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Lounge, chill, relax by the beach to the soothing sounds of waves crashing in from the Andaman Sea with some cool beats tapping out the rhythm of another Phuket night. Here are Phuket’s best beach clubs, our top 10 list. All are great, all have their own personality, all deserve a visit…

Catch Beach Club

Phuket’s best-loved beachfront venue and the place to be for sun-drenched days and hedonistic nights. Located on Bang Tao Beach, Catch is renowned for its great party atmosphere and international DJ appearances, its delicious cuisine day and night and the ever-flowing Champagne and Rose wine.

This coming ‘high’ season, music lovers will be spoiled for choice, Catch is presenting a fantastic line-up of House music legends from December 2018 through to April 2019. ‘Prok & Fitch’, will headline on New Year’s Eve. New York’s DJ Dennis Ferrer will entertain Phuket’s partygoers to his signature soulful house music on 4 January. London’s DJ Rae will take up a residency for two weeks in early January, Andrey Exx, one of the leading producers and DJs in Russia will ensure the Russian Christmas (6 January) and New Year (13 January) will be memorable and Mark Knight will return on 18 January, ahead of the acclaimed Bob Sinclar on 25 January. Bar open daily 9am until late, kitchen opens 11am and last food orders at 10pm.

Catch Beach Club, Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, 83110

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HQ Beach Lounge Restaurant

Found on Kamala Beach, here you can spend mellow sunny days at this laidback beach lounge, relaxing in comfy cabanas under the shade of casuarina trees. HQ Beach Lounge is a place that invites you to stay all day and entices you to linger on into the night and catch those infamous Phuket sunsets. 

One of the newer beach lounges to open along Phuket’s west coast, it is regarded as one of the island’s best with stunning sea views. Kamala offers a beautiful stretch of sand to enjoy days on the beach and is found in the next bay over from the infamous party town of Patong.  

This contemporary seaside hangout offers a casual menu with a healthy focus and fine flavours, HQ Beach Lounge Restaurant presents abundant choices including colourful salads, zesty dishes, comfort food and fresh seafood alongside amazing carefully crafted drink selection ranging from fresh smoothies to slightly more indulgent tipples.  Open daily 9am until 10pm, kitchen opens 11am and last food orders at 9.30pm

118/17 Moo 3 Kamala, Kathu Phuket 83150

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Café del Mar

One of Ibiza’s most iconic venues, Café del Mar, has now opened its doors with a new beach club at Kamala Beach in Phuket. A carefully designed oasis for chill-out experiences. From culinary indulgence to A-list guest DJs, the venue is the community’s answer to what Phuket’s scene was missing.

Reflecting the belief that we are what we eat, our confident cuisine aims to physically energise, appeal to the senses, and nourish the soul. On a journey of musical discovery, our visiting artists lead us on an adventure. Weekly performances from top DJs with the backdrop of Kamala beach. Sitting perfectly on Kamala beach and graced with Phuket’s best sunset, relax with complimenting tones of ocean blues and sandy hues. Café del Mar brings it’s weekly set of signature experiences, connecting like-minded people in a place like no other. Feel inspired by the beats and energized by the Phuket sunsets. We take pride in curating a vibrant mix of talent to Café del Mar, Phuket. In the pursuit of Phuket’s best beach bar, patrons can expect to see an A-list of international talent. Collect your friends and allow us to host you for the party that you deserve. Whether celebrating milestones in life or simply enjoying being alive, let Café del Mar be your backdrop.

Led by Chef Jason, our food concept crosses all borders with something for everyone. This includes Thai, International, Japanese and Italian.

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Dream Beach Club

The ultimate beach club combining poolside cool and beach side chic.  Dedicated to creating a unique lifestyle experience, Dream Beach Club is your go to destination whether you are looking to relax or party. Featuring an annual entertainment calendar of world-class performers, artists, International DJ ‘s, seductive parties and exclusive events.

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Baba Beach Club

Baba Beach Club, Phuket was envisioned with the intention of fusing together brio and bluster with glamour and grace located just 20 minutes north of Phuket International Airport, managed and developed by internationally acclaimed luxury pool villa hotel & residential estate Sri panwa.

Offering resort-style living of the highest quality, maximum privacy, and superior service on an exclusive unspoilt 42 rai beachfront on Natai beach. Both decadent, hip, and unpretentious dazzling those with a discerning taste for the best.

