Written by Administrator
Friday, 26 March 2010 09:16
Here is Where all of the Famous Beaches are Lined
The Road Winds Up and Over
Numerous Headlands, Affording Spectacular Views
All of Phuket’s famous beaches are strung down the west coast of the island,
for it is this side of the island that faces the AndamanSea.
It is the winds of the Southwest Monsoon, and the waves they send crashing onto
the west coast, that has formed such spectacular coves and beaches. Taking a
driving tour of this coastline can be one of the highlights of a visit to
We strongly recommend renting one’s own vehicle, be it a car or motorcycle, to
spend a day driving, viewing and stopping along this coastline. The road is
generally good, though of course it sometimes winds sharply and steeply over
the headlands. It passes all of the major beaches along the way, though
sometimes a turn down a side road is needed to get right to the sands.
One can stop to swim at virtually any of the beaches, and naturally, food can
be found all along the way from vendors, small stalls and fancy restaurants
offering great sea views.
the road is set well back from the beach, and finding the way further north can
be a little confusing. But hunting for the road is worthwhile, for the remote
section from here to Nai Thon is exceptionally attractive. If travelling south
from the airport it is relatively easy. Always turn right to cling to the
If travelling North, one passes Surin beach where the road turns inland, passes
the island’s largest mosque and reaches the small town of Cherng Talay. Look for the signs leading to
the Laguna Phuket complex. After reaching the huge billboard that announces the
five hotels of Laguna, the road veers left and passes through a small centre of
restaurants and bars. After this it swings left and there is a smaller road off
to the right. Follow this. It runs right through the middle of the Banyan Tree
Golf Course before meeting another road. Join this, heading left towards the
sea. It soon heads up over the mountain.
Most of the rest of the route is self evident, and relatively easy to follow.
Remember, under Thai law every beach in the country is public property, and
every beach must, by law, have land access for the public. So there is no such
thing as a private beach in Thailand,
and no-one can block you from accessing the beach. In a few cases in Phuket
that public entry is elusive, but it is there in every case.