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Nai Yang Beach is divided into two parts, the northern and southern portions. The beach’s northern area is quiet and is included in Sirinath National Park. Because it is part of the park, there is no development here and you can enjoy picnics in peace, as many visitors do.
South Nai Yang Beach is busier and has various developments including restaurants, bars, and the beach’s sole hotel. This spot is popular with visitors but is also used by local fisherman. One fun feature of Nai Yang is that it is the location for occasional egg laying by sea turtles. These eggs are cared for by a local biological center as part of preservation and protection efforts.
Nai Yang Beach has a welcoming attitude, a relaxed atmosphere without a lack of conveniences, and fun opportunities for various water sports.
Here are just a few important things to know about Nai Yan Beach:
Nai Yang has useful facilities that include rentable sunbeds, which you will find all over the middle area of the beach. There are various shops, bars, and restaurants around and nearby there are toilets available for a small fee.
As on many Phuket beaches, beach vendors occasionally roam Nai Yang Beach, mostly during the high season. They are friendly and all you have to do to avoid attention is smile and say no. If you are interested in purchasing some of their wares, remember to bargain.
There are plenty of activities on Nai Yang, from swimming to massages. The only hotel on the beach, Indigo Pearl, has plenty of professional masseuses. Nai Yang is an excellent beach for taking walks or bicycling. You can also take in the sight of various planes landing at the airport during the high season. Finally, of course, you can explore the national park portion of the beach to enjoy some natural beauty.
Scuba diving and swimming can be enjoyed all year in the northern areas of Nai Yang Beach. There is a nice reef to be explored and equipment can be rented from vendors near the beach. Pay attention to any signals to indicate dangerous water in the low season. If you are new to scuba diving, take advantage of the two diving schools located in Nai Yang.
Nai Yang Beach offers another fun water sport, kite surfing. Kite Board Asia is a school located right near the beach that is open from June to August. The instructors here will teach you all you need to know to harness the wind during the summer months. The reefs and various breaks around the area help create large waves and present a challenge to beginners and experienced windsurfers alike.
Although it isn’t overrun with dining venues and bars like some other Phuket beaches, Nai Yang has a surprisingly good selection, especially when it comes to seafood and Thai.
Northern Nai Yang is ideal for the beach hut restaurants, while the southern area around the hotel is home to more established restaurants that serve Thai as well as western dishes. The bars often open in the early afternoon and remain open until late at night so you can enjoy a drink along with the ocean breeze throughout the day.