Best beaches and secret tips for experiencing Phuket’s hidden gems
As Culture Trip describes Phuket as “Thailand’s largest island”, you might already be pretty confident that the place has no shortage of beaches. You would be right to make that assumption, but you ought to be choosy about which of these beaches you visit.
That’s because, though certain Phuket beaches — like Patong, Karon, and Kata — certainly attract a lot of visitors, there are so many good beaches to go around that you don’t have to settle for one that feels suffocatingly overcrowded. You could, for example, consider…
Though situated in the boisterous Patong district, Freedom Beach is much harder to reach than you might have expected. You can only get to this quiet, unspoiled beach by land if you trek through a jungle, though access by boat is also an option.
You are unlikely to be disappointed if you use either means of reaching Freedom Beach, as it is rarely visited and so would allow you to take a dip in the clear, turquoise sea in peace.
Kata Noi Beach
This is not to be confused with the larger and better-known Kata Beach, which is right next to it. Family Destinations Guide explains that the name Kata Noi literally means ‘little Kata’ — and very appropriately too, when you consider how these two strips of sand compare in size.
While Kata Beach is nearly a mile long, Kata Noi Beach still surpasses 2,000 feet in length and benefits from an especially tranquil feel as a result of being overshadowed by its near-namesake.
Another relatively quiet beach that happens to be close to a noticeably livelier one — in this instance, Patong Beach, which is sited just south of Kamala Beach.
The latter warrants attention from families due to its calm, shallow waters. Naturally, these could also appeal if you want to try your hand at open water swimming in a environment that doesn’t feel treacherous.
You could actually practice swimming beforehand in a pool on one of the Silversea cruises that stop at Phuket.
Nai Harn Beach
Nai Thon Beach is home to the Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, but this is far from the only reason for you to drop by what is arguably one of the island’s most underrated beaches.
They say that elephants never forget, and you probably won’t forget time you spend relaxing on this beach’s pristine sand. Also, after you do reach this beach, it might not just be the elephants who sport trunks there, thanks to the clean waters that you could quickly become eager to swim in.
This beach is overlooked for several reasons — including that it is fronted by two luxury hotels, while the path leading to Pansea Beach is rather tucked out of sight.
However, this path is easier to trace when you keep in mind that a small, greenery-covered rocky cape separates Pansea Beach from nearby Surin.
Family Destinations Guide reports: “Some found a steep hidden path through this cape, while some rented a boat from Surin or Bangtao to reach Pansea.”