Mai Khao Beach

Phuket Beaches - North


With 9km (5 1/2 miles) of snowy white sand this is Phuket's longest beach. Its crystalline sands are devoid of litter and it is one of the island's two beaches that remain in a pristine state. The adjoining mangrove area is now preserved as the new Sirinat National Park and includes a visitors' centre. Dine at one of the small thatched restaurants on the northern end. They serve excellent seafood at very low prices. Construction has been banned here, so there are no accommodations available. It is the only beach in the area filled with wide Cicadas and they are found profusely near the airport. The sea Cicadas are a kind of insect blending harmoniously with the colour of the sand. Villagers catch them to eat.

In the mountainous north of Phuket island is the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-hunting Area, protecting more than 20km of rainforest. The three highest peaks of this reserve are the Khao Prathiu (384 metres (1,260ft)), Khao Bang Pae 388 metres (1,273ft) and Khao Phara 422 metres (1,385ft).