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 (connected with Nai Yang Beach) 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 over the beach; we came here to watch the planes landing. So we decided to go early the next morning — and yes, this time the airplanes were landing over the beach. What a spectacular sight!
Kamala Beach is the first village north of Patong. This beautiful 2 km long beach is a perfect place if you want to get away from the crowds. Kamala was originally a Muslim fishing village, but which now consists of two villages; the original Muslim village and the touristic part of the beach with hotels, restaurants and shops. The southern part of the beach has a more Thai village atmosphere with a school and a Buddhist temple. During high season (November to April), when the water is calm and clear, you can rent jet skies or enjoy a longtail boat ride.
Laem Sing Beach is one of my favorite beaches in Phuket. The beach is just 200 meters long and hidden in a bay surrounded by palm trees and big boulders. The scenery is really awesome! Laem Sing was once a bit of a secret, but nowadays, the beach can be packed with fellow tourists – especially during high season. This beach is located in between Kamala Beach and Surin beach, and there’s a viewpoint on the roadside with a fantastic view of Laem Sing.
View over Laem Singh Beach.
A thrilling longtail boat ride is a must-do when you’re in Krabi. I have previously taken a trip to the beautiful Hong Island, and most recently a ride to The 4 islands. I recorded a video with my GoPro, and as the snorkeling time flew by so quick, I totally forgot to save some memory in the memory card, so I couldn’t film the last stop on this trip. But I took some photos with my Nikon as you can see below. If you want to try a longtail boat trip, tour agents can be found every few meters along the street in Ao Nang.
Phatthalung and Songkhla south of Krabi are two lesser-known provinces for western tourists. I was excited to see some of the country’s natural beauty without the massive crowds. When we drove from Krabi in the morning our aim was to get to the Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve in Khuan Khanun, Phatthalung to see those gorgeous lotus flowers fully opened before the petals close in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we were a little bit late, and the flowers were already fully shut.
Ark Bar on the beautiful Chaweng Beach is one of Koh Samui’s best known beach bar. People come here to party, but the atmosphere is pretty relaxed and suitable for families. At night the large cushions and candles come out, along with live DJs and fire shows. They have a big selection of food and drinks. My wife’s friend lives on Koh Samui and brought us here. Although I do not party so much these days, I really enjoyed this night.
Open 2pm to 2am every day, Ark Bar is at its liveliest every Wednesday night when it hosts its weekly beach party. Located on the beach, just off Chaweng Beach Road at Soi Pizza Hut.
Nopparat Thara Beach is a 5 km long beach split into two halves by a river a few minutes drive from Ao Nang Beach. The sand is hard-packed and very comfortable for walking and running. During low tide, it’s possible to walk all the way out to the small limestone islands, and you will see both tourists and locals walking out taking pictures. Nopparat Thara Beach is a quite beach with mostly Thais who like to come here for a picnic in the shades of the casuarina trees.
During low tide the canal dries up, leaving a long beach as you can see right on this island.
My wife at Koh Khao Sam Nuai, one of the small islands during low tide.
Sunset at Nopparat Thara Beach.
There are several restaurants on the beach, and I would like to recommend A-one where we had dinner twice. It’s a cozy little place with soft lighting when the darkness falls. The food tastes good, and they serve both Thai and international dishes.
Recommended Hotels: Aonang Buri Resort (Moderate) • Holiday Inn Resort (Excellent)