Nai Harn Beach Activities

What to Do in Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket with its excellent water quality. It's encompassed on both sides by jungle-and-palm covered mountains and there's a large freshwater lagoon inland. Never overcrowded, even in high season, Nai Harn's usually busier at weekends as it is popular with both Thais and expats.

Many tourists who come to Phuket never make it to experience this wonderful stretch of sand. At the southern end the lagoon flows into the sea, creating a stream that children love to play in. All year round the water is a comfortable 29°C. Flat, lake-like crystal-clear water invites you for a dip from November to May.


Beach and Lakeside Relaxation

Nai Harn Beach is about one km long. It’s a tranquil spot and is far away from Phuket’s touristic areas. Many people come here to swim in the beautiful blue calm and warm water (perfect in high season from November to May). As it's so picturesque, the whole area is popular with joggers. A lap around the Nai Harn Lake with a leg including the whole length of the beach is around 2.5km (1.5 miles).

In low season, you might find a good number of enthusiastic surfers riding the waves. You can just relax and enjoy the atmosphere or work on your tan; no one will bother you on the beach in low season. Sunbeds line the entire length of Nai Harn Beach. Sunbed vendors rent a set of two sunbeds, a table and a parasol for about 200 baht per day.

Once in a while you might get a few vendors trying to sell some knick-knacks. A polite ‘no’ is enough to send them on their way. There are public (paying) toilets at the car park (northern part of the beach) and a paying toilet and showers at the beach bamboo restaurants at southern beach end.

Opening Hours: All day with good parking space near by. It is not recommended to swim in the period from June – September due to undercurrents and riptides even though there are some beach guards who stand by daily from 08:00 – 18:00.


 

Beach Volley Ball

Apart from sunbathing the main activities in Nai Harn Beach are water based but there is a volleyball net which is used frequently, if you fancy a game just join in, anyone can play.

Location: On the beach

Cycling Tour around Nai Harn

A fantastic way to see real local life and the island’s charm is through a bicycle tour. A recommended company is Action Holidays Phuket, Bike Tours Thailand which is based on Kwang Road, south of Phuket Town.

The bike tour will allow you to appreciate the plantations, jungles, local villages and beaches among other things (don’t worry, tours come with a fully equipped support vehicle). Anybody who is fit can take the tour even if you have not ridden a bike for years. The company is well prepared and has had guests aged from seven to 70.

If you take the full day tour, you will start up north of Phuket and end it in Nai Harn Beach later in the day. The tour includes mountain bike, helmet, English-speaking tour guide and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Don’t miss the chance to ride along!

Opening Hours: Daily with selection of a half day, full day and multi-day tour
Location: Around the island
Tel: +66 (0) 76-263575 or +66 (0) 81 7976540
Tour Available: Northern and Southern Trails Biking - Full Day

Horse Riding in Nai Harn

There is no horse riding in Nai Harn area but one can join this fun experience near Friendship Beach between Chalong Bay and Rawai Beach, on the eastern side of the island. The company is the Phuket Riding Club which is based about 1.5 km south of the Chalong Circle on Viset Road. They offer full packages including pick up transfer and have reasonable prices.
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Location: Viset Road, 15 – 20 minutes away from Nai Harn.
Tour Available: Phuket Horse Riding Tour

Kayaking in Nai Harn

In high season it is possible to rent kayaks on both Nai Harn and Ya Nui beaches.

Location: On the Beach

Snorkeling in Nai Harn

Some of the best snorkeling in Phuket can be found in front of the Royal Phuket Yacht Club. Snorkeling opportunities stretch all the way out past Ao Sane (a small beach to the end of the bay). Equipment can be rented easily on the beach or bought at the nearby shops.

Location: In front of the Royal Phuket Yacht Club, Ao Sane Beach

Surfing in Nai Harn Beach

At the south end of this beach there is a permanent sandbank that gives a good and often fast ride, even in the smallest swells. At the northern end (right next to the Royal Phuket Yacht Club) there is a beach-and-reef break in the corner. This break can hold large swells and can at times get pretty potent. From May to October at the northern end of the beach, the waves are a little small for surfing but the perfect size for boogie boarding. Kids love to spend the whole day riding the waves in a relatively safe environment and it doesn't take long to learn. Boards can be bought in the shops around Nai Harn Beach or rented from the sunbed rental people. Although generally quieter than the other beaches in Phuket, rental jet-skis do make an appearance from time to time.
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Location: Northern end of the beach

Thai Boxing in Nai Harn Area

For visitors who go in for Thai boxing, a day training session at a Muay Thai gym is an ideal activity. For more information please contact Nai Harn Boxing club (+ 66 (0) 85 7877435), Sinbi Muay Thai Camp (+66 (0)8 33915535) and Rawai Muay Thai Camp (+66 (0) 81 476 9377).

For those who only want to watch Muay Thai, check out the real Thai boxing live matches by professional boxers at Suwit Gym (Tel: +66 (0) 76-381167) on Chao Fa East Road near the T-Junction at Soi Palai (Phuket Zoo). They usually have fights on Friday night at 20:00. Read More...

Location: Both Sinbi and Rawai Muay Thai camps are located on Sai Yuan Road not far from Nai Harn Village

Herbal Saunas and Thai Massage in Nai Harn

A perfect treat while on holiday in Phuket is a good beach massage. At Nai Harn Beach, there are quite a few good masseuses usually walking around to offer you their services and the beach is lined with makeshift massage huts with friendly ladies to give you a good workout with their iron hands.

At the village itself, there are plenty of Thai massage shops with or without herbal saunas attached to select from. 

Ann’s Beauty and Massage

Ann’s has two sections; one part is a beauty salon and next door is a massage shop offering standard Thai, oil and foot massage.

Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 22:00
Location: Opposite Ayudhya Bank, Sai Yuan Road
Tel: +66 (0) 81 0899704

Five Massage

Located between Don’s Mall and Ayudhya Bank, Five has a few massage beds to service customers. Prices for their massages are reasonable.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Between Don’s mall and Ayudhya Bank, Sai Yuan Road

Gae’s Massage and Sauna

A well-known place among local and expat offers Thai traditional massage and herbal sauna.

Opening Hours: Daily
Location: Diagonally opposite Crepe Village, Sai Yuan Road

Montra Spa at Nai Harn Garden Resort

Montra Spa offers a range of wellness therapies such as Thai head or foot massages. They also have a private herbal Jacuzzi room and a Scandinavian sauna with a plunge pool and also a shaded traditional outdoor massage area.
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Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 21:00
Location: Nai Harn Garden Resort - 500 metres before reaching Nai Harn Lake, Soi Sai Yuan
Tel: +66 (0) 76-288 319

Nai Harn Sauna

Located just before the junction that turns to Rawai or Nai Harn Beach, Nai Harn Sauna offers massage and sauna in a very relaxed style. If you don’t have a towel with you, they will rent you a sarong for a very minimal fee. It’s best to go to this sauna during the week as it gets crowded at weekends.

Opening Hours: Daily
Location: Not far from Nai Harn Boxing Club, Sai Yuan Road
Tel: +66 (0) 76-388038

Nhamaya Spa at All Seasons Resort

Nhamaya Spa is part of All Seasons Nai Harn Resort located on Nai Harn Beach. Their services include Thai and oil massages and herbal steam baths.
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Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 20:00
Location: Inside All Seasons Nai Harn Hotel
Tel: +66 (0) 76-289327/33

Royal Spa at The Royal Phuket Yacht Club Resort

This luxury spa carries good range of massage of over 30 treatments in four therapy rooms and also offers spacious indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis. Prices are higher than normal but the location and service are at top end. Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 - 22:00
Location: Inside the Royal Phuket Yacht Club
Tel: +66 76-380200

Sabai Massage

Another small massage salon offering Thai, oil and foot massage at very reasonable prices.

Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 22:00
Location: Opposite Ayudhya Bank, Sai Yuan Road
Tel: +66 (0) 87 3899792

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