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What to do in Naiyang Beach?

Naiyang Beach is one of those out-of-the-beaten-tracks hidden gems, little known to 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 it is not along the main roads.

Nai Yang Beach Video

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.

Nai Yang Beach in Phuket

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, a diving shop, and a few shops selling batik clothing and beach toys. Like on any beach in 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 except for the controversial plane spotting, so take it easy and enjoy the beach and the local food!

Nai Yang Beach

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 drive through. 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 few tiny local ones that probably took their chances and did it anyway.

Nai Yang Beach Road

The Beach of Naiyang

Nai Yang Beach on a sunny day

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 the low season.

Mai Khao Beach

Mai Khao Beach

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 daily to take selfies.


Plane Spotting

Plane Spotting in Phuket

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 on Nai Yang Beach

The Good View

A superb restaurant serving good Thai food on the beach, at a good price too. A perfect place for a holiday lunch and to relax at the end of the day with a cold drink, waiting for the sunset! The team is friendly and always very welcoming, day or night.


Sea Almond Restaurant

A beach restaurant on Nai Yang Beach

Next to The Good View is Sea Almond restaurant, a great place to enjoy a sunset while sitting right on the beach. The food is not fantastic but goes well with the atmosphere.

Monkey Beach Cafe

Beach Dining in Nai Yang

Black Ginger Restaurant

Black Ginger at The Slate Phuket

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 superb Thai Cuisine. It doesn’t come cheap, but it’s an excellent place for that unique Thai experience.


Big Fish Bar & Grill at Phuket Marriott, Nai Yang

Big Fish Restaurant is a lovely place to enjoy a more trendy but relaxed 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 🙂


Street Food

Street Food in Nai Yang Beach

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 on the back road, usually cheaper.

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach

Phuket Marriott Resort Nai Yang

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa Nai Yang Beach is a beautifully designed hotel in a unique location and right on the beach. The hotel has many great features and qualities; there is much to enjoy and discover during your stay.

Address: 92 Moo 3 Tambol Sakoo, Amphur, Talang Tambol Sakoo Phuket, Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 625 555
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 2
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach


The Slate Phuket Resort

The Slate Resort Phuket on Nai Yang Beach

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’.

Address: 116, Moo 1, Sakhu Thalang Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 327 006
Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 3
Restaurants and bars: 3 restaurants and 2 bars
Distance to the closest beach: across the street


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 of 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.

Siranat National Park and Nai Yang Beach

Useful Tips:

Parking a car is a bit of a problem as the street along the beach becomes narrow and dead-end, and unless you are on a bike, you better park when you see the first restaurants on the right.

Photos of Naiyang Beach

Sea Almond Restaurant on Nai Yang Beach

Naiyang Beach Map

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Black Ginger Restaurants at The Slate Phuket

The Slate Phuket Resort on Nai Yang Beach

FAQs about Nai Yang Beach

Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.