Review: Oriental Beach Village in Phuket, Thailand

Thailand has already secured its spot on the naturist vacation map for quite some years, but the only thing the country kept missing was a nude beach. Until recently, when a new naturist resort called Oriental Beach Village opened on Ko Kho Khao island and secured a section on the beach for the guests to be used Au Naturel.

 

Getting the opportunity to go naked on a beach in Thailand was reason enough for us to head over to Phuket. What we found wasn’t just a magnificent nude beach, but also a great hotel surrounded by beautiful nature. Yet another oasis of tranquillity where time or clothes don’t exist.

 

 

How to get to Oriental Beach Village

Oriental Beach Village is located at a good 2-hour ride from Phuket airport, which connects to several destinations within Asia as well as to major airline hubs like Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai, and Qatar. Getting from the airport to the resort is a bit complicated as it consists of a drive, a boat ride, and another short drive. Therefore we don’t recommend going by public transportation because although possible, you’re likely to waste most of a day.

 

One option is to rent a car at one of the many rental offices in the airport. Follow the 402 road north and continue on number 4 towards Khao Lak. Just past Khao Lak, you turn towards the Baan Nam Kem pier, where you’ll find a ferry to the island every two hours or so (during day time). Once on Ko Kho Khao, it’s another 5-10 minute drive to the resort.

 

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By far the best option is to use the pickup service organised by the resort, especially if you have a long flight behind you. The driver will drop you off at the pier to take either the ferry or a longtail boat, and once on the island, another driver will be waiting to bring you to the resort.

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Where to stay at Oriental Beach Village

Spacious is an understatement when we’re talking about the accommodations at Oriental Beach Village. There is a choice between an apartment or a villa, either with one or two bedrooms. We stayed in a one-bedroom apartment and can honestly say that this was much more than what we’re used to. The terrace alone was larger than the typical room where we normally stay in.

 

All accommodations have a large living room and dining area, a kitchen, a bathroom, and (of course) one or two bedrooms. The only thing we missed in our apartment, but which is available in the villas, is an outdoor shower. But then again, we didn’t really come all the way here to take showers. Or to stay inside our room for that sake.

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What to do at Oriental Beach Village

Calling your naturist resort a “village” is a typical French thing, but in the case of Oriental Beach, we have to say that it actually looks a bit like a village. When you’re wandering from your place to the central area or the beach, you get the feeling that you’re walking on some main street.

 

In the central area, you’ll find most of the amenities of the resort like a fitness room, a communal area with a pool table, a small library, massage service, petanque, archery, a restaurant and a large swimming pool. Enough to keep you busy for a while.

 

Top of the bill is of course the direct access to the beach. The nude part is about 100 meters long and is signposted by two red flags. If you rather float than swim, there are kayaks available.

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Around Oriental Beach Village

Part of the beauty of Oriental Beach Village is that it is surrounded by nature. If you sit on the beach, you’ll see nothing but sand, sea and greenery. Ko Kho Khao island is still very undeveloped, especially compared to southern places like Khao Lak and Phuket.

 

The downside of this is that there isn’t a whole lot to do on the island, which is something you might want to take into account if you’re not a “stay all day in the resort” kind of person. During the high season, several restaurants and bars will open, and we did hear that more tourist attractions like ATV tours might be coming soon.

 

At the moment, Oriental Beach Village is the kind of resort that you want to visit to get off the grid. To relax all day with a book and a beer, soak up some sun on the beach, and cool down in the pool. The restaurant serves meals and drinks throughout the whole day, so that’s nothing to worry about.

 

 

Staff & Guests of Oriental Beach Village

Paulo, the owner of Oriental Beach Village has earned his stripes in the naturist vacation world as the previous owner of the successful Oriental Village in Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand, which is unfortunately meanwhile closed. When he moved to Phuket to start a naturist beach resort, several of his staff members followed, so it was great to see some familiar faces that we had met years ago.

 

 
When we visited the resort, there were only about 5 other couples. This is partly because Oriental Beach Village just reopened a couple of months earlier (it was already briefly open before COVID), and also because we were there in the low season. From what we heard and saw, most others seemed to be there for a relaxing couples’ getaway without clothes.

