Arguably one of the best beaches in Thailand – let alone Phuket – is Freedom Beach. Surprisingly, it’s just a short drive from Patong Beach, a seedy stretch of sand chock full of men and women with liquor in tow. Yet Freedom Beach is one of the most stunning stretches of secluded sand you’re likely to come across. After paying a small entrance fee, you must take on the sloping staircase, cross shrubbery, and step over a rock or two. Upon arrival, and with no large waves in sight, you can swim out as far as you please and enjoy looking at the incredible jungle back on shore.