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M Beach Club

Witness the metamorphosis of Mai Khao from day to night at M Beach Club – a stylish sanctuary on powdery sands boasting the best of contemporary Thai hospitality. Our beachfront bar offers a unique ambience, vibrant design and a suave sense of style, serving mouth-watering cocktails and delicious tapas-style nibbles while enjoying the sunset and sounds of the surf. As day turns into night, M Beach Club transforms into a lively, energetic place to let loose and enjoy as DJs and entertainment captivate you throughout the evening.

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Kudo Beach Club

KUDO Beach Club is one of the most trendy and entertaining Beach Clubs in all Andaman Sea region as well as the hottest spot on Phuket Island. The new club is located in the heart of Patong. It is your destination and your destiny. KUDO is the ultimate beach club dedicated to creating a unique lifestyle experience for those looking for that ideal daytime destination to relax.
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Paradise Beach Club

Make memories to last a lifetime at Paradise Beach. Located in a pristine location just 8 minutes away from world-renowned Patong Beach, visitors can come to Paradise Beach daily from 9:00am. Take advantage of the complimentary shuttle bus service with specified drop-off locations to and from Patong. The white sands and crystal-clear waters await you here at Paradise Beach, where your paradise is our pleasure! Paradise beach is open all year round and the only and the safest beach to swim in low season as protected and sourrounded by the bay.

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Coast Beach Club & Bistro Phuket

Right on Karon Beach, one of Phuket’s most pristine sandy beaches! It is integral to the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket which greets you on arrival with a sea of dusty pink Sino-Portuguese architecture, harking back to the early days of the island’s history and its tin mining and trading past in Phuket Old Town.

Choose your perfect spot at COAST Phuket Beach Club & Bistro between lounges, bars and dinning settings and settle in for the long sunny days. It’s the ultimate in laid-back cool – sipping chilled drinks, feasting on fresh food and sharing stories and laughter with friends.

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Iguana Beach Club

Welcome to Iguana Beach Club. A relaxed and entertaining abode created by a group of friends who discovered and foresaw the potential of this tranquil private beach to be something much, much more. Hidden away along the Patong to Kamala Road, it’s nestled right on its own patch of west coast beach. Iguana Beach Bar is an upscale day and sunset bar situated on its own private beach with beautiful rock formations and bamboo decor to bring a back-to-nature atmosphere. This makes Iguana Beach Bar a perfect portrayal of the essence of a tropical holiday. Located on the west side of the island, we guarantee a memorable sunset of the glistening Andaman sea and warm magenta sky.

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Phoenix design failures – Forensic probe begins

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Now that Phoenix has been hoisted, successfully, from 45 metres below the surface of the Andaman Sea, the next phase begins as forensic experts, engineers and naval architect pour over the wreckage to find clues and prepare reports for the forthcoming court cases.

The Tourism and Sports Minister, who has been in Phuket all weekend overseeing the operations, along with Maj Gen Surachete Hakparn, says the probe aims to clarify a number of matters and focus on who can be held responsible for the boat’s sinking on July 5.

The wreckage is now at a boatyard in Rassada, the area is off limits and under 24 hour guard.

At this early stage of the investigation police say the boat was not built to specification and used, amongst other things, an unsuitable converted engine from a 10 wheeler truck. They also mentioned a water pump, used to remove any water from the vessel, to be inadequate and smaller than would have been required.

A number of Chinese media and Li Chunlin, Consul General at the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, were also present during the weekend as the boat was raised and moved back to Phuket for examination.

Khun Weerasak says he hopes Chinese tourism will return to normal after the investigation is complete and the case resolved. He says his office is satisfied with the government’s efforts to get to the bottom of the core issues and implement measures to ensure everything is done to avoid a similar incident in the future.

26 year old Woralak Ruekchaikal, the Thai owner of nominee company TC Blue Dream, the company which operated the Phoenix, and the vessel’s chief engineer Onchan Kanhayothi, were arrested on charges of recklessness causing death and and injury in the week following the tragedy. The chief of Phuket’s marine office was also removed from his post pending the investigation.

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Phoenix under high security at Rassada Pier

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The Phoenix is now under 24 hour security guard at the Rassada Pier while waiting for a suitable tide to bring it up into the shipyard.

The boat eventually broke the surface just after 3pm on Saturday.

Read more about the Phoenix’s journey back to Phuket yesterday, HERE.

Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mr.Weerasak Kowsurat, Royal Thai Police Deputy Commander Gen Rungroj Saengkram, acting chief of Immigration, Maj Gen Surachete Hakparn, Phuket Governor Pakkapong Tawipat, the Deputy Chinese Consul-General in Songkhla, and Director of the China Consulate-General in Phuket Li Chun Foo, along with Thai and Chinese media, were on location on Saturday to witness the recovery mission and the boat’s rise from the depths of the Andaman Sea.

