Naturist Beach In Phuket

Naturist Beach

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“What web site on beaches would be complete without some mention of a naturist beach in Phuket? Nude beaches are appearing all over the world and pressure is on to have naturism recognized in Phuket”.

What is naturism?

Also called nudism, it’s the practice of going nude in a communal (non sexual) setting.

It’s more than a practice, it’s a complete movement of wholesomeness and stability of mind and body with complete contact with natural elements like sun and water, as nature intended.

Nudists believe that the human body is nothing to be ashamed of, being something that we all possess and ought to cherish. Consequently, nudists participate in various social activities in the nude such as sunbathing and sports.

Naturists in Thailand?

Everyone knows Thailand is famous for it’s sex industry, but what most people don’t know is that the general population of Thailand is quite modest and conservative.

As a result, nude beaches in Thailand are technically illegal and as a result I’ve had a lot of trouble trying to find a selection of good places to recommend to you.

Having said that, there are a few places where you can get away with nude bathing. I guess it’s more to do with not offending the locals rather than breaking the law.

There are a couple of reasons why the locals may not be offended.

One is that it’s so common in certain areas that the locals have become used to it. This is usually in places where there are a lot of western tourists such as Europeans, Americans and Australians, who are quite comfortable wearing very little on the beach.

The other reason why locals won’t be offended is because there are no locals around to be offended! In other words the beach is pretty isolated and the locals rarely go there. These places are definitely not “designated” naturism beaches but you’re unlikely to be spotted there.

An example of one of these isolated beaches in Phuket is Mai Khao Beach. Here’s a posting I found on a blog about a naturist beach in Phuket, written by a French tourist…

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“I have been to Thailand many times and several times to Phuket for vacation. As I cannot stand a bathing suit to stay on a beach, I have been looking for deserted beaches where naturism could be possible. So, I know where one (beach) where this is possible. You just need ground transportation to get there, no boat. During the week, there are very few Thai people there, you might see some, but they don’t care about you if you don’t wear a bathing suit. Just beware of thieves… there is a village in the vicinity… two times, the mirrors on my motorbike disappeared.

I would like this beach to stay clean and quiet, so I hesitate to say where it is. But, in another way, it would be good that this island (Phuket) gets started with naturism, and when you are the only nude on the beach, you don’t feel so good regarding local people. So this beach (on Phuket) is Mai Kao Beach and is located at the north west top of the island. We could make this place a peaceful paradise for nudist. I have not been there for a couple of years so the place may have changed since my last visit”.

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If you want to venture out of Phuket, I’ve found out that Koh Phangan is one of those beaches that fits the category where the locals are used to tourists wearing very little at the beach so they’re not readily offended.

Koh Phangan is an island in the Gulf of Thailand about 12 miles north of Koh Samui. Every month they have a full moon festival which is the main reason why up to ten thousand visitors arrive each month.

On Koh Phangan is a beach called Leela Beach which has around 70 bungalows on 15 acres of land. It’s very private and isolated enough for nude bathing… at least isolated enough that the locals don’t know or care.

I’m on the lookout for other beaches that are suitable for nude swimming so if you happen to know of any yourself… please contact me

I’ll put the details up on the web site for anyone interested in naturism. Remember though… nude bathing is illegal in Thailand. If you go ahead anyway, just make sure you don’t offend the locals.

And lastly… if you happen to be visiting a naturist beach for the first time, take a moment to review the naturism glossary of terms and ettiquette

For the top 10 best nude beaches click here

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Bruce Kendall October 27, 2011 at 6:09 am

There is an organization devoted to building naturism in Thailand and even two naturist resorts. http://www.Thailandnaturist.com is growing and has regular meeting at resorts and remote beaches.

SAN MICHAL July 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

THERE ARE PLENTY OF BEACHES IN THAILAND WHERE ONE CAN SWIM NUDE. ANY ISOLATED BEACH IS GOOD FOR BEING NUDE. KOH PHAGAN IS THE PLACE WHERE LOCALS ARE NOT BOTHERED WHAT YOU WEAR. IN FACT WE HAVE STAYED NUDE FOR A WEEK AT ONE OF THE RESORTS. THAT IS THE PLACE WHERE YOU CAN WEAR ANYTHING OR NOTHING AT THE MAIN HAAD RIN BEACH.

newnaturists August 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

thanks for providing us this type of important information and this information helps us a lot. I will visit this site again……

Bruce Kendall December 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

We are the governing organization of and in Thailand. We have been building naturism in Thailand for over 5 years and so far we have been hugely successful. We have come from a backyard meeting of friends to an organization with 6 association member resorts, over 1170* members, and recognition in naturist world as the source of naturist information for Thailand.
*as of 1 Dec 2012

If you want ALL the information about naturism in Thailand you can join as a free member. There are at present count 6 venues of true naturism and know beaches where we know it is safe.

We also have an the 2nd International Naturist Conference happening in June. And we have many upcoming naturist events, usually more than 2 per month.

wwww.ThailandNaturist.com

Bruce Kendall October 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Thailand has a large and growing naturist organization “Naturist Association of Thailand” and they have had it for over 5 years.

mango November 7, 2015 at 7:48 pm

The information about Leela Beach at Phangan is very old! Now many tourist there.

If you want to be naked:
1. Phangan: Drive to Booms Cafe Bungalows in Ban Khai and walk on the beach 200m left it is quiet and nice.

2. Phangan: Drive to Mae HaadBeach , walk left until the end. Walk 50m over the land and then you will see a nice quiet beach without anything.

3. Samui: Thong Son Bay (Koh Samui north-east), follow the signs to Melati Beach Resort. In front of the gate of Melati turn right and follow the small road until the end at the beach, park at Thong Son Bay Bungalow (http://www.thongsonbay.com) and walk at thr rocks right to the next beach which is very quiet 9.587078, 100.077543

4. Samui: Maenam (Koh Samui north), between By Beach Resort and Boom Bungalows. Take the Road to Mimosa Resort, the road end at Boom Bungalows. Walk left about 100m and you will see a stone wall at a lonely beach. GPS 9.581471, 99.964633

5. Phuket: 2more quiet beach are near Paradiese Beach. Paradiese Beach can reach by motorbike from Patong. On the beach walk right and after a view minutes youwill see 2 small sandy beach.

6. Pattaya: Take the ferry boat to Koh Larn for 30 baht oneway. Then take a samlor for ~30 baht to Samae Beach. When you arrived at Samae beach walk left and go the boardwalk until the end, then in 3min over the small mountain and you see the 50m beach.

Patty July 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm

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