Naithon Beach is one of the less well known and quieter beaches on Phuket’s west coast. The contrast between this beach – one of our favourites – and the beaches of Patong, Karon, Kata could not be more striking, although the construction of a large branded resort hotel at the northern end of the beach has affected the former tranquility to an extent. Otherwise, the ‘small village’ atmosphere remains and, while strolling along the smooth sandy beach, it’s hard to imagine that you are on Phuket’s west coast. The southern end of the beach is dominated by a large rock formation beyond which is an even more secluded small beach where it is not unusual to find yourself the only person there. A few restaurants and small resorts have reopened post-Covid, but don’t expect to find any fast-food franchises or the like here.