When the boat reached the surface, officers and media participated in a one minutes silence in respect of the 47 Chinese tourists who drowned as a result of the boat’s sinking.

It took about four hours for the barge to tow the Phoenix from where it was brought up to the surface to Rassada Pier on the east coast of Phuket. The boat has now being seized and is under the jurisdiction of the investigating officer.

No entry or photos will be allowed during the investigation phase. Later the boat will be moved and kept at Rattanachai Shipyard in Rassada for further investigation.

A full montage of photos from the salvage mission below…

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Phoenix returns to Phuket. But will the Chinese travellers return?

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SCREENCAPTURES: Kritsada Mueanawong

The vessel, that is at the centre of Thailand’s dramatic drop in Chinese tourists, will arrive back at a boatyard in Rassada today.

Back on July 5 it headed out for a day of diving near Koh Hei, south west of Phuket. The day was mostly fine although there had been warnings from early in the morning about potentially bad weather developing later. Smaller boats had been warned to stay ashore.

The boat never made it back to Phuket, and out of the nearly 100 passengers, 47, including many children, never made it back either.

The impact of the tragedy was partly softened by the international fascination in the Mu Pa football team who were being rescued from the Chiang Rai cave at the same time. The interest in that story surely softened the potential full media impact of the story. News editors around the world would have thought ‘one story from Thailand is enough’ for the nightly news.

But the story still played out, badly, especially in Chinese social media. In the hours after the full extent of the tragedy emerged, and as the search was still continuing for survivors, the Thai PM Prawit Wongsuwan said the event was ‘Chinese killing Chinese’, (referring to the revelation that the owner of the boat was a Thai nominee company acting on behalf of a real Chinese ‘owner’).

The first attempts at salvage were a sham. Photos send from participating divers showed water tanks and cables in a make-shift effort to refloat the sunken vessel. The attempt was doomed before it even started; the true tragedy being the loss of one diver’s life during the operation which was never going to work.

But after a week of preparations from a Singapore firm, the Phoenix, four and a half months later, returned to the surface with signs that the seabed was already reclaiming the wreckage. It emerged in a well-orchestrated media show, on cue, around 3.30pm yesterday.

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When it finally reaches the Rassada boatyard there are some key elements police want to check that will finalise their report and become part of the prosecution evidence in the court cases.

Who was responsible for the boat’s sinking? Could it have been avoided? Who set up the company with the local nominee? Was the Captain or crew liable in their duty of care for the passengers on the day? Was the original design of Phoenix ‘fit for purpose’? Who were the officials that signed off on the design and building specifications for Phoenix? Indeed, was the naval architect of the vessel qualified to design such a boat? What was the limit of passengers for the boat? Should Phoenix been out in the open seas that day? Did the company know of the day’s weather forecast? (Even The Thaiger posted a screen-saver of the approaching storm during the afternoon). Was Phoenix carrying the required safety gear and was the safety gear ‘fit for purpose’?

The answers to these and many other question will now be meticulously sought by experts, lawyers and officials. No dates have been set for the court cases at this stage. But it has already been reported that the Captain of Phoenix, the Thai owner of the nominee company, the Phuket Marine Chief and several companies have already had charges brought against them.

At the time it was thought that the Chinese response to the Phoenix boat disaster would be quite swift but things would probably return to normal by the end of the year. In fact the immediate response was not a sudden drop in tourists. The Chinese who had already booked and paid for their holidays at the time, mostly came. But it was the ones who would have been considering a holiday to Phuket in the months after who have had the most effect. And the effect of their decisions to travel elsewhere is what’s being felt now.

The TAT, forever talking up the numbers of Thai tourism, say they expect the Chinese travellers to return ‘by the end of the year’. We will see.

Marine officials and tourist police have established a number of important new measures to improve marine safety around Phuket, including checks of all 24 ports on a daily basis, spot safety inspections, rigorous weather reporting and minimum specifications for all safety gear carried on tour boats.

Supervising the successful salvage, Maj Gen Surachete Hakparn made it clear that the “government is determined to get to the root cause of the incident so that it can remedy and show sincerity to them,” referring to the families of the Chinese victims.

He predicted that once the court cases have been run, convictions made and people have gone to jail, only then will any semblance of confidence might be restored with the Chinese tourists.

In the months since the sinking Chinese travel companies have been sending their customers elsewhere for their holidays. Whether Phuket’s heyday as a Chinese tourism favourite is over is yet to be seen.

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