Nai Thon (หาดในทอน Hat Nai Thon) and Nai Yang (หาดในยาง Hat Nai Yang) are two adjacent quiet beaches in northern Phuket. There are a few hotels, guesthouses and restaurants in Nai Thon. The atmosphere is generally laid back and quiet. New hotel projects are in the process of buing built so it will change here too.
Mangrove Forests, situated on the island’s northern tip, cover a large area of 320 acres. A nature trail has been cleared for the convenience of visitors with signs indicating and explaining the various species.
Basically this is a chill-on-the-beach sort of place. It seems that the most popular thing to do is to have a massage.
You can kitesurf in summer season. Don’t expect strong winds, so take your biggest kites. This is a great place to learn how to kitesurf for beginners. There are waves on one side of lagoon and flat water with reef break on other side. Kite schools KBA and Kitezone will help you with lessons and gear.
You can go snorkelling of the beach In Nai Yang from the life guard post in the park. (You don’t pay park entrance fee when you walk in from the beach.) There’s some fish animal life and the corals are starting to grow/recover from the 2004 tsunami.
Small informal restaurants are situated literally on the sand for the length of Nai Thon Beach, and offer a relaxing meal at minimal cost. Food is either cooked in tents on the beach or in houses across the road. Tables and chairs are set up on the sand, and range from plastic outdoor settings to solid wooden settings with tablecloth. However, appearances can be deceiving, as the tackier looking restaurants often dish up the best meals.
Main courses start at around 70 baht, offering excellent value for money, but service can sometimes be slow, and orders confused if made in English. The key is to sit back, smile and soak up the serenity; beach-front dining on pocket change doesn’t get much better than this.