What is the secret of Freedom Beach?
Freedom Beach is an anomaly, one of the prettiest beaches on Phuket island, with an incredibly soft white sand and clear blue waters. It is just a few minutes away from Patong Beach, the busiest beach on the island and yet, it is surprisingly peaceful and quiet, so what is the secret of Freedom Beach?
How to Get to Freedom Beach
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 also get a 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 to the pilot’s mood, usually 1,200 to 1,500 baht per boat for a round trip, decreasing according to the number of passengers, payable on the return trip.
Once the 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 your destination, 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 the 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.
Walking to Freedom Beach?
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 can be done and we did it, but quite challenging, not to mention walking back up! This small dirt road starts past the Avista Resort in Patong and reaches the road to Karon Beach, past Simon Cabaret. (Scroll to map)
What to Do on Freedom Beach?
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 snorkelling 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).
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