A Day at the Beach in Phuket, Thailand

9 Mar
Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Phuket is a very large island, about the size of Singapore.  It’s situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. It’s about 31 miles long and 12 miles wide.The primary income is derived from tourism.  And there is a good reason for that: it’s beaches!  There are a lot of beautiful beaches scattered around. We have only made it to a few of them so far. This is a view of Kamala Beach from the water on a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and some scattered clouds to give you a nice break. Many of the beaches have vendors walking by selling all kinds of food and other items. They are not ‘in your face’ like some places and usually just walk on by unless you make eye contact. They love to negotiate, so don’t accept the first price! As an example, Dee wanted a Sarong. The lady offered it for 600 baht and we paid 180 baht, still maybe too much. lol

Cool Beach Bar

Cool Beach Bar

Kamala Beach, just north of Patong,  is a long beach which is great for walking. And, if you happen to get thirsty along the way,  there are lots of bars and restaurants all along the way. We stopped at this one and had a great conversation with two guys (here on business hmmm) from Slovania. We also met a guy that rents Hobie Cats, so we will be doing that in the very near future. Cheers!

Dee enjoying a cold Heiniken

Dee enjoying a cold Heineken

Here is Dee enjoying an ice cold beer and we noticed all bars here serve water and beer in a coozie…a nice touch!

Phuket is mostly mountainous, so there are always great vantage points along the road…Here is a view of Kamala Beach from high up on the mountain.

A hidden beach just down from Kamala

Laem Singh Beach

Here is another ‘hidden’ beach just up the road.    Its called   Laem Singh beach and you have to park your scooter on the road and climb down a lot of stairs to get to this beach.  They have beach chairs, umbrellas and of course massages on the beach to make your climb worthwhile!

You can see from the pictures how clear the waters are in Phuket.  Kamala beach is a good swimming beach.  The sand is soft and the sea floor has no rocks or pebbles to walk on.  You can actually walk out pretty far before the water gets deep.

Ron Cooling off

Ron Cooling off

Dee Cooling off

Dee Cooling off

Here is Ron and Dee cooling off in the Andaman Sea.  And not only are the beach chairs and umbrella prices reasonable ($7.00 US for 2 chairs and an umbrella), the person who sold them to you will come around and sweep the sand off the bottom of your chairs and readjust your umbrella so that you stay in the shade.  Nice touch!

2004 Tsunami:

On December 26, 2004, Phuket and other nearby areas on Thailand’s western coast suffered extensive damage when they were struck by a tsunami, caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.  The first sign of trouble happened when the sea receded  to expose about 1.6 miles of beach.  Fish were seen flopping on the sea floor.  Locals and visitors were in awe of what was going on, and without an early warning system,   came to see the beach line.  Little did they know that this is a warning sign of a tsunami.  Not too long thereafter, the first wave struck, destroying several highly popular areas in the region, killing 5300 people and tens of thousands more throughout the Asian region.  In December 2006, Thailand launched the first of the 22 US made tsunami-detection buoys to be positioned around the Indian Ocean as part of a regional warning system.

Here is a picture of a warning system on the beach in Patong, Phuket.

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As the sun sets over the water, it’s time to pack up and head home…or did I hear someone say happy hour?

Sunset over the Sea

Sunset over the Sea

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7 Responses to “A Day at the Beach in Phuket, Thailand”

  1. houser_jerry@yahoo.com March 9, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    Hey You Two, Looks like a beautiful country. Glad you’re having such a great time, course beaches and bars, what’s not to like!! Just want you to know we’re not envious as we wear sweatshirts, sweatpants and wooly socks 😉 Love the pics. Thanks for sharing. Stay in touch. Love, Eileen

    • drubano March 9, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

      We really like it here Eileen. The weather is perfect and the Thai people are very nice. Hope your cold snap ends SOON!

  2. pattywiz@comcast.net March 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    I loved the pictures.  I want to be there.  All it did today is snow. How depressing.

    • drubano March 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      You would love it here Patty. The only downfall is the distance to the US. Come on Spring!! 🙂

  3. houser_jerry@yahoo.com March 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Kinda sucks doesn’t it. Hate it for you guys. Enjoy!Thanks for the pics and the update. Be safe………….Getting ready to start income tax prep tomorrow. You know how much I enjoy that shit. JH

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    • drubano June 25, 2013 at 8:11 am #

      Thanks so much for the kind comments. I, too, am an inexperienced blogger. I started in March of 2013 as a way of keeping my family and friends informed. I try to write from a perspective that my audience is unfamiliar with what I am writing about. I would like my blogs to be helpful to people who are researching travel areas.
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