A trio of tiny Phuket beaches

A trio of tiny Phuket beaches

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Phuket is known for having kilometres-long beaches along its west coast, but sprinkled in between the main beaches are some wee stretches of sand that offer some scenic alternatives. Three of Phuket’s cosiest little beaches are Laemka, Ao Sane and Ya Nui.

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Ya Nui: soft sands and some rocks to scramble over. Photo by: Lana Willocks.
Ya Nui: soft sands and some rocks to scramble over. Photo: Lana Willocks

The one restaurant here is quite good, and vendor stands along the sands offer kayak rental, snorkelling equipment, food and drinks. Across the road from the beach are a few places to stay.

Laemka beach is a small cove found at the end of a soi just north of Rawai beach. The road leading there, Soi Laemka Yai, offers one of those “Yay, I’m in the tropics!” kind of scenes as it juts through a plantation of towering coconut palms. Some parking is available at the end of the road, and the beach is reached via concrete steps down to the sands. The remnants of a defunct restaurant and bungalow operation add a bit of dereliction to the otherwise green tropical scene, but it doesn’t appear these will be restored or taken down anytime soon.

The happy sands of Laemka beach. Photo by: Lana Willocks.
The happy sands of Laemka beach. Photo: Lana Willocks

A few vendors have set up drink stands and sun beds but there’s no pressure to rent or buy anything here. Mornings at Laemka are especially quiet, since in the afternoons the occasional speedboat tour rolls in to disturb the peace. With shallow, calm waters, Laemka is a great spot for kids or for those searching for a place to park themselves in the shade for a few restful hours.

It’s a slightly subversive path to the sands of Ao Sane beach, but well worth the trouble. Ao Sane is found just beyond Nai Harn beach, along a narrow road accessed only by cutting through the car park of the Royal Phuket Yacht Club five-star ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 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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