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Nai Harn Beach 5 Mins

Along the rocky shores of Phuket's southernmost tip lies Nai Harn beach another of the island's heavenly strips of sand. The beach is powdery and almost white, the waters calm (at most times of the year) and crystal clear, and development on the beach itself is minimal — really!

Seriously lacking in shade, Nai Harn is a favourite spot for sun-bakers, resident expats and everyone else in Phuket — you will see why. The beach also has some quite reasonable snorkelling toward the southern headlands and a mask and set of fins can be easily rented for around 150B.

The main reason that Nai Harn is pleasantly under-developed is courtesy of the Samnak Song Monastery which occupies most of the land off the centre and southern stretch of the beach. As with western Mae Nam beach on Ko Samui, the temple's location brought development in the immediate area to a complete standstill — what a shame there wasn't a large temple in the middle of Patong! Back off the beach, development has also been restricted by a large reservoir where locals fish, paddle in swan boats, go for morning jogs or enjoy the nice park on the reservoir's island.

Of the few accommodation options near the beach, most are upmarket and new developments tend to be time-shares and private villas. There is one option listed here under accommodation but budget travellers are better off heading to Ya Nui beach to the south or at the one cheapie spots on Ao Sane just to the north (through the Royal Phuket Yacht Club).

Nai Harn has three segments to it. The immediate beach area, a "mini village" behind the lake, and Nai Harn town which is further back again. The latter has the largest range of eateries and bars along with other services like bike hire and travel agents, but it is a long, long walk to the beach. Much of the accommodation is in the mini village which is about a ten to 15 minute walk to the beach. A lot of people chosoe to hire a motorbike.

Promthep Cape 9 Mins

Promthep Cape is a windswept promontory that juts into the Andaman Sea at the southernmost tip of Phuket. Also written Phrom Thep Cape or Laem Promthep, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful spots in Phuket. The view here is certainly breathtaking, especially during sunset. Depending on the time of the year, the tall grass at Promthep Cape may change from verdant green to golden brown.

The name Promthep comes from "Prom", which is Thai for the Hindu term, "Brahma," signifying purity, and "Thep" means 'God.' Local villagers used to call Promthep Cape "Leam Jao", or God's Cape. During the olden days, it was a navigation landmark for seafarers traveling up the Malay Peninsula.

There is a shrine at Promthep Cape to the Hindu deity Brahma. It Thailand, it is usual for the devotees to present carved elephants to Brahma, either as request for a wish or as thanksgiving for granted wishes. The elephant is the mount of Brama and signify longevity. As a result, the Brahma shrine is filled with carved elephants.

In addition to the shrine, there is a lighthouse and a museum. At the parking area are some stalls selling souvenirs. From there, you can take a walk down the dirt track to the promontory. The tall grass is punctuated by windswept sugar palms.

Other Near by Atractions

Rawai Beach

Ao Nui Beach

Ao Sane Beach

Ao Nui View Point