What to Do in Naithon Beach?
Naithon Beach is one of these little-known beaches on the west coast of Phuket, far from the crowded areas such as Patong Beach or Kata Beach. People chose to stay here to find a peaceful village with just enough restaurants and hotels not to feel too remote but still all the necessary facilities you need for a great holiday. Phuket being such a small island you always can rent a car and drive to Patong for a fun night out or further south for a discovery day.
The beach is an amazingly long and wide strip well shaded by tall trees and divided in two by a small rock formation. Walk beyond these rocks to reach a more private area of Naithon. The sand is smooth, and swimming is excellent during the high season. Loungers, umbrellas and drinks are available as well as a small restaurant at the very south of Naithon.
There used to be more restaurants on the beach, but they are now gone. You can find quite a few sweet spots to enjoy good Thai food just across the street anyway.
What to Do on Naithon Beach
No jet skis or parasailing in sight yet, only a few longtails boats bobbing here and there and beach vendors are still discreet. Parking your car is always easy in the shade of trees anywhere along the beach. Across the road are bars, restaurants, a mini-mart and even a tailor and a dive shop.
Naithon is one of Phuket incredible beach during high season, but it may look a little abandoned during low season. Just remember that swimming is not recommended (July to November).
During the high season, Naithon has the rare charm of a small seaside town not yet invaded by tourism. Enjoy it while it lasts because things tend to change fast!
Naithon Beach is also where you can find the very popular Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. A place where you can feed the animals, bathe them and even scrub them with (no more elephant trekking!) Read more
Where to Stay on Naithon
There are quite a few small, affordable hotels all along the beach and you only have to cross the street to reach the sand. If you want something more sophisticated with amazing villas, great restaurants and a fantastic view, have a look at the popular Pullman Arcadia Naithon.
A little further south is the Andaman White Beach Club on the private Naithon Noi Beach, one of the most beautiful spots in Phuket. And if you can afford it, Trisara Phuket is one of the most exclusive resorts on the island, with a 1 Star Michelin restaurant, it comes at a staggering price.
How to Get to Naithon
The easiest way to reach there is to drive to the airport and turn left at the T intersection just before entering it, then drive few kilometres and turn right at the signs pointing to ‘Andaman White Beach Resort’ and Trisara Phuket Resort. The closest beach not to miss is the hidden Banana Beach, just 3 kilometres away.