More of a fishing village than a nightclub hotspot, Kamala Beach is characterized by its long stretches of empty sand surrounded by lush forested hills and a chilled-out atmosphere.
The enclosed bay offers safe swimming all year round. The ocean is completely calm November through April, with the occasional swell May through October. The absence of many of the activities found at other, busier beaches means it’s perfect for families with small children. Watch the kids as they paddle freely without the risk of running into a surfboard, while you sit back and catch some sun. For activity, check out the snorkelling off the north end of the beach November through April.
Relaxing is the name of the game here. Rent a sun lounger, available near the center of town at the south end of the beach, or throw down a towel and enjoy a wide stretch of sand entirely to yourself. There aren’t any public restrooms, but facilities are available at any of the hotels dotted along the beachfront – just ask. These are also the places to go for a sit-down lunch. If you want to stay on the sand, try one of the street stalls selling traditional Thai dishes such as salads, curries and chicken satay.
The main part of town is just a few streets back from the glistening water. Here the streets are lined with shops and street stalls. On Friday nights explore the popular village market selling fresh produce, as well as clothes, DVDs and handicrafts. Locals flock to a twice-weekly market on Kamala Main Road. Head here to sample delicious fresh Thai food and soak up the atmosphere.
The town comes alive at night thanks to Phuket Fantasea, the island’s biggest Vegas-style spectacular. This theme park has hundreds of performers in elaborate traditional costumes, trapeze artists, performing elephants and a carnival atmosphere, with shopping and dining.
Kamala Beach is on the west coast of Phuket Island, it is five miles (eight kilometers) to the north of Patong Beach, or about a half-hour journey from the International Airport.
This family-friendly Patong resort is located near the bay, within 3 mi (5 km) of Patong Beach and Bangla Night Street. Royal Paradise Night Market and Jungceylon Shopping Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tsunami Memorial and within 3 mi (5 km) of Phuket Fantasea and Laem Singh Beach. Kamala Beach is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.
This family-friendly Kamala resort is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Tsunami Memorial and Kamala Beach. Phuket Fantasea and Laem Singh Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This family-friendly Kamala resort is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kamala Beach, Laem Singh Beach, and Phuket Fantasea. Surin Beach is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Kamala resort is within a 10-minute walk of Kamala Beach and Phuket Fantasea. Laem Singh Beach and Surin Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Kamala apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Kamala Beach and Phuket Fantasea. Laem Singh Beach and Surin Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated by the sea, this aparthotel is steps from Kamala Beach and Phuket Fantasea. Laem Singh Beach and Surin Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Surin Beach and Laem Singh Beach. Phuket Fantasea is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.