Nai Yang Beach is a two kilometer stretch of golden sand that is full of natural beauty and is a great place to spend an afternoon. Part of the Sirinath National Park, Nai Yang Beach is a naturally beautiful beach location that is unspoilt by over development, at least on the northern end. The national park extends about halfway down the beach, so on the southern end of the beach, you will find shops and resorts, but it is still one of the lesser developed Phuket beaches.
If you want a day of relaxation away from all the crowds, head on up to the northern part of the beach. You may be charged an entrance fee of about 50 baht per vehicle and about 100 baht per person. This fee is not set in stone and there are some days that they won’t even charge you at all. The National Park end of the beach is a beautiful setting with casuarina trees lining the top of the beach. It is a great place to have a barbecue or even to go camping for the night. You can bring your own tent or rent one for about 300 baht for the night. The National Park has a park headquarters as well as a restaurant. There are also a number of bungalows owned by the park that you can rent. If you are into plane spotting, the very northern part of the beach is where planes land and take off from the Phuket International Airport.
Dominating a large part of the southern end of the beach is the Indigo Pearl resort. There are also a number of restaurants, bars and shops. You can also rent sun loungers on the south end of the beach for the standard rate.
If you happen to be in the area between November and February, you may be fortunate enough to see the sea turtles who lay their eggs along this beach. Unfortunately, their numbers have been decreasing lately so there may not be any to see. If you are lucky enough to see one or more, be respectful of them and please do not interfere.
Nai Yang Beach is a great place to visit if you want to get away from all of the crowds. The southern end of the beach is nice, but is comparable to other beaches nearby. The real place to see is the northern end of the beach which is a protected National Park and possesses most of it’s original natural beauty. It is a good place to spend a day and is worth the trip up north.
There isn’t a whole lot to do at Nai Yang Beach. There is some decent snorkeling locations at the northern end of the beach where there is a nice sized coral reef.
Drive west along the southern road that runs parallel to the Phuket International Airport. The road will curve south. Follow this road until you come to a major three way intersection. Continue straight through this intersection and immediately take your next right. At the end of this road you can either turn left or right. Left takes you down to the southern end of the beach, right takes you to the National Park.