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Mai Khao Beach
Located on the northwest coast of Phuket, Mai Khao Beach is stretching for about 11 km long. This pristine beach is part of the Sirinat National Park, so the environment is so natural. There isn’t much development in this area as mostly are protected, but there are a few significant constructions here, like the Phuket International Airport and the JW Marriot Phuket Resort.
The sand of Mai Khao Beach is considered to be the coarsest in Phuket and most of the time it may look to be deserted. But if you’re looking for a quiet place with a stunning view, then this would be a great place to visit. It has a clear water and great for a swim, however it could be quite dangerous in May to November because just a short distance into the water there is a steep drop off into the Andaman Sea.
Attractions in Mai Khao
If you want the ultimate getaway to escape from the busy life, Mai Khao is a perfect destination. Sometimes you can even have the beach for yourself. If you’re staying in Patong this longest beach in Phuket is only 30 minutes drive away.
But the quiet beach is not the only attraction you can enjoy here, there many others. Here are some of the most exciting Mai Khao attractions that you cannot miss:
Sirinath National Park – This national park is covering an area that includes Mai Khao and Nai Yang beaches with more than 10 miles of beautiful white sandy beach. This is probably the first iconic view that people see in Phuket, because most planes will fly over it before they land at Phuket’s International Airport. Here you can see the Giant Ridley Sea Turtle that can weigh up to 850 kg between November and February when they lay their eggs on the shore. These turtles usually lay their eggs late at night, but you will have to be careful not to disturb them when you watch the process.
KidzSole Flying Trapeze – A very exciting activity for the whole family, if you’re traveling with your kids they will definitely enjoy this place. This is a smaller and much safer version of the trapeze, you and your kids can experience flying in a safe and simple way.
Splash Jungle Water Park – It’s the best waterpark in Southern Thailand, it offers a great day of fun on various rides, water slides and many more.
Turtle Village – A uniquely designed Sino-Colonial village, occupying more than 3,000sqm of retail space. You can find a lot of beautiful Thai souvenirs, gifts and clothings here.
Even though it’s not as developed as the other parts of the island, Mai Khao also has some great facilities for tourists, including accommodation. Some of the best Mai Khao hotels are Marriot’s Phuket Beach Club, Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, Marriot’s Mai Khao Beach, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao, JW Marriot Phuket Resort & Spa, SALA Phuket Resort & Spa and many more.