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Mai Khao (หาดไม้ขาว Hat Mai Khao) is a beach on the northwestern side of Phuket, Thailand. It’s also known as Airport Beach or Sanambin Beach (the Thai word for “airport”), as it’s very close to the airport. The northern portion is known as Hat Sai Khao (หาดทรายแก้ว), a long sandy beach with groves of Casuarina trees along the shore.
What to Do in Mai Khao
Go around along beach, shopping at turtle village is the main thing, not much place to shop in this area. If you want shopping and entertainment, Mai Khao beach if definately not for you unless you are willing to travel about 1 hour each way. Patong or one of the other beaches south of the airport is more suitable for such activities. Being in the north and most undeveloped part of the island Mai Khao is a great place to stay if you like nature and long walks on the beach or just relaxing. The sea here is not safe for swimming in low season between May-November. The best time for calm seas is around January. This is also one of the the busiest months and it’s a good idea to book well in advance.
All the resorts have their own restaurants on site but tend to be a bit pricey. Some great ice cream at Svensons in Turtle Village and a small overpriced supermarket where you can buy all your favorite foods from home. Bill Bentley’s used to serve good bar food although very expensive and quality has suffered recently. Local restaurants are the best for value and taste and should not be avoided. Some of the best are right on the beach just before Sarasin bridge. Here you can eat authentic local food by the sea in a bamboo sala which is all freshly cooked unlike some of the hotels further south. Not a microwave oven in sight, just good authentic home cooking with generally good service even though English language can be limited. There are several other places too numerous to mention but check blogs online or just ask the locals who are not affiliated with the resorts. If you are a bit more adventurous the world is really your lobster! Many villagers will put a few tables outside their house and sell various local food which is cheap and very tasty. Around Mai Khao village there are also local markets open in the afternoons every day of the week where you can buy fresh produce for cooking in your apartment or barbecued snacks to eat on the spot and hoards of fresh fruit of every variety. If your taste requires fast foods such as KFC or McDonalds stay further south. Luckily Mai Khao has not been infected by the junk food giants up to now.
There are no bars as such in Mai Khao but any restaurant serves a good range of drinks although most are expensive. Most local shops provide tables in their forecourt where you can relax with a cold beer and chat with the locals.