Open a map and look at the world’s beaches. They wind around every continent and every island on the planet. But when you are looking for the very best beaches, a map is not going to help you much at all. I love beach holidays and have had loads of fun touring islands around the world. Perhaps this is why I believe that the world’s very best beaches can be found on island coastlines. Sure there are stunning beaches off the coast of Australia, California, South Africa and the rest … but you need to be a little bit more adventurous if you really want to find your own piece of paradise.
So – when I decided to do a return trip to Thailand recently, I decided that I would head for the very best of Phuket’s beaches, each of which has its own advantages. These are the top ten on my own personal list (in no specific order – I just love them all).
Ao Sane (otherwise known as Jungle Beach)
Top of my list, this one can only be reached via a dirt road, which you can find if you get yourself to the Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club. Swim, dive and snorkel … say no more!
Expect white beaches and palm trees, sandy coves and mangroves, my idea of bliss!
This is a favorite for tourists and locals. What appeals most to me is that there isn’t a launchpad for boats of any kind, but there are lots of foodie places – and the beach itself is gorgeous, easily one of the best beaches in Phuket.
I fell in love with this beach when I was paddling in the shallow water and then saw a bunch of people on horses having fun galloping along the beach. It isn’t secluded, but it definitely has a special feel about it.
Between May and October you’ll share this beach with plenty of surfers, but any other time you will find it quiet although there will always be umbrellas and beach chairs to hire.
Laem Singh Beach
Located between Kamala Beach and Surin Beach, this is a little gem that is just 150 m long and lined with palm trees just like the paradise island beaches should be. The only pity is that in the high season, it isn’t a secret with many people thinking it’s one of the best beaches in Phuket!
Kata Noi Beach
If you want white sand and a place to snorkel or swim, this is for you. It isn’t wildly commercialized, but there is a big resort on the coast, so you will find lots of tourists sharing your beach.
Nai Thon Beach
This one is really special, and surprisingly it hasn’t yet been over-run by tourists. But it takes a while to get there, which is probably the reason why you won’t be fighting off the masses.
Banana Rock Beach
I need to bite my lip here because this is one of the most deserted beaches on Phuket. If there is a “secret” beach on Phuket, this is it! Shhhh…
Nai Yang Beach
While this 10-km stretch of beach is certainly not deserted, it is pretty secluded. There are quite a few hotels at the south end of the beach and if you head north, you’ll find the amazing Sirinath National Park.
There’s a mix here, and I have no doubt that you will find your own favorite! You may even find some other gems…there are lots! I hope you have enjoyed my personal list of the best beaches in Phuket, have fun just like I did!
This post was written by David Wright. David is an avid traveller and loves South East Asia.