Sun, Sand, and Hills

Phuket, Thailand

Welcome to Phuket, one of Thailand’s most popular tourist islands!

The charm of Phuket lies not only in its beaches but also in its hills and neighbouring islands.

Day trips from Phuket to its surrounding islands are very popular. The islands themselves are quite famous – Phi Phi Islands, James Bond Island, and Koh Panyee!

The hills on the island provide beautiful vantage points from where one can admire the sea surrounding the island.

But what better way to explore this beautiful Thai island than through aerial photos? Below are some of the beautiful places that we stayed in Phuket and were fortunate enough to admire from above.

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Places we stayed at in Phuket

Beaches and neighbourhoods

We had the fortune of staying in two charming neighbourhoods with beautiful beaches within walking distance.

The first half of our trip was spent in Kata. Located just south of Karon Beach, Kata Beach is equally beautiful and slightly less crowded.

The beautiful beach and pristine waters welcomed us to Phuket as we admired the gorgeous sunsets and budding surfers on Kata Beach.

Kata is also close to Mt Nakkerd, making it possible to hike to the Big Buddha in Phuket.

Next to Kata Beach, is its smaller sibling – Kata Noi. This beach was even quieter and more serene than its neighbour and is only a short walk away.

Kata Noi is surrounded by beautiful hills and high-end luxury properties.

After Kata, we moved to one of the southernmost neighbourhoods of Phuket, Nai Harn.

Nai Harn is heaven in Phuket. A stunning beach with beautiful blue waters. Next to the beach is a beautiful lake and temple. And the town contains some of the best restaurants we dined at while in Phuket!

The power of waves
Phuket is paradise

What a gorgeous day to be out surfing in Kata!
Kata, Phuket
A few surfers
The south end of Kata Beach, Phuket
The actual Kata rocks
The beautiful neighbourhood of Kata in Phuket
Another view of Kata Rocks Hotel, Phuket
Pretty sure all the buildings are hotels
The luxurious The Shore at Katathani Resort in Phuket
Aerial view of Kata Noi Beach, Phuket

Unlike its neighbours, Kata Noi Beach remains relatively quiet
High above Kata Noi Beach, Phuket
The north end of Kata Noi Beach, Phuket
Villa Royale at Kata Noi Beach
Powerful waves at Kata Noi Beach
Walking in the waves
Feel the wave

Lonely little huts
A quiet beach, except for the waves
Beautiful shoreline in Phuket
A lonely little restaurant with great food - Sabai Corner
The shoreline extended from Kata Noi Beach
Nai Harn Beach and The Nai Harn Hotel, Phuket
Bird's eye view of Nai Harn Beach

Gorgeous colours of Nai Harn
Nai Harn Beach, Phuket
The hill and shoreline of Nai Harn Windmill
Nai Harn is a photographer's delight!

The peaceful neighbourhood of Nai Harn, Phuket
The uniquely shaped Nai Harn Lake, Phuket
Ban Nai Harn Park in Nai Harn Lake
Park, lake, sea, beach, temple, hills - Nai Harn, Phuket

Aerial view of Wat Nai Harn, Phuket

Floating village in Phang Nga Bay

Koh Panyee

Ko Panyi, also known as Koh Panyee, is a fishing village in Phang Nga Province, Thailand, known as the village built on stilts by Malay fishermen.

The settlement was established at the end of the 18th century. Today, the village receives hundreds of tourists a day, who come to admire its beautiful school, floating football field and mosque. The floating football field was inspired by the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The children built the pitch from old scraps of wood and fishing rafts!

The mosque based on the island serves the predominantly Muslim population and is a focal point and meeting place for the community.

The beautiful mosque at Koh Panyee (Ko Panyi)
A couple of the courts and fields at Koh Panyee's (Ko Panyi) School
One of the most famous soccer fields in the world is in Koh Panyee (Ko Panyi). It just happens to be a floating soccer field!

Koh Panyee (Ko Panyi) is a floating, Muslim fishing village in the middle of Thailand's Phang Nga Bay
The mosque, the school, the many playgrounds all floating
Looking out at Phang Nga Bay from above Koh Panyee (Ko Panyi)
Looking at the mangroves from above Koh Panyee (Ko Panyi)

The limestone hill that stands behind Koh Panyee (Ko Panyi)
The floating fishing village of Koh Panyee (Ko Panyi) in Phang Nga Bay

Colour the sky in Phuket


What is a beautiful beachy holiday without gorgeous sunsets?

Although it was cloudy on most days, here are some of the best aerial sunset pictures I shot in Phuket.

A gorgeous sunset to end our trip to Phuket
What a stellar sunset!
A glimmer of a sunset at Nai Harn Beach
The sunset we witnessed on our last day from Nai Harn Windmill Viewpoint
Epic sunset views from Nai Harn Windmill Viewpoint

Exclusive and luxury properties in Phuket

Hotels and Resorts

During our trip to Phuket, we had a chance to admire some of the most exclusive luxury resorts. We even got a chance to stay at The Nai Harn, which is voted among one of the best hotels in Thailand consecutively.

Kata Rocks Hotel, Phuket
The luxurious The Shore at Katathani Resort in Phuket
The Nai Harn Hotel, Phuket
Sunsuri, Phuket
Small island off Phuket

Ko Yao Yai

During our trip to Phang Nga Bay, we stopped at Ko Yao Yai’s Coco Beach.

Ko Yao Yai is a small island east of Phuket. A quiet island, with a few sprawling resorts and secluded beaches.

However, Coco Beach was a fairly touristy beach where all the day trips to Phang Nga Bay would end their day before returning to Phuket.

A rather artistic shot in my opinion of a fishing boat at Coco Beach
A bit touristy for my taste but fun nonetheless

The palm trees behind Coco Beach, Ko Yao Yai
Palm Beach Club (Abandoned) at Coco Beach, Ko Yao Yai
Coco Beach - Reserved for tourists
Messages in the sand

Phang Nga Bay seen from Ko Yao Yai
Aerial view of Coco Beach, Ko Yao Yai

180 degree views from the sky

Aerial Panoramas from Phuket

From all the locations I shot aerial photos, here are some of my aerial panoramas.

Enjoy these aerial panoramic views from Phuket!

Panoramic view of of Koh Panyee (Ko Panyi)
Panoramic view of Kata Beach, Phuket
Panoramic view of Nai Harn Beach, Phuket
Panoramic sunset views from Nai Harn Windmill Viewpoint
Panoramic view of Kata Noi Beach, Phuket
Panoramic view of Coco Beach on Ko Yao Yai

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