Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn used to be a quiet little village where nothing much was going on, however this is changing and there are now some great International restaurants and funky cafes alongside the local roadside Thai eateries. Shops selling stylish clothing, hairdressing and beauty salons and massage parlours are easy to find.

Located right at the very southern tip is Nai Harn beach, popular with tourists and locals alike. It can be quiet in low season as there are only a few hotels located here and the Samnak Song Monastery located directly behind the beach has so far kept any major development at bay. As high season arrives so do the yachts, tourists, surfers and sunbathers and things really start to liven up.

Surrounded by mountains the water is generally calm and crystal clear depending upon the season. Surfers tend to head for the south end of the beach where the waves are best whilst the tourists sit on the sand under an umbrella or relax at one of the local restaurants for a lunch-time snack or cool drink.

The lagoon offers a suitable swimming area for children and just a short distance from the beach is Nai Harn freshwater lake, with an island in the middle that contains a picnic area and play park for young children. There is lots of opportunity for exercise in this area with people walking, jogging and cycling around the lake and on the mountain roads and practising yoga or training on the beach in the early morning.

To the right of Nai Harn Beach is The Royal Phuket Yacht Club, follow the road underground and out the other side and you'll soon come to a small but lovely beach with huge rocks scattered around known as Ao Sane. There's nothing here apart from a few bungalows and small restaurant but the attraction is a cluster of small coral outcrops just offshore which makes it perfect for snorkelling.

Phromthep Cape is one of the most famous viewpoints in Phuket and it can get quite busy at sunset with coaches blocking the roads. Stalls line the street selling an assortment of seashells, colourful batik, sarongs, tasty snacks and clothing at reasonable prices and there's coconut ice-cream that is home-made and delicious. Climb to the very top and there's also a lighthouse with some interesting historical maritime objects, from the upper viewing balcony you can see Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi on a good day and maybe even as far as the Phi Phi Islands.

In-between Promthep Cape and Nai Harn Beach is Ya Nui, a small beach set in a secluded cove where snorkelers, kayakers and swimmers enjoy the warm still waters. There are a few bungalow operations here and a Thai restaurant for a snack, apart from that it's a great pace to chill for the day.