Nai Yang Beach
Popular with locals, Nai Yang Beach is the closest beach to Phuket International Airport, located just south of Mai Khao Beach. It’s a good place to mingle, join in a game of volleyball or just relax and people-watch. The vast stretch of white sand and shallow turquoise waters are stunningly scenic, backed by waving casuarina trees and relatively little development.
Swimming is pleasant and safe from November to April but at other times red flags may warn of turbulent waves and strong swells. This rough season is ideal for kitesurfing and there is a school on the beach for those who want to give it a try.
Snorkelling and diving is good as there is a reef just offshore. Dive shops offer trips to Similan Island, one of the best diving spots in Thailand, about two hours away.
It’s a good beach for strolling along the long stretch of sand and watching the planes coming in to land. Alternatively, explore the beautiful Sirinat National Park at the north end of the sand with its local wildlife, mangroves and nesting sea turtles.
Amenities at Nai Yang Beach are surprisingly good. There is a row of shops with public toilets behind (small fee), sunbed and umbrella rentals (200 baht for 2 beds) and an area where you can enjoy a Thai massage. There’s also a choice of restaurants and fun snack bars rounding off the facilities.
- Diving & snorkelling
- Kite surfing
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