Welcome to Hat Kamala
A chilled-out hybrid of grittier Karon and glitzier Surin, Kamala (หาดกมลา) is home to a large Muslim population, and lures in a mix of longer-term, low-key visitors, including families, retirees and young couples. The sweeping golden bay is magnificent and serene, with palms and pines mingling on its leafy, rocky northern end, where the water is a rich emerald green and the snorkelling around the rock reef is halfway decent. The entire beach is backed by a paved path and lush rolling hills, though development is creeping in. Flashy resorts are carved into Kamala's southern bluffs, jet skis make an appearance, and the arrival of two glam new beach clubs at the northern end of the bay spells an upmarket swing in the area's vibe – but for now at least, most of Kamala remains relatively laid-back by Phuket standards.