So this past weekend, I went on a spur-of-the-moment getaway to Phuket. This might be my 20th time here, but then again I’m losing count. So maybe it’s only my 10th time, and I just love exaggerating. The point is, I’ve been here way too often. This time, since I only had just over a couple days in Phuket, I decided to go hunt for some secluded, off-the-radar beaches. After a bit of homework, and asking around the locals, I narrowed it down to 3 beaches that I definitely needed to lay my eyes on:
Laem Singh Beach
There are several ways of accessing Laem Singh beach. My preferred method is to park my car at the cliff, and hike down the hill to get to the beach. Not to worry, there are concrete steps from the top of the hill leading directly to the side of the beach, thereby giving you a complete 360-degree view of the beach as you walk towards it. It’s clean, it’s quite, and it’s wrapped in between mountains. If you’re looking for a relaxing time, this is the perfect beach for you.
Freedom beach is not very accessible at all. The preferred mode of transportation would be by long-tail boat, but most of the time, boats refuse to take you to this beach due to choppy waves and high tide. The other way would be to rough it out. Take your car (or motorbike) off the beaten path, and once you can no longer go further on the cracked, muddy road, park your vehicle, and start walking. Be warned that this beach has an entrance fee of 200 THB for tourists and 100 THB for locals; however I’m convinced this is negotiable, like everything else in Thailand. After the point of payment, you will have a challenging hike down to Freedom Beach, so you want to be prepared. Eat a heavy meal in advance, wear your sneakers, and take a large bottle of water. It’s a pretty deserted location so you are not going to find food or water here. It’s a muddy and rocky trail, with some areas angled as deep as 45 – 60 degrees. It’s quite the adventurous trek. Depending on how fast you are, it can take you 30 minutes to 1 hour to go down and come back up, which isn’t too bad.
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t do my homework well enough and was only able to make it halfway with my worn out flip-flops, but I did manage to get a good glimpse of it. This beach is pristine with blinding white sand, and might be one of the best beaches in Phuket. It’s completely isolated, especially considering how difficult it is to get to. However, I did notice that the paths are being prepped up for some construction work. Once the roads are built, this beach will be flooded with people. I can almost guarantee it, so go quickly while you still have the chance!
Oh, I almost forgot, there is no need to worry about bathrooms, because at Freedom beach, there is a clean toilet located smack in the middle of the jungle; albeit with no privacy. Freedom toilet, how fitting. But nonetheless, you’re covered when nature calls.
Nai Harn Beach
This beach is much easier to get to than the above 2 mentioned. YAY! All you have to do is park your car, and walk to the beach. Simple. There are a ton of local eateries on the roadside before your walk to the beach, so in terms of food and refreshments, this beach would be ideal. I wouldn’t say this beach is unseen or undiscovered, because there are both tourists and locals; just in small numbers. It has to be one of the prettiest beaches of Phuket. You get a gorgeous beach view of several small islands cluttered together, and it’s the perfect location for a sunset view (again, depending on season). This beach is shy of being 1km long. If you decide to visit this beach, take a long walk, and make your way to the end of the beach, to where the tides crash into the mountains. You’ll see that the beach converts into a deep river stream flowing inland; thereby becoming a natural swimming pool with intensive waves and current. However, be aware of red flags along this beach, as some areas are not swimmable, and that’s how you’ll be warned.
Beach Locations in Phuket
Some helpful tips and additional information
- Phuket in itself is a massive island; so to able to cover all the scenic and secluded locations, you’d be doing yourself a big favor by renting a car.
- The Karon Viewpoint, also known as the 3 Beach Viewpoint, is located between Karon beach and Nai Han Beach. When the skies are clear, you get a breath-taking view of 3 beaches from this point of interest. Make sure to take a quick stop here if you pass by!
That’s all folks.
Happy beach bumming!