This story on Kamala Beach is part of our Asia’s Best Beaches’ series that appears in the latest issue of Dot Property Magazine. Click here to read it!
There is no shortage of awesome beaches in Phuket, but one continues to fly under the radar. Patong, Kata and Bang Tao receive a lot of attention, but Kamala Beach is truly a special area. It is less crowded than many other parts of Phuket while no less beautiful.
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Situated on the island’s western coast, Kamala Beach is a fantastic place if you enjoy a good sunset. There are countless seafood restaurants near the beach where you can indulge in a delicious meal of freshly caught fish while watching the sun slowly set in the background.
The beach itself offers everything you could possibly want. The golden sands and tropical waters are clear and relatively clean. The entire beach area is quite walkable as well. It is possible to head from the north end of Kamala Beach to the southernmost point in roughly 30 minutes on foot.
Kamala Beach is undergoing a bit of a transformation thanks to the MontAzure mixed-use development. This project will have an InterContinental hotel, the Twinpalms Residences, a luxury villa complex, a senior living facility and the Café Del Mar Beach Club.
The location of Kamala Beach is fairly central. Patong is a 10-minute drive away where you will find plenty of nightlife and shopping options. The popular Phuket FantaSea is located in Kamala and a few residential developments and resorts have either opened recently and are currently under construction.
What to know about Kamala Beach
Like most of Phuket, Kamala Beach is quite busy during the holiday season when the weather is nice. December and January is when most tourists head here. March, April and May offer nice weather with smaller crowds although there are a number of Thai holidays during this period. During these times, the beach may be busy.
Rainy season in Phuket starts in June and can linger into October. By November, the weather is pretty nice, but you may have to deal with the stray shower here and there.
Kamala Beach is only a 40-minute drive from Phuket International Airport. This is a nice alternative to the 70-90 minutes it can take to reach Kata or Karon Beaches further south on the island.
A revamped international terminal opened in 2016 and now welcomes guests from China, Europe and Middle East along with regional flights from Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. The domestic terminal is currently undergoing renovations to help it better meet the growing demand.
Phuket International Airport is handling more passengers than it was designed for. The Thai government continues to look at alternatives and building a second airport nearby has been one solution floated to relieve this congestion.