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17 miles from Patong Bay

MAI KHAO BEACH. 8°11.148N, 98°17.189E

Look for anchorage 100 metres offshore about one mile or more south of the bar marking the entrance to the channel between Phuket and the mainland. The sand bars around the channel entrance are constantly shifting, and entry is not recommended in a keeled vessel. It should not be attempted without local knowledge even in a shoal-draft boat.

Although anchorage is possible anywhere along this beach, do not anchor within half a mile of the airport runway, which is clearly visible from seaward.

The beach is steep, and the sand coarser than that on other west coast beaches. The road runs close to the beach in the north; near the restaurants local buses can be hailed heading to the bridge or main highway.

As part of the government drive to ‘beautify’ Phuket’s beaches, this beach has lost almost all the ‘coconut’ seafood restaurants which used to nestle under the casuarina trees at the back of the beach. Once a favourite with locals for lunch it’s now almost deserted.

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Mai Khao beach looking towards Phuket airport
Mai Khao beach looking towards Phuket airport | Photo by Bill O’Leary
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