Update 27 Jan 2016:
The military post coup banned rented beach equipment and closed a lot of the bars and eating places that sat at the back of beaches all over Thailand so some of the details and photos of my post here may have changed. Let me know.
We had arranged to spend six days in Phuket on the way home from Australia. We had flown Jetstar, which flies directly Sydney/Phuket, so as we were already there it made sense to stop over and have a Thai holiday before re-joining my hectic retired life in Chiang Mai! The other reason Phuket was a must-do is that both Gaun and I had friends we wanted to catch-up with from our previous times there.
One of the nicer beaches to visit in Phuket is Nai Harn towards the tip of the island on the West side. The beach itself is smaller than others such as Kata and in a more intimate horseshoe shape with a restaurant perched on the rocks at one end and the Royal Phuket Yacht Club, a large hotel, at the other. There was almost no surf when we were there but that’s not always the case. Lifeguards are usually on duty if you are a nervous swimmer.
The beachscape itself is very European with rows of lounges and umbrellas each with a little table between them. These can be hired for 100 THB or $3.60 per lounge for the day and for a non-sand lover like me is a much more civilised way of spending time on the beach than Australia.
The other big plus is that there are stalls at the back of the beach that sell cold drinks, beer and ice creams. Food is never far away with street stalls on the road and a range of restaurants situated in the trees that line the back of the beach. A small range of shops and smaller eating places sit behind the trees.
I still think that Australia has some of the best beaches in the world but for a day out a combination of lounges, cheap beer, a cornetto that costs under $1.00, warm water and Nai Harn isn’t looking too shabby.
Thanks for reading.