Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular islands, and because it is close to other beautiful hotspots like Koh Phi Phi, it’s always full of backpackers and tourists looking to hop onto the next part of their Asian adventure. If you’ve been to Phuket before, then you’ll know how stunning the landscape is, as well as the perfect and tranquil beaches. What you may not be aware of however, are the series of secret beaches, mainly used by the Thai locals, which are rarely mentioned in holiday brochures. Let’s take a look at some of the best of them.
Ao Sane Beach
Ao Sane is a great place to get away from it all, and from the smooth sands to the tranquil sea overlooked by a landscape of lush forest, it couldn’t be more hidden away. Not many people know about this beach, not only because it is hard to find, but because the locals spend most of their time catering to tourists, they also need somewhere to unwind. You won’t find any yachts here, only fishing boats, and although the accommodation isn’t luxurious, it’s fine if you do decide to spend the night at one of the hotels in Phuket. If you’re only visiting for the day, then you should definitely try out the snorkelling, as well as the bars and restaurants – the fish dishes are simply amazing.
An Yon Beach
If there was a beach to provide image to the word ‘tropical’, then Ao Yon Beach would be it. With palm trees lining its shores, and the shallow waters stretching right up to the forest, it really does look like something out of the TV series ‘Lost’. The bay here is a hotspot for oysters, and any one of the various bars and traditional restaurants will a great choice to try them out. This beach can get very busy at weekends, with locals flocking here to surf and spend time with their families. A good way to avoid this is to plan your flights to Phuket outside of the school holidays and try to travel on the weekends, allowing you to take full advantage of the beach before the weekend arrives. During the days, you’ll most likely find that it is deserted, other than fishermen. If you’ve holidaying with your loved one, then Ao Yon Beach is the perfect picnic destination.
This beach may be hard to find, but if you do manage to get a taxi driver to take you here, you’ll realise that the journey was well worth it. Stopping off in the middle of a dirt road, you’ll have to trek your way through forest and woodland, downhill and steep at times, to get to Banana Beach, and when high tide is in, there may not be a lot of beach to play with anyway. However on the right day, where the weather is good and the tide is out, Banana beach is up there with the most magnificent on the island. Nothing can beat it when it comes to sheer beauty, and because it’s so tough to get to, it’s always deserted!