Between the beaches Klong Nin and Klong hin there is a very small section of the coast with its own beach - this is Nui Beach. Immediately I draw your attention to the fact that there are two Nui beaches on Lanta. One - which will be discussed in this article, and the second is located in the very south of the island in the eponymous Nui Bay. This is how they are distinguished: Nui Beach and Nui Bay.
Once again: Nui Beach is just a flat beach at the foot of the mountain, and Nui Bay is located two beaches to the south, in a cozy picturesque bay. I visited Nui Beach, near the famous Restaurant Diamond Cliff. The restaurant itself is built on a rocky hillside along which the Horizon Rd runs, and the beach is at the bottom, and you can get to it through the restaurant, free of charge, by very steep stairs. You don't need to order anything.
The content of the article
- one Beach description
- 2 Entering the water, depth and waves
- 3 Sun beds and shade
- 4 Beach photo
- five Infrastructure
- 6 Houses and hotels on the beach
- 7 How to find the beach
- eight Beach Map
Nui Beach is a cozy, deserted, very pleasant beach. Its length is about 260 meters of yellow sand of medium grain size and with a bunch of impurities. The main impurity is garbage left by tourists themselves. Unfortunately, due to its isolation, public utilities with garbage bags do not often appear on the beach, and many tourists are smart enough to leave behind glass and plastic bottles, bags and foam from their lunches..
The coast on Nui Beach is quite gentle, without sharp drops and holes. Large pitfalls can be clearly seen from the shore, which can be seen closer at low tide. Overall, I would describe Nui Beach as a private beach in one resort.
Entering the water, depth and waves
Nui Beach is shallow and changes a lot at low tide, although in principle it remains relatively swimable even in low water. At high tide, it is enough to move 10 meters away from the shore so that the depth becomes neck-deep.
In the center of the beach there is a heap of stones under the water, and on the edges of it there are two clean entrances to the water, 15-25 meters wide. Stones do not interfere with swimming under water, but at low tide they spoil the appearance of Nui Beach very much - I saw it in the most unattractive form (in the last photo).
But, according to snorkelers, Nui Beach is a normal (but not awesome) place for snorkeling on Koh Lanta.
Sun beds and shade
Nui Beach is a wonderful beach, but with a shadow it has a serious strain, it is only at the edges of the beach. Where trees hang in the center, you can't get close - a green wall of dense bush interferes.
But the Thais found a way out and made canopies on the shore of sticks, synthetic nets and palm leaves, under which you can hide from the sun. Cheap and practical, and more importantly, the canopies are installed along the entire beach line, that is, it will be difficult to stay without shade.
I didn't notice sun loungers for hire on Nui Beach, but it's not surprising: the beach is really wild in terms of infrastructure and attendance. Only independent tourists come here and, as a rule, on bikes..
There is no infrastructure on the Nui Beach itself, except for the restaurant through which you pