Thursday, April 20, 2006

Nai Harn Beach Phuket

Nai Harn Beach Phuket

A beautiful beach in Phuket

Located right at the southern end of Phuket, Nai Harn is one of the island's most beautiful locations. This quiet and tranquil place has only a few hotels including the Le Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club and is a favourite anchorage for boats during the high season. It's not a place to hire a jet ski or expect a lot of action. Just yachts bobbing in the bay, vendors selling ice cream and drinks and a fine sandy beach. Great for swimming from November to April, however care should be take in the low season (May-October) when there are strong undertows. The local restaurants just above the beach make a great place to relax with a sundowner.

Away from the beach, Nai Harn village has lots of small restaurants and local bars. Notably Mimmi's, located on the road from Nai Harn to Kata with a lovely ambiance, chaise longues and good western food, Banana Corner - excellent value for money and Don's Restaurant, famous for Texas style spare ribs.

Just north of Nai Harn, along the coast, is Nui Beach, small, secluded and difficult to access. Further along is Ya Nui, a sandy cove that attracts snorkellers and divers. Another out-of-the way spot nearby is the tiny beach of Ao Sane, a great spot for snorkelling, reached by taking the dirt road that starts at Le Royal Meridien's car park. Kata Beach, where you'll find a more lively nightlife, is about 20 minutes away, while Patong Beach is about a 30-minute drive.


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