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 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 the video. If you want to try a longtail boat trip, tour agents can be found every few meters along the street in Ao Nang.
Koh Kho Khao is a relatively undiscovered paradise in Thailand, and during low season (April – November) you can have all the beautiful beaches to yourself. The island is very quiet with no big roads and shopping streets, and you can expect total relaxation in beautiful scenery. Here’re nine pictures that might have you reaching for your passport.
The bar at Sun Beach is closed during low season. Take a seat, all alone!
It’s not hard to find spots like this on Koh Kho Khao.
C&N Kho Khao Beach Resort is open all year round. When we stopped here for lunch, I counted about 50 sun chairs and zero people on the beach.
So this is what paradise is like.
You can walk for hours on the 18 km long west coast beach without meeting a living soul.
You can rent a scooter and drive to the very north of the island and check out the abandoned resort. The surrounding area is incredibly beautiful!
Koh Kho Khao is located in the Andaman Sea off the west coast of Thailand’s Phang Nga Province.
We stayed two nights at The Sunset Beach Resort in April. We had the pool and the private beach to ourselves.
Beautiful sunsets every night.
How to get here
Fly to Phuket via Bangkok. Bus or other airport transfers from Phuket to Koh Kho Khao takes about 2 hours, including a short ferry ride. If you drive a car yourself, head north from Khao Lak towards Takuapa and turn left after the #82 kilometer stone, follow the main road to the ferry area. The ferry takes about 5-10 minutes from the town of Baan Nam Khem, just south of Takuapa.