Koh Sirey on the east side of Phuket Town sometimes feels more like a small cape than an island. Covering only about 20sqkm, most of Koh Sirey is delightfully free of construction and driving along its leafy eastside coastal road with its rubber plantations is a pleasure. It really is like Phuket 20 years ago. Along this coast is an abalone farm that hosts a restaurant with a view out over Phuket’s east coast islands and Sapam Bay.
Also, Koh Sirey plays host to sea gypsies and golden Buddhas. The tiny recreation park near a mangrove swamp by the main bridge is where locals feed wild monkeys every evening.
Along the way there are several places to pull over and stroll down to the beach. Not being a tourist destination, the island’s beaches are a little scruffy, with rough shingled sand but overall it retains its rustic charm. Life moves at a much slower pace here and it’s hard to imagine that the buzz of Patong is only 30 minutes away.
Location: Ratsada, Mueang Phuket, Phuket 83000 Thailand