Kamala Beach in Phuket Thailand is one of the most quiet beaches you will find within this popular part of southern Thailand. Being located just six kilometres to the north of the bright neon lights and go-go bars of Patong Beach, Kamala offers a relaxed and mellow beach atmosphere when compared to other Thailand beaches like Patong and Karon Beaches. This is probably why this beach and the surrounding area has of late become a popular home for retirees and expats.
In fact when driving along the coastline through the densely forested hills, it is easy to drive right past this beach, due to both the lack of signage, and the fact that Kamala is situated a little off the main road. The town area basically consists of two villages, an original Muslim area and a newer southern area which includes most of the shops restaurants, hotels and bars.
by tall palm and pine trees in the afternoon, this 2 kilometre long beach is a nice place to be
if you just want to relax and look out over Kamala Bay and the ocean. If you really want to indulge yourself you can even
enjoy a Thai massage for about 300 Thai baht while lying on your banana
lounge under the shade of your beach umbrella. The local traders are usually operating along the beach selling coconut oil, drinks and other snacks so you never need to wander too far.
This also goes for lunch time, because if the beach vendors don't sell what you're after there is a good selection of beach-side restaurants and other dining options available . There is also a 7-Eleven convenience store and a massage shop located within this zone.
While all the usual beach and water activities are available here including boating and swimming, there are also yoga and Thai cooking classes and even lawn bowls for those that want to try something different.
Longboats which belong to the local fisherman are usually parked along the quiet northern end of the beach which is close to a section of land which contains a Muslim cemetery. When I was visiting Phuket in 2005, Kamala Beach was still recovering from the 2004 Tsunami as was the local Wat Baan Kamala (i.e. temple) which was badly damaged. The temple grounds were partly rebuilt with the help of Australians from a television show called Backyard Blitz.
Despite its laid back feel of this area there are a number of premium villas, hotels and resorts situated around Kamala including the popular Novotel hotel which opened in November 2013. This is this company's 100th hotel to be built in the Asia Pacific region. If you are looking for some family entertainment in the evening then you can't go past the award winning and extravagant Phuket Fantasea show which is performed at the 140 acre Phuket Fantasea theme park located near the northern end of Kamala Beach.
The best way to travel to Kamala Beach on Phuket is by plane or bus. Flights from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport occur daily with a number of local airlines servicing the island including Nok Air, Air Asia and Thai Airways. Being an international airport direct flights are available to and from a number of countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan to name a few. There are an abundance of taxi's and mini-vans located outside the airport to transport you to your hotel.
Buses to Phuket depart Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal daily with the journey taking approximately 13 hours.
Traveling from Phuket International Airport a taxi journey to Kamala Beach costs around 750 Thai baht.