Nai Harn Beach
Nai Harn Beach in Southern Phuket is one of the most scenic Phuket beaches. The beach has yet to succumb to the pitfalls of overdevelopment. Nai Harn Beach is located in a picturesque bay, although during high season, Nai Harn Beach isn’t recommended as a place for swimming.
During the peak season, the bay becomes full of the yachts of the rich and almost-famous. Nai Harn Beach itself is about one kilometer long. The beach and water is fantastic and far superior to the more popular Phuket spots, such as Patong Beach and Karon Beach.
The north end of Nai Harn Beach is primarily taken by the luxury Le Meridian Phuket Yacht Club resort, which is, apparently, not why the bay is often full of boats as the Yacht Club has nothing to do with yachts. However, there are still lots of boats there regardless.
There are some great spots for exploring behind the beach, where the vegetation runs wild. There are enough decent, basic restaurants for grabbing something to eat while at Nai Harn Beach and to the south of the beach, you’ll find some interesting places for snorkeling.
Watersports are thankfully kept to a minimum, although it is possible to hire kayaks at Nai Harn Beach. There are a few sun loungers dotted around the beach, also for hire.
Nai Harn Beach is a great place to visit if you want to escape the throngs of tourists at some of the island’s other popular spots. Most tourists don’t usually make it to Nai Harn Beach, but locals and expats know it well.
Nai Harn Beach should remain this way for a long time to come because most of it is owned by the Samnak Song Nai Harn temple, which prevents any further development in the area.
The beach isn’t a suitable spot for surfing and there are occasionally rip currents that
catch tourists out.
If you require all mod cons in your beach destinations, then you might feel a little out of touch at Nai Harn Beach, but for most people, it’s the kind of beach that justifies a trip to Phuket.