Phuket’s best family beaches

Phuket’s best family beaches

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As Thailand’s largest island, Phuket has several sandy beaches that kids bearing buckets and spades will love to visit, but some are better than others.

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Easy to find a patch of sand for the family along Nai Harn’s kilometre-long stretch. Photo by: Lana Willocks.
Easy to find a patch of sand for the family along Nai Harn’s kilometre-long stretch. Photo: Lana Willocks

With fine white sand and a shallow bay, Kata beach on Phuket’s southwest coast has long been a big draw for families. Club Med occupies most of the land approaching the beach but a public road separates this big resort from the sands and allows for easy access.

Older kids can catch some waves here in the wetter months of May through October, and surf shops along the beach offer surf and boogie board rental and instruction. Kata is a hive of activity for vendors, which some may find a nuisance, but for those with hungry children the roving food seller with fried rice, sandwiches and fresh coconut water can be a godsend.

Surf shops and wide sands at Kamala’s quieter northern section. Photo by: Lana Willocks.
Surf shops and wide sands at Kamala’s quieter northern section. Photo: Lana Willocks

Kata beach can get crowded during the peak season months of December through April, but the section of the beach north of Club Med tends to be less crowded with broad sands offering plenty of running around space. At the south end are a cluster of open-air restaurants, while many more dining spots are found within an easy walk inland from the sands.

Found at the island’s southern tip, Nai Harn beach has a wide stretch of sand and a more local, laid-back atmosphere than some of Phuket’s busier resort beaches. The beach is lined with rental sun beds, and set under towering casuarina trees just back from the beach is a row of casual open-air seafood ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.

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