Phuket's secret beaches

Phuket's secret beaches

Not a real secret, but still

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If you find yourself in Thailand’s tourist hub Phuket, we’d recommend a visit to Patong beach … if we hated you. Every year squillions of tourists descend on the once glorious two-kilometre sandy expanse, and it shows: the beach is dirty, touts are relentless, the water’s plagued by jet skis, and if you aren’t careful a parasailer may just knock you out from above.

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Laem Singh: The steep walk down is worth it. Photo by: Stuart McDonald.
Laem Singh: The steep walk down is worth it. Photo: Stuart McDonald
Laem Singh beach

So many people rocket by this beach as they make their way out of Patong it’s a crime. Head down the cliffside path and experience one of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches. The water is clean, clear and teeming with aquatic life. A large rock carves the beach in two, but can be walked or swam around. Umbrellas and mats are available to rent, and a few small restaurants—including the long-running Da Ali—still hang on here after the big Thai army beach vendor clearouts of 2014. Found between Kamala and Surin beaches, Laem Singh is easy to find with hand-painted signs set at the roadside, where parking is available.

We didn’t find any bananas here, but there’s plenty of sand. Photo by: Lana Willocks.
We didn’t find any bananas here, but there’s plenty of sand. Photo: Lana Willocks
Banana beach

A little further afield on the upper west coast after Bang Tao, Banana beach is well worth the trip. Using the nearby luxurious Trisara Resort as a way-point is a smart idea, as it’s a short drive north from there. Pull over when you see a short stretch of barbed wire fencing and you’ll find a short steep trail down to the water. Ample snorkelling opportunities and the scarcity of boat and jet-ski activity make this an ideal choice for laid-back beach connoisseurs. If you forget to pack a lunch, not to worry, the family who run the small restaurant shack here serve up a good range of food ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,000 words.)

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Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.

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