Ko Samui is mostly an urban island without unique attractions. Most of the beaches are reasonable but not more than that. It is best suited for those of you who are looking for a holiday on an urban island combining shopping and hanging out if pubs and restaurants.
This is the first article about Phuket beaches and it will concentrate on most of the beaches on the island beginning with Patong Beach and all the way down south to Rawai Beach. This article does not include all the beaches located to the north of Patong Beach such as: Kamala Beach, Surin Beach, Bang Tao Beach etc. exept one beach, Nai Yang Beach, located next to Phuket airport.
Nai Yang Beach is located only 1.5 Km. away from Phuket airport. Next to it there are some resorts and the beach itself is very relaxing and of high quality. It is certainly recommended to those of you who prefer a change to the crowds of other Phuket beaches.
Rawai Beach is not suited for bathing in the sea however it is a sea food paradise, great for sea food lovers who can enjoy the immense variety of fresh sea fruits and fish offered by the local restaurants, (from my experience there are very good restaurants there).
Nai Harn Beach is one of the best and most beautiful beaches in Phuket and due to its relatively far distance from the main tourist attractions, it is not crowded. This beach is highly recommended especially if you have a car so that you can combine bathing on the beach with a tour of the area.
Kata Noi Beach is smaller than Kata Beach but it is very pleasant and clean. The beach is relatively isolated and quiet during the day and night.
Kata Beach is a great beach with soft white sand surrounded by lush green hills, clean blue waters, plenty of beach chairs and parasols, small restaurant at the back of the beach which will happily serve you light meals, drinks, fruit shakes and fresh fruits.
Karon Beach is much more relaxing than Patong Beach and it is suitable for families. I can’t explain it, but my feeling was that Kata Beach is nicer.
Paradise beach has more disadvantages than advantages and I don’t recommend it. In addition the road leading to Paradise Beach is narrow with many sloppy curves which I don’t recommend to any new driver or to those riding motor bikes.
Patong beach is best suited for tourists looking out for vibrant nightlife, prostitutes and drag queens, etc., however, families or tourists looking for a relaxing holiday will not find it suitable.