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Phuket, Thailand

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Phuket

Phuket is a 576 square km island province of southwest Thailand, connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge over the Andaman Sea. While Phuket Town, on the southeast coast of the island, is the administrative heart of the province, the west coast is a popular destination for beach-going tourists. Our guide to running in Phuket includes some great beaches, man-made reservoirs and dams, and some of the larger public parks.

Among the best beaches for running in Phuket are: Patong, Karon, Bang Tao, Kata, Nai Yang, and Kamala. Locals love running around the uncrowded roads of Phuket’s man-made reservoirs and dams,  such as Bang Wad Dam and Ban Bang Niew Dam. Inland, Phuket grows quite jungly and mountainous, providing lots of options for challenging hill runs with great views of the island – check out Rang Hill, the hill to Big Buddha, and Kalim Hill. For parks, there’s nice running in Saphan Hin or King Rama 9. We also love running around Pru Jeh Son, the star-shaped lake in the Thalang district adjacent to several resorts. In the words of one local, “the jungle eats trail very quickly” so trail runners should consider joining a local group like the Phuket Hash House Harriers.

No matter where you run in Phuket, it’s tough to beat the heat, so make sure to bring plenty of water and try to run in the early morning or evening. NOTE: Driving in Thailand is on the LEFT, so use the RIGHT side of the road to run opposite traffic.

There are lots of options for getting around Phuket without a car. The open-air Songtaew busses are the easiest way to connect from Phuket Town to the western resort areas. Blue micro busses offer service around Phuket Town, and an airport shuttle can deliver you back and forth from flights. Otherwise, taxis and tuk tuks are simple, though slightly pricier, methods of transport. But rest assured — we’ve mapped out routes all around Phuket, so you don’t need to travel far to find a great run!

Special thanks to the Phuket Fun Club for their help with this guide. Make sure to check out them out for all things active and fun on Phuket!

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The weather is very consistent in Phuket: Hot. Daily hights are 31-32C (near 90F) nearly year-round, with nights rarely dipping below 23C. The only ‘cooler’ running you’ll have is in the air-conditioned hotel gym, or perhaps in a tropical downpour. The one variation in Phuket’s weather is rainfall — December-March is distinctly dry, while the wettest months of May-October can have 15+ inches of rain.

If you stay in one of the numerous west coast beachfront hotels, you’re likely to be one of our recommended beaches for running. We also have some good running spots if you’re staying in Phuket Town.

This article from can help you find your ideal place to stay in Phuket!


Run Baby Run is a running store in the interior. There’s a centrally located Under Armour Store that has running gear.

You won’t find many running stores on Phuket, but there are several options for group runs.

Check in with Phuket Fun Club for information on all things Running, Biking, or Swimming in Phuket.

The Phuket Hash House Harriers have fun outings including trail runs.

Phuket International Sports Club can help our with runs and other methods of training during your visit. has a great list of upcoming running events in Thailand.