Whenever I hear Phuket, I remember Leo’s movie “The Beach”. I’ve always dreamed of going and seeing the place they call “paradise”. As a beach-goer, Phuket is on top of my beaches-to-see list and it definitely did not disappoint.
Read on to know the location of Phuket’s “secret” beaches!
I flew to Phuket on a Friday night from KLIA, an hour and half flight, arriving at 10:30PM at the airport, and around 12midnight at the doorstep of my hotel. The travel time from the airport to Patong Beach was around an hour.
I only had the weekend to see the place and didn’t have time to make a proper itinerary. I noted three things – beach, food and massage!
It was raining hard when I arrived and I was actually worried that it will rain the whole weekend and that what happened in Bali will be happening again in Phuket, in short, we stayed in!
God loves me so much though, I woke up on a sunny Saturday morning. We started moving at 8:30AM and most shops were still closed so we decided to rent a motorcycle, eat breakfast and start exploring the beaches.
Our second stop was in Kata beach, another 10minutes drive away from Karon. It’s a bit smaller compared to the latter and there was a lot of crowd sunbathing. We didn’t stay long as it was really hot already (as in tirik!), so we drove further to the next one.
Most people would stop at the Nai Harn beach (see that coastline in the photo?), but what most people don’t know is, if you drive a little further, the road inside the Nai Harn Hotel is actually a public road (not a private one!). So drive down the road and you will reach Ao Sane.
The locals confirmed we were at the right path, so we followed the map. It took around 20-min of driving in rocky and bumpy road. We kept saying, “This better be worth it!”. When we reached the pin on the map, we were puzzled. “Where the hell’s the beach?” Two men told us to park down (pay 50baht) and hike down the mountain. He even offered us to buy a water bottle and we were like, “Nah, we’re okay!”… only to regret that decision minutes after taking down the path.
Another 10minutes of hiking down the mountain and regretting this decision while still hopeful that this beach is one of the best, we finally made it! I know the photo above may look like this beach is just another beach, but we were definitely amazed by how beautiful it looked while the sun was getting ready to call it a day! The golden ray made everything more magical. The water was clear and the sand was soft and very fine! There were only maybe 10-20 people lounging around. You know what we said, “It was worth it!” It was worth the hike down and up (the hike back to the parking lot was ridiculously tiring!).
BONUS! Of course, you can’t leave Phuket without experiencing what they’re really famous for in addition to the beaches — food and massage!! Food usually costs around 200-700PHP depending on where you eat and how much your budget is. As for the massage, it’s usually 200-400PHP for one hour, full body. It was so satisfying that I had it twice (one in the evening, and one in the afternoon the next day).
I was supposed to make a Phuket travel vlog, but my data got wiped out when I connected my phone to my macbook and stupidly agreed to “recovering” the backup data thinking it will merge my current and my old data. Luckily I was able to save some photos in my Lightroom app.
We’ll be coming back for sure so stay tuned! Lol