Phuket is more than just a popular beach destination, although it does have stunningly beautiful beaches. Phuket’s infrastructure and moderate cost of living make it not only a beautiful beach location but a practical place to call home. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island with a population of almost 600,000. Around 20% of the population are expatriates. It’s more than the tropical paradise atmosphere bringing in the Phuket expat community. Phuket has plenty of practical reasons why so many have chosen it for their home.
First, let’s talk about the beaches. Phuket has over 30 outstanding beaches to choose from. Which one you think is the best depends largely on how you rate your beaches. Some like the hustle and bustle of nearby shops and dining, while others prefer a remote spot of paradise.
Here are a few of the most famous beaches:
- Patong Beach. If you love excitement, Patong is the beach for you. It’s a popular spot full of nightlife, dining, and shops.
- Kata Beach. Less crowded, but not completely remote, Kata offers the perfect mix of sand, sun, and activities. With white sand and crystal blue waters, Kata has a variety of activities including sunbathing, relaxing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
- Karon Beach. One of the longest beaches on the island, Karon is located on the western coast between Kata and Patong. If you’re looking for quiet, head to the northern end, which is often deserted.
- Kamala Beach. North of Patong is the beautiful shoreline of Kamala Beach. The atmosphere here is quieter than in busier Patong, making it a popular spot for retirees looking for a peaceful locale.
Gorgeous beaches are perfect for vacation, but what about the practical aspects of living in Phuket? For one thing, Phuket’s new International airport makes traveling …