Like most of the beaches in south Phuket, Palai Beach is not very impressive. It may be correct to say that it is one of the least impressive of any Phuket beaches. During low tide, the sand is rocky and the ocean water is muddy and shallow. When high tide rolls in, most of the beach is taken back into the sea.
The main attraction of Palai Beach are the seafood restaurants. Palai Seafood, Prantalay, Tang Kae Restaurant and Pong Pang Seafood are all within the immediate area. They all serve fresh seafood at reasonable prices. The most obvious of these restaurants is Palai Seafood which is the first restaurant on the beach at the end of the road.
Palai Beach isn’t all bad however. What the beach lacks in utility, it makes up for in it’s beautiful views of Chalong Bay, Cape Panwa and Koh Lon. If you are in the neighborhood, it may be worth a look, but don’t go out of your way to stop in at Palai Beach. There are much better beaches in Phuket.
There is nothing to do on Palai Beach unless of course you bring your own entertainment. There aren’t even any beach loungers, so if you plan on staying for a while, you would be best to bring your own chair or towel.
Palai Beach is rather easy to find. Coming from Chao Fah East, turn onto Pa Lai Road, it is easy to find because it’s the same road as Phuket Zoo. Follow the road all the way down, Phuket Zoo will be on your right. When the road comes to an end, you are at the beach.