The Beach of Nai Yang
Phuket Beach Guide
The northern part of the beach is part of Sirinath National Park and thus has no development. There are a few salas (open sided pavilions) in which to sit if the sun or the rain get too much and the beach has little of the commercial feel that pervades in Patong or Karon.
This northern area is a local favourite. If you happen to drive through on a weekend, you will see many families, groups of friends or couple having picnic parties in the large shady areas next to the beach. Many food vendors usually gather along the roadside to prepare all the classic Thai dishes, sweets, drinks and local fruits.
Further south is slightly more commercial and developed; bars and restaurants line the middle part of the beach. This is also where Indigo Pearl is, the only hotel currently open. Sea turtles are occasional nocturnal visitors who, lay their eggs in the sand at night time. If you see any turtles or their tracks you should let your hotel know and they'll contact Phuket Marine Biological Centre to incubate the eggs in safety.
This is a working beach and care should be taken to stay away from fishermen's nets and equipment. During high season, walking toward the north will give you unique views on planes approching phuket and landing at Phuket International Airport.
Drive towards Phuket International Airport on Highway 402 and turn left at the traffic lights for the airport. Instead of taking the right turn at the T-junction at the end of this road go left and then take the first right turn to Nai Yang.
- Friendly village atmosphere
- Shady and good for picnics
- Plenty of restaurants and bars
- Good snorkeling further out to sea
- Camping allowed
- Water sports and dive schools
- Unsafe swimming in low season
- Remote location
Nai Yang Beach Facilities
Some small tour counters can organize a longtail boat to go around the coast or the small islands nearby. Toilets can be found close at the back of the concrete row of shops, there is a charge which is usually 5 baht.
Nai Yang Beach Restaurants & Nightlife
For beach side eating, northern Nai Yang has a great choice of small beach huts, each serving up freshly barbecued seafood. A good pace to try something different or discover some Thai dishes you might never see on a menu.
Further south, in front of the Indigo Pearl, many charming beach restaurants serve Thai food, seafood and Western favourites at reasonable prices. Many have a good selection of dishes and offer the rare pleasure of eating barefoot in the sand under the shade of casuarina trees, while a cool breeze keeps temperatures down for a perfect lazy afternoon.
Later in the evening, bars remain open, and some offer a good selection of drinks right on the beach in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Lately, some more sophisticated Italian restaurants have opened, or if you're looking for a dinner that's a bit more stylish, try the 'Rivet Grill' or the 'Tin Mine' at Indigo Pearl (you can walk in from the beach side or drive in from the airport road).
Nai Yang Beach Activities
A huge sala (open sided building or roof on stilts) has been built at the top of the beach, just south of Indigo Pearl Resort, for an army of masseuses to ply their trade. A Thai massage costs around 300 baht (Approx US$ 9), other kinds of massage and reflexology are also available.
If you enjoy long walks, set off towards the north end of the beach, past the picnic area and you will eventually find yourself by the perimeter of the Phuket International Airport runway. During high season you can take in the memorable sight of planes approaching from the sea side to land on the runway. If your hotel provides bicycles, the national park at the northern end of the beach is worth a look.
Nai Yang Beach Watersports
Right up at the north end of the beach there is a reef that acts as a natural breakwater so swimming there is safe all year round. Masks and fins are for rent for those who wish to explore the reef. For the rest of the beach, pay attention to red warning flags from June to October.
Two diving schools are available in Nai Yang beach: Nautica Divers on the beach front and Paradise Divers inside Indigo Pearl. Diving is possible on the nearby reef 10 minutes offshore, or take a two hours speedboat ride to the famous Similan Island.
Kite Surfing in Nai Yang Beach
In the central part of the beach there is a kite surfing school , KBA: Kite Board Asia, just metres from the shoreline. The school opens only 3 months per year, from the beginning of June to the end of August when winds are strong enough. Some really good kite surfing action can be enjoyed at that time. The school offers several types of lesson, from beginner to advanced or private lessons to improve your style.
There is a large coral reef a distant paddle from the beach that can mean great surfing when conditions are right but don't be fooled: it's a long way out. Low tide surfing is good also with unpredictable banks and peaks.
Details: Slight wind with swells up to three metres. (Read more about surfing)
Beach vendors ply their wares only during high season on Nai Yang. Just a polite smile and a ‘no thank you' is enough if you are not interested.
If you do stop a vendor please remember that you're not obliged to buy anything! Also, don't forget to bargain the original price down – they expect you to: and most importantly, smile!
Nai Yang Beach