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Naiharn Beach

Especially popular with locals and expats, this sleepy village is largely underdeveloped and retains its natural charm.

At Nai Harn Beach there are no large resorts lining the sand, only local restaurants and the occasional massage hut. There are no loud nightclubs, few shops and very little in the way of man-made attractions. There is clean, white sand, warm, clear water, jungle-covered hills, a freshwater lagoon and authentic Thai cuisine. This is the perfect village for those who want to experience local culture without the crowds.

The lack of large-scale development is largely thanks to the Samnak Song Nai Harn Monastery. It sits just behind the beach and owns much of the surrounding land. The monastery and its ornate buildings are still occupied by monks, and villagers come here early in the morning to pay their respects and donate food. Visitors are welcome, but remember to dress conservatively.

The freshwater lagoon, inland from the beach on the southern end, is another popular spot with locals, who come here to jog, fish, picnic and bike. Rent a paddleboat and head to the island in the center of the lake, which is a pretty park with a children’s playground.

Some of the best spots in Phuket for snorkeling and diving are just off the beach here. Sign up for a tour or rent a snorkel (vendors are easy to find) and head out just in front of the Royal Phuket Yacht Club; there’s an abundance of coral and tropical fish in this area.

From November through May, the 84-degree (29 degrees Celsius) sea is lake-like and perfect for a relaxing dip. Outside of these months, grab your bodyboard and have some fun in the  small waves on the south end of the beach. A permanent sandbank further out provides surfers the opportunity to catch a wave year-round.

Nai Harn has more of a residential feel than other busier villages, which only adds to its charm. And you know that if a beach in Phuket is popular with locals, it’s got to be good.

Nai Harn Beach is on the southern end of Phuket, about 20 minutes’ drive south of Patong or an hour south of the International Airport.

Ensure you have heaps of time at Nai Harn Beach. Here are the top activities:

Hand Drum Workshop is just one of the best activities on offer here.

For even more things to do, check out our Phuket things to do page.


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All Seasons Naiharn Phuket $39
All Seasons Naiharn Phuket

All Seasons Naiharn Phuket

14/53 Moo 1 Naiharn Beach, Viset Road, Rawai, Phuket
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Rawai hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Nai Harn Beach, Windmill Viewpoint, and Promthep Cape.

    The Nai Harn $118
    The Nai Harn

    The Nai Harn

    23/3 Vises Road, Nai Harn Beach, Rawai, Phuket
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Rawai, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ao Sane Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Rawai Beach and Promthep Cape are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Bungalow With Private Jacuzzi on Nai Harn Beach
      Bungalow With Private Jacuzzi on Nai Harn Beach

      Bungalow With Private Jacuzzi on Nai Harn Beach

      Rawai, Phuket (province)
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Rawai, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ao Sane Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Rawai Beach and Promthep Cape are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Villa Bianca
        Villa Bianca

        Villa Bianca

        House 24/84, Villa PTA07-2, Baan Bua, Soi Naya, Rawai, Rawai
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Rawai, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ao Sane Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Rawai Beach and Promthep Cape are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Villa Ruby
          Villa Ruby

          Villa Ruby

          53/58 Soi Tokdum, Moo 7, Sai Yuan Road, Rawai, Rawai, Phuket
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Rawai, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ao Sane Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Rawai Beach and Promthep Cape are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Sunsuri Phuket $84
            Sunsuri Phuket

            Sunsuri Phuket

            11/5 Moo 1, Naiharn Beach, Rawai, Phuket
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Rawai hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ao Sane Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Rawai Beach and Promthep Cape are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Condo in Nai Harn in ReLife 15-123-210
              Condo in Nai Harn in ReLife 15-123-210

              Condo in Nai Harn in ReLife 15-123-210

              14/92 Naiharn Beach, Rawai, Phuket
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the sea, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ao Sane Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Rawai Beach and Promthep Cape are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Condo in Nai Harn in ReLife 15-122-211
                Condo in Nai Harn in ReLife 15-122-211

                Condo in Nai Harn in ReLife 15-122-211

                14/92 Naiharn Beach, Rawai, Phuket
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the sea, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ao Sane Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Rawai Beach and Promthep Cape are also within 3 mi (5 km).