Phukets Secret Beaches

By: James Spellman

Phukets beaches are world-renowned and tourists flock from across the globe to visit the famous beaches at Patong, Karon, and Kata.

Phuket's secret beaches
These are the secret beaches that still remain undiscovered to most tourists.  

  • Banana Beach
    This beautiful beach is in the northern half of Phuket between Bang Tao Beach and Nai Thon Beach. It is a lovely 200m strip of sand, studded with rocks in the middle and ringed with trees. It is a good swimming beach and great for snorkeling. There are no accommodation with only a single beach restaurant and a handful sun loungers at the southern end. There are only a handful of visitors at this beach. 
  • Pansea Beach
    Right at the northern end of Bang Tao Beach is beautiful, calm and peaceful Pansea Beach. There are two up-market resorts here yet the location retains its refreshing tranquile. Just offshore is Kala Island (Kata Island) which shelters the shallow bay from waves. The waters are too shallow for swimming and when the tide is out you can walk to the island. It is a great beach for paddling and ideal for children to play. There are no refreshments here so it is a good idea to bring a picnic.

  • Pon Beach
    This secluded little beach is in the headland north of Patong. The locals know it as Nai Yair Beach. It is amazing how few people find this beach considering it is located so close to the hordes at Patong. There is nothing here but a couple of rural shacks and a few grazing cows. It is a sandy beach but not good for swimming due to the rocky seabed. There are some good snorkeling.
  • Paradise Beach
    In the headland south of Patong, there are two beautiful beaches that remain relatively unspoiled. They are not as undiscovered as the other beaches we mention on this list but still a break from the heaving masses at Patong. The first is Paradise Beach. Right at the tip of the headland, you can reach it by road (track) or boat.

    It is a beautiful beach with overhanging trees. There areno accommodation but there is a restaurant and there are plenty of sun loungers. The beach is not the best for bathing due to the rocky seabed close to shore but there is some excellent snorkeling. 
  • Freedom Beach
    You can only reach this stunning beach by boat. It is in the headland south of Patong all the way around and back towards the Karon Beach side. Still it is well worth the boat ride with fantastic bathing and snorkeling.

    There are a couple of restaurants and plenty of sun loungers under the trees. The locals takes great care of the beach and it is always pristine. Plenty of people do make this a day trip from Patong but the beach is never crowded.
  • Nui Beach
    This is a beautiful secluded spot with good swimming and snorkeling. However this beach is difficult to reach. Located between Kata and Nai Harn, the only way to reach it is down a two-kilometer dirt track. You need to cross a private land and pay 250 baht to reach Nui beach. The fee gets you a sun lounger and drink.  There is a rustic restaurant overlooking the beach but no accommodation. 
  • Ao Sane Beach
    This beach is in the headland at the north end of Nai Harn Beach. You need to go through Le Meridian Phuket Yacht Club's car park to reach it. There is a restaurant here and some budget bungalows by the beach. The beach is a series of three small beaches split by little rocky headlands. It is not good for swimming due to rocks and corals but you get excellent snorkeling here.
  • Laemka Beach
    This little beach is beautiful and located at the southern end of Phuket between Rawai and Friendship Beach. The Evason Resort and a small bungalow resort are nearby but still the beach remains quiet. It is one of the few southern beaches where you can have a swim and there are nice views out to the southern islands.
  • Ao Yon Beach
    Nestled deep into Cape Panwa is Ao Yon Beach. This is the best beach on the southern side of Phuket. Although it is well developed with residential propertyFree Web Content, there are no hotels or restaurants by this beach. It is home to Phuket Yacht Club and there are always plenty of boats moored in the bay. It is a beautiful stretch of sand and a good bathing beach. It is usually very quiet and a real getaway.

Apart from these secret beaches, there are more than 40 beaches around Phuket Island to suit all tastes.

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