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Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach, Thailand

The island of Phuket is a slice of Thai paradise and is unsurprisingly popular as a holiday destination. The numerous beaches that dot its coastlines are by far the main attraction.

Kamala Beach is located on Phuket's popular west coast, enjoying a central location for getting to and from the airport and visiting resort towns. Holidays to Kamala Beach offer a much calmer experience than places such as Patong Beach, which is famous for its lively night scene. So, if it's laidback beach lounging and an authentic Thai atmosphere you're looking for, you've hit the jackpot with Kamala Beach!

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Be one with the beach

Make the most of a Kamala Beach holiday by spending many hours enjoying the idyllic white sands in the area. There are next to no watersports available so you can lie back and listen to the sound of the sea lapping the sand without any pesky interruptions from jet-skis or banana boats.

However, you can enjoy a more traditional Thai mode of transport, the long tail boat. You'll find them anchored just a short distance from the shore so you can jump onboard in no time. Float across the beautiful Andaman Sea as you soak up the lush surroundings and catch some gorgeous sunsets.

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Mingle with the locals

The market plays an important part in local life at Kamala Beach and you'll get to experience the talad (Thai for market) if you visit on a Friday. Browse stalls that are set up along the main road and pick up fresh fruit, vegetables and locally-made handicrafts. You also have the chance to try some delicious street food.

One of the best things about holidays to Phuket is the chance to soak up the spiritual culture of Thailand. There are Buddhist temples dotted all over the island, and Kamala Beach is home to one fine example. Wat Baan Kamala is five minutes away from the beach and features intricate architecture and beautiful golden Buddhas inside.

Tuck into Thai food

Although less busy than many of its coastal neighbours, there's a good choice of restaurants on offer at Kamala Beach. There's an eatery suited to every budget and taste as they range from popular chains through to high-end restaurants. You're likely to get the best taste of Phuket if you go for a family-friendly place that has a large menu.

Try traditional and popular dishes such as papaya salad, black pepper crab, fried red snapper, and of course, the Thai staple of pad thai. Enjoy a refreshing Thai beer or an exotic cocktail to round off the tastebud-tingling experience.

Visit Phuket FantaSea

One thing you absolutely have to do during your holiday in Kamala Beach is visit Phuket FantaSea, just a 10-minute walk away. This theme park is Thailand's answer to Las Vegas with cultural and animal shows, buffet dining and shopping.

Phuket FantaSea is said to have the biggest buffet in the whole of Asia. The Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant seats up to 4,000 diners and a range of traditional Thai, as well as international dishes are available. Like the rest of the park, it's a big building with intricate Thai-inspired architecture inside and out.

Nearest airport to Kamala Beach

Phuket International Airport – 14 miles

It takes around 35 minutes to get from Phuket International Airport to Kamala Beach by car or taxi.

Enjoy a Kamala Beach holiday and you'll return home both relaxed and recharged. Kamala Beach is one of the few places on the island of Phuket that offer a truly authentic Thai experience as it's not been over-developed for tourism. The beach is largely quiet and uncrowded, and the whole place still retains much of its original fishing-village charm. There's also nearby Phuket FantaSea for fun and lively evenings out.