Mai Khao beach - the northernmost and longest beach in Phuket. The coastline stretches for over 11 km in length - the beach ends at the Sarasin Bridge. This bridge connects the island of Phuket and the mainland of Thailand. Locals divide Mai Khao into two beaches - Mai Khao and Sai Keo (part of the coast just before the bridge). However, if searching up on the maps - the entire beach is actually united by one name. It is partially located in the Sirinath National Park.
Mai Khao is popular with tourists primarily for its proximity to the airport. You've probably seen fascinating photographs of planes landing directly over the sea and over people's heads. Mai Khao is the beach they were taken at! The runway begins at the coastline, therefore, under certain weather conditions, the aircraft will land from the sea and will fly over Mai Khao. Not everyone succeeds in taking a photo with an airplane flying over their head the first time - for many, such proximity to the airplane turns out to be unexpectedly loud and frightening. As a piece of advice - bring a pareo or a T-shirt with you so you can shelter yourself from the sandstorm, usually raised by the engines of aircraft landing.
Famous Phuket water park - Splash Jungle can be found in this area. Water slides, wave simulation pools, waterfalls, and other water activities - you can spend a whole day with your family here. You can actually stay at the hotel of the same name for a few days. The hotel is located on the first coast line, making it easier to combine beach and outdoor activities.
On Mai Khao beach itself, you won’t find any tourist infrastructure, such as sun loungers and umbrellas. Hotels are located along the coast at a fairly large distance from each other. Thanks to the length of the coastline, rest in any part of Mai Khao will be secluded and calm.
The water temperature is usually slightly lower than at other beaches, as it is one of the deepest beaches on the island.
Even during high season, Mai Khao beach will have waves. This is due to its topography - there is no smooth entrance into the water. The water becomes deep, after just a couple of meters, making it very uncomfortable for children.
In the period from November to March, the sea is relatively calm. Thanks to its depth, the water color is brightly saturated blue.
During the rainy season, from April to October, the waves are stronger. Surfers and kite surfers love to come here for training and for lengthy rides. The entire coastline, except for the airport section, drowns in dense tropical vegetation.
Who it will suit
Mai Khao is growing more and more in popularity every year. New condominiums and villa complexes are under construction. The infrastructure is also expanding - new restaurants, spa centers, shops, and shopping centers are opening up. There are almost no hotels in this part of Phuket that are sold as part of packaged tours.
Otherwise, everything you may need for a comfortable stay and life can be found here. A beautiful calm sea, clean golden sand, hotels, apartments, villas, recreation, and shopping areas - all of this is already operating and can be found in the Mai Khao area. There are no bars or night clubs here yet, so this area is usually preferred by an older generation.
If you are planning a vacation with a child, the distance from the beach to any kind of fun entertainment may cause some inconvenience.
How to get here
Mai Khao is a lengthy beach, so the distance from the airport greatly depends on the hotel or residential complex that you are going to. Phuket airport is located closer to the southern part of the beach.
You can get to Phuket Town or to one of the more popular beaches by public transport, accessible from the airport.
The most convenient way to get around the island is by getting a taxi or renting a car. The trip from Mai Khao to the south of the island will take approximately 1-1.5 hours, taking into account heavy traffic.
In the last 3-4 years, the northern region of Phuket has been actively developing and bringing new projects to life. New residential apartment complexes are being built, and the authorities are constantly developing the infrastructure of this area. Of course, there are already finished residences in the area with units being offered for both short and long-term rent.
There are currently several projects under construction right by the beach. You can already purchase one of their apartments or penthouses for personal use or as an investment.
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