With the wide stretch of quiet and well-maintained white beach, Kamala is a paradise retreat for those wanting to get away from the noise and lights of Patong, yet stay close to the most of the high-end restaurants, vibrant bars and fashion shops.
Kamala, a tiny village with a friendly Muslim community, lies immediately to the south from Surin, and north from Patong. Rather remote and secluded bay attracts more mature visitors to indulge in the tranquillity and natural beauty.
Even though Kamala hosts numerous beach bars and restaurants, the development didn’t affect the beach itself. All establishments are separated from the beach by the concrete path. Usually, the beach never gets too crowded, and most of the travellers concentrate on the central part of the coastline, while 100 metres to the north you will find an empty stretch of beautiful white sand.
Kamala Bay is surrounded by the verdant forest-clad hills, and the beach is fringed by the swaying palms, giving travellers a natural shade and incredible view of the tropical paradisal beach. With its quieter pace, Kamala is an ideal base for your tropical holiday.
WHAT WE LOVE
Friendly local community
Stunning clifftop villas
Great beachfront venues
Situated towards the south of Phuket International Airport on the western coast of Phuket Island, Kamala is the ideal base to relish in tranquillity and seclusion away from madding crowds and bustling nightlife.
Although it is possible to get to Kamala, Phuket over land or water, the best way is to fly:
It can take anywhere between 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach Kamala from Phuket International Airport depending on traffic. Ministry of Villas can arrange a chauffeur to greet you upon arrival and escort you to your villa.
Alternatively, there is a taxi desk at the arrival level which arranges one-way fares at a fixed-price. You can opt one of the transfer options – a shared mini van with other travellers or a private taxi.
There are plenty of options, so we’ve ranked them according to our recommendations for first-time travellers:
Ministry of Villas can arrange a private car and chauffeur for you. Depending on which villa you are staying in, the cost for the private vehicle with a driver can vary, so it’s recommended to contact our Ministry of Villas team to get the complete information about the private transfers.
Kamala can be easily covered on foot. The mesmerising views and cosy little beach bars will delight your eye and quench your thirst while wandering along the beachside path.
Kamala has a few motorbike rental shops, where you can hire a bike for one day or the whole holiday. Motorbike travel is a preferred way to move around the area, especially if you are staying in one of the villas nestled atop of the hill, but a certain level of experience is required due to the rather chaotic traffic. Take into account that you must have an international drivers license on your person at all times, otherwise, the local police can issue you a ticket with a summons to appear in court. And make sure you wear a helmet.
Finding a taxi down the street in Kamala might be tricky, however, you can always request a pickup by phone or ask your villa manager to arrange a taxi for you. It is recommended to use metered taxis for longer distances as drivers of minivans, which are not equipped with meters can set a doubled price.
You can flag a passing through tuk-tuk or find the one in the designated tourist points (Kamala beach and other tourist locations), and remember that you can always try your hand at bargaining and significantly reduce the first price the driver tells you.
There are 29 Ministry Approved villas in Kamala. As Kamala is a secluded area boasting the luxury and exclusive properties, villa prices tend to be higher than other parts of Phuket. Kamala villas range from USD $580 per night for one-bedroom villa resorts to over USD $3,400 per night for a nine-bedroom luxury villa.
Most of our villas have dedicated staff including butlers, chefs, nannies, 24-hour security personnel, and many other services you won’t find in a hotel. This is why we say “Spend just one night in a villa and you’ll never stay in a hotel again.”
You will be surprised by the number of the exquisite fine-dining in Kamala – from the cliff top classy restaurants to the elegant bars perched atop of the hills and loved by VIPs and celebrities – there is something for everyone.
The beachfront eateries and venues located in the old village are perfect to savour a daily seafood barbeque or classic Thai cuisine at a very reasonable price. Usually, the beach restaurants display the catch of the day on the ice, and you can pick your dinner right from the stand.
Numerous small Thai restaurants set atop of the hill that separates Patong and Kamala areas serve an incredible range of the mouth-watering local specialities, which are absolutely must-try! Sticky mango rice, grilled chicken and papaya salad are among the most popular and favourite dishes among both locals and tourists alike. Besides the authentic cuisine, these midrange venues offer some of the best views over to the Kamala Bay and gorgeous Andaman Sea.
You will not be disappointed with the breathtaking vistas of the sun sinking into the ocean leaving the incredible reflexions over the water. The best place to witness sunsets are hilltop venues and beach bars with the fresh tropical juice or a glass of wine in your hand.
If you are feeling for a more vivid nightlife experience, Kamala is a home to the renowned FantaSea show that gathers hundreds of curious visitors each night. FantaSea is a lively cultural theme park that combines fantastic animal shows and incredible 3D effects. A family-oriented, fun and exciting FantaSea show can be unforgettable nightlife experience if you are travelling with kids.
Kamala is relaxed and tranquil village offering the laid back and quiet nightlife scene, so if more entertainment is desired, head to Patong, which is only 15 minutes drive from Kamala.
Not a shopping mecca, Kamala, nevertheless, houses several street stalls and a few standalone stores selling affordable beachwear, accessories and souvenirs. During the peak season, the improvised market appears along the beachfront sidewalk offering hats, knick-knacks and beach clothes.
A collection of small stores set close to the beach restaurants selling silk scarfs, sarongs and handicrafts usually stay open until late so travellers can enjoy the retail therapy after the dinner.
The local markets set twice a week is a great place to buy some tourist trinkets, households, clothes and electronics. This is a preferred shopping option of locals and Thai expats due to significantly lower prices and a great selection of clothes, shoes, accessories and other items.
Kamala exudes relaxation, and when you arrive at the village, you will immediately notice its laid-back and quiet pace of the life. The beautiful white-wand beach, turquoise waters and reasonable development appeal to the relaxed beach retreat.
In the central part of the beach, there are numerous sun lounges and umbrellas available for rent but if you want more secluded atmosphere take a short stroll to the southern or northern end, and you will find a perfect stretch of sand lacking people and development.
Once on the beach, you won’t be able to avoid local women offering a Thai massage. The massage is served at the small stall or right on the beach on mats for a fixed price of THB300 per one hour of the treatment. If you are not comfortable with full body massage, opt a divine foot reflexology.