Laem Ka Yai Beach Phuket

Laem Ka Yai Beach

Laem Ka Yai Beach (bigger of the two Laem Ka beaches) is north of well-known Rawai Beach and is 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from Koh Lon island off Phuket’s southeast coast. This beach faces southeast, and there is an island easily visible just off-shore. Unfortunately, this is a beautiful beach that has become a through-way for endless Chinese tourists getting gout of buses and onto longboats at one side of this beach. It’s sometimes loud and destroys the serenity of the place. On the other hand, you may get lucky and not have any tourists boarding boats. Depends on time of year.

There is some snorkeling at the south end of the beach, near the rocks. There are big and small rocks in the water all along Laem Ka Yai Beach, so be careful while walking around if you don’t have protective shoes on.

Or, just lay around the beach with the pigs. Yes, you heard that right – there are pigs running wild here.

There is no resort built right on Laem Ka Yai Beach, but you’ll nearly always find people here because it’s on the maps, and it’s such a lovely little beach on Phuket’s east side that people seem to find it easily. We’ve said it before, but it’s worth going to beaches in the early morning when you may get lucky and have it to yourself.

To reach Laem Ka Yai Beach, just come south on Highway 4024 as if you were going to Rawai Beach. Instead, make a left hand turn after the “Laguna Nightclub Rawai”. There is a 7-11 convenience store on the corner. Go 900 meters (984 yards) straight down that road until it ends. The beach is just 35 meters away.

Laem Ka Yai Beach Clubs

There are no beach clubs at Laem Ka Yai Beach

Laem Ka Yai Beach Restaurants / Bars

There is a small place on the beach serving a few small things and blended fruit smoothies which some have commented were delicious.

Laem Ka Yai Beach Accommodations

There are no accommodations at Laem Ka Yai Beach

Laem Ka Yai Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket:Southeast Phuket in Rawai
  • GPS Data: 7° 46’ 42” N, 98° 20’ 15” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 22 / 16 / 47
  • Taxis available: No
  • Surrounding Beaches: Rawai Beach is to the south, and Laem Ka Beach is north.
  • Direction Facing: Southeast
  • Beach Length: 146 meters (160 yd.)
  • Beach Width: 18 meters (20 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 2’628 square meter (3,143 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Dark sand with occasional rocks and rough shells. Many trees for shade.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sand near the beach, mud, and rocks further out.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? No
  • Beach features: Peaceful, quiet place to relax. A lot of trash.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? No
  • Umbrellas? No
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Half private, access only by boat, no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? No – too shallow.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-10m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: None
  • Activities: Speedboats going out with tourists on multiple trips per day going to some of the islands. Not good for snorkeling, some coral and rocks, and trash. Not clear – lots of mud.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Unknown
  • Surfing? No, wrong side of Phuket for surf.
  • 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: Sharp stones and coral in the water – be careful, wear rubber soled shoes.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Unknown

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This Phuket Beaches Blog and most of the published articles have been researched, written and compiled by Sepp Hatzl. Sepp started visiting Phuket in 1975, felt in love with the island, and in 1997 decided to spend most of his time in Nai Thon Beach Phuket. Sepp is happy to provide you with more specific information about all kind of Phuket topics, just drop him an email (email see in the footer).

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