Nai Yang Beach is one of those ‘out of sight’ beaches little known from first time visitors, but very popular with returning travelers… Nice, shaded and full of tiny fun bars and restaurants, Nai Yang remains relatively unknown like most of the northern beaches of Phuket because they are not along the main road. Indigo Pearl and the newly opened Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Resort are the only hotels next to the beach. Dewa Hotel is not far but you would have to walk a bit to reach the beach.
The beach itself is a large and sandy strip of sand but water might not always be as blue as on other beaches on the part around the restaurant, but the sea get really nice on the northern art of the bay. However people here seem to often prefer staying under the shade of the casuarina trees while enjoying a breezy peace and a clod drink. Because Nai Yang Beach is just next to the Sirinath National Park, locals love to spend the week end picnicking and drinking under the trees while the kids play in the sea. A good opportunity to try all kinds of real local food sold on carts, it usually tastes better than in restaurants! Try Som Tam [papaya salad] with Fried chicken and get back to me about it!
Few shops on the beach sell batik clothing and beach toys, and across the tiny street, you’ll find the unavoidable tailor, a mini mart and a diving shop. Like on any beach of Phuket, a little group of elder ladies stands by chit-chatting all day, waiting for the opportunity to give you a nice beach massage.
Like many northern beaches, low season is pretty quiet, but some places remain open all year round and it’s a popular Kite Surfing spot, so even though swimming is not safe you can see and get some good action in low season.
Once again this beach is very near the airport and you can actually see the planes taking off on Mai Khao Beach, which is more an attraction than a disturbance. So when nearing the airport, turn left at the T-junction and keep your eyes on the right, then turn and follow the street leading to the Dewa Hotel Phuket, fairly easy to find. Note also that to enter the Sirinath National Park a fee is requested, but if you got to Nai Yang itself, you won’t have to cross the park, which is very narrow in this part.
Parking a car is a bit of a problem as the street along the beach becomes narrow and is a dead end, so unless you are on a bike, better park when you see the first restaurants on the right.