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Ao Bang Tao to Sarasin Bridge

One mile offshore the northern tip of Bang Tao is Koh Waeo and a collection of rocks, which offer the best snorkelling on this part of the coast.

On the headland are the Anantara and Trisara boutique resorts within private villa resorts. At Trisara there is a floating jetty in the high season for visitors and an upmarket restaurant for that special occasion.

Ao Bang Tao to Sarasin Bridge

From Bang Tao to Nai Yang Beach, there are three idyllic white sand beaches nestled between the rocky headlands. Seldom visited by large numbers of tourists, these hideaways are a quiet and a welcome change from the busier west coast beaches.

North of Laem Sai and Nai Yang Beach, Mai Khao, a 7-mile long beach now beginning to be developed, stretches longer than any other on Phuket?s west coast. A National Park borders the ocean along some of this beach.

There are several resorts hidden behind trees along this beach, the Marriot four miles north of the airport and at the southern end Centara West Sands is just north of the runway. Phuket International Airport?s new terminal can be seen, just under a mile south of this resort. Transport can be arranged from either hotel to the airport or to town.

North of the airport the straight beach continues for two miles to the channel entrance between Phuket and the mainland.

The entrance to the channel between Phuket and the mainland – Photo by Image courtesy of Lee Marine International Marine Brokerage. Photographer: Jim Poulsen

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