Nai Yang beach, the closest beach to Phuket International Airport, is bathed by the shade of pine trees. Thai residents of Phuket enjoy to have picnics and it is easy to find many different kinds of Thai food near the beach.
When the tide is low, the sea can appear to be muddy compared to other beaches of West Coast, but many families take advantage of it to harvest shellfish and take them home for dinner, or sale them in one of the many restaurants of the island.
For that reason, this beach is less popular with tourists and less developed. Another reason is the shore that falls steeply on several levels, creating unpredictable and dangerous sea currents during the Monsoon season.
Every year between November and February, giant sea turtles haul out on the beach at night to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, the number of turtles making their annual appearance continues to decline, and to ensure restocking, awareness programs have been implemented. If you are lucky enough to see turtles, be very discreet and try not to disturb them.
To protect wildlife and nature from development and urbanization, the beaches of Nai Yang and Mai Khao are covered by the Nai Yang National Park and Thai authorities closely monitor these two beaches.