Beach/View Point


Nai Harn Beach, Phuket THAILAND

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket

THAILANDNai Harn beach is not a long beach, but it has beautiful clear water, white sand, pine trees along the edge of the beach, creating a great atmosphere to relax in. It is public land, so there hasn’t been the rapid development of hotels like at other beaches. This beach is popular with foreigners and locals who are looking for a place to relax, and swim. Care should be taken during the monsoon sea, as the waves can become large and it can be dangerous for swimmers.Close to the beach is a reservoir with a small island and a connecting bridge. The island is shaded by pine trees, making it a cool place to relax, and there is even a playground for children to play.

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket THAILAND

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket THAILAND

At the end of the beach is the hotel Le Meridian Yacht Club, and if you drive through and follow the road, you will come to Sane Bay. In Sane Bay is quite and isolated, and there is a single small resort that is not well known, by tourists and residents of Phuket alike.

The road runs along the base of a hill from which you have a clear view of Nai Harn Beach and the Windmill Viewpoint. Sane Bay is more rocky than most beaches in Phuket, and you may see locals fishing for fish and squid. It is only fews kilometers from the hotel, and the beach is small with lots of rocks, which makes it a nice place for a quiet swim, and the shallow water and coral reef make it popular with skin divers.

Close to the hotel, Sane Bay offers a very close alternative to the usual beach buzz, with a quiet and calm atmosphere giving those who visit the chance for real rest and relaxation.

Getting to Nai Harn Beach is simply a case of following the coastal road from Promthep Cape, or use the shortcut from Rawai Beach, and it is only 18km from Phuket Town.

Yanui Beach Phuket THAILAND

Yanui Beach Phuket THAILAND

Nui Beach is a very small beach that lies between Promthep Cape and Nai Harn Beach, along the island’s coastal road. This beach is well known, as it has two separate areas that can be used for swimming all year round. This is because of the beaches location, and large waves rarely reach the beach. It also has a coral reef, that can be explored by both divers, and people wishing to snorkel.

Promthep Cape, Phuket THAILAND
Promthep Cape, Phuket THAILAND

Promthep Cape is the most famous cape in Phuket, as it is the best location to watch the beautiful sunset in breathtaking scenery. Promthep Cape is found at the southern most tip of Phuket Island, and from the viewpoint you can admire the sunset without trees or hills obscuring your view.

Outside of the beautiful sunsets, Promthep Cape is a top scenic spot and top photo opportunity during the daytime. The view in every direction from the point has something different to offer. To the east is Rawai Beach and various islands including, if the weather is clear, Koh Pee Pee. To the west you can see Coral Island, Loan Island and the huge expanse of the open ocean. To the North, you can see the coastal road that will take you to Nui Beach and the charming Nai Harn beach with its beautiful white sand.

If you really want to see the sunset in full glory, you’d better be quick, because you will need to claim your place before the sun hits the water. If you come late, you may have problems finding a space to park or even a place to stand, especially during a festival, as there can be many, many people.

If you’re a photographer, and you want a picture of the sun setting behind the cape, then it is recommended that you go to the Promthep Temple. You can find the entrance on the road leading from Rawai, 500m before you reach the parking lot for Promthep Cape. From here, you can get a clear shot of the headland, with the sun setting behind, a shot that most people do not get. In addition, you don’t need to fight with the crowds of tourists who usually go to the cape itself.

Rawai Beach is found on the southern most tip of Phuket Island, located very near to the Promthep Cape which is famous as a great spot to enjoy Phuket’s beautiful sunsets. Rawai Beach isn’t overly popular with tourists because the water is slightly murky, and not the clean clear waters that can be found at many of the beaches on the west coast of the island. But when the tide is full, and the water at its highest, the view at Rawai Beach is truly beautiful and very popular with photographers. It is also very comfortable in the afternoons and early evening, as there are pine trees situated along the shoreline that can offer a welcome respite from the hot sun.

 

Besides the beach there is also the harbor which offers convenient access to them various islands to be found at the southern end of Phuket. For example, Koh Hay (Coral Island) and Koh Racha (Racha Island) which can bothe be accessed by either long-tail boat, speed boat, or for a more leisurely trip the white ferry’s can offer chances to enjoy the scenery and take photographs.

If you venture to the western end of Rawai Beach it is possible to witness the traditional fishermen who still make a living catching fresh fish and produce from the sea. To get a feel for their authentic way of life you can visit the fishermen’s village where you can see them selling their catches, and also handcrafts made from the sea, which make great souveniers.