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Nai Harn Beach

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The 3rd best beach in Asia…

Nai Harn Beach is ranked as the 3rd best beach in Asia according to and for good reason! You will notice the beautiful soft sand around your toes as soon as you step foot on this beach which to access, you have to drive 1 km along a very scenic lake that is surrounded by palms and mountains. The beach is usually manned by a team of lifeguards and has a few vendors along the stretch selling ice cold refreshments, my personal favorite being fresh coconuts which are perfect for a hot day.

Nai Harn Beach from Our Aerial Drone

Nai Harn Beach from Our Aerial Drone

Approximately 30 meters before you step onto the baby talc soft sands, you will see a strip of restaurants offering Thai Food, specializing in fresh seafood as well as a few massage vendors. On the far end, the right side if you’re looking towards the ocean there are also 2 hotels (some info on these hotels). A little known fact to the majority of tourists is that the Royal Yacht club actually has a road leading through 2 a number of sights, maybe more worthy of a visit than Nai Harn Beach itself!  For more information on this checkout our page on Ao Sane Beach.

Even further back than the restaurants, just before we enter the beach area we can refer back to Nai Harn Lake. It’s 2.2km around and a beautiful location which is very popular with joggers. In the center you will find a kids play park and occasionally if their ever repaired you can hire peddle boats for a romantic float on the lake. There is also a vendor location at the tip of the lake that leads into Nai Harn Beach. Here you can buy fresh fruit, bbq chicken and baked potatoes! All very reasonably priced, as evident by the many Thai locals you will also see buying here.

Things to Do Nai Harn Beach

1) Our most highly recommended thing to do on Nai Harn Beach is the “Clean The Beach Bootcamp”. I know you’re probably thinking you don’t want to clean a beach on your holiday… but just checkout one of the videos showing how much fun these guys have on their camps! The do a fitness bootcamp first, followed by Yoga, then they all pick up some trash using provided sanitary equipment. Then they go eat food, normally provided by sponsors for free and just generally make some great new friends for their holiday! Just checkout the video and see why we rate this as the coolest thing to do on Nai Harn Beach!

2) Surfing! As can be seen in this photo, during low season the waves get fairly big at Nai Harn Beach. The surfing season goes from June till October and it’s a perfect place for beginners as the waves are not to big and there are generally other surfers and lifeguards in the area in case you get in trouble. You do have to watch out for rip tides on Nai Harn, they will generally put up a warning flag if there is one. Here’s a guide on how to escape a rip tide! It’s worth 5 minutes of your time.

Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn Beach During Low Season, it’s perfect for surfing!

3) Lay back, relax and enjoy the sun… maybe take the occasional cooling dip in the ocean which is pretty much the perfect temperature, not too warm or cold. This is the main reason Nai Harn Beach has been voted the 3rd best beach in the whole of Asia! Many thanks to Krix Luther from Clean The Beach Boot Camp for helping keep it clean and showing the government the importance of investing more time and care into one of its national treasures.

Rawai Beach

Once upon a time it was just a quiet fishing village

Rawai Sunrise

A few photos taken during filming the sunrise that morning at Rawai Pier

Phuket Island is home to the famous Rawai Beach, a beautiful spot to enjoy some Thai food or a great location to go island hopping to one of the many nearby small Islands. You can hire a longtail or speedboat from various vendors along the beach at fairly low prices. We rented a longtail boat for 30 minutes at only 500 thai baht. You can expect to pay closer to 1000 on average for the nearest islands but you can fill a boat with about 4 – 6 people for that price. Right next to Rawai Pier you will find the Sea Gypsy Village. The Sea Gypsy’s sell freshly caught fish each day as well as a variety of souvenirs from the sea. A popular thing to do is buying fresh fish from the fish market and taking it to any nearby restaurant to cook up for you. This whole experience could cost you 200-300 for the fish and another 150 to cook it for 2. For more information on the Sea Gypsy’s history visit here.

Along the same road as Rawai Beach you can find a plethora of western restaurants, massage parlours and tour shops. It’s really developed in the last five years but is still quieter than most beach areas in Thailand. Out of all of these restaurants, the local favorites are definitely Flip Side if you want a truly sublime burger, Uoteru Sushi, if you want top class sushi from a real Japanese Chef and if you want Thai Food, Salaloy is the most famous and popular among Thai locals and expats alike.

Rawai Beach Aerial Photography

Once you start to walk away from Rawai Beach and the pier the first thing you will surely notice is the number of bars full of mostly Thai girls on an evening. The nightlife in Rawai is among the most busy in Phuket in recent years with many tourists who come for the nightlife, preferring to stay

Rawai Pier from the Sea

Rawai Pier from the Sea

in much quieter Rawai compared to the bustling city of Patong which never stops. The biggest club in the area is Laguna Complex and it’s only 5 minutes walk from Rawai Beach. Not to be confused with Laguna north of the Island. Laguna complex has about 30 bars, full of girls and once they close the night club stays open till around 4-5 am nightly.

On the opposite end of the scale to nightlife, Rawai has become an unlikely place for another community that has blossomed during the quiet island life of Phuket… The health and well-being crowd. Whether that be through fitness and detox or more spiritual retreats offering meditation and other alternative therapies to help various ailments or just improve the quality of your life. If you’re interested in doing something quick and highly effective that will dramatically increase your mood, clearness of mind and drop some weight fast we highly recommend trying an introduction detox at one of various centers while you’re on holiday. Everybody who does the detoxes raves about how good they feel after. Finally we will finish up by recommending after a cultural experience at Rawai beach, you then take a 7 minute drive along to Nai Harn Beach for some rest and relaxation.

Rawai Pier at Night

Rawai Pier is dreamy at night