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As Phuket's northernmost beach, Mai Khao is a quiet spot with only a few accommodation options. You'll find more variety in Nai Yang and Naithon, though none of these northern beaches come close to the tourism frenzy found further down the coast.

Nai Yang Beach

This hiccup of a beach sits between Mai Khao to the north and Naithon beach to the south. A lot of development has taken place recently and a beach road with the usual tourist facilities has sprung up. The northern part of the beach turns to mangrove forests and is where you'll find Sirinath Park headquarters.

Golddigger's Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
74/12 Surin Rd, Nai Yang Beach
T: (076) 328 424

Owned by expats (notice the Swiss and Aussie flags?), the oddly named Golddigger's Resort endeavours to emulate Aussie midrange standards. The result is a very practical and comfortable little resort that's proven to be a hit — you'll definitely want to book ahead for one of the 20 rooms here. All rooms have satellite TV, hot showers, and a mini-fridge. It's a kid-friendly place, with a... Read our full review of Golddigger's Resort.

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Pen Siri House
Backpacker - Under 600B
112 Moo 5 Saku, Nai Yang Beach
T: (081) 895 9489

Next to the entrance of the Indigo Pearl, the modest Pensiri House is simply a clean, comfortable place to stay. See how much prices fall when you eschew all the frills of a resort? All rooms have the creature comforts of air-con, a TV, hot water shower, free WiFi and a mini-fridge, but a balcony will cost you extra. The balconies are quite spacious with a couple of chairs, but there's no view so... Read our full review of Pen Siri House.

Wonglee House & Bungalow
Backpacker - Under 600B
65/47 Moo 5, Nai Yang Beach
T: (081) 891 4665

Wonglee House offers everything that budget travellers have come to love about cosy, family-run guesthouses. There's a lot of common space for hanging out and meeting the other guests, like their unique tree-house style restaurant and the small pool out behind the main building. The rooms scored a mismatch of furniture but include everything you need to be comfortable. Ground floor rooms are... Read our full review of Wonglee House & Bungalow.

Dang Sea Beach Bungalow
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
90/4 Moo 5, Nai Yang Beach
T: (081) 477 2879

Built in November 2010, these simple bungalows are bright, shiny and sit on the sand among the various food stalls on Nai Yang Beach. Inside is nothing to rejoice about, but it has fixings like a firm bed, hot shower, satellite TV and fridge. The interiors are white and plain but the exteriors are a cheery pink, making them stand out among all the surrounding wooden shacks. Breakfast is not... Read our full review of Dang Sea Beach Bungalow.

Airport Resort and Spa
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
9/19 Moo 1, Nai Yang Beach, Phuket
T: (076) 327 771

Why would one stay at an airport hotel? No other reason than proximity to the airport and convenience factor of course. Phuket’s Airport Resort & Spa meets this demand. It is less than a kilometre from Phuket International Airport, and a major plus point is the free pick-up and drop-off service that the hotel offers all guests – no matter the time of day or night. Not a bad spot to wait for... Read our full review of Airport Resort and Spa.

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Sirinath National Marine Park
Backpacker - Under 600B
89/1 Moo 1, Nai Yang
T: (025) 62 0760

The headquarters for Sirinath National Marine Park can be found just north of Nai Yang Beach on the way toward Mai Khao. There's a visitors centre, public washrooms, and a small restaurant open 08:00 to 21:00. It's possible to camp and there is also a youth hostel, concrete bungalows and thatched bungalows connected to C @ Nai Yang Restaurant within the park grounds. Parts of the beach are very... Read our full review of Sirinath National Marine Park.

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Mai Khao Beach

Mai Khao runs from near the Sarasin Bridge at Phuket's northern-most point down to the Phuket International Airport. Mai Khao is mostly deserted and one of the most beautiful of the yellow-sand beaches on the Andaman coast. There are only two places to stay here. One is likely way outside your budget but the other just might be the answer to your prayers.

Mai Khao Beach Bungalows
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Mai Khao Beach
T: (081) 895 1233

Until recently, this operation was one of the only options along this stretch of Mai Khao Beach. Well, people have caught on and two pricey resorts now hug Mai Khao Beach Bungalows. Don’t worry — the massive building hasn’t altered the hideaway vibe. Due to strong monsoon rains and winds, the family has built new sturdy bungalows, rooms and an enormous concrete restaurant. We miss the... Read our full review of Mai Khao Beach Bungalows.

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
555 Moo 3, Mai Khao Beach
T: (076) 36 3988

One of the new handful of high-end resorts along this stretch of Mai Khao Beach, the Renaissance is the little sister to the nearby JW Marriot. However, we much prefer the smaller size and beautiful, natural grounds of this one-year-old hotel. The 180 rooms have everything you’d expect at a five-star hotel. Each room is bright with massive bathrooms and beds. The lobby opens to a stunning... Read our full review of Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa.

Seaside Cottages
Backpacker - Under 600B
129/1 Moo 3, Mai Khao Beach
T: (080) 522 8392

Quite similar to Mai Khao Beach Bungalows, this operation sits just north of a new overpriced resort and has three different room types. The bamboo beach huts are miniscule with enough room for a bed and with shared bathroom facilities at the restaurant. The newer wooden beach huts are worth the extra 100B as they are connected by an elevated walkway, lined with beautiful flowers and fruit trees,... Read our full review of Seaside Cottages.

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Naithon Beach

Naithon Beach is a long, broad stretch of yellow sand, and like a lot of the beaches in this part of Phuket, it's mostly deserted.

Luxury - over 8,000B
60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Rd, Cherngtalay
T: (076) 310 100

Slightly south of Naithon Beach, this is definitely somewhere you should stay if you have an unlimited budget. Trisara is nestled between two jungle-clad headlands and, with only 39 lodgings, offers an intimate, secluded experience. The private beach is guaranteed to be free from pesky vendors or non-guests — it's impossible for anyone else to access it. The management has carefully placed... Read our full review of Trisara.

Macarona Restaurant & Guest House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
23/24 Moo 4 Naithon Beach Road
T: (084) 628 3298

Above this small pizzeria are three rooms worth snaring. Two rooms are basically identical but one has mountain views, and the room at the front has an ocean view behind all the power lines. Each room has bright white walls with shiny black furniture, massive beds, fridge, hot showers, coffee/tea making facilities and air-con. In addition you can use the restaurant's WiFi for free. It’s really... Read our full review of Macarona Restaurant & Guest House.

Naithon Beach Mansion
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
North end of the beach
T: (081) 894 5344

On an island filled with dumps proclaiming to be mansions this new option on the northern end of Naithon Beach shines. Just when you think you are out of the hotel zone, you'll find this spot, but it won’t be the only option in this part of Naithon for long — a massive development is going in just across the street. Each room here has air-con, free Wifi, hot showers, safety deposit box, giant... Read our full review of Naithon Beach Mansion.

Naithonburi Beach Resort Phuket
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
9 Moo 4, Naithon Beach
T: (076) 31 8700

With almost 100 rooms and a grand ballroom for special events, the Naithornburi Beach Resort is a popular spot for Asian and Eastern European holiday-makers and their beachside weddings. Room rates may vary a lot but what's on offer is all quite similar. Rooms are spacious and elegant, and each has a large balcony that looks out over the pool and into the room opposite. All rooms are air-con and... Read our full review of Naithonburi Beach Resort Phuket.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Naithon to Mai Khao? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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