What You Need to Know About Kamala Beach
To say that Phuket is a lively island would be an understatement. The island province is loaded with exciting events, nightlife, and activities, and the people and culture are also the most welcoming in the world. Yet, the hectic lifestyle isn’t the only thing this southern paradise has to offer. If you’re looking for a serene, relaxed, and secluded place in Phuket, Kamala is the place to go. In this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know about this little beach located just 10 minutes off the busy strip of Patong and why you should go there.
Kamala beach occupies a large chunk of Phuket’s west coast. It’s situated within a bay, making the water much calmer than the beach that runs along the capes. This makes it a perfect spot for swimming, even for weaker swimmers and children. The northern end of the beach is the most scenic. There are smooth rock formations and clear sand that accompany the laid-back atmosphere perfectly. If you like what you see on the beach front, then take a hike up Laem Singh to find a truly secluded beach with wonderful scenery. What’s more is that you only need to walk up the Kamala beach for a few minutes to will find lots and lots of restaurants, shops, cafes, bars, and massage parlors.
There’s a small village just over the small bridge behind the beach that houses more shops and restaurants. Here, you will find the 2004 Tsunami Memorial where you can read about the devastating incident. Once the evening comes, you can take a short 10-minute walk to Phuket FantaSea to see the mix of traditional Thai and modern Western art.
As mentioned, there are a lot of places to eat along Kamala Beach, but one that we would suggest in particular is Hae Ha Bar. Located just a few minutes walk from the beach, the first things you will see are the rows of palm trees and green beach umbrellas that will guide you up to the main venue. There’s an English menu for tourists, and a full meal is not going to cost you more than $10. We recommend you try their green curry with prawn with jasmine rice, you won’t be disappointed! Once you’re done with the main course it’s time to move on to the dessert! The Green Mountain Cafe is right next door to Hae Ha Bar, and they serve one of the best chocolate cake on the island. Their coffee is also roasted, ground, and brewed in-house, so you that will be the first thing you smell when you walk in the door.
Thai massage is world-renowned, and Kamala is one of the best places in Thailand to get it. You will find many massage parlors just off the main Kamala beach, and you will be surprised by how cheap their services are. Among these competing shops and parlors, Rita Massage stands out the most. The shop offers an indoor, AC’d service and an outdoor one. If it’s a nice day out, we suggest you get a massage under the shade on the beach for maximum relaxation. You can get anything from foot massage, oil massage, and anti-cellulite massage, all for under $30. What’s more is that you can also get a manicure, pedicure, and even a full body scrub.
There are direct flights many places outside of Thailand to Phuket, from London, Sydney, Melbourne, and LA. You can also easily find a daily domesticate flight from Bangkok and Chiang Mai. It’s typically cheaper to book an international flight to Bangkok and then to Phuket in advance.
It’s a 35-minute drive from the Phuket Airport to Kamala beach. If your hotel doesn’t have a shuttle bus service, you can take a taxi from the arrival terminal to your hotel. However, keep in mind that taxis in Phuket cost a lot more than the ones in Bangkok, so we suggest you rent a car or a motorcycle if you’re comfortable with them. You can use these rented vehicles to travel around Phuket as well. Once you get to Kamala, though, you can walk everywhere so make sure you pack your favorite walking shoes.
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