Nai Harn Beach (Nai Han)
Located as much off the beaten track as anywhere can be in Phuket is one of the island’s best beaches. The largely rocky coastline of the southernmost tip of Phuket gives way to this pristine strip of soft white sand with its backdrop of lushly vegetated hillsides. As you would expect the waters of this small sheltered bay are warm and crystal clear.
Whilst this may sound like practically every other beach in Thailand, Nai Harn beach trump card is the fact that development is conspicuous by its absence. Besides a couple of hotels which blend into the hillside there is very little to spoil the beach’s natural beauty. There is a reason for this, and it isn’t because the developers just decided to spare Nai Han. The reason is the Samnak Song Monastery which owns much of the land around the beach. Combined with a lake behind the beach there has been little opportunity to turn this beach into the next Patong.
During the summer months you will often see many yachts anchored in the bay and this natural shelter makes it a good spot for swimming and snorkelling. There are some even better dive spots just north on the coral reefs of Ao Sane. Out of season the sea here can be quite rough; sufficiently so that Nai Harn is regarded as one of the best surf spots on Phuket.
Although there isn’t much in the way of development here you won’t have any problem finding somewhere to eat. In the shade of the trees behind the beach are a plethora of beach cafes serving Thai style snacks and meals. Here you will also find stalls with locals selling there wares ranging from exotic fruits to the prerequisite handicrafts.
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