Anybody having a morning walk along the beautiful Mai Khao beach in the North West of Phuket will generally find a strange site in the sand. At first glance it looks a bit like people preparing to enter a Japanese endurance tv show as you will see people burying themselves in the sand up to there neck with only a parasol for protection.
Whats actually happening is that Mai Khao beach is one of the few places in the whole of Thailand where the sand has a special mix of minerals and is renowned as a therapy to relieve aching bones/ joints and promotes a general well being.
Maybe this is the reason why for centuries the beach has been home to the Andaman’s sea turtles nesting area. The Mai Khao area is also famous as it’s the only place to be the home of the Jabajan, a cross between a crab and shrimp ( very tasty indeed ) and also home to a mushroom that can cure insomnia, although I personally think that’s down to the natural relaxing atmosphere of Mai Khao beach.
For those who want to try a bit of Sand Therapy please turn up early, look for the yellow flags and enjoy an hour or so relaxing in the sand looking out to one of the most natural and beautiful beaches in Thailand.