Private beaches don’t exist in Phuket or in Thailand in general, and that’s by law. However, people often call some of Phuket most amazing beaches ‘private beaches’ because you just can’t enter. So if none of those beaches are private, how is that possible? Simple: if you own the land that surround that beach, you can indeed 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 to go to the beach on the other side if it was the only way?
So yes, there are a few beaches in Phuket with such privilege, and those are often the most beautiful ones. Same say those beaches are the most beautiful BECAUSE the crowds don’t mess with them. That’s a possibility but I also believe someone spotted those amazing beaches a long long time ago when lands in Phuket were still cheap and thought how cool would that be to have your 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, and some just don’t care and no one can go via the land. In theory, you could go to any beach by boat or kayak or jet ski and no one should deny you the access since they are public, but it’s not always that simple.
Here is a list of few Phuket Private Beaches, sorted by beauty:
Karon Noi Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Phuket. Soft white powder sand, incredibly clear waters almost all year round and a lot of coconuts 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 very large resort with one of the largest pools on the island, and is not overly expensive. Read more
Andaman White beach Resort on Naithon Noi is the second most amazing ‘private beach’ in Phuket. Fantastic sand, super clear water, coconut trees 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. Read more
Pansea Beach is another amazing beach shared by 2 very exclusive hotels: The Surin and Amanpuri that 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 beach side restaurant to enjoy the beach. Read more
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 2 ways ride. If you are on budget and not in a rush, just wait until other passengers join the ride. The beach is beautiful but can be a little busy at 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 coconuts trees and a beach restaurant serves a decent lunch. Read more
Laem Singh beach has been so famous for so long, it might come as a surprise to some readers that you can’t get down there anymore. There was some kind of 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 in consideration the ingenuity of Thai people who remembered what we mentioned higher in the page: you cannot deny access to the beach itself! You can now go to Laem Singh beach another way > Read more
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 has grown into a kind of shopping village with a massive club dedicated to Full Moon Parties (Entry fee for the Full Moon Party is a lot higher). Read more
Nui Beach is a very little known cove found near the famous ‘Karon Viewpoint‘ in the south part of Phuket. Not only it is hard to find but it is also hard to reach, with several kilometers 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 been totally closed to the public, the beach reopened with no fee at all. It’s not a great beach as the sand is dark and coarse, but it does have a certain ‘remote charm’. Read more