Mai Khao Beach Attractions
What to See in Mai Khao Beach
Going to Mai Khao Beach is the ultimate in getting away from it all. There are times when you’ll be absolutely alone on this, Phuket’s longest beach. If you’re into the sun, sand and sea in a solitary way then this is the very place for you.
A good 30-minute drive from Patong, the only man-made attractions here are a few five-star resorts, Turtle Village Shopping ‘Mall’ and Wat Mai Khao.
All Attractions in Mai Khao Beach
The park comprises both Nai Yang and Mai Khao beaches and covers over 10 miles of beautiful white sandy beach on the north end of the island. Most planes fly over the park when landing at Phuket’s International Airport. The shore drops steeply into deeper levels, creating unpredictable and potentially hazardous water currents during the monsoon season. This is just fine with the Giant Ridley Sea Turtle who can weigh up to 850 kg (1874lb) and who tend to be shy creatures and prefer the beach to themselves. Between November and February each year these lumbering giants clamber onto the sandy shore at night to lay their eggs.
Unfortunately the number of sea-turtles who make their yearly appearance continues to decline. This has led to efforts locally to increase the turtle population, with education programs for villagers and the release into the wild of turtles spawned in captivity. The turtles usually lay the eggs very late at night and you are allowed to witness this wonder of nature, but try not to disturb the turtles laboring at their task. Authorities maintain strict surveillance on the turtle eggs and move many of them to special hatchery fields. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: Next to Nai Yang Beach
Splash Jungle Water Park
Unmatched in southern Thailand, Splash Jungle Waterpark at Mai Kao Beach offers a great day out on exciting water slides, rides and more all in one themed water park.
If you’re looking for a place to take the kids for an exciting and invigorating day out, Splash Jungle is the perfect destination.
- Location: 65 Moo 4, T. Mai Khao Phuket 83110
- Tel: +66 (0)76 372 111
This uniquely designed Sino-Colonial ‘village’ over 3,000sqm of retail space on two floors features gifts, Thai souvenirs, clothing selections and outlets such as Jim Thompson along with a Bill Bentley Pub & Restaurant.
- Opening Hours: Daily from10:00 – 21:00
- Location: Just a short walk from Anantara Resort and JW Marriott Phuket
Wat Mai Khao
Lung Poh Dang, the abbot of Wat Mai Khao, is known as being a strict monk who pays attention to meditation, not materialism. To this end visitors will not see that many fancy buildings in Wat Mai Khao besides the beautiful main chapel, the simply-built karepriiy hall and monks’ dormitory. Still, in spite (or maybe because) of its austerity, it’s a well-loved place.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: Mai Khao Village