Sai Kaew Beach is the beach furthest north on Phuket Island’s west coast and the translation from Thai is “glass sand.” From Hat Pak Phra Beach at the Sarasin Bridge connecting Phang Nga and Phuket provinces, Sai Kaew goes to the south, stopping at Mai Khao Beach. Looking west, the view is endless sea. Looking north, you can see a large unnamed sandy beach on Phang Nga’s southern coast just 400 meters (437 yd.) away.
The beach borders a deep-water channel where large boats with really low draft can cross. The water is typically clear and calm during low-season months.
Sai Kaew Beach Clubs
There is no beach club at Sai Kaew Beach
Sai Kaew Beach Restaurants / Bars
Sai Kaew has just one place to eat on the map, Sai Kaew Beach Restaurant which at the moment only has two reviews, one positive and one negative, so we won’t recommend it at this time. There are portable food stands along Thepkrasattri Road which you can sample and see what is tasty.
Sai Kaew Beach Accommodations
Sai Kaew has no places to stay on or off the beach. If you’re interested in staying a short-distance away, you can have a look at our entry for Mai Khao Beach, the next beach south. They have plenty of places to stay and eat.
Sai Kaew Beach Facts
- Location in Phuket: Top of the island on the west side.
- GPS Data: 8° 11’ 59” N, 98° 17’ 08” E
- Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 45 / 42 / 17
- Taxis available: No
- Surrounding Beaches: Haad Pak Phra is just east.
- Direction Facing: West and north
- Beach Length: 1.8 kilometers (1.1 mi.)
- Beach Width: 20 meters (22 yd.) on average with some sections around 70 meters (77 yd.).
- Estimated Beach Area: 36’000 square meter (43,056 square yd.)
- Beach Quality: Soft, deep and white sand, and plenty of it.
- Ocean Bottom: The water is free from rocks and coral for the most part, and is a good area to swim and wade in.
- Restroom / showers facilities? None here.
- Beach features: Sai Kaew Beach slopes gently toward the open Andaman Sea, providing a nice place for kids to play, or for fitness walkers to enjoy.
- Lifeguard Available? No
- Sunbeds Available? No
- Umbrellas? No
- Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no entrance fees.
- Water quality: Very Good
- Boat anchorage possible? No
- Boat dock and marina? Pier
- Longtail boat rental possible? No
- Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
- Sea inflow:: No
- Slope into sea until 1m deep: 4-5m
- Convenience shop available? No
- Attractions: The Sarisin Bridge can be seen from the northern tip of Sai Kaew, and some people enjoy walking on the boardwalk over the ocean channel. There is good fishing from the bridge and around it.
- Activities: Swimming, wading, fishing. You could also bring your own kayak or paddleboard and launch it here on flat days.
- FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
- Massage available? No
- Picnic possible? Yes
- Surfing? We’ve not seen anyone talk about the surfing here, probably the water is too deep, and the waves don’t break so well. If you see someone surfing here – do let us know!
- Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
- Warnings: Strong currents can build with large waves here and at all west-facing beaches.
- Waste runoff into the sea? No
More about Sai Kaew Beach
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