Accommodation on the Quiet, North End of the Island
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 17:27
Mai Thon & Mai Thon Noi beaches
From Bang Tao Beach, a winding road snakes north over the hills, roughly
following the coast. The first beach it reaches is Nai Thon Noi, a short but
beautiful beach backed by steep hills. The road is cut into the mountain side
behind it. A boutique resort, the Andaman White Beach Resort, opened on
this beach in November 2001, occupying all of the land between the road and the
beach. This promises to be a fine, isolated little resort.
A couple of kilometres further north, the road descends from the hills into a
valley, trimmed on the seaward side by Mai Thon beach. There has been a village
in this picturesque valley for generations, surrounded by rice fields and
orchards. The road runs right along the beach here, with a number of small
bungalows for rent on the back side of this. It is still very quiet here, with
just a couple of restaurants open in the high season. Beach umbrellas have only
recently appeared here in the high season.
Just south of the airport and just five minutes drive away, NaiYangBeach is another relatively quiet beach
with only two hotels. Here we find the Crown Nai Yang Suite Hotel and
the PearlVillage. Both are set
back from the beach, separated from the sand by a park-like forest of casaurina
trees. There are many small beach-side restaurants here and women offering
massage services under the trees.
Mai Khao Beach in the far north
This is the northern-most beach in Phuket, the longest beach on the island, and
certainly the quietest of all. The first hotel here, the Marriott, only opened
in January 2002, and enjoys kilometre after kilometre of empty beach. While the
sand is not as fine and white as that on the famous beaches further south, this
is still an ideal escape for those looking for a quiet beach holiday. Some
visitors staying on more crowded beaches on the south end of the island drive
up here for a tranquil day. At the very top of the island, the main highway
north runs alongside the beach, and here many small local restaurants offer
sea-view dining. Sunset is particularly beautiful here.