Nai Yang Beach
Nai Yang Beach is just south of Mai Khao Beach. The northern part of Nai Yang Beach is also part of Sirinath National Park, which means that it is totally undeveloped. Aside from a few salas here and there, the northern part of Nai Yang Beach is another decent spot that criminally few tourists seem to give any attention to.
In the northern part of the beach, you’ll often come across local families out enjoying the beach and the sea. As a result, there are a few food vendors here and there selling local fare. It’s all very Thai and is certainly worth your time if you want to get away from the masses at Patong Beach and Kata Beach.
The further south you move along Nai Yang Beach, the more development you will come across, including bars and restaurants. Near the middle of the beach is the high-end Indigo Pearl resort, which is an amazing place to see if you have the money. The resort is awesome and is totally quirky, with heaps of references to Phuket’s tin-mining history.
There are lots of fishermen around Nai Yang Beach, so be careful when swimming or else you might get caught up in fishing net.
Nai Yang Beach is about two kilometers long in total and there are a few hotels and guesthouses along the coast. There are lots of great places for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling.
Nai Yang Beach really has the atmosphere of a laidback fishing village. It’s a great spot for lounging around and having a picnic. Like Mai Khao Beach, Nai Yang Beach has some good places for camping, although swimming is a little dangerous during the rainy season.
There are a few sun loungers for rent at Nai Yang Beach. The central area has the most facilities. There are also some of the best seafood restaurants on the island.
Although there are no banana boats, there are a few more eco-friendly watersports on offer, including scuba diving and kite surfing. Kite Board Asia is the place to go if you want to learn kite surfing and it is located in the central area of the beach.
There can be some decent spots for regular surfing, but the conditions are nowhere near as good as at Kata Beach. Waves tend to be rather small.
The water isn’t quite as crystal clear as at Mai Khao Beach, but the beach at Nai Yang is OK. It can get a little dirty, but there are regular beach cleanups. There is none of the overpriced madness as you find at Patong Beach and other areas of Phuket.