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Nai Harn Beach
Written by Administrator    Thursday, 25 March 2010 14:04    PDF Print E-mail

 

Far down South, Quiet & Beautiful

Here is an out-of-the-way beach with fabulous views

 

Nai Harn Beach


Nai Harn is one of the more isolated beaches, right at the bottom of the island and nestled in a bay defined by headlands and islands. There is one big and beautiful hotel here, Le Meridien Phuket Yacht Club, along with one new mid-market, bungalow resort. Other than this there are no buildings to be seen at Nai Harn, and the beach is backed by the green of casaurina trees and coconut palms.

 

Nai Harn Beach


Even the road into Nai Harn beach winds in a confused manner through the rubber plantations and small villages, giving the feeling of getting far, far away from the busy beaches like Patong. The fact that quite a few foreign residents who live on Phuket Island have settled into the green valley at the back of Nai Harn says much about the tranquillity of the place. Most of these people have come looking for the perfect island life.

 

 Nai Harn Beach


During the high season, from November to May, the bay of Nai Harn is a favourite anchorage for yachts, due to the protection from winds that the surrounding headlands afford, and the quiet calm of the water here. This also makes delightful swimming conditions that are only matched, perhaps, by the bay of Kata. Many residents of Phuket choose this beach for swimming due to such ideal conditions, and to the fact that there is never a big crowd here.

 

Nai Harn Beach


Because this beach faces directly southwest, it takes the full force of incoming monsoon waves during the wet months from May to October. This is both good and bad (mostly good). The pounding of the waves builds up sand, cleans it and reshapes the beach into one of the best on the island. Also, the wet season waves are often great for surfing, with either board or body. But if you are a weak swimmer and come at the monsoon time of year, there are plenty of green and quiet places to take walks to. And hills to climb.

 

Nai Harn Beach

 

Right at the back of the beach, in the centre, is a Buddhist retreat. Monks live here, but it is not yet a fully-fledged monastery. But its existence protects this important part of the beach from further development, for in Thailand monastery land cannot be sold or developed easily. A little behind this retreat is a large reservoir which also holds off development and guarantees an open, green future for Nai Harn.

 

Nai Harn Beach


There are a couple of things to note about the one big hotel here, the Phuket Yacht Club hotel. This is a hotel, not a real yacht club, and it is one of the most beautifully located hotels on the island. Set right into the side of the hill on the Northwestern side of the beach, the balconies and rooms of this look out over the magnificent vista of Nai Harn’s yacht-studded bay, its islands and enclosing headlands. A cool drink on their terrace at sunset can become one of Phuket's most spectacular, or romantic experiences.

 

Nai Harn Beach

 


Surprisingly, a public road runs directly under the Yacht Club hotel, right through the carpark. Everyone can drive through the main gate, under the hotel and follow the road for a couple of kilometres. There are two more bungalow resorts along this road that are especially quiet – Ao Sane and Jungle Beach Resort. These are two of those special, romantic places that make great escapes for those wanting get away from the crowds, at budget prices. But go as a couple, for here it is REALLY quiet.

 

 Nai Harn Beach

 

 
For accommodation contacts see you pages HOTELS/Nai Harn.