The Kamala sub-district is located in the district of Kathu in Phuket. The area is in between Patong and Surin Beach, and is generally a haven for visitors who want to get away from the bustle of nearby areas. The most convenient way to get to Kamala, and thus, Kamala Beach is by car. Kamala Beach is a 2-km stretch of clean beach that is livelier in the south nearer to Patong, and quieter toward the north. There are various things you can do on the beach itself, and also in the surrounding locality.
On Kamala Beach, you can lay down a towel on the pristine sands while you soak in the sunshine and watch the waves gently lap the shore. If you prefer, you can also rent out mats and umbrellas from vendors on the beach. For an even more relaxing experience, you can go to some of the small stalls along the beach to enjoy a mind-melting body or foot massage (according to your preference). The cost of these massages are very reasonable, so try to get one whenever you are there by the beach. Of course, you can also engage in the usual water activities such as surfing, swimming, snorkelling, diving, paddling, and so on in the ocean.
If you want to do something near the beach but not quite on it, then one of the things to do at Kamala Beach, Phuket is to visit Wat Baan Kamala. This beachfront classic Buddhist temple was rebuilt in 2004 after the tsunami and has a gorgeous garden, a bell tower, small temple areas, and more within the complex. It’s an excellent spot for photography in the late afternoon, though you can come any time of the day for some spiritual peace. Another historical spot you can visit is the Tsunami Memorial Park somewhere at the middle of Kamala Beach, which was built to remember the devastating effects of Phuket’s 2004 tsunami incident which severely affected the locals. It is only a small park but worth a visit if you are in the area.
A popular entertainment option nearby Kamala Beach is the Phuket FantaSea cultural theme park, which main highlight includes a variety show that happens after 9 p.m. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t come early to the venue, you can and you should! Admission includes a buffet dinner for you to enjoy before the show, as well as plenty to do and see from the time of opening around 5.30 p.m. This is an experience suitable for both adults and children, so it’s a perfect family-friendly outing option.
Those who like to shop can visit Kamala’s Friday night market which opens from 3 p.m onward, where there are is a vast array of fresh food items for sale such as vegetables, fruits, meat, seafood, and most importantly, authentic local Thai food. Besides this night market, there are also several local and international dining options in the Kamala area, as well as several places for nightlife. However, do note that since Kamala is not quite as upbeat as Patong, most establishments will probably close earlier in the night compared to similar places in Patong and Phuket Town.
Club Med Phuket is located only 30 minutes away from Kamala Beach and is right next to another amazing beach area called Kata Beach. The best part of the Club Med Phuket experience is the all-inclusive nature of the package you can purchase; your purchase includes not just accommodation, but all-day dining and drinks, as well as different types of land and water sports activities. For a truly complete Phuket vacation, make sure to book a stay at Club Med Phuket!