The Naiharn & Rawai Area
Nai Harn is an exceptionally peaceful part of Phuket that lies along the island's southern shores. With its casual beach town atmosphere and incredible natural beauty, it also boasts plenty of bars, cafes, shops and restaurants, as well as a variety of activities both land and water-based.
Despite the island's increased development over the past few years, Nai Harn has managed to maintain its small town charm and peaceful tranquility boasting one of the island's most beautiful beaches with its long stretch of sandy shore, perfect for a stroll. The beach also serves as the ideal sunbathing spot and there are plenty of fresh seafood restaurants that can be found in the small paved street directly behind the beach.
During the monsoon season, Nai Harn beach is frequented by boogie boarders, kiteboarders and surfers looking to catch the large waves that are prevalent during the low season months. It is important to note that swimming at this time of year (May to November) is not recommended and caution should be taken when entering the water.
Nai Harn borders the towns of Rawai and Ya Nui, the former a lively area filled with a range of bar complexes and an assortment of eateries, while Ya Nui is significantly quieter and offers much in the way of natural beauty. Promthep Cape can be found nearby and is one of Phuket's most famous viewpoints, which overlooks the Andaman Sea and the nearest island of Koh Man.
There is also an interesting little museum housed within the lighthouse that stands proudly at the top of the hill where on a clear day, views towards Koh Racha Yai, Koh Racha Noi and even Koh Phi Phi are possible.
Those who wish to venture off to other parts of Phuket will find the journey to Patong takes approximately 20 minutes by car, where Phuket Town can be reached within 30 minutes. Nai Harn is approximately a 45-60 minute drive from Phuket International Airport.