Hat Nai Yang Beach, Phuket
This is a beautiful beach and everyone is so friendly. No fancy restaurants (except maybe at the few bigger hotels?) but lots of small restaurants right on the beach - eat with your bare feet in the sand - it feels so good! There are also casual restaurants not right on the beach. Delicious food at all the places we tried and not expensive at all!
Set in a national park, this beach is very laid-back and uncommercial. Now more than 2 hotels, as well as private bungalows. Excellent job cleaning up the tsunami damange! See my other travel descriptions for a better look at the beach and things to do.
You can visit the little coconut tree-covered island at Nai Yang Beach by walking there during low tide and you'll probably have it all to yourself like we did (during high season). It's a nice little place to hang out but be sure to wear sports sandals or old trainers as you have to walk over some dead coral and rocks. Don't be a doofus like me and wear flip-flops 'cause you will have problems. A coral reef is off the far side of it, my husband saw some interesting things while snorkeling. We saw some locals hunting for things in the shallows around the island, maybe mussels.
You can see more about this lovely beach in my other tips.
Nai Yang Beach is set in a lovely national park, so you have a chance to see some wildlife. We saw this guy on the shore of the small headland, catching fish. See my other tips for a full description of the beach and things to do.
Nai Yang is one of the least unknown beaches in Phuket, and yet one of the most beautiful.
The beach is included in a national park, and there is also the park's headquarter.
The sand is the whitest in Phuket, there's a coral reef with small coloured fished swimming around, and there is a long row of pine trees that border the beach. Only two hotels plus the park's basic bungalows.
To eat there are a few stalls plus the park's restaurant.
Definitely deserves a day trip.