Mai Khao Beach – the Plane Spotting Beach in Phuket

Mai Khao Beach is an 11 km long sand stretch, making it the longest beach in Phuket. The beach is deserted at most places, but the International Airport on the south end has become a popular plane spotting location. The first time we visited the beach was on a late afternoon, which was a bit of a disappointment since the planes were taking off from the beach; we came here to watch the planes landing. So we decided to come early the next morning – and yes, this time, the airplanes were landing over the beach. What a spectacular sight!

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737 – a short to medium range airliner. We were hoping to see a huge Thai Airways plane landing, but could only see small to medium sized aircraft.

Mai Khao Beach – a long stretch of sand.

Sun rays over Phuket International Airport.

SilkAir (Singapore) with another Boeing 737.

Bangkok Airways type Airbus A320 – a short to medium range airliner.


AirAsia with another Airbus A320.


We brought the whole family with us that morning. Especially mom is very fascinated with airplanes.

While I was taking photos, my wife was making videos with my GoPro. Here’s a video of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737.

When we were leaving the beach, we could see a huge Thai Airways plane coming in to land. Damn it!

The airport is located close the 5-star resort Centara Grand West Sands Resort and Villas, and you can park the car between the resort and airport.

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