Banana Beach


Though not quite the secret it once was, this silky little tucked-away beach, 2km south of Hat Nai Thon, makes a refreshingly rustic Phuket escape. From a tiny parking space on the west side of the winding coastal Rte 4018, you clamber down through a jungle of coconut palms to beautifully quiet sands sprinkled with boulders and a single restaurant.

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1. Hat Nai Thon

1.03 MILES

A lovely protected strip of fine, golden west-coast sand fringed by jungle, 7km south of the airport and blissfully removed from Phuket's busy buzz. The…

2. Hat Layan


Within the southern boundaries of Sirinat National Park, Hat Layan's beautiful white-gold sands make up the northernmost tip of Hat Bang Thao. Pines…

3. Hat Nai Yang

3.45 MILES

The liveliest and most developed of Phuket's three relaxed northern national park beaches, this sandy blonde casuarina-shaded bay, 3km south of the…

4. Hat Bang Thao

3.53 MILES

Beautiful 8km-long Hat Bang Thao is one of the longest, dreamiest beaches on Phuket. This slice of pearlescent sand is just asking for you to laze around…

5. Sirinat National Park

4.02 MILES

Comprising the exceptional northwestern beaches of Nai Thon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao, as well as the former Nai Yang National Park and Mai Khao Wildlife…

6. Hat Pansea

4.15 MILES

Just north of Hat Surin, this exquisite little secluded strip of white-gold sand fringed by green-clad headlands is home to two exclusive resorts. The…

7. Wat Phra Thong

4.22 MILES

About 7km north of the Heroines Monument, Phuket’s tranquil, 250-year-old ‘Temple of the Golden Buddha’ revolves around a half-buried statue, with only…

8. Masjid Mukaram Bang Thao

4.41 MILES

This busy mosque provides a good insight into Phuket village life and makes an interesting change of scene from the beach. Its cream-coloured facade and…