views of the entire Freedom Beach shoreline showing several tourist on the beach, beautiful turquoise waters and dense green forest surrounding the sand in Phuket, Thailand

Freedom Beach in Phuket: Everything to Know

If there’s one beach you must visit in Phuket, it’s Freedom Beach. It’s one of Thailand’s most captivating and mesmerizing beaches.

In some ways, it reminds me slightly of Maya Bay Beach in the Phi Phi Islands.

Freedom Beach is just gorgeous. The white sand is incredibly soft here, and the water is shades of clear turquoise blue. Situated on the ends of the beach are beautiful large rocks.

What makes this beach so unique is not only its beauty but its secluded, remote location. The beach is only accessible by foot or longtail water taxi.

the main beach area at Freedom Beach with several tourists and large rocks separating the main part of Freedom Beach and the hidden beach area

On the one side is a small hidden beach area separated from the main beach by large rocks.

The small hidden beach area has a small natural spring water stream. Dipping your feet into it after coming out of the sea is refreshing.

To reach this small hidden beach area, you can either hike through the forest, swim from the main beach, or go over the rocks, but be careful!

I will tell you everything you need to know in this in-depth Freedom Beach guide. The different ways to get here, any crucial general information you should know, things to do here, and the closest hotels to Freedom Beach!

How to Get to Freedom Beach in Phuket

You’re in Phuket already and looking to make your way here. Okay, let us discuss the different ways you can get here!

There are two different ways to get here: by sea or land. By sea, you will have to take a longtail boat.

If you choose to go by land, you must get to one of the two main paths by land and then hike downwards for 15 to 20 minutes. Take a taxi to one of the two main paths mentioned below.

The easiest way to get to Freedom Beach is by sea on a longtail boat taxi. Longtail boats frequently operate during high season, from December to May, and depart from Kata, Karon, Kamala, and Patong.

In Patong, near the big bridge by Amari Phuket, you will find the most frequent longtail boats going back and forth between Freedom Beach.

TIP: The price is usually 1500 – 2000 baht per boat ride. But you may be presented higher, so be prepared to negotiate down to a reasonable price!

main entrance area for Freedom Beach in Phuket, Thailand
Main Enterace by land – Steps away from Lek Sand Bar

The second way to get here is by land. As mentioned earlier, you must hike a bit to get there!

You can take two different paths to get here: the first is just a bit past Lek Sand Bar, and the second is here, and then you take a right into the path. The first path is much easier to hike down than the second one.

The first path by Lek Sand Bar has parking for scooters, so if you’ve rented a scooter, drive here since there’s parking for your scooter. Alternatively, you can also take a Grab or Taxi to get here.

The best way to get to Phuket’s different beaches is by taking the Phuket Smart Bus. In another guide for the best beaches in Phuket, I’ve covered how to take the bus in detail. If you’d like more information on the bus, take a look!

Use the Google Map image posted below alongside Google Maps on your phone to pinpoint either spot!

google map showing two different path ways to get to Freedom Beach in Phuket, Thailand
Freedom Beach Phuket Map – Credit: GoogleMaps

General Info – Freedom Beach

Freedom Beach is quite secluded, and that’s part of what makes it so unique and beautiful. But with being secluded comes a few inconveniences.

There are no washrooms or showers available here, and no 711s nearby for you to stop in to buy a cold drink or anything else.

On the beach, there are a few vendors you can rent beach mats and umbrellas for the day.

Several vendors sell cold drinks, including water, juice, beers, chips, nuts, and fresh coconuts. Food-wise, these vendors have Pad Thai, Pad kra pao, fresh fish grilled on an open charcoal BBQ, and a few other dishes!

There is a single restaurant on the beach, Barefoot Bistro & Bar, but when I was visiting, it was temporarily closed but seems to have reopened. It’s located on the left end of the Freedom Beach.

a few large rocks on a white sandy beach with stunning clear blue waters and long tail boats in the distance at Freedom Beach in Phuket

Is Freedom Beach Free?

No, it’s not free to come here. Alternatively, I don’t believe you must pay an entry fee if you arrive by long tail boat. – I’ve always come by land.

Freedom Beach Entry Fee:

The cost to get in is 200 baht per person. The gentlemen at the front told me this was an environmental fee to support the beach cleaning.

Is Freedom Beach Family Friendly?

Not by any means, no, it’s not a family-friendly beach. If not visited by a long-tail boat, the two hike paths to get here aren’t safe for children.

And there aren’t any washrooms here or lifeguards. You’d be better off going to Kata Beach or Karon Beach

Things To Do at Freedom Beach

You’re visiting a secluded beach that is challenging to get to, so I’d imagine you’re coming to Freedom Beach to see its beauty in person, not for the several activities here.

That said, there are a few things to do here that you should consider doing when visiting!

Visit Both Sides of Freedom Beach

several large rocks and Palm trees on the end of the Hidden Beach area at Freedom Beach in Phuket

As I mentioned earlier, there are two sides to the beach here. One is the main area, and the other is a small hidden area, and large rocks separate both beach areas.

Supposably, you come by long-tail boat, or when you hike downwards, you go through the path to the main beach. Make sure to check out the other hidden beach area at some point throughout the day!

Those who hike from the second path I mentioned will likely arrive at the hidden beach area rather than the main beach area. So you won’t miss it!

Lunch On the Beach

You’ve gone into the water for a bit and are hungry. Walk over to the food vendors, grab yourself a fresh coconut, maybe a Chang beer, and a few different foods!

BBQ fish, seafood pad Thai, chicken skewers, or something else. You will have to sit on your towel or a few logs some vendors have set up for you to sit on if there’s space!

Hike for Scenic Picture Views

a crowded beach full of tourists surrounded by dense forests named Freedom Beach in Phuket, Thailand
Freedom Beach Thailand

You will spot a stairway when you’re at the hidden beach area. Head up that stairway for quite a few steps and soon find yourself with this beautiful scenic view of Freedom Beach.

For those coming from the second pathway I’ve described earlier in this article, you will pass this scenic beach view before you get to Freedom Beach.

If you choose to come from that direction, as you get close, remember to slow down before going down the stairs so you can capture a few photos of this beautiful view!

Closest Hotels to Freedom Beach

The closest area to Freedom Beach is Patong, which is also the most popular area in Phuket due to its nightlife, restaurants, etc.

There are a few resorts relatively close to Freedom Beach, and if you’re looking to stay close to it, here are some to consider!

Crest Resort & Pool Villas

Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa

several palm trees with turquoise waters in the background showing Freedom Beach in Phuket

Is Freedom Beach Worth Visiting?

Yes, it’s worth visiting! Freedom Beach in Phuket should be at the top of your list when visiting Phuket.

Being so secluded adds to the beauty of this place, the hills and dense green forest surrounding it, and the crystal clear water.

Having gone to all the main beaches in Phuket, I can guarantee that Freedom is one of the best beaches in Phuket.

Are you looking for another beach in Thailand that is mesmerizing? If you plan on visiting Krabi, you must visit Phra Nang Beach in Railay!

Do you have to pay for Freedom Beach?

Yes, you do, and it costs 200 Baht to enter the trail downwards to go to Freedom Beach.

How do I get down to Freedom Beach?

Follow the main trail once you enter after paying your entrance fee to the staff at the top.

How much is a taxi from Patong to Freedom Beach?

A taxi from Patong to Freedom Beach will cost you around 200-300 Thai Baht.

Taking one of the longtail boat taxis from Patong Beach to Freedom Beach will cost 200 Baht if shared with others and 1500-2000 for a private longtail boat.

Can you swim in Freedom Beach Phuket?

Swimming at Freedom Beach is perfectly fine, but the water can sometimes be aggressive on the right side, where there’s a smaller beach section.

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