Mai Khao Beach
Mai Khao Beach is situated on the far northwest coast of Phuket and offers 11km of straight sandy tranquility punctuated by the opportunity of spotting occasional passing aircraft as they come in to land at Phuket’s nearby airport.
Mai Khao is still largely undeveloped as it is part of the Sirinat National Park and only recently has a number of up-market resorts opened including the JW Marriott Resort, Sala Phuket, Renaissance Phuket Resort and Anantara Phuket Villas, with the new Holiday Inn Mai Khao also opening soon. These resorts focus on superb culinary arts in their promotional efforts, meaning that there are now ample opportunities for great wining and dining along this extensive beach.
The main focus here is on peace and quiet, plus enjoying the sensational sunsets. The sand is a little course and the sea can be dangerous for swimming during the southwest monsoon season from May to October, so caution is advisable.