Nai Harn Beach, Rawai
Naiharn, facing south...
This magnificent beach is located at the extreme "South" of Phuket Island.
Many beach restaurants are located there and it is very pleasant to spend a good time there.
For me... I would say that this beach is one of the most beautiful in Phuket.
The slope is very gentle: children can have hours of fun there.
The large lake next door is a great place for walkers, joggers or even cyclists who enjoy their favourite pastimes early in the morning or early evening, just before sunset.
Welcome to Naiharn Beach
Naiharn is a superb beach, very busy of course during the season.
670 meters long, its gentle slope is a paradise for children.
2014: the big upheaval on Phuket's beaches
Until 2014, this large shaded area, slightly set back and higher than the beach, was occupied by a large number of restaurants. People (holiday tourists but also residents) liked to come and eat a Khaopad Khai or a Chicken Cashew Nuts with a good cold drink.
At the beginning of 2014 everything changed radically. The army, newly in power, cleared all the illegal installations on all the beaches of Phuket, the sun loungers which, it must be said, were in excess on this magnificent beach of Naiharn. the restaurants, the masseuses, the various small vendors, in short... from one day to the next, Naiharn changed from a dream beach to a ghost beach... The new rulers had the major intention to put the country back in order but the restrictions were so severe that even the holiday tourists couldn't bring their own umbrella to protect their young children... imagine the laments of the Scandinavians for their children with such white and sensitive skin who couldn't protect themselves from the violent and dangerous sun of Phuket.
Myself, who liked to come from time to time to have a little local dish with this sea just in front of us as a dream scenery, I found these decisions very violent and the disappearance of these small restaurants had really saddened us.
Since then, time has gone by, years have passed... and going to Naiharn recently to take some new pictures, I was pleased to see the very progressive return, slowly but surely, of some restaurants on this so pleasant part of the land.
2020 : Slow and progessive return of some restaurants...
Nothing like a gentle massage at the end of the day
Naiharn Beach and around
Of course, if you take a 10,000 km trip, walking around a lake when the sea is two steps away may seem rather absurd. I agree with that!
That said, we can see things differently and fully enjoy this charming place... some have understood it for a long time and many athletes of all levels, young and old, like walkers, joggers and other cyclists who come to wet their t-shirts!
In the morning, as soon as the sun rises, many enthusiasts attack their "lake tour" with great energy... the prevailing temperature is perfect for exercise and the surrounding calm is ideal for a beautiful start to a beautiful day. One more day in paradise!
Others prefer to exercise in the evening around 5pm... until nightfall... it depends.
A small islet that can be reached by crossing a small bridge offers picnicking, jogging, petanque and children... a well shaded and really very pleasant area. There are attractions for children, "pedal boats" to go for a walk on the lake, in short, an absolutely charming little corner.
A sign reminds us that it is forbidden to smoke and bring alcohol...