One of our favourite Phuket beaches
Kamala beach is only about ten minutes drive north of Patong beach along the ocean road, but it feels a world away in terms of atmosphere. Whereas Patong is a busy party place, Kamala is more relaxed. Kamala is quieter than Kata, Karon or Naiharn beach.
Kamala beach was originally a quaint little Muslim fishing village. The south end of the beach is still used by local fishermen who bring in their catch for local seafood restaurants.
Pre 2004 Kamala was very quiet and basically closed down in low season. Kamala was hit badly by the Asian tsunami on 26 December 2004. Since then it’s been rebuilt and tourism has taken over somewhat.
Why we like Kamala beach
What we like about Kamala is that everything is centered around the beach. You can stay at a guesthouse next to the beach and eat at beach side restaurants. In the evening the restaurants are a great place for a drink. You can walk everywhere, no need to hire a motorbike or take tuk-tuks.
However if you want to venture further afield Kamala is not isolated. It’s 10 minutes by tuk tuk to Patong beach for some nightlife. Phuket Town is within reach. We can arrange transfers for most tours (like to Phi Phi or Phang Nga bay) from Kamala.
Kamala beach activities
Kamala beach is a great swimming beach, in high season the sea is calm and slopes gradually.
You can rent kayaks and SUP’s towards the north end of the beach.
A few jet skis and banana boat rides are available.
The Phuket Fantasea show is in Kamala. It’s an evening dinner and show venue. The show is a light and sound extravaganza, certainly recommended if you are in the area.
Kamala beach hotel suggestions
Hotel suggestions for Kamala are the Kamala beach apartments (if you can get a room) or Maphrao resort next door. Both are right on the beach. The road around the southern headland has some pretty luxurious villas and resorts. The Hyatt Regency and Ayara Hilltops are notables.
Diving and snorkeling in Kamala beach
You can see a few fish snorkeling around the rocks at the north end of Kamala beach (when the sea is flat from Nov to April). There is also a dive shop that can organise longtail trips for divers to nearby reefs.
Laem Singh beach and Surin beach are a little further north of Kamala beach. South are Kalim and Patong.