Phuket vs Pattaya. Which one would you choose for holiday?
A Phuket vs Pattaya comparison isn’t an easy one. While Phuket offers a more rejuvenating and peaceful experience, Pattaya is a rather loud destination with a constant, frenzied party atmosphere. While Phuket is best suited for families, kids and couples, Pattaya is for the adventure freaks, adrenaline junkies and the spoiled part of the population.
But no matter how diverse and different they are, we bet it won’t be easy picking one out of either Phuket vs Pattaya.
Phuket has some of the best beaches in Thailand. Known for the white sand and beautiful water, it is a great tropical beach getaway. The main area of Patong has a long stretch of beach, which can get very crowded during high season. However, Phuket is a large island and there is more than one option for visitors.
Patong, Karon, and Kamala are three of the main resort areas. If you want to get away from the mess of tourists in Patong, Kamala is an excellent spot to chill out and relax.
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In addition to the main beach areas, there are some smaller spots that you can drive to on the island. Laem Singh beach is very popular and for good reason. The beach is hidden away in a small cove without all the clamor of the beaches on the main drag. Plus the location looks like something you’d see in a movie.
And the Phuket beach options don’t stop there. You can take a day trip to one of the many islands near Phuket such as James Bond Island or Ko Phi Phi.
f you plan on spending your time at the beach while in Pattaya you may be disappointed. The main Pattaya Beach is a tiny version of what it once was due to years of erosion. It is a tiny strip of sand just off of Beach Road. When vendors are allowed to place beach chairs out for rent, you’ll be lucky to find any stretch of sand left. In addition, the waters off of Pattaya strike me less than clean. You can watch the storm sewers deluge dirty grey water right into the water near the beach area.
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You do have some other options, either heading over to the beaches of Jomtien or Naklua/Wong Amat. Both of these places have significantly nicer beaches to relax and enjoy the ocean.
If you want the tropical island feel and beautiful beaches, you are in luck. Ko Larn Island is 45 minutes away by ferry from Bali Hail Pier. These are the best beaches you’ll find in Pattaya. While the island can be crowded during high season, it is well worth the trip.
But let’s face it. While you do have beach options, no one goes to Pattaya just for the Beaches.