Phuket’s Banana Beach is a small, hidden beach nestled between coconut trees and turquoise water in the northern part of the island. It’s definitely one of the most gorgeous beaches in Phuket, and thanks to its quiet location, few people know about it — or don’t bother coming here. Below are some pictures I took in March, which is still considered the high season, though the end of it.
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.
A thrilling longtail boat ride is a must-do when you’re vacationing in Krabi. I have previously taken a trip to the beautiful Hong Island, and most recently we did the popular 4 islands tour stopping at Phra Nang Beach, Poda Island, Chicken Island, and Tup Island. This is a perfect half-day trip for the whole family letting you come out snorkel among tropical fish, snapping some cool shots of paradise-like beaches, and witness some spectacular karst formations.
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.
The Separated Sea (Thale Waek) is a cool natural phenomenon. It happens when there is a low tide and a unique sand pathway connects three islands (Koh Gai, Koh Tup and Koh Mawr) that visitors can walk to. This place was voted the number one destination, in the poll ‘7 Wonders of Thailand 2015′ on the 7wondersthailand.com website.
The best time to visit Thale Waek is 5 days before and after the full moon from December to the beginning of May. The separated sea is the last stop in the amazing ‘4 islands boat trip′ that goes from Ao Nang, Krabi. Tour agents can be found everywhere along the street in Ao Nang.