March 28, 2017.
Tags: Phuket, Attractions
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and the most popular destination for tourists seeking a holiday in paradise. The grandeur of its beaches is well-known, from the hustle and bustle of Patong to the beauty of Rawai. Yet, like every place around the world, Phuket has its own well-kept secrets. Most travelers have heard of Koh Phi Phi, James Bond Island and the Similan Islands. This list will open your eyes to the hard-to-reach and lesser known wonders of Phuket. Making trips to these hidden gems are absolutely worth the effort, since you’ll be giving yourself unique experiences that few others do when they travel to Phuket. For something different for your next holiday in Phuket, we’ve put together a guide for you to have a truly memorable time among nature.
We’ve already covered the majestic beauties of the caves in Phang Nga Bay. Samet Nangshe Viewpoint, on the other hand, is practically unknown by tourists. The viewpoint is situated on a hilltop, offering panoramic views of the bay which are simply breathtaking – catch the sunset or sunrise to experience a vista that’ll live on in your memory. The best part of the view from Phang Nga is that it’s unpolluted, which means you can see the Milky Way from here after sunset. Enjoy the perfect photo opportunity.
Despite being out of the way on Phuket’s southwestern coast, Ao Sane is one of the most delightful beaches on the island. Considered one of the best snorkeling beaches in Phuket, it encapsulates the natural beauty of Thailand – the seaside and the jungle at one place. The crystal-clear waters are great for a swim while you can lounge on the beach or explore the jungle right behind you. The atmosphere is calm and tranquil, which makes it perfect for a day excursion.
If you want to explore a beach with the aura of ‘hidden’, then Banana Beach is exactly what you’re looking for. It’s relatively unknown to tourists, which makes it perfect retreat for a quiet afternoon by the sea. The tides can get quite high here, so ensure that you pick your sunbathing spots wisely!
Koh Bon is one of the least developed islands situated off Phuket. It’s a 15-minute speed boat ride from Rawai Beach and despite it’s close proximity to central Phuket, the island is serene and quiet. The main site here is Koh Bon Restaurant, which is a refreshing getaway without any pretensions. Sip on cocktails while you’re on the beach and enjoy some splendid Thai food by the sea. The snorkelling is great here as is the wide variety of wildlife that populates the island.
Patong Beach might not be the first place you imagine a well-kept secret spot in Phuket. Nevertheless, this quiet bar offers one of the most spectacular views of the bay. It’s hard to get to, which explains why it’s not as busy as other bars in Patong. Unwind with a couple of cocktails while you’re surrounded by the rainforest and the quiet sounds of the birds. The ambience is special here since the patrons have decided to preserve it as peaceful, chillout space.
A must-see for those that love small, private islands. Its name translates to Bird Egg Island, and you’ll get here in 30 minutes if you take a speedboat from Phuket. A little more than a strip of beautiful white sand and rocky beaches, the island is a phenomenal snorkeling spot. There’s just enough here to make your stay complete, with restaurants, stalls and lounge chairs to relax on while you’re at the beach
Most island tours will include Promthep Cape, which offers a gorgeous view of the sunset. Sum Nuk Song Temple is close by and offers a superior view without the crowds. Privacy, a stunning vista, and the plenty of photo opportunities of the sunset.
The only way to get to arguably the most beautiful beach in Phuket is by long-tail boat which means that it’ll never be crowded. White sand, dazzling water and stunning hills – it’s exclusive and difficult to access, which means that the trip is well-worth it if you want something totally secluded. Popular activities here include beach volleyball and snorkeling.
If you want to get the very top of Kathu Waterfall, it’s a tough climb but totally worth it. There’s a pool at the top that’s gushing with rainwater and is one of the most serene spots to visit in Phuket. Plan ahead and take a picnic there like the locals do. Whether you enjoy hiking or swimming in nature, Kathu Waterfall should be on the top of your list for special things to do while on the island.
At the north end of Bang Tao Bay is the gorgeous Layan Beach. This beach is still and up-coming, with multi-million baht homes beginning to go under construction. It’s one of the most delightful and beautiful stretches of sand in Phuket, which means that it’s worth a visit as soon as possible – it’s only a matter of time before this gem of Phuket begins to develop.
Take a step outside if you want to experience the true beauty of a wonderful place like Phuket. Make the most of your holiday by visiting these secret spots among nature. If you’d like to know more about these must-see locations in Phuket, get in touch with us at Rental for the Holidays.