Paradise Beach, Phuket
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One way to reach Paradise Beach is by longtail boat
The clear waters off Paradise Beach are good for snorkeling
Paradise Beach is not great for bathing as the rocks and corals are too close to shore

Paradise Beach

This little gem of a beach is at the end of the headland south of Patong beach. The two hundred meter long beach is in a small sheltered bay lined with trees. There are rocks at both ends and a small extension to the beach around the other side of the western rocks. It is generally a very beautiful location.

You cannot wade very far into the water as there is a coral reef close to the beach. At low tide you cannot bathe at all but when the tide is in you can have a little swim.

When the tide is in it is a good beach for snorkeling. There is a coral reef offshore with plenty of colourful fish. Unfortunately, you will also see a lot of flattened, dead coral. This is the work of the tsunami and it will take time to fully recover. However, there is still plenty of colourful sea life to enjoy.

There is a restaurant by the car park. You can rent sun loungers for 100 baht each. You can also rent kayaks to explore the rest of the headland.

A chunk of land around the beach was recently bought by a developer and they are going to build a resort. Fortunately, the owner of the rest of the land around the beach is in no rush to sell so the route to the beach remains open.

How to Get There

Drive up the ramp at the very south end of Patong Beach and follow the road until you reach the bottom of a narrow uphill road. Drive up this hill and the road turns into a dirt track to go over the final hill to the beach. It is a one-kilometer drive along this track which has some steep inclines. If it is dry then a jeep or pick-up will make it comfortably although it is slightly nervewracking in the wet.

You are crossing private land. There is no charge for crossing the land but the owners do like you to hire a sunlounger or spend some money at the restaurant. In fact there have been reports of visitors who do not pay for a sunlounger being told they are unwelcome on the beach.

Alternatively, you can rent a longtail boat from the south end of Patong Beach. Should cost no more than 1000 baht for the return trip. Even cheaper - ask one of the jet-ski renters to drop you off.



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