14 Most Quiet Beaches of Phuket (and a few secret ones)

14 Most Quiet Beaches of Phuket (and a few secret ones)
14 Most Quiet Beaches of Phuket (and a few secret ones)
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14 Most Quiet Beaches of Phuket (and a few secret ones)

Most quiet and secret beaches of Phuket – Despite the permanent complaints, more than ten beaches around Phuket range from ‘Quiet’ to ‘Deserted’ and surprisingly half of these beaches are in plain sight and easy to access… Most don’t have fancy beach chairs or vendors but you would easily find a couple of local restaurants and tiny bars. What Phuket island used to be 20 years ago is not that far if you take the time to get there, so get there!

We could have call it ‘Phuket Hidden Beaches’ as it seems that people cannot resist anything hidden and we are not including here the few ‘semi-private beaches’ only accessible by guests of some hotel occupying the entire length of their beach, making access impossible to outsiders: Karon Noi Beach (Le Meridien Beach Resort) Naithon Noi Beach (Andaman White Beach) and Pansea Beach (Amanpuri Resort).

Phuket Most Quiet Beaches


1) Mai Khao Beach

Mai Khao Beach

Mai Khao Beach is 11 km long and is part of a national park therefore remain unspoiled. Few great resort on the beach include Sala Phuket, Renaissance, JW Marriott. Read more

  • Peace Level: Perfect!
  • Access: Very easy but most will find it far from main areas of Phuket.
  • Sand Condition:Very Good
  • Swimming Condition: Very Good
  • Beach Facilities: None unless you stay at the Sirinat park where Nai Yang connects to Mai Khao Plenty of food vendors and only there you’ll find toilets.

2) Haad Sai Kaew Beach

haad-sai-kaew

Haad Sai Kaew beach is a long deserted strip of sand located at the very north of Phuket island, one of the last beach before the Sarasin bridge. With few bamboo restaurant right on the beach it is a great place for a lunch when in the north. Note that the food price is a bit above average. Read more

  • Peace Level: Perfect!
  • Access: Very easy but far from everything.
  • Sand Condition: Very Good
  • Swimming Condition: Good
  • Beach Facilities: few nice restaurants made of bamboo and thatched roofs… great local food and cold drinks.

3) Freedom Beach

freedom

Freedom beach is the most beautiful beach on the island and despite being close to Patong, it has remained very quiet because the only (easy) way to reach it is by longtail boat and the ride costs more than a 1,000 baht. Go there while you can: if the land access becomes public, you can kiss your freedom goodbye! Read more

  • Peace Level: great!
  • Access: Only by boat during high season.
  • Sand Condition: Amazing
  • Swimming Condition: Amazing
  • Beach Facilities: a couple of restaurants and beach chairs under the trees

4) Banana Beach

banana-beach

Banana Beach is so out of th way and so hard to spot it has remained relatively peaceful despite its charm. Of course as it is human nature to run after anything hidden, it go busier but overall it is still a great place to spend the day. During low season, the beach is all yours anyway! Read more

  • Peace Level: good to great our of peak season.
  • Access: Very difficult to find and steep to reach.
  • Sand Condition: Great
  • Swimming Condition: Great
  • Beach Facilities: A local restaurant, beach chairs, very basic toilets.

 5) Ao Sane Beach

ao-sane-beach

Ao Sane is a discreet beach next to the popular Nai Harn and has remained low key as most people don’t notice it, because to go there you have to drive UNDER the Phuket Yacht Club! The beach is small but pleasant with a nice shady restaurant, good for snorkeling and great for kids. read more

  • Peace Level: Good
  • Access: Tricky to find
  • Sand Condition: Good
  • Swimming Condition: Good
  • Beach Facilities: Restaurant, beach chairs, diving and bungalows

6) Ao Yon Beach

Ao Yon is one of those beaches that have remained very local no matter how much it was talked about. Maybe because sand and water are not that great and it it rather messy at each end but the central area with many tall palm trees are actually very photogenic. read more

  • Peace Level: Good
  • Access: Difficult to find
  • Sand Condition: Medium
  • Swimming Condition: Medium to Good
  • Beach Facilities: a couple of restaurant

7) Layan Beach

Layan Beach

Layan Beach until recently was a hideaway but with the opening of the internationally famous Nikki Beach Club, things have started to change. However, it is still far enough from other crowded beaches to be a great escape for the day.

  • Peace Level: Good
  • Access: Easy
  • Sand Condition Pretty good
  • Swimming Condition: Good
  • Beach Facilities: Many small restaurants

8) Merlin Beach

Tri Trang Beach is often mistaken for its neighbour Tri Tra Beach but all you need to know is that this is the beach is in front of the Merlin Beach Resort, south of Patong. It is not too busy because not many people know there is actually a way in. Read more

  • Peace Level: good
  • Access: Not obvious at first
  • Sand Condition Good
  • Swimming Condition: Not very good with coral
  • Beach Facilities: restaurants and beach massage

 9) Haad Pak Phra Beach

Haad Pak Phra Beach

Haad Pak Phra is the very last beach of Phuket, located near the Sarasin bridge. It’s not a great beach but it brings you the silly pleasure of a little discovery. Stop there on your way to Thanoon Seafood on the mainland or on your way to a Phang Nga. Read more

  • Peace Level: great!
  • Access: Hard to find
  • Sand Condition Not great,
  • Swimming Condition: Not great
  • Beach Facilities: None

10) Laem Ka Beach

laem-ka-beach

Laem Ka Beach is the only real beach on the east coast of Phuket. It can be very quiet but at some hours you might be visited by disembarking speedboats. The beach is pleasant, food and drink are available during high season, while at low season the place is deserted. Read more

  • Peace Level: good to great in low season
  • Access: Hard to find
  • Sand Condition: Good
  • Swimming Condition: Acceptable
  • Beach Facilities: Food and drink shacks, beach shopping

11) Panwa Beach

panwa-beach

Panwa Beach on the west coast is a beautiful strip of sand with picture perfect coconut trees lazily leaning above the beach. Great to escape the crowd but not good for swimming as the water barely covers a rocky bottom. Read more

  • Peace Level: Great!
  • Access: Out of the way
  • Sand Condition: Good
  • Swimming Condition: Not great
  • Beach Facilities: A couple of local shacks

 12) Hua Beach

Hua Beach

Hua Beach is a very isolated beach very tricky to spot. It’s not a swimming beach but a perfect hideaway as there are barely anyone on it. Swimming in not possible because or rock right under the surface. Read more

  • Peace Level: Great!
  • Access: Very hard to find
  • Sand Condition: Average
  • Swimming Condition: Poor
  • Beach Facilities: Just a local shack

13) Rayee Beach

Rayee Beach

Rayee Beach is often called ‘the other Kamala beach’ as it is just south of the busy main Kamala beach. It’s not a swimming beach as seabed is full of coral but great to relax with some nice little local restaurant above the sea.

  • Peace Level: great
  • Access: Easy
  • Sand Condition: Acceptable, a bit rough
  • Sand Condition: No swimming
  • Beach Facilities: Small restaurants above the water.

14) Yae Beach

Yae Beach

Yae Beach is located just between Patong beach and Kamala beach. It is not a great beach and it is hard to find but it is peaceful spot. (at least until the construction next door is over).

  • Peace Level: great but construction nearby
  • Access: Not easy to find
  • Sand Condition: not great
  • Swimming Condition: no real swimming
  • Beach Facilities: a local shack

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 23 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run 2 blogs: Phuket101.net and BangkokUndercover.com, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com

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