Probably one of the most unique beach in Phuket is Kalim Beach. While it is not the most beautiful or the best for swimming, it does hold its own certain charm that no other beach on the island offers. Just north of Patong Beach heading towards Kamala and nestled in the heart of Kathu district lies this little gem of a beach oozing in Thai culture and nuances.
Split in half by a large concrete landing that is mostly empty during the day (save for a few food carts offering snacks and shakes) and surrounded by large boulders, this distinctive side of the beach has it’s own allure. Although by day it does just seem a boring concrete slab, by night it erupts with life, laughter and food. With local food vendors peddling their fare and the small cluster of people dotted along the walkway eating, singing and sharing moments together, it’s easy to see why Kalim Beach is such a popular tourist spot.
To the left is a small but rocky beach that isn’t great for swimming but does offer an ideal setting for snorkeling and tidal pool exploration, especially when the tide is in. The beach area is small but pleasing with it’s white sand and large shady palms; those who are sick of the overly crowded more popular beaches such as Karon or Kata Beach will appreciate the quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
Across the street is a series of moderately priced restaurants offering 3 star dining and a spectacular view out to the neighboring islands; there is also a rather large Family Mart that is open 24 hours and stocked full of all your touristy needs.
While it is not the endless miles of sandy beach and enticing tropical waves to splash around in, as you can see it really is one of the most unique beaches on the island and definitely one we recommend you check out before you leave the beautiful island paradise that is Phuket!