Beaches of Phuket: Nai Harn

Who doesn’t love a long walk on the beach? Or a cool beer while listening to the waves lap the shore? Well, I guess it depends on the beach right?

The beaches of Phuket are many, and one of the main reasons that we decided to settle on this sunny island. I was going through my posts recently when it hit me that I have never written anything in-depth about the amazing beaches!  So I am writing a series on the beaches I have come to know and love here in Phuket.

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Nai Harn (also spelled Nai Han) is one of our favorite beaches.

Nai Harn is a long curved beach that during high season has silky smooth clear water. It’s white sand is fine and clean. During low season the water gets a bit choppier and is a perfect place to surf (I have heard).  There are restaurants, mini-marts, and shops available, but not close enough to the beach to mar the beauty of the area.

By ADwarf (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Nai Harn Beach (By ADwarf (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Nai Harn, off the tourist path a little, is a quiet and serene beach that is great for all ages. I have never heard loud music there or seen anyone drinking to the point of excess (if that is what you want, it is easily found at other beaches, make sure to check back for future posts in this series!). You will not find jet ski’s or parasailing here. There are often families and friends just all hanging out and enjoying the beach. It’s just very pleasant.

Nai harn has a lagoon on the left side of the beach (as you look to the surf) that can sometimes be nice for little ones to swim in, but don’t take your eyes off them as sometimes the drain on the far end will cause a vacuum that has been known to pull children under and drown them. Not pleasant, I know, but it has happened numerous times so I must include the warning.

Nai Harn Beach from above, before the chairs and umbrellas were outlawed. (By ADwarf (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Nai Harn Beach from above, before the chairs and umbrellas were outlawed. (By ADwarf (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
On the opposite side of the beach, there is a Wat (Buddhist temple) that keeps the beach looking very Thai. I have never been in there, but make sure to read these rules for entering a Buddhist temple before you stroll in there with your bikini on.

The beach has ample scooter and auto parking if you are driving around yourself. There is also a public bus that waits in the parking lot near the Wat for people going to different areas of the island. So you can get there and leave there easily no matter your transportation situation.

When you visit Phuket, make sure to include Nai Harn on your list of beaches to lounge on and enjoy!

Don't leave before the awesome sunset! (By ADwarf (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Don’t leave before the awesome sunset! (By ADwarf (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

*A Quick Note for those from outside of Phuket/Thailand- there are some new(ish) rules are in effect on the beaches of Thailand.

  • Umbrellas and beach beds are technically outlawed on the beaches here, though you can still rent them from brave “entrepreneurs”, they will usually come and ask if you want them. You should not pay over 100-200 baht for a day with the umbrella. The loungers I am not sure of the price, but I personally would not pay over 200 baht per chair for a day.  Be aware though, that on very rare occasions, the Thai military/police have gone onto the beaches and confiscated umbrellas and benches. It is rare, but it does happen.
  • Please make sure to take your trash with you when you leave, in fact take an extra bag of trash if you can. Yep, this is a new rule, but really it is common sense. Don’t leave stuff on the beach that doesn’t belong there!

 

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Now it’s your turn! Are you a beach person? What do you look for in a beach? Quiet and peace, or parties and drinks? Or are you like me and it depends on your mood (and if you have a babysitter)? Leave a comment and let’s chat!

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  10 comments for “Beaches of Phuket: Nai Harn

  1. Lani
    September 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Even though I grew up on Hawaii, I’ve never been a beach-person. I’m more of a mountain-person. Although, now I’m living in neither, so maybe that means I’m not a person anymore 😛

    But, yes, the beach….I need to go! I like quiet. I like walking and reading a good book and just listening to the sounds. Sooo good for keeping your feet soft, too.
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    • andthreetogo
      September 20, 2015 at 7:47 am

      The added benefits of the free pedicure definitely don’t escape me. 🙂 I have heard that there are some amazing beaches in Cambodia! And islands that are just amazing.

  2. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    September 21, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I love the beach and the sun. They always make me feel happy. The beaches you show are very lovely, although the lagoon sounds scary now that I went and read your link! One thing I really appreciate in a beach is lack of wind. I don’t really like the wind constantly. We get that here in SD a lot, the wind. So I like a beach with low wind speeds. And clear, blue water where I can see my toes.
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    • andthreetogo
      September 21, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Then Nai harn is for you 😉 well in high season. Every beach is pretty windy during low season off and on here.

  3. Jhanis
    September 21, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    You are so lucky to have so many beautiful beaches around you! The nice ones over here are a couple of hours away. I’m wondering why umbrellas and chairs are banned. 😀
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    • andthreetogo
      September 21, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Beaches are all government land here and the people renting them out were making money and being territorial of “their” area of the beach. So when the coup happened one of the things that the military took on was making the beaches pristine again.

  4. tinyexpats
    September 24, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Now that we have kids, it’s always about finding a place where they can run free – less stress for us 🙂 I’ve been to Phuket before, but it was about 20 years ago, don’t really remember which beach it was 🙂
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    • andthreetogo
      September 24, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Beaches are the perfect place then! Most likely you went to patong, kata, or Karin. Those are the most popular beaches I think.
      Thanks for commenting!

  5. Nuno Isitemiz
    June 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Naiharn is definitely one of my favourite beaches on Phuket. But it can be dangerous in low season which is between May – October. Quite big waves during that time. Please listen to safeguards, and try not to swim outside of flagged areas. I can also recommend Ao Yon Beach for those who want to swim during low season and enjoy a nice, calm sea. It is on the east coast of the island, so the waves aren’t so bad. Great article, thank you.

    • July 3, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Thank you for the warnings and for the kind words! Thanks for commenting and reading the post.

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