Aug 11, 2011
A quiet little spot at the southern end of Phuket, Nai Harn is one of the island’s most beautiful locations and most popular places with in-the-know locals. This quiet and tranquil place has only a few hotels including the The Royal Phuket Yacht Club and is a favourite anchorage for boats during the high season.
Great for swimming from November to April, however care should be take in the low season (May-October) when there can be strong undertows on occasion. The local restaurants just above the beach make a great place to relax with a sundowner. It is a secluded area near the tip of the Island and is home to many of the local expat residents. There are few places to rent for short term.
The beach is powdery and white, the waters calm and crystal clear, and development on the beach itself is minimal — really!
Seriously lacking in shade, Nai Harn is a favourite spot for sun-bakers — if you don’t have an umbrella, expect to burn to an absolute crisp. The beach also has some quite reasonable snorkelling toward the southern headlands and a mask and set of fins can be easily rented for around 150B.
The main reason that Nai Harn is pleasantly under-developed is courtesy of the Samnak Song Monastery which occupies most of the land off the centre and southern stretch of the beach. As with western Mae Nam Beach on Ko Samui, the temple’s location brought development in the immediate area to a complete standstill