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Paradise Beach is located in Patong Bay and are becoming increasely popular.

Many tourists find their way trough the jungle on the dirt road, that has been paved in the steeper parts, or by longtail boat.

To get here rent a longtail boat from Patong Beach or a small motorbike. Drive past Merlin Beach Resort (Tri Trang Beach) and follow the road to it ends at Crystal Bay. Then drive up the steep narrow jungle road and follow the sign to Paradise Beach.

With the improved road more and more people go to Paradise to swim in the clear water and to snorkel at the reef.

Paradise is a nice small beach with white soft sand set against a backdrop of lush green forest and coconut trees. I would guess the beach is less than 100 meters long, but it never feels crowded.

Lots of sunbeds on the beach - it should be more than enough for everybody.

Swimming is not so fun as it could have been due to the mostly rocky bottom.

If hungry there is a restaurant serving Thai and European food. But I have no idea how good the food is.

One of the thing I like best is that unlike another out-of-the-way beach, Nui Beach, you don't feel like you need to have 2,000 baht in the the wallet for a day in the sun.
Paradise is still a nice place for snorkeling even if part of the reef was badly damaged by the tsunami. Concrete blocks has been laid down on the sea bottom at some places and small corals are all ready growing on them. Read the 'Coral transplantation' story for more detail.
The reef start 100 meters from the beach in deep water, but you don't have to swim so far out to see fish or smaller corals.

Jet skies are not welcome here. Every time a jet ski from Patong Beach appear outside the small bay, one of the beach staff run down to the waterline and wave with a red flag to stop them getting closer.

The area around Paradise is known for nude sunbathing, but not Paradise Beach itself.

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