Tri Trang Beach, also known as Emerald Beach or Tri Trang Beach 1, is a small little beach 5 km from the centre of the famous buzzing Patong Beach. Tri Trang 1 Beach because there is a Tri Trang 2 Beach on the opposite side of the peninsula it exists on. There can be some confusion because the Marriott – which has a complex on Tri Trang 2 Beach, just calls it “Tri Trang”.
You can find Tri Trang Beach by going to the south end of Phuket and following that road for five minutes until you come down a hill and see the beach on your right side. To clear it up – Tri Trang Beach faces north.
Tri Trang Beach 1 is a very lovely quiet beach to spend a day on. To go into the water we recommend swimming shoes because of the coral debris. Occasionally you will find bride and groom having their pictures taken with the bride in white gown riding an elephant in the sea.
Tri Trang Beach Clubs
None here, but in close proximity to Patong Beach, nightlife capital of Phuket Island.
Tri Trang Beach | Beach Restaurants / Bars
There are a couple of restaurants and other food and beverage shops close to the beach, but none of them have substantial ratings from guests, so we’ll pass on listing them here until they are better established.
- Tri-Curve – this hill-side restaurant is at the very west end of Tri Trang Beach, high above the water. The views over Tri Trang Beach and Patong Beach are lovely. The food and service get good ratings and has enough diners’ ratings that you can be sure you will be getting a good meal. The prices are not too extravagant, considering the view.
Tri Trang Beach Accommodations
- At Zea Hotel – at the east end of Tri Trang Beach is the only hotel that is right on the beach. If you want to stay near Tri Trang, this is one hotel with favorable reviews you can stay at for reasonable rates. Rates around 3,500 THB per night.
- Lets Phuket Twin Sands Resort & Spa – around 265 meters (290 yd.) inland from Tri Trang Beach, this newer hotel has up-to-date furniture and brightly lit rooms. Ratings are high from reviewers, and rates are reasonable at 2,600 THB per night.
Tri Trang Beach Facts
- Location in Phuket: Southwest coast of Phuket Island, just west of Patong Beach.
- GPS Data: 7° 53’ 10” N, 98° 16’ 30” E
- Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 5 / 20 / 45
- Taxis available: Yes
- Surrounding Beaches: Paradise Beach is just west; Patong Beach is east of Tri Trang.
- Direction Facing: North
- Beach Length: 720 meters (678 yd.)
- Beach Width: 15 meters (16 yd.)
- Estimated Beach Area: 10’800 m2 (12,917 square yd.)
- Beach Quality: The beach itself has been cleaned up a lot since the tsunami of 2004. Actually, before the tsunami, it was nothing special and very few people ever stayed at the beach. Today it gets decent ratings by reviewers which is interesting because there are a few places you can swim here. The beach is fairly scenic, but in comparison with almost every other west coast Phuket beach, it pales in comparison.
- Ocean Bottom: The ocean bottom is primarily coral and rocks, but there are a couple of spots you can wade in and swim for a short distance.
- Restroom / showers facilities? None
- Beach features: Tri Trang is a wide sandy beach that is great for getting away from the crowds of Patong Beach.
- Lifeguard Available? No
- Sunbeds Available? None
- Umbrellas? None
- Public or Private? Entrance fees? Beaches are public, no fees.
- Water quality: Good
- Boat anchorage possible? No, too many rocks.
- Boat dock and marina? N/A
- Longtail boat rental possible? Yes, sometimes
- Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
- Sea inflow:: No
- Slope into sea until 1m deep: 5m
- Convenience shop available? No
- Attractions: None right here, but if you haven’t yet seen it, you should either take a longtail boat around the cape or go up the path to the west up the hill to see Paradise Beach.
- Activities: Kayak rentals are sometimes available if the truck brings them. This is a wide generally flat beach where you can play volleyball, soccer (football), or throw a flying disc or American football.
- FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
- Massage available? Yes
- Picnic possible? Yes
- Surfing? No, very shallow and filled with coral.
- 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: The rocks and coral are very close to the surface of the water, so when wading, swimming, or snorkeling, great care must be taken to avoid scrapes and cuts.
- Waste runoff into the sea? Yes
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