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Mai Khao Beach, Phuket Overview

The longest and the quietest of all the beaches in Phuket, Mai Khao is a great option for people seeking some quality time to spend with themselves amongst beautiful scenery. This is the closest beach from Phuket International Airport and begins right where Nai Yang Beach ends. Part of a protected national park, the beach has mostly a deserted feel to it with fewer people and vendors. Nonetheless, you will be able to spot many luxury hotels like Sala Phuket, Renaissance Phuket and JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, to mention a few.

The Mai Kao beach is a lesser developed part of the Sirinath National Park. With its name literally translating to white wood, this 11 km long stretch along the coast is perfect for a long and uninterrupted walk. Once a year, this beach hosts the Songkran festival, where you might be lucky enough to witness a baby turtle release.

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Things to do at Mai Khao Beach

1. Explore Sirinath National Park

Sunset Over Sirinath National Park

The national park is home to many plants and wildlife including rare species of birds, lizards, snakes, fish and marine life. Nature lovers will surely admire the park. Kids will love playing here. The park has an entry fee of THB 200.

2. Watch the Planes Land

Plane Landing Over Mai Khao Beach

Located close to the Phuket International Airport, watching the planes landing is definitely something tourists look forward to when at the beach. Though one may have to walk a bit longer in the sun, watching these the planes cast their large shadow on the clear turquoise water is fantastic.

3. Have a Splash at Splash Jungle Waterpark

Slides at the Splash Jungle Water Park

Situated next to the airport, this waterpark has a wide range of slides, tunnels, spinning funnels and pools with artificial waves which surely every family would enjoy. Though the entry fee is high, the experience will be worth it.

4. Visit Wat Mai Khao

Though there is nothing exceptional about this temple's architecture, the hidden bird sanctuary in the temple and a lake surrounding it is a great way to enjoy here. As it is quite a strict temple, a casual visit is not recommended.

How to Reach Mai Khao Beach

Local Taxi

Unless you understand and speak Thai, hiring a local taxi from Phuket airport would be the best option, though it is not budget-friendly. It is a 20-minute drive to the Turtle village or any of the resorts along the beach.

Drive Your Own Car

Choose the main highway 402 as Mai Khao beach is easily accessible from here. Follow the signs to Turtle village and drive past the large hotels to find yourself on the beach. There also is a road from the Turtle village that leads directly to the beach via 'Mai Khao Dream' resort.

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