8 Best Things to Do in Nai Harn Beach

What is Nai Harn Beach Most Famous For?

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. 

Rarely overcrowded, even in high season, Nai Harn Beach attracts both Thais and expats for its peaceful and unspoiled character. It’s also in a handy location, not far for all the action and fun nightlife spots on the island. Besides the white sandy beach itself, there are plenty of interesting things to do in Nai Harn Beach, most of which are excellent for families and travellers looking for a laidback holiday in Phuket.

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Ao Sane Beach

Ao Sane is a rocky beach on Phuket's southwest coast. You can enjoy diving and snorkelling off this beach is excellent. There are enough trees lining its perimeters to provide shelter from the sun throughout the day. This 200-metre-long beach enjoys regular visitors in high season. Ao Sane Beach has a series of rudimentary bungalows and Read More...

  • Location: Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Elephant shrine at Promthep Cape

The elephant shrine at Promthep Cape is surrounded by thousands of wooden elephants of different sizes. It's located up a flight of stairs, close to the viewpoint's carpark. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Brahma, and the arrangement of the sculptures is photogenic, colourful and impressive.

Promthep Cape is busiest in the evenings, with visitors in tour buses, scooters and private cars sweeping through Rawai Beach and up the island's southernmost hill to watch the sunset.

  • Location: Laem Promthep, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse

Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse was established in 1996 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of King Rama IX's reign in Thailand. It's next to Phromthep Cape,  about a 5-minute drive south of Nai Harn Beach.

This active lighthouse has a beautiful golden peak. Entrance is free, though you'll need to climb the tower steps to get the best view of Phuket's south coast. There's a small museum inside, where you can see examples of vintage lighthouse equipment. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 7pm
  • Location: Laem Promthep, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Nai Harn Buddhist Monastery

Nai Harn Buddhist Monastery is a spiritual centre for Buddhists from nearby villages in Rawai. If you want to observe the local culture of 'making merit', it's best to visit in the early morning, around 5am. Villagers come to donate food and pay respects to the monks before starting their daily routine.

Many believe that the Nai Harn Buddhist Monastery helps prevent the area from overdevelopment as it owns most of the beachfront land (which can’t be sold under Thai law). It's best to dress conservatively out of respect for the locals and monks. Remove your shoes before entering the monastery.     

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 2pm
  • Location: Wat Nai Harn, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Nai Harn Lake

Nai Harn Lake is an inland freshwater lake close to Nai Harn Beach. It spans around 1 km in length, with an islet in the middle. The lakeside is popular for picnicking, jogging, bicycle riding, and water sports events. 

A causeway, which connects the mainland with the islet, has a children's playground and pedalo concession. At the northeast end of the lake, you can find a cluster of friendly bars and restaurants serving local and international dishes at affordable prices. 

  • Location: Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape is a prominent lookout point in Phuket, around 3.7 km south of Nai Harn Beach. It's busiest in the evenings, with locals and tourists looking to catch the sunset at its peak. Some people make the rather demanding trek down to the end of Promthep Cape's promontory, though most stay at the top for Read More...

  • Location: Laem Promthep, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Windmill Viewpoint

Windmill Viewpoint is between Ya Nui and Nai Harn beaches on the south coast of Phuket. You can see large white windmills on the hilltop, which face out to the Andaman Sea. From the viewpoint, you can spot passing sea traffic, ranging from longtail boats and fishing boats to oil tankers and mega-sized cruise ships on Read More...

  • Location: Wisit Road, Rawai, Muang, 83100, Thailand
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Ya Nui Beach

Ya Nui Beach is a small cove, where you can enjoy good snorkelling, kayaking and fishing in Phuket. The sand is soft and comfortable, with plenty of shells for kids to collect. Ko Kaeo Yai is a small island around 700 metres off Ya Nui Beach. When the weather is calm, it's possible to paddle out to check Read More...

  • Location: Rawai, Muang, 83100, Thailand
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