Nai Yang, Phuket

BEACH
Nai Yang is a casuarina-lined beach in the north of Phuket. This relatively quiet beach is ideal for lazing on the sand, but there is much more to see and do in this cozy coastal town. Visit the pleasant shops, bars and don’t forget to go the morning market and the Buddhist temple.

Nai Yang is a lovely bay with very fine white sand. It’s not too crowded and the planes taking off from the airport will not disturb your experience here. Good swimming water makes it a good place to stay while waiting to head off to other destinations. Definitely relax on one of the chairs and beds and have a lunch at one of the beach restaurants.

WHERE TO STAY
In the southern, more quiet part of the beach are two upper range resorts: L’Esprit de Naiyang Resort and Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach. You will find many places to stay in the village in the middle part of the beach.

There is plenty of choice for everyone, from budget accommodation to luxury hotels. Be sure to check the booking sites to see what suits you. If you like to stay directly on the beach Rimlay Bungalows is a good mid-range option. Nai Yang Beach Resort is a fairly good upper range option just across the street. An alternative is to book a hotel in the village, which is a 10-minute walk or a quick scooter ride to the beach. In the village there are various good places to stay. We like Wattana Bungalow, 6 bungalows mid-range in a quiet garden. But nearby are many other good options.

There is a good variety of restaurants and bars in Nai Yang.

PLACE
Phuket is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a wide range of activities and attraction. The beaches are beautiful but usually full of people. However, near the airport are 2 relatively non-touristic beaches. These beaches wouldn’t be our first choice for travel, but if you happen to find yourself spending some extra time in Phuket, possibly waiting for an outbound flight, these beaches are definitely a good option.

WHAT TO DO
Phuket is a good base for exploring nearby islands, including Phi Phi Islands, Similan Islands, and James Bond Island, among others. You can take boat tours to experience the stunning landscapes and underwater life.

Explore the old town of Phuket, where you can find well-preserved Sino-Portuguese architecture. Visit Wat Chalong, the Big Buddha of Phuket, and other temples to learn about Thai culture and history.

Phuket offers diverse shopping opportunities, from bustling markets like Patong Night Market to upscale malls like Jungceylon Shopping Center. You can do various adventure activities, such as zip-lining, ATV tours, bungee jumping, and water sports like parasailing and jet-skiing. Phuket has several golf courses set in stunning landscapes, offering great opportunities for golf enthusiasts.

TRANSPORT
Phuket is easily reached by plane from Bangkok, Chang Mai and Udon Thani. The beaches mentioned are close to the airport. Mai Khao is north of Phuket Airport, and a 15-kilometer taxi ride from the airport to the beach costing 500 baht. Nai Yang is south of the airport, and a taxi ride there costs 200 baht.

Phuket is easily accessible by bus. Buses and minibuses come from various directions. Ask the driver to drop you off near the beach. Please note that taxis in Phuket are relatively expensive, and renting a scooter is cheap and easy.