Facing south on Phang Nga Bay near the very top of the east side of Phuket Island is this little sandy beach with a small pier facing some of Phuket’s coolest islands, Ko Raet and Ko Naka Yai and Noi. The water of Chandara Beach is often filled with small yachts and other boats anchored in this somewhat protected space. There are a number of places to stay close to the beach for boat owners, we review Chandara Resort & Spa Phuket below.
Chandara Beach Clubs
There is no Beach Club at Chandara Beach sofar
Chandara Beach Restaurants / Bars
- Eclipse Restaurant – this is part of the Chandara Resort & Spa on the west end of Chandara Beach. There are very few reviews (1), and none of the guests staying at the resort mentioned the restaurant, so we don’t have a good idea about the quality of the food. It certainly looks great in the photos on Google Maps. The setting is outside on a platform overlooking the water and nearby islands, and the tables are nicely set with a bouquet of flowers in the center of the tables.
- Pier88 Seafood Terminal – located just west of Chandara Beach, this restaurant is decorated with sailing and fishing items, a bit different from most Phuket restaurants. The vaulted ceiling is very high and made of bamboo and other wood. A portion of a longtail boat hangs high above dining tables. Is that a good idea?
Food and service at Pier88 are both rated highly, but there were a number of comments on social media regarding high prices. Tourists seem to be surprised by high prices for food on the island. This is becoming a frequent complaint, but one that isn’t likely to go away any time soon as the cost of living in Phuket and other tourist towns keeps rising.
Chandara Beach Accommodations
- Chandara Resort & Spa Phuket – this was possibly a five-star resort at one time. The property has villas on a small hill over the water and some units set back from the shore. The property is waterfront and there is easy access to the beach. Some reviewers commented that the property seemed abandoned to some degree. Staff were friendly and attentive, but it seemed that maintenance had fallen behind, and the property wasn’t being cared for as it once was. Furnishings are dated, a photo of a box-style TV was on their Google Maps listing. Rates begin around 5,000 THB per night and go up to 12,000 THB for a 2-bedroom unit.
Chandara Beach Facts
- Location in Phuket: Northeast coast on Phang Nga Bay, due east from Nai Thon Beach on the west coast.
- GPS Data: 8° 3′ 55.804″ N, 98° 26′ 26.966″ E
- Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 35 / 31 / 20
- Taxis available: Yes, but probably easiest to find at Ao Po pier just to the west down Highway 4007.
- Surrounding Beaches: Cape Yamu Beach is to the south. There is no beach to the north on the east coast.
- Direction Facing: South.
- Beach Length: 278m (304 yd.)
- Beach Width: 25m (27 yd.)
- Estimated Beach Area: 6’950 m2 (8,312 square yd.)
- Beach Quality: Shallow sand mixed with dirt.
- Ocean Bottom: Muddy sand filled with shells.
- Restroom / showers facilities? None for the public, but the resort has them if you’re a guest.
- Beach features: This small beach is fine for laying out on a towel or beach mat, and it offers a pleasant view across the water to small islands. Many sailing yachts and other boats are typically in the shallows close by. There is a small pier here for longtail boat passengers, so they don’t have to slog through the mud to reach the beach.
- Lifeguard Available? No
- Sunbeds Available? No
- Umbrellas? No
- Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
- Water quality: Good
- Boat anchorage possible? Yes, a large area suitable for dozens of boats.
- Boat dock and marina? Yes, a small unnamed pier.
- Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
- Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
- Sea inflow:: Unknown
- Slope into sea until 1m deep: 20-30m
- Convenience shop available? No
- Attractions: No real attractions here, but you can book private villas at a number of places here.
- Activities: Laying on a beach mat for a tan or walking on the beach are your only real options.
- FKK possible? Not permitted, not advised.
- Massage available? No
- Picnic possible? Yes
- Surfing? No, none on the east coast.
- Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
- Warnings: Stingrays are known to be common on all Phuket’s east-facing beaches.
- Waste runoff into the sea? Unsure
More about Chandara Beach
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