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Nai Yang–a local favorite

Nai Yang Beach is located not far from the airport in the Sirinath National Park on the northwest part of Phuket Island. Rimming a long curving bay, the beach is a good place for camping, swimming, and taking elephant rides into the surf.

The beach is hardly ever visited by tourists, and is a much more casual and local area than many others. Activities are limited to simple relaxation-orientated activities, such as massaging, beach strolling, and snorkeling. About a km offshore a large coral reef provides good snorkeling and scuba diving for those interested in it. However, to those planning to do so, careful- dangerous undertows are a threat to swimmers and snorkelers year round, and not just during the monsoon season.

Food in this area is limited mostly to local Thai food, and may not give the best impression with its plastic chairs and shabby looks. But for those curious to have a taste of cheap local Thai cuisine, there is no place better than to sit beside the beach and watch the waves break and crash on the shore while having a dish of traditional Thai food.

At the northern end of the beach accommodations are limited to camping (the Park authorities and a privately operated campground rent tents) and a few bungalows. Construction of some commercial resorts has been allowed at the southern end, ranging from simple cottages to upmarket hotels. The place hasn’t grown and flourished as a travel popular travel destination as of yet, but with the pristine beach and surroundings- its without a doubt that this will one day become packed with tourists, so enjoy it while its still all yours!

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