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Mai Khao quiet and beautiful Phuket beach

Mai Khao quiet and beautiful Phuket beach

Aug 1, 2011

Mai Khao is situated approx 34 km from Phuket Town and just to the north of Phuket International Airport. This vast expanse of sand stretches as far as the eye can see, spanning approximately 10 km long incorporating Nai Yang beach at its southern end. Other beaches may boast about being the best destination to escape the crowds, but Mai Khao is clearly in a league of its own. Unless you count your shadow for company, you are likely to find yourself completely alone with your thoughts, and the mixture of solitude, sun, sea and sand create the perfect ambience to make you feel a million miles away from the rest of civilisation.
Whilst it is easy to conjure up this illusion in such a beautiful, tranquil location, there are a number of recent developments in the area that can provide a welcome break from the midday sun. Mai Khao is home to the brand new Splash jungle Water Park, which opened it’s doors in January 2010. This state of the art water park offers high speed slides, lazy river rides, wave pool, family play area and bars,cafes and shops set within 7 themed sections from around the world. The Turtle Shopping village offers the perfect holiday shopping experience with a range of designer clothes, gift and souvenirs, Jim Thompson Silk Products, traditional Thai handicrafts, quality jewellery and many other outlets conveniently located on two floors of modern retail space.
Turtle Shopping Village also serves up some decent dining options with the Coffee Club getting rave reviews for its quality and varied menus at reasonable prices. Mai Khao is famous for the local dishes on offer at the unique bamboo-and-thatch beach front restaurants located close to the Sarasin Bridge, which links Phuket to the Phang-Nga province in mainland Thailand.
The many kilometers of deserted beach characterize Mai Khao where there is little tourist business. The water is fine for swimming during the dry season November to May and you are guaranteed temperatures in the 30′s. Because of it’s remote location, there is very little development along the beach, so if you are in search of a quiet and isolated beach for yourself, this is it. This beach is highly recommended for just relaxing, walking on the sand or combing the beach for shells. Swimming is ok during most of the high season when the waves are much smaller or even non existent. Unfortunately, most of Phuket is no longer the idyllic place that may be portrayed in some travel guides and brochures. A lot of the natural beauty of the island has been destroyed by expensive resorts and property developers which has also made Phuket one of the most expensive locations in Thailand. Despite the recent construction of several large concrete resorts in and around Mai Khao this beach is still the quietest in Phuket and a complete contrast to the crowded beaches further south. We always endeavor to protect our area including the beach which we inspect and clean daily. Please note that all photos displayed on this site are original, have not been modified in any way and are an accurate representation of the area. The beach is often described as ‘pristine’ which it certainly is not. During low season there can be a large amount of rubbish scattered around comprised mainly of plastic bags, shoes, fishing nets etc. However this should not spoil your enjoyment of this still beautiful part of Thailand. The best time to visit is from November to April when the sea is calm and there is very little rain.

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