Nai Yang Beach, Phuket
Naiyang is a quiet beach located in Sirinat National Park only 5 minutes south of Phuket International Airport where you can see the planes go in for landing.
Great place to watch the sun goes down in the evening as well. There is a stretch of foodstalls along the beach which serve great but cheap Thai food. See my restaurant tip.
Enjoy watching airplanes "crash" into the trees! (Don't worry, the planes aren't noisy from across the beach and this photo was taken zoomed in). The airport is next to the far side of the beach.
Gorgeous beach - see my other travel tips for full description. Excellent job done cleaning up tsunami damange, everything looks gorgeous!
Nai Yang Beach is a very beautiful beach set in a national park at the north of the island on the west coast. Phuket's locals like to visit it. If you are looking for gorgeous nature, a laid-back atmosphere, a romantic setting and very friendly people (kids want to shake your hand and people say hello as they pass) - do consider this beach! The beach itself is quite long and bordered by pine trees and surrounded by the national park (this means peace and no tall ugly buildings). Along a section of the beach are sun chairs and cute little beachside bars and restaurants under shady trees with extensive menus, great food and you eat right on the beach with your feet in the sand! Very romantic at night. The beach never gets crowded and it you leave the middle part where the restaurants are, you can have a large section of the beach all to yourself! There is also a small coconut tree-covered "island" that you can walk to during low tide (the snorkelling reef is on the other side). If you walk to the opposite side of the beach around a small headland, you will come to Mai Kao Beach, which is pretty much deserted. Nai Yang is conveniently located next to the airport, it is fun to watch the planes landing (they are not noisy) as they look as if they are flying right into the forest. There are some diving places, travel agents, massage places and tailors, convenience and souvenier shops and internet cafes. I also read in another person's travel description of this beach that there are only 2 hotels. This isn't correct, there are more hotels and also private bungalows. The park service is busy rebuilding their's. But in highest season book ahead because we got one of the last availabilities when we just showed up (xmastime). Everything behind the beach is in a very natural setting amidst tropical plants and trees - no noisy streets.
Excellent job done cleaning up the tsunami damage - everything looked great, only the park service is busy rebuilding some of their bungalows.