Mai Khao Beach
North west coast Phuket beach
Mai Khao beach is the longest beach on Phuket, stretching some 11 kilometres along the northern end of Phuket’s west coast. It’s located just north of Phuket international airport. To the south is Naiyang beach. North is Sai Keow beach at the top of the island.
Mai Khao is also Phuket’s quietest beach, you can easily find a secluded spot to lay your beach towel. The resorts on Maikhao beach are mostly aimed at high end tourism. Hotels include the Marriott, Sala Phuket, the Renaissance and the Centara West Sands which is also home to the Splash Jungle Waterpark.
Mai Khao is not just for rich tourists. Locals like the beach at weekends, they come to eat at local restaurants or have a picnic under the trees. The restaurants are at the southern end of the beach.
There are also washroom facilitates at the south end of the beach, and a national park camping area.
There is no nightlife at Maikhao beach apart from what’s offered inside resorts.
Mai Khao beach is ok for swimming but not as good as other beaches like Kata or Naiharn. The beach dips quite quickly into the sea so you can soon be out of your depth. There are no life guards on duty and rip currents can be strong in low season (May to Oct).
Every year on Mai Khao beach around the Songkran festival time, there is a baby turtle release program.
The main problem with staying at Mai Khao beach is the isolation from the rest of the island. Taxi’s to Patong or Phuket town will be expensive. Many tours will charge extra to pick you up from a Mai Khao beach hotel. If you want to stay near the airport because you have an early morning flight it is more convenient to stay at Naiyang beach.