Nai Yang Beach is located on the west coast of Phuket Island, on the northern part of the west coast, about a five minute drive from the airport.
Lined with casuarinas, it is two kilometers in length and lays along a gently curving bay.
At the north end it blends into a longer stretch of beach known as Mai Khao Beach. The southern end of the beach, with sandy seabeds, is nice for swimming.
The northern end is dominated by rocky coral areas and is nice for snorkeling.
The reef, which was damaged severely by the tsunami of 2006, gives the beach substantial protection during the rainy season. The beach is generally not crowded, and quite quiet, except for the noise of airplanes arriving and departing at the airport.
Large parts of Nai Yang Beach are included in the Sirinat National Park. In part due to efforts of the government to protect sea turtles that lay their eggs on the beach from November to February. The good side of the beach being part of a national park is that it has keep development down and helps keep the beach quiet.
The park rents out tents to campers and provides toilets and showers. The bad news is that park rangers are always trying to collect park fees, and they charge foreigners substantially higher rates than native Thais. Perhaps this is why Thai tourists tend to prefer the area more than foreigners.
Generally, the northern part of the beach is less developed than the southern part, where one finds some bars – they usually close early - and restaurants. There are souvenir shops all along the beach road, and one convenience store, the Nai Yang Shop, which sells all sorts of stuff at inflated prices.
Vendors roam the beach selling food, drinks and assorted tourist stuff. Massage ladies also may be found at the beach, under the trees, doing their massages and manicures. So far, the jet ski operators are absent.
Nai Yang Beach is fairly distant from significant shopping and entertainment opportunities as Patong Beach is a 45 minute drive. Those desiring more activity should consider staying at another beach.
Two tourist class hotels are located on the southern end of the beach beyong the trees: the Indigo Pearl Village, which has extensive gardens and a swimming pool, and the Crown Nai Yang, a hotel-like structure.
One can find reasonable priced accommodations in or very close to the beach. These include Pensiri House, a "hotel style" guest house located next to the Pearl, which rents rooms for under 600 baht a night.
Wonglee House and Bungalow, which also rents rooms for under 600 baht a night. The Nai Yang Beach Resort with rooms from 600 to 1,500 baht a night, and the Kasalong Phuket Resort and the Golddigger's Resort, both having rooms in the 1,500 to 4,000 baht a night range.
Up the road in Mai Khao, one can stay at the Mai Khao Beach Bungalows, which has bungalows for under 600 baht a night. There are also some reasonable places to stay toward the south, in neighboring Nai Thon Beach.