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Nai Yang, Thailand

16 December 2010 6,604 views 2 Comments

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totally tropical

Nai Yang beach is probably six kilometres long, a decent strip of near white sand with bay waves washing the shore. One road runs parallel to the ocean lined with shacks of varying shape, size & condition and tropical plants & trees. There really is only one road but on that road you can find all you’d need for a few lazy days in Thailand: outrageously cheap good massage services, a range of foods but especially good seafood, cold water, beers & cocktails, watersports, taxis and cornershops for essentials – phonecards, snacks, more beer.

I don’t know Thailand or Phuket at all but I understand that Patong is the main area on Phuket. Nai Yang on the other hand, is quiet, and a bit scruffy. It reminded me of Mui Ne in Vietnam and I loved it. There will be more glamorous beaches, better nightlife, more luxurious hotels on Phuket, but I enjoyed the atmosphere in Nai Yang. There was no clamour for my ‘farang’ business, in fact sometimes the exact opposite… At one bar the owner spent an hour chatting to me, just to do that, chat. In fact he shouted me a drink and it’s not like I was a high value customer! At the massage shop I went to I was told to come back in one hour – no shifting things around for me. At the kayak rental I shuffled around for the right money and got told ‘just give me that 50’, when the price had been 100. This lackadaisical approach to time, money, friendship I found instantly de-stressing. That and the ‘always on’ gentle ocean waves, the pink sunsets and the rustling palms.

The resort that had been recommended to me was Nai Yang Beach Resort. To locals this is outrageously expensive and indulgent. To me, honestly, this was kinda standard, no-frills resort stuff. Absolutely fine, perfect for me – reminded me of the resort in Legian, Bali actually – three lovely swimming pools, a plentiful buffet breakfast :), great staff, cheap as chips mini bar.

lazy day

I walked the length of the beach – aside from a slightly creepy, empty section – it was quiet, calm and great views back of the whole beach, bay and hills behind. I also got to see the fishing boats up close and wade around with the fishermen. To see the other end of the bay & beach I kayaked. Again, great views taking in more of the island, getting up close to the sight-seeing boats, waving to Thai families swimming, and skimming right over/ through shoals of leaping fish.

Amazing how much you can do when you tell yourself to take a whole day off and relax! As well as walk and paddle the beach I hung by the pool, finally read my camera instructions (been meaning to do that for a year!), had lingering meals, finished a book (last Millennium book, I think I’ve said before – read them..), , and did my favourite holiday ‘thing’ – sat on the beach at sunset with beer & salty snacks :)

I also went for a famed Thai massage. The type of treatment I like is one that takes me apart and then puts me back together. We had ourselves a match here then. Not only were the moves spine cracking but at six quid/ 12 AUD for an hour you really could afford to stay in here all day. Tempting, but it raises all the wrong questions…

The next morning while it was theoretically still cool I sweated through a beautiful yoga practice before having a final dunk in the lovely pool.

Nai Yang – it satisifies.

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2 Comments »

  • Emma said:

    Well done on reading your camera instructions…I think my ‘great advice but things I never do myself’ is rubbing off on you! Glad you are de-stressing..and you found a match for Eva at Sahsin! Namaste x

  • lucyjjames » Blog Archive » South Thailand Islands said:

    […] stayed here last year and really liked it. Nai Yang ticks all the boxes for me: great beach, enough local services to […]

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