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: Relax Beach (Le Meridien Beach Resort) Naithon Noi Beach (Andaman White Beach) and Pansea Beach (Amanpuri Resort).
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
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
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…
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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).