Airport beach in Phuket, Thailand

In December 2016 we were visiting good friends living in Phuket. We came by plane and was about to land when we flew over a long beautiful beach. Down on the beach some people were waving and some others were swimming in the sea like nothing -big -is -flying over their head. I wanted so bad to be the one down there waving up to the plane!

How happy wasn’t I when the very same afternoon my friend proposed us to go to Mai khao beach where we could see planes slowly land into the Phuket airport. 


When arrived to the beach my friend pointed out the best spot to have a good glimpse of the planes. If you dare, you can even stand just right under the planes. Just beware of the noises from the engine! Or worse, something falling down?!?

Photo credit: Mai Ronsyn

Photo credit: Mai Ronsyn

If you want to know the arrival time of the next landing airplane you can download the app Flightrada24.

At the Mai khao beach, Phuket. 

It’s rarely fun to wait for something but sitting there by the beach waiting for a plane to land…it was fun!


Update!!! My friend in Phuket told me that since 2017, for the safety and security reason, it is now forbidden to stay around the area where the planes land. Please make sure that it’s allowed if you decide to go there! 


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  1. How wonderful the pics look.You must have had a great time.Stuff falling from planes is scary though !

  2. Never been to Phuket but I’ll take note of “airplane watching” — might be a fun activity for the kids lol. I love your photos btw. Makes me miss the beach more! I haven’t been to the beach for more than a year!

  3. Loved this post a lot about Thailand. I have been around Phuket island many times. Really cool cafes, restaurants, and the seafood is exceptional, which I loved the most. Great place to chill for a few months.

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