Mai Khao Beach Phuket

An almost deserted Mai Khao Beach in Phuket

Just as what I wanted, an almost deserted and quiet beach, golden sand, the blue sky and the wide Andaman Sea. If not for hotel guests a few hundred meters away and the occasional beach comber, I would have this part of Mai Khao Beach all to myself. I love its quietness, a far cry from crowded Patong, Nai Harn, Kata and other beach strips around Phuket teeming with foreign tourists, beach lounge chairs and parasols. But the water was not as clear as I wanted it be, it was raining the day before and sediment discolored what usually is a clear water.

Mai Khao Beach is located northeast of Phuket situated just above the international airport. It stretches for 11 kilometers with some sections part of the Sirinat National Park. Although it might be a national park, there are a few established luxury hotel resorts like the JW Marriot, Holiday Inn, Sala Resort and Spa and a few more. And it was while shooting one of the units at a Sala high end condominium that I discovered this place.

I love the serenity of the place with casuarina trees lining the beach, providing a cool shade when the sun get’s high and strong. These trees also provide a stunning backdrop and as this section hasn’t been developed, gives it its charming allure. When one get’s hungry from the swimming and beachcombing, there are restaurants across the parking area serving good Thai food, especially seafood, but a little bit expensive.

Casuarina trees by the beach

Casuarina trees by the beach

A lonely strip for those beach lovers who want some quiet time and place

A lonely strip for those beach lovers who want some quiet time and place

Golden sand, blue sky and the sea facing the Andaman

Golden sand, blue sky and the sea facing the Andaman

A lone beach goer walking at the beachfront

A lone beach goer walking at the beachfront

A small swamp on the way to Mai Khao beach

A small swamp on the way to Mai Khao beach

A deserted road going to Mai Khao

A deserted road going to Mai Khao

Restaurants at the parking area serves rather expensive seafood but you have no choice if you need to eat

Restaurants at the parking area serves rather expensive seafood but you have no choice if you need to eat

I had this tasty fried rice at one of the restaurants

I had this tasty fried rice at one of the restaurants

GETTING THERE: Mai Khao is located at the northeast part of Phuket north of the international airport. You can hike from the main highway or ride a bike, else, you go by private vehicle or hire a taxi.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

2 Comments

  1. Lee Rosales
    October 16, 2016 @ 7:38

    Magkanu budget for a day?

  2. estan
    October 17, 2016 @ 23:18

    Lee, I stayed at an Airbnb malapit dito. Then nilakad ko lang mga around 30 minutes. They also have bikes you can use. Spent 1.5 hours lang. So ang gastos ko lang is the Airbnb. If coming from Phuket old town, better if you have a vehicle. You can actually hire a taxi for a day and tour Phuket for around TBH2,000 to TBH2,500, 8 hours na yun.

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