In contrast to some beaches in Phuket, such as Rawai, Nai Harn is known as more of a local spot than one frequented by foreigners. Despite its popularity and reputation as one of the best beaches in Phuket, the beach at Nai Harn is actually one of the less developed stretches of sand on the island.
There are just a handful of hotels and some small (but delightful) restaurants, and most of the fun comes not from packed bars and pubs but rather from the area’s natural beauty. The beach has great swimming conditions almost year round, although swimmers should be careful of the sometimes powerful currents. Those into sailing will find the area’s local yacht club to be one of the country’s best.
Nai Harn is roughly 20 kilometres from Phuket Town, and if you look at a map you’ll see that the main beach and bay are located on the southernmost tip of the whole island. Due this geographical position, the beach is in the direct line of most monsoons that batter Phuket in the rainy reason. This means that the sand at Nai Harn gets pounded up every year into an incredibly fine into soft material. The rains also replenish the water in the area, leaving it to be amongst the most clean and fresh found anywhere in Phuket.