On many beaches in Thailand, you will find that the sand is a bit rough and yellowish instead of white. However, there are exceptions, and one of them is Freedom Beach. I do not recall seeing more fine-grained and whiter sand in Phuket than the sand at Freedom Beach.
Freedom Beach is sheltered from the outside world by a ridge that rises right behind the beach. There are two paths down to the beach; however, I will strongly recommend a third way: the sea.
The paths down to the beach are very steep and very long. It is not easy getting down to the beach and certainly not easy when you have to go back up. I will recommend renting a long tail boat from a nearby beach such as Patong Beach or Karon Beach. If you travel alone, you may be able to find other people to share a long tail boat. Below, you will find GPS coordinates and descriptions if you insist on using one of the paths.
Freedom Beach is just over 200 meters long; in addition, there is a hidden beach behind the cliffs at the north end of the beach. At the northern and the middle part of the beach, you will find long tail boats beached; at the southern part of the beach, there is a dedicated swimming area.
At the southern part of the beach, you will also find a restaurant offering you food and cool beverages. Under the shade of trees behind the beach, you can rent sun loungers from where you can enjoy the view of the beach and the sea.
Paths to the Beach
Once again, let me warn you against the paths and recommend arriving by boat. The paths are steep, and it is not an easy climb when you have to get back up. If you insist on arriving by land, you can choose between two paths.
Previously, you had to pay to use the two paths to the beach. The police stopped that in November 2018 because they believe the land is public land and not privately owned land. At the same time, access to the paths was blocked. However, access is once again possible and no money is charged, most recently checked in January 2020. The police have put up a sign that trespassing is prohibited; however, that does not prevent lively traffic to and from the beach.
The southern path: Turn away from Sirirat Road between Patong and Karon at GPS: 7.873572, 98.287928. If you come from Patong, turn right, if you come from Karon, turn left. Follow the road to GPS: 7.873822, 98.278566 where you will find the entrance to the path.
I have only tried the southern path down to the beach, but I believe the northern path is a little easier to use as there are some stairs here, making the climb a little easier.
Above, I give directions from two different roads to the paths down to Freedom Beach. Nonetheless, it is possible to get to both paths from both roads, as a small dust road connects them. However, the dust road is more like a rocky trail; it is not suitable for a scooter and certainly not for a car.
Beaches in Phuket
Read more about the beaches in the main article Beaches in Phuket.
I have not yet written about all of the beaches; thus, there are a few inactive links on the list. Please be patient, I will get to them. The list is in geographical order, starting at the north side of Phuket, then down the west side and finally up the east side.
- Sai Khaew Beach
- Mai Khao Beach
- Nai Yang Beach
- Nai Thon Beach
- Nai Thorn Beach
- Banana Beach
- Trisara Beach
- Layan Bay
- Layan Beach
- Bang Tao Beach
- Pansea Beach
- Surin Beach
- Laem Sing Beach
- Kamala Beach
- Rayee Beach
- Hua Beach
- Pon Beach
- Nakalay Beach
- Kalim Beach
- Patong Beach
- Tri Trang Beach