T: (076) 385 396-8

Across the road from the beach along a strip with several restaurants and shops, the Print Kamala is a popular resort with rooms and bungalows in a traditional Thai style without going overboard. The bungalows offer the best value, though their tired looking interiors could use an upgrade. In 2010, a new building was built with flashier rooms and direct access to Print Kamala’s newer pool,... Read our full review of Print Kamala Resort.

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Benjamin Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
83 Moo 3, Kamala Beach
T: (076) 385 145-7, (084) 190 6848

It's nothing fancy, but the rooms at Benjamin are sufficiently comfy and great value given their location on the beach. Though they’re looking a bit smudgy and dusty in places, it's safe to say they are probably the best value rooms at this price and location in all of Phuket. While the rooms are as plain as it gets, they are at least air-con and have TV and a mini-fridge. The bathrooms all... Read our full review of Benjamin Resort.

Twin Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
66/6 Moo 3, Kamala Beach
T: (076) 279 349, (089) 875 0939

Amid the cluster of guesthouses at the southern end of Kamala Beach, Twin Guesthouse is probably the simplest of the bunch. The rooms are lacking in any personality, but you're here to relax on the beach, not in your room — right? All rooms have air-con and the standard amenities of TV, mini-fridge, and hot water. Reception is open 24 hours, although you might need to wake up the staff... Read our full review of Twin Guesthouse.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kamala Beach? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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