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What to Do in Naithon Beach?

Naithon Beach is one of these little-known beaches on the west coast of Phuket, far from 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.

Naithon Beach Video

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 an even 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. Naithon is one of the best beaches in Phuket.

Naithon Beach Phuket

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 longtail boats bobbing here and there, and beach vendors are still discreet. Parking your car is relatively 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 Beach Phuket

Stairway to Heaven

Phuket beach

These partly hidden wooden staircases are a popular Instagram spot in Phuket. They have been around for a long time, but as usual, people would drive by too fast to even notice them. They go down all the way from the road to the beach, but their condition is degrading, so enjoy them while they still stand! Note that the condition beach below varies with seasons. During the low season, a lot of debris can be brought in by the strong tides.


The Beach

Naithon is one of Phuket’s incredible beaches during the high season, but it may look a little abandoned during the low season. Just remember that swimming is not recommended (July to November).

Fruits display on Nai Thon beach

Naithon has the rare charm of a small seaside town not yet invaded by tourism during the high season. Enjoy it while it lasts because things tend to change fast!

Banana Beach

Banana Beach Phuket Thailand

Banana Beach is a little hidden cove hiding from the crowd, not far from Naithon. It has remained relatively quiet because it is far from the main roads and a bit challenging to find and access, and most tourists are quite lazy when going to the beach requires an effort. The beach is beautiful, with tall coconut trees all along the soft white sand and clear blue water. There is a local restaurant during the high season.

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Naithon Noi Beach

Naithon Noi Beach - Andaman White Beach

Naithon Noi is a little heavenly beach, only accessible to the Andaman White Beach Resort guests.

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Where to Eat on Naithon

There are quite a few restaurants along the beach road of Naithon, plus two nice spots by the beach: Drift Beach Club and the casual Inthanin Naithon Restaurant.

Inthanin Naithon Restaurant

Inthanin Naithon is a delightful tiny restaurant hidden on the soft sands of the beach. The place is hard to find, but it is worth the effort. First, the location right on the beach of the understated Naithon Beach is unique and enjoyable. Secondly, it is near the very popular Naithon staircase that is so popular on Instagram.

Cuisine: Thai
Address: 37 Moo 4, Naithon Beach Road, Thalang, Phuket 83110
Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 086 593 5529

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Vero Trattoria & Wine Bar at Pullman

Cuisine: Italian
: Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach
Address: 22, Tambon Saku, Amphur Talang, Phuket 83110
Hours: 5 pm – 11 pm
Phone: 076 303 299

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Pru at Trisara

Pru at Trisara Phuket

Pru Restaurant at Trisara Phuket has become the first and only restaurant to receive a star from the new Michelin Guide. Michelin only arrived in Phuket in 2018 with much-anticipated nominations. While many restaurants around the island received BIBs and Plates from the Michelin Guide, being the only one with a star means a lot and raises the customers’ expectations.

Cuisine: Innovative Thai
: very high
Address: 60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand
Open: 6 pm – 10:30 pm (Sunday closed)
Phone: 076 310 100

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Shameena Restaurant

Cuisine: Asian, Thai
: Naithon Beach 23/13, Sakhu, Phuket 83110 Thailand
Hours: 3 pm – 10 pm
Phone: 087 898 2792

Where to Stay on Naithon

There are quite a few small, affordable hotels along the beach, and you only have to cross the street to reach the sand. If you want something more sophisticated with unique villas, great restaurants and a fantastic view, look at the popular Pullman Arcadia Naithon.

Pullman Arcadia Naithon

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon is a superb resort located on the still peaceful Naithon beach, a surprisingly beautiful beach away from any main road on the upper west coast of Phuket. The hotel is far from the usual crowds but not isolated and near a less known local life, making it an exciting starting point to enjoy what Phuket offers if you are not a party goer.

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 2
Restaurants and bars: 2 restaurants, 3 bars
Distance to the closest beach: down the stairs
Address: 22/2 Moo 4 Naithon Beach, Amphur Talang, Phuket 83110
Tel: 076 303 299
Open: 24 hours

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Trisara Phuket

Trisara Phuket

If you can afford it, Trisara Phuket is one of the most exclusive resorts on the island and with a 1 Star Michelin restaurant, it comes at a staggering price.

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 2
Distance to the closest beach: on its small beach
Address: 60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 310 100

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Andaman White Beach

Andaman White Beach on Naithon Noi Beach

A little further south, you will reach the Andaman White Beach Club on the private Naithon Noi Beach, one of the most beautiful spots in Phuket.

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How to Get to Naithon Beach

The easiest way to reach there is to drive to the airport, turn left at the T intersection just before entering it, drive a 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.

Naithon Beach Photos

Where is Naithon Beach?

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FAQs about Naithon Beach

✳️ What is there to do in Naithon Beach?

a. Naithon doesn’t have much to offer, but the beach is superb:
The Beach
Banana Beach
Naithon Noi Beach
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

✳️ What are the best hotels around Naithon Beach?

a. Here are some of the most popular hotels in the Naithon area:
Pullman Arcadia Naithon
Trisara Phuket
Andaman White Beach
The Kara Pool Villa

✳️ Where to eat in Naithon?

a. There are a few restaurants in this area:
Drift Beach Club
Inthanin Naithon
Shameena Restaurant
Pru at Trisara

✳️ How Far is Naithon Beach from Phuket Town and Phuket Airport?

a. Naithon is 31 km from Phuket Town and 7 km from Phuket International Airport.

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.