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Book at Resort Oriental Beach Village

The best ways to book at Oriental Beach Village are:

Their Website: https://orientalbeachvillage-phuket.com
E-mail: [email protected]
WhatsApp: +66 (0)6 50 611 088

English, French and Thai are fluently spoken

 

Summary

Thailand is competing with the Caribbean as a top tropical naturist vacation destination and is becoming very successful at it. Oriental Beach Village is yet another unique addition to the ever-growing list of naturist resorts in the country. So if you’re looking for a naturist beach vacation in all tranquillity and luxe, you might want to add this one to your list.

 
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11 thoughts on “Review: Oriental Beach Village in Phuket, Thailand”

  1. Enjoyed the video – reminds me a lot of Sanibel Island in Florida but – there’s no nude beach in Sanibel, sadly.

    But I have known at least one Boston-area couple who did go out and swim nude on Sanibel (FL) in some isolated places, AND undercover of darkness. Those steamy Florida nights in the summer call for that (and a good mojito or pina colada).

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    • Technically, it is. But it’s thanks to the owner that naturism is accepted at the beach, so it’s only fair to stay at the resort if you want to use it.

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      • I guess the next question is, are there people going to this beach that are not staying at the resort? Is that a common thing to do? Did you see some external people on this beach during your stay there?

        I mean, yes, we should be thankful to the owner of the resort for pushing to change the rules in this specific location. But that is a public space, there is nothing unfair in enjoying it without going to the private resort. On the contrary, I think that should be encouraged. Because who knows, maybe people will enjoy it and push to have more spaces like this, including some that are not linked to some private resort.

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        • We were there in low season and most of the other resorts on the island were closed. So everyone on the beach stayed at the resort. But we imagine that in high season, guests from other resorts might come down.

          You have to see this in the context of Ko Kho Khao island. This is not the kind of place that you visit on a day trip. Most tourists on the beaches actually stay on the island. As Oriental Beach Resort is the only reason why this nude beach exists, we think it’s fair to actually stay at the resort and not at one of the textile resorts further down the beach.

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  2. In your last video you are saying that nudism is booming in Thailand. I think this must be contrasted.

    What you probably mean is that private nudist resorts are booming in the country. And that is a very different thing to say.

    I mean, local Thai people don’t go to to resorts, are they? I assume the vast majority of people going there are tourists going there for a vacation. Are local people enjoying nudism somewhere? Public nudist beaches? Are those common in Thailand? Or is there any private place where you can enjoy nudism just for a few hours? I’ve not been there so correct me if I’m wrong, but given the apparent low number of public nudist beach, I tend to think that no, nudism is not booming in Thailand.

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    • Thai people definitely go to the resorts. In fact, especially in the resorts in Bangkok and Pattaya, during weekends there are often more Thai than foreigners.
      You’re right that today it’s just private resorts, but we think that this is a first step. You have to imagine that a decade ago, there was no naturism whatsoever in the country. Today there are meetups, activities, there’s a naturist federation and there are 7 or 8 private resorts (could have been more if COVID didn’t come in between). So we think that we can talk about quite a boom. And we know that several resorts started lobbying for an official nude beach. It’s just a matter of time.

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      • That’s interesting.

        What is the legislation regarding nudity there? Is nudity prohibited everywhere, unless specifically authorized in a determined place?

        What are the places where people practice naturism? Is it only private resorts or are there any beaches?

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        • Public nudity is illegal in Thailand, so naturism is only supposed to be practiced in private venues. There are a number of unofficial nude beaches, but we’ve heard that sometimes the police raids those beaches and hands out fines.

          We’re not certain how Oriental Beach pulled it off to have a nude beach, but we think that it’s a similar situation as on the Mexican Riviera Maya where the resort owners make deals with the authorities. Obviously, the resort is good for the local economy, and since there’s nothing but nature around, it’s not that the naturists disturb any other people.

          We’ve heard rumours that other resorts and/or the Thai Naturist Federation will start lobbying for official nude beaches. Naturist tourism is growing fast in Thailand and this could be very beneficial for the Thai economy.

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