Update 2020: Laem Singh is accessible by boat, and now by land!
Laem Singh beach is accessible again? Yes, it is now! Laem Singh Beach is one of Phuket most beautiful beaches, but it was closed in April 2017. It looks excellent in any weather, like being in the Caribbean, a bit nostalgic, very green with palm trees leaning over the sand and now, you can have the beach almost for yourself! It is a surprising beach. This hidden gem is between Kamala Beach and Surin beach, and while those two beaches can be bustling during peak season, the beautiful Laem Singh beach is deserted! So why is that?
Latest news: There is now a new way to walk from Surin beach to Laem Singh beach!
Two years ago Laem Singh beach was packed and full of life, restaurants and activities. Everybody loved Laem Singh, and it had this hidden tropical cove feel to it. It was simply irresistible. It seems that there was a dispute, and the owner of the land decided that no one should cross his property anymore. For a year, it was inaccessible, and everyone was crying “why oh why”. The news came later that they sold the land to the famous Mandarin Oriental Hotel (you know, the one in Bangkok)
Suddenly, at the end of 2017, someone remembered that if you can’t cross the land around, no law can forbid you to come by sea. What a great business opportunity! So you could go back to Laem Singh beach by riding a small orange boat from Surin Beach for just 100 baht per person. We went back end of 2018, and the ship is still operating happily.
What to Do on Laem Singh
Surprisingly there is a modest but beautiful Thai restaurant built on a wooden terrace on the rocks of Laem Singh. The food was good considering the unlikely location, the view is superb and the team very friendly. And they do have icy drinks! On the beach itself, three people are selling a few souvenirs and even offering Thai massage! What more can you ask on a deserted beach?
How to get to Laem Singh Beach by boat?
Go to Surin beach and walk south (that’s to the left of the beach when facing the sea). You will see a tiny white sign near the sea and a guy standing next to it. The poster is in English. The price is 100 baht per person or 400 baht for the whole boat if you don’t feel like waiting.
The crew will help you board a small boat directly from the beach, so you will get your feet wet. They will also give you a card with a number on it and tell you to give it to the guy on Laem Singh beach once you want to come back (no extra charge to go back). The crew is amiable and accommodating and speaks a little English too.
How to go to Laem Singh Beach by Land?
Yes, you can, and we did it! And while it is not super easy, it’s feasible. We would not recommend it with young kids or if your balance is not right. It will require the climb some rocks to reach the beginning of the path. It not super hard but falling would hurt. The beginning of the trail starts just after Patcharin Seafood, the only restaurant still standing in Surin beach, at the very south end. You can spot it easily. Walk past the restaurant, or even through it and start climbing the rocks along the sea. Soon you will locate the first sign. ‘
Past those rocks, the walking becomes more comfortable and flatter, the owner of the restaurant did a pretty good job at making sure it was easy, including a tiny bridge! The best way to thank him is to have a drink or even food at his lovely restaurant. He is a nice guy, and the spot is beautiful to take photos.
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Laem Singh Beach Before
Once a secret remote beach hard to access, Laem Singh became a massive tourist attraction on itself, blame it on the internet. Three rows of beach chairs, not less than six restaurants and bars, access stair as wide as a highway. It could accommodate a serious crowd on a sunny day. Parking was scarce and expensive (40 baht for a car).
A crowd, foot massage, beach vendors, jet-skis, it could get seriously busy on sunny days. But when clouds arrive and sun worshipers ran away to the nearest spa, it was time to rediscover this beautiful little creek barely visible from the road.
Lunch on the beach was surprisingly good, and the price was just a bit higher than usual. Two restaurants were famous: Da Ali, an Italian-Thai restaurant run by a popular Muslim guy who has acquired a word to mouth reputation, and ‘Lame Singh Restaurant’ with its funny misspelt name.
All this craze is long gone, and the beach is now entirely abandoned. Even the security guard that was making sure people did not walk on the land behind the beach has disappeared. Laem Singh beach is the perfect Robinson Crusoe beach of Phuket!