Mai Khao, Phuket

BEACH
Mai Khao is one of Phuket’s longest beaches, located on the northwest coast of the island. It’s known for its serene and less crowded atmosphere compared to some of the more bustling beaches in Phuket. It is the kind of beach you wouldn’t expect in Phuket, with a 10-kilometer-long wide and mostly empty beach.

The beach is ideal for sunbathing, building sandcastles, enjoying leisurely walks along the shoreline and the sea is definitely suitable for swimming too. At Mai Khao, there are often waves, and if the wind picks up, you can surf.

WHERE TO STAY
Mai Khao is home to several luxury resorts, making it an ideal destination for travelers looking for a tranquil and high-end beach experience. We like the Coriacea Boutique Resort, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa and the Sala Phuket Resort. But check the internet what suits you the best.

We found some mid-range stays too, good places to spend a few days. The place we liked the most is Seaside Cottage. A good alternative is Bungalows@Maikha. If you prefer to surf, go to Micky Monkey Beach. In this stay you can sleep in a tent with private bathroom, a bamboo hut, or a cottage with airco.

You can eat at your hotel, at the bars on the beach or in the restaurants in the nearby villages.

PLACE
Phuket is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a wide range of activities and attraction. The beaches are beautiful but usually full of people. However, near the airport are 2 relatively non-touristic beaches. These beaches wouldn’t be our first choice for travel, but if you happen to find yourself spending some extra time in Phuket, possibly waiting for an outbound flight, these beaches are definitely a good option.

WHAT TO DO
Phuket is a good base for exploring nearby islands, including Phi Phi Islands, Similan Islands, and James Bond Island, among others. You can take boat tours to experience the stunning landscapes and underwater life.

Explore the old town of Phuket, where you can find well-preserved Sino-Portuguese architecture. Visit Wat Chalong, the Big Buddha of Phuket, and other temples to learn about Thai culture and history.

Phuket offers diverse shopping opportunities, from bustling markets like Patong Night Market to upscale malls like Jungceylon Shopping Center. You can do various adventure activities, such as zip-lining, ATV tours, bungee jumping, and water sports like parasailing and jet-skiing. Phuket has several golf courses set in stunning landscapes, offering great opportunities for golf enthusiasts.

TRANSPORT
Phuket is easily reached by plane from Bangkok, Chang Mai and Udon Thani. The beaches mentioned are close to the airport. Mai Khao is north of Phuket Airport, and a 15-kilometer taxi ride from the airport to the beach costing 500 baht. Nai Yang is south of the airport, and a taxi ride there costs 200 baht.

Phuket is easily accessible by bus. Buses and minibuses come from various directions. Ask the driver to drop you off near the beach. Please note that taxis in Phuket are relatively expensive, and renting a scooter is cheap and easy.