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Secret Sands: These Are Phuket's Top Under-the-Radar Beaches 

A tourist swinging on a swing in front of Banana Beach

Sea, sand, surf and so much serenity – here’s to your best, and quietest, beach day yet in Phuket.  

There’s something special about experiencing nature’s pristine beauty in privacy. Despite its popularity, Thailand’s biggest island has a bounty of bonafide seaside seclusion – pieces of paradise where you can savour sandy strips all to yourself. 

Imagine hermit crabs scuttering along the sand to crystal waters, rainbow fish colonies, and calmly lapping waves. That’s what you’ll find at the favourite beaches of Phuket’s locals and avid explorers. Read on for our lowdown on the best lesser-known, less-visited spots – so good they’ll be hard to keep under wraps. 

Trisara Beach 

The clear blue water and fine white sand of Trisara's private beach can only be accessed by resort guests, making it incredibly exclusive
Trisara's private beach.

Easily one of Phuket’s most luxurious resorts, Trisara is also home to one of the island’s few truly private beaches. Hidden in the lush hillsides of northwest Phuket, this property is named after the ‘Garden of the Third Heaven’, the ultimate paradise, and from a vantage on its protected strip of sand, it’s easy to understand why. Let the tropical perfume of native palms, plumeria, orchids and climbing vines surround you as you run along pristine sands and into the crystal-clear surf. Later, kick back on a cloud-like sunbed – pina colada in hand – for a taste of the exclusivity for which this property is lauded.  

Banana Beach  

A beachgoer laying on a towel in the sun on Banana Beach, the favourite beach of Phuket's locals
Banana Beach.

When asked about the best beach in Phuket, locals frequently recommend Banana Beach. At times referred to as ‘Banana Rock Beach’, the well-loved yet uncrowded shoreline was named after the banana groves lining its welcome path and the rocky formations that divide the beachfront. Either catch a longtail boat from a nearby beach or walk down a bamboo-lined trail off the main road just north of Trisara to admire shallow crystalline waters, cliff faces and fine sands that – to this day – remain curiously undeveloped. If you’re lucky, the beach’s only restaurant may be open during high season, grilling the fresh catch of the day under wide-leaved palms.

Phang Nga Bay

Boats on the shore of Koh Hong, one of Phang Nga Bay's secluded islands within Phuket province
Koh Hong, Phang Nga Bay.

Take a day to explore Phang Nga Bay by longtail boat and you’ll come across some of Phuket province’s most isolated beach spots. Glide past secluded bays, like the hidden watering hole surrounded by limestone cliffs on Khao Phing Kan called Honeymoon Lagoon. Stop off at recognisable haunts like Koh Hong, also known as ‘James Bond Island’, to witness the unique rock formation of Ko Ta Pu. Whether you’re looking to snap photos of dripping stalactite-filled caves, relax on fluffy white sand or swim in the shallows alongside colourful fish and coral – there’s a spot in this island cluster for you.  

Nui Beach  

Wooden swing set with the name 'Nui Beach' above the frame, a perfect spot for snapping photographs on quiet Nui Beach
Nui Beach.

A little off the beaten track, but just below well-known Kata Karon Viewpoint, this 120-metre stretch of shoreline emerges as one of the island's most visually stunning gems. From the Viewpoint, turn down the road towards Nai Harn Beach – you’ll know you’re nearly there once you reach the bamboo bars offering truck transfers down to the shoreline for a few Thai Baht. Upon drop off, step into the surroundings of lofty coconut trees, pebble-strewn sands and unique thatched huts. Lookout points decorated with the likes of giant swings, driftwood benches and a freestanding spa tub mean Nui Beach provides dozens of spots for that perfect Instagram shot. 

Ao Sane Beach 

Aerial shot of Ao Sane Beach, whose calm waters and isolated shore makes it one of the best spots in Phuket to snorkel year-round
Ao Sane Beach.

A 40-minute drive southwest of Phuket City leads to the collection of three tiny bays featuring rocky sands and coral-rich waters that make up Ao Sane. A ramble along the southwest coast, this spot is perfect for explorer types – it’s one of the few beaches calm enough to snorkel even during the rainy season. Those looking to put their feet up can rent colourful beach chairs and stretch out along the bay protected by shady trees, then try local delicacies at the beach’s restaurant. Rugged in its charm, this oceanside locale promises a serene experience free of jet skis, kayaks or bodyboards.  

Freedom Beach  

The rocky outcrops, golden sands and swaying palm trees of Freedom Beach in Phuket, which can only be accessed via longboat
Freedom Beach.

White sands, clear waters and not a crowd in sight – Freedom Beach offers a surprising retreat adjacent to bustling Patong. Accessible by longtail boat – and only during peak season (usually December to June) – this hidden gem is refreshing in its serenity. Incredibly soft white sand and clear blue waters offer absolute peace. On your way from Patong, pass charming coves hugging Merlin, Paradise and Tri Trang Beaches before finally arriving to a little slice of heaven. Before you go, enjoy some of the best Pad Thai in Phuket at Barefoot Bistro – an open-air restaurant overlooking Freedom Beach – in between dips. 

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About Ruby Staley
From exploring the world to kicking back with a good book, Ruby loves doing it solo. A passionate Euro enthusiast, catch her dreaming about Amsterdam or slurping down pasta a la vodka in moments between scribbling down her thoughts.

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