Freedom Beach is an anomaly on Phuket island. It is one of the prettiest beach with an incredibly soft white sand and blinding clear blue waters. It is just few minutes away from Patong Beach, the most populated beach in Phuket and yet, it is surprisingly peaceful and quiet… so what is Freedom Beach secret?
Freedom Beach is only accessible by longtail boat, and only during high season, which usually is from December to June.
The shortest route is from the southern end of Patong Beach near the big bridge at Amari Phuket, but you could ask to ride a boat from Kata, Karon or even Kamala Beach. It would just cost you more and take longer, longtail boats are not known to be very fast. From Patong Beach the price can vary according the pilot’s mood, usually 1,200 to 1,500 baht per boat for a round trip, decreasing according to the amount of passengers, payable on the return trip.
Once price is agreed upon everyone embarks from the floating pontoon and the fun ride begins. The pilot will choose the best route so don’t be surprised to see him driving away from Freedom beach, he knows better how to get you there without having you seasick or totally drenched. In any case most of the time you probably will get splashed so if you carry sensitive electronic equipment, keep it in a plastic bag or at least in your back.
On your way to Freedom Beach you will pass by several hidden but busy little sandy coves: Merlin Beach, Paradise Beach and Tri Trang Beach to finally approach this tiny paradise. Depending on the time there will be few longtail boats anchored on the beach with few people already enjoying this secluded haven. To disembark you will have to jump in shallow waters but as you are of course already wearing your swimsuit you will be fine. Just don’t drop your camera or mobile phone.
From that moment on, this superb crescent of soft sand is yours to play with, water is warm and incredibly clear to spend time in it. Once you grow tired of being in heaven, your boat will be ready to take you back where you left in the morning… you probably will never forget this day.
There is actually a small dirt road passing high above Freedom Beach, and the gate might be open… or not. It’s unpredictable. If it is, you will need to walk down a very steep slope to reach the beach. It’s feasible and we did it, but quite challenging, not to mention walking back up! (If you thought Laem Singh Beach was hard, try Freedom beach by foot). This small dirt road start past the Avista Resort in Patong and reaches the road to Karon Beach, past Simon Cabaret. (Scroll to map)
The beach is s beautiful that people just relax and enjoy the incredibly warm and clear water. It might be a great idea to bring your own snorkeling gear as both ends of the beach are good places to see fish and small marine life. Beach chairs are available to rent for a small fee and a restaurant serves simple Thai food and chilled drinks when you need them (and you will).