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Top 5 Beaches You Cannot Miss in Mai Khao Phuket - For the ultimate beachside vacation!

Phuket is home to a ton of amazing beaches – over thirty to be exact. However, here are some of the best coastlines in sunny Phuket you have to visit for the ultimate seaside getaway.


Mai Khao Beach

Mai Khao beach is simply great for relaxing, getting loads of photos and spotting planes!
This lengthy and pretty much empty beach is located within Sirinat National Park, which is near Phuket International Airport. From the beach, you can spot many planes landing and taking off, up close and personal! Some planes will descend very low, so do be cautious of this when at the beach. Apart from the excitement of the planes, the water here is crystal clear, with little to no crowds for an immersive experience altogether.


Freedom beach

Lying on the west coast of Patong, Freedom Beach is among the most pristine beaches you will encounter on the island. This spot of coastline takes us back to a time before Thailand became a major tourist hub! Snorkelers should carry their gear as well, as there are no rentals around. During the peak seasons, the waters get inundated with varied tropical fish at each end, so best not to miss out! Although Freedom beach can be approached by land, the path can be quite demanding. If you are not up for that, just take a long-tail boat.


Patong beach

Patong is the party beach of Phuket. You can expect a ton of atmosphere and a thriving nightlife surrounding the beach, especially at nighttime. Encounter a number of beach discos, restaurants and bars – people who flock to this beach won't be short of entertainment options to while away their time. The beach alone is pretty spectacular, with a long sandy shoreline and plenty of activities like parasailing, banana boat rides, kayaking, and windsurfing. Plenty of Thai massages are available around this place as well! Some of the best Phuket resorts can be found here; the likes of Avani Hotels & Resorts are some of the options worth looking out for!


Layan Beach

Layan Beach, found towards the northern end of Bangtao Beach, is considered among the best beaches in Phuket. The tranquil coastline with soaring palm trees swaying over the blue-green sea is a sight to behold. Its sea waters are remarkably calm due to its closeness to Koh Kala.
Layan Beach can be a haven for those who want to escape the revelry of other popular beaches on the island. Its shallow coastline is perfect for children to play in and is a popular choice for those travelling with young families.


Ya Nui Beach

Found between the captivating Windmill Viewpoint and Promthep Cape, the beach at Ya Nui has some unique rock formations surrounding the turquoise sea. Ya Nui is not a big beach, which makes it all the more quaint and charming. A wide scope of activities including snorkelling and kayaking awaits those who visit the beach. You can kayak to the beaches nearby such as Nai Harn beach from here. If you are lucky, you may witness an incredible sunset on the sea! Its peaceful and beautiful surroundings attract lots of wedding shoots and honeymooners.