Does the idea of strolling along 11km of deserted beach sound appealing? That’s precisely what you can find at Phuket’s longest stretch of sand – Mai Khao Beach. Although it started to find fame in the early 1990s, this part of the island is yet to be overrun with restaurants, vendors and shops. It’s still a relatively unknown and unspoiled stretch of paradise. It certainly makes an excellent choice for your next island getaway. Still not convinced? Let us share a few more great reasons to choose one of the many beautiful hotels near Mai Khao Beach in Phuket as your home-away-from-home.

One of the most appealing things about Mai Khao Beach is that it is situated right beside stunning Sirinath National Park. The park is popular with locals for picnicking and frolicking in the water. It’s located right where Nai Yang Beach ends.

Also not far away is the famous Splash Jungle Waterpark. Decent in size and full of attractions for kids young and old, hours can be spent here splashing in the pools, riding the slides and floating around in doughnut tubes.

For something cultural, head to lesser-known Mai Khao Temple. Beyond the usual halls, gardens and dormitories, you’ll find here a small bird sanctuary tucked away in the back. There is also a lovely lake with egrets to admire.

As the southern part of Mai Khao Beach is located right beside the island’s main airport, this is also a popular spot for airplane spotting. It’s quite something to stand on the shore and have gigantic planes fly over your head as they come in to land.

And lastly, one of the most popular and lovely things to do in the area is to visit the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, located within the grounds of the JW Marriott Resort. This non-profit was started to protect the area’s endangered nesting turtles and promote conservation in the area. Fun educational tours are available.

As you can see, there are many good reasons to select one of the many hotels near Mai Khao Beach in Phuket as your next vacation spot.