Exotic food. Exotic beaches. Exotic attractions. In Phuket, exotic is the name of the game. This idyllic seaside town in Thailand is a main draw for tourists, thanks to the paradise it offers. Even the Phuket hotels transport guests to a world very different from what they are used to. But, isn’t that the point of taking a true vacation?
While Phuket Town and the other areas of the city can get crowded and are more gritty, there is a world which awaits outside the main drag where people come face-to-face with sea life, pristine beaches and the jungle. It’s all there; you just have to know where to find it.
Not all beaches are created the same. Sadly, mass tourism to Phuket has made many beaches which were once gorgeous and peaceful into tourist traps. However, if you know where to look, you can find some perfect spots to unwind at some of the best beaches in Phuket.
Kata Noi Beach
Perhaps one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket, Kata Noi Beach remains largely undeveloped. Here, visitors can take in the relaxing island without beach vendors or rows of lounge chairs. Add in soft white sand and crystal clear water and it’s easy to see why this beach is Phuket’s best-kept secret.
Nai Harn Beach
Like Kata Noi Beach, Nai Harn offers serene beauty on the Andaman Sea. Thanks to popular spots nearby, tourists don’t really hang out here, which means more gorgeous beach action for you! Come here to meet locals and expats who are in the know, and to skip the hustle of other popular beaches in town.
Considered to be more remote — and definitely off-the-beaten-path — Freedom Beach in Patong is ideal for people who want to skip the crowds. It’s a bit more difficult to get to than other beaches on Phuket; you can either trek though about a mile of private jungle or hire a boat to drop you here. But, it’s worth the journey to be delivered to this stretch of beach.
Hit Paradise Beach for a quiet and gorgeous experience. Located near Patong Beach, this spot is tucked into a sheltered bay and surrounded by rocks. It’s beautiful and a perfect spot to escape the tourists at nearby Patong Beach without have to go too far.
Laem Ka Beach
Hidden in the south of Phuket, Laem Ka Beach is another secret spot in Phuket. On any given day, there are only a few people enjoying the tranquility this beach offers, which makes it the perfect escape!
Mai Khao Beach
Measuring in at around six miles, this stretch of beach is largely deserted, despite being in near the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and the airport. As a part of the Siriniat National Park, it means this beach will likely remain a quiet oasis for tourists who know about it. Take note though, because of a sharp drop into the sea, swimming isn’t advised May through November.
Haad Sai Gaew
Located in northern Phuket, Haad Sai Gaew is simply stunning. It’s not a hot spot for tourists, which means the beach is basically yours. Next to Mai Khao Beach, the topography is similar which means swimming can be dangerous. Visit this beach to enjoy some of the local restaurants serving up Thai food, and to take in the scenery.
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