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Thursday, 25 March 2010 13:08
of the Island
no Hotels (yet), and Very, Very Quiet
Mai Khao Beach is proof that those who REALLY want
to get away from it all can do so on Phuket - yet few really do
All of Phuket s most famous beaches are found in the middle and south end of
the island. So what of the northern end beyond the airport? Nothing. Simply
nothing - yet. The beach here, Mai Khao, is very, very long, and very straight.
So it misses the cozy feeling enjoyed by some beaches nestled into bays backed
by mountains, but the sand and water here are much the same, and there are NO
people on many kilometres of sand, even in the high season when the beach
umbrellas are five deep on Patong.
people say how much they ‘want to get away from it all’ or ‘want find a beach
for ourselves’, but Mai Khao is proof that almost no-one will take a one hour
drive to find it. It is also the proof of the equation that Phuket has
something for everyone, from crowded beach to completely empty beach. But
finding the right balance between isolation, activity, access to entertainment
etc. to match your personal expectations is not easy in Phuket, for the
extremes are poles apart. If you hunt through this web site you will find a lot
of information that can help make that decision work better for you.
It’s easy to get to Mai Khao. Just drive north past the airport towards the
Sarasin bridge with leads off the island – simply put, follow the main high
north. A few kilometres before the bridge the main road runs right besode the
beach for a while, and there are many small shack-restaurants here that always
have cold drinks. On weekends many Thai families turn up here to spend lazy
afternoons eating and drinking. Both north and south of here an almost endless
strip of sand stretches forth. Several small tracks allow cars to find the
beach in other quiet spots.
And further: should this not be lonely enough, many more kilometres of isolated
beach stretch north from the other side of the bridge. Again, take any small
track from the highway towards the beach, and there it is again: many
kilometres of sand, no people.
But the ‘no people’ isolation of Mai Khao will not last for long. The
international Marriot group of hotels, in conjunction with Bill
Heinecke’s Bangkok-based Minor Group, is currently building a new resort there,
due to open at the end of 2001. Considering Bilil Heinecke’s record with past
hotels in Hua Hin and Bangkok,
we can expect a beautifully designed, tasteful low rise resort with plenty of