What to Do in Naiyang Beach?
- What to Do in Naiyang Beach?
- What to do in Naiyang Beach
- Sirinath National Park
- The Beach of Naiyang
- Mai Khao Beach
- Plane Spotting
- Where to Eat in Naiyang Beach?
- Sea Almond Restaurant
- Monkey Beach Cafe
- Black Ginger Restaurant
- Big Fish Bar & Grill at Phuket Marriott, Nai Yang
- Street Food
- Where to stay in Naiyang?
- Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach
- The Slate Phuket Resort
- How to Get to Nai Yang?
- Useful Tips:
- Photos of Naiyang Beach
- Naiyang Beach Map
- What’s around?
Naiyang Beach is one of those out-of-the-beaten-tracks hidden gems, little known from first-timers but very popular with returning travellers. Beautiful, shaded, and full of tiny fun bars and restaurants, Nai Yang, remains peaceful like most of the northern beaches of Phuket because they are not along the main roads.
With a vast beach, a shallow sea, and many trees to provide shade, this place has not been overly developed and has kept a bit of the old Phuket atmosphere.
What to do in Naiyang Beach
Across the tiny street that runs parallel to Naiyang Beach, you’ll find the inevitable tailor, a mini-mart, and a diving shop, and a few shops selling batik clothing and beach toys. Like on any beach of Phuket, a little group of ladies stands-by chit-chatting all day, waiting for the opportunity to give you a beach massage (300 baht). Overall there are no particular attractions around except for the controversial plane spotting, so take it easy and enjoy the beach and the local food!
Sirinath National Park
Because Naiyang Beach is just next to the Sirinath National Park, locals love to spend the weekend picnicking and drinking under the trees while the kids play in the sea. Note that to enter the Sirinath National Park, there might be a 40 baht park fee; on some days, you can just drive-in. Sirinat Park is not very big and has no particular signs making it worth visiting. Still, at least it prevented hotels from building on the beachfront, except for a couple of tiny local ones that probably took their chances and did it anyway.
The Beach of Naiyang
The beach itself is large and sandy with a few beach chairs. The water is very shallow, and because of this, the water might not always be as blue as on other beaches lower on the west coast. The sea gets more beautiful in the northern part of the bay. People here seem to love staying under the casuarina trees’ shade while enjoying cold drinks and local food and the breeze from the sea.
Like many northern beaches, the low season is pretty quiet, but some places remain open all year round, and it’s a favourite Kite Surfing spot, so even though swimming is not safe, you can see and get some action in low season.
Just next to Nai Yang is the immense and mostly unspoiled beach of Mai Khao. There are only a few luxury resorts on this 11 kilometres long beach, and you can walk to it from Nai Yang. Since it is part of a national park, there are no beach loungers and vendors on this beach. Most of it is deserted, except for the small section in front of Phuket International Airport, where people gather every day to take selfies.
This once unknown spot in Phuket has become a favourite selfie spot in Phuket for two reasons. Being so close to those landing metal roaring giants is jaw-dropping, but the fact that it is technically forbidden to stand in the path of the landing planes adds to it.
Where to Eat in Naiyang Beach?
Nai Yang is like a quaint village, which is excellent. You will find a dozen little restaurants to enjoy by the street, but the beach is still the best place to be for lunch or dinner.
Sea Almond Restaurant
A great place to enjoy a sunset is Sea Almond restaurant, sitting right on the beach. Food is not fantastic but goes well with the atmosphere.
Nai Yang is home to ‘Black Ginger’, one of Phuket’s best Thai restaurants. Located inside The Slate resort, this unique restaurant is beautifully designed and serves a superb Thai Cuisine. It doesn’t come cheap, but it’s an excellent place for that unique Thai experience.
Big Fish Restaurant is a lovely place to enjoy a more trendy but relax dinner since it’s located just by the beach. Even better: most of the seafood comes from the little fishing village just next to the hotel! You get to eat the freshest seafood, and you support the local community at the same time 🙂
A holiday in Phuket is an excellent opportunity to try all kinds of real, local food sold on carts; it often tastes better than in restaurants. Try Som Tam [papaya salad] with Fried chicken!
Where to stay in Naiyang?
There are now many hotels and resorts in Nai Yang. Only the Marriott is on the beach, The Slate is across the street, and many more are in the back road, usually cheaper.
Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa Nai Yang Beach is a beautifully designed hotel built in a unique location and right on the beach. The hotel has many great features and so many qualities; there is a lot to enjoy and discover during your stay.
The Slate Phuket is a superb 5-star resort designed by the famous architect Bill Bensley with a fantastic and unusual design. The resort is set on a spacious property near the beach, with the tin mining era of Phuket to inspire layout, decoration, rooms and outlets often described as ‘Industrial Chic’.
How to Get to Nai Yang?
This beach is very close to Phuket International Airport, and you can see the planes taking off on Mai Khao Beach, which is more an attraction than a disturbance. So when approaching 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, reasonably 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 wouldn’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, and unless you are on a bike, better park when you see the first restaurants on the right.