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.
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.