Nai Thon and Nai Yang
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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.
Nai Thon nestled at the foot of high hills has a fine strip of sand. This quiet bay is suitable for swimming.
Sirinat National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติสิรินาถ) covers an area of 90 square kilometres, stretching all the way to the island’s northern tip. The park headquarters are located on Nai Yang, which is blessed with shady pine trees providing excellent opportunity for swimming and relaxation. Off-shore is a large coral reef which serves as habitat for several species of sea life, particularly the sea turtles.
Walk! Bikes available for rent for 200 baht per day. Motorbikes are 300 baht per day in the high season.
Short taxi rides (to your accommodation on the main road, for example) are 150 baht and up. Negotiate.
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.
There are a few hotels, guest houses, and restaurants. The atmosphere is generally laid back and quiet. New hotel projects are in the process of being built, so changes are coming.
It is only a short taxi ride to and from the airport