Phuket Secret Beaches
Private beaches don’t exist in Phuket or Thailand, and that’s by law. However, people often call some of Phuket most amazing beaches ‘private beaches’ because they can’t enter. So if none of those beaches is private, how is that possible? Simple: if you own the land surrounding that beach, you can deny its access.
It’s a little twisted, and some might find it unfair, but in a way, would you like to see everyone crossing your garden all day long to go to the beach on the other side if this was the only way to reach it?
So yes, there are a few beaches in Phuket with such privilege, and those are often the most beautiful ones. Some say those beaches are the most beautiful BECAUSE the crowds don’t mess with them. Maybe someone spotted those amazing beaches a long time ago when lands in Phuket were still cheap and thought how cool it would be to have your very own beach!
The owners of those lands deal with the beach in several ways. Some built a hotel and kept the beach for the use of their guests, making it an irresistible sales pitch. Some charge a fee to visitors, some don’t care, and no one can go via the land. In theory, you could go to any beach by boat, kayak or jet ski, and no one should deny you access since they are public, but it’s not always that simple.
Here is a list of a few Phuket Private Beaches, sorted by beauty:
Near Patong – Reserved to the guests of Le Meridien Phuket
Karon Noi Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Soft white powder sand, incredibly clear waters almost all year round and many coconut trees along the beach create the ultimate tropical background. Just look at these photos and imagine yourself walking almost alone on such a beach, so close to crowded Patong. Le Meridien Phuket is a massive resort with one of the largest pools on the island and is not overly expensive. Read more
Near Airport – Reserved to the guests of Andaman White Beach Resort
Andaman White Beach Resort on Naithon Noi is the second most amazing private beach in Phuket. Fantastic sand, clear water, and coconut trees are leaning over your beach chairs. It’s a dream place. The hotel is not as luxurious as other private beach resorts, but it is a little more affordable. Technically only the Andaman White Beach Resort guests can enjoy this beach unless you know the path to get there! Read more
3. Pansea Beach
Near Surin Beach – Reserved to the guests of The Surin Resort and The Amanpuri
Pansea Beach is another fantastic beach shared by two exclusive hotels: The Surin and Amanpuri, which used to be the favourite hotels for celebrities visiting Phuket. There used to be a secret narrow and steep path to walk down the hill, but it is now locked. Eventually, you can book dinner at their superb beachside restaurant to enjoy the beach. Read more
4. Cape Panwa Beach
Cape Panwa Beach is one of the least known beaches in Phuket, probably because it’s one of the few on the east coast and part of the remote and very protective Cape Panwa Hotel. The hotel owns the entire land around this beautiful beach, so the only way to access it is to be a hotel guest, or book dinner at their beautiful Cape House restaurant (only open for dinner)
Near Patong – Only accessible by boat from Patong
Freedom beach is a fantastic beach located very close to Patong Beach. It is easily accessible from the sea by riding a longtail boat from Patong beach. The ride is a little costly, 1,000 to 1,200 baht for a two-way ride. If you are on a budget and not in a rush, wait until other passengers join the ride. The beach is beautiful but can be a little busy during peak season. Occasionally a gate is open at the top of the hill above the beach and only charges 100 Baht to enter, but the slope is long and steep! Beach chairs are available for rent under the coconut trees, and a beach restaurant serves a decent lunch. Read more
Only accessible by boat from Surin
Laem Singh beach has been so famous for so long; it might surprise some readers that you can’t get down there anymore. There was some dispute, and the TV company that owned that land had enough and decided to close the access entirely. That was the end of it. But that was without taking into consideration the ingenuity of Thai people who remembered what we mentioned higher on the page: you cannot deny access to the beach itself! You can now go to Laem Singh beach another way. Read more
Near Patong – Entry fee is 200 baht
Paradise beach, just next to Patong, has always been accessible for a fee. That fee can vary according to the moment: it was 100 baht, then 500 baht, then free, then 200 baht again. The beach is quite small and has grown into a kind of shopping village with a massive club dedicated to Full Moon Parties (The entry fee for the Full Moon Party is much higher). Read more
8. Nui Beach
Near Karon Viewpoint
Nui Beach is a little-known cove near the famous ‘Karon Viewpoint‘ in the southern part of Phuket. Not only is it hard to find but also hard to reach, with several kilometres of bad and steep dirt road. The beach used to charge a ridiculous amount of money to enter, something like 500 baht. Even if this amount was getting you a couple of beach chairs, it was a little much for most people. After being closed to the public, the beach reopened with a 200 baht fee. It’s not a great beach as the sand is dark and coarse, but it does have a certain ‘remote charm’. Read more
Laem Ka Beach, in the very south of Phuket, is a little gem hidden from view, and most locals know about it. Unfortunately, it was closed to the public a couple of years ago to allow the construction of a new hotel. We don’t know much about that hotel, but they sure will have a superb location. Read more
10. Trisara Beach
Trisara Beach near the airport is not very impressive, but since every villa in the hotel features an amazing infinity pool, you might not need it.
11. Nakalay Beach
Nakalay Beach is part of the Thavorn Beach Village, between Patong and Kamala. It’s not a swimming beach but has a lot of charm, especially if you can do one of their romantic dinner setting on the beach!
Map of Phuket Private Beaches