Merlin Beach, Tri Trang Beach, Paradise Beach, Freedom Beach… which is which? Every time we post a photo of any of these beaches, it starts endless discussions, so I guess it is still confusing. Names similarities added to the fact that some of these beaches were hard to reach until recently didn’t help. These four beaches are located around a peninsula just south of Patong Beach, so let’s try to clarify!
Merlin Beach is surprisingly the least known of all four beaches, unless you are a guest of the Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach of course, in which case this beautiful strip of sand is all yours, but any other traveler would miss the small dirt road along the hotel that leads to the beach.
Once again, the concept of private beach in theory doesn’t exist in Thailand, but owning the land surrounding the beach ends up the same. In the case of Merlin Beach, you won’t have this problem as the road that leads to the beach is actually very visible… once you know where to look. That dirt road is just few hundred meters long. Once you reach the beach, the first thing you’ll see are the usual massage huts, and beyond it, is the bay. The area is really nice and while the sea is not great for swimming because of the coral, it is one of the best spots in Phuket for snorkeling.
On a green hill at the south end of the beach, a flight of stairs will take you to a very welcoming restaurant with a superb bird view on Merlin Beach. ‘Little Tiger’ restaurant might not serve a spectacular food but definitely a very pleasant spot to enjoy a sunset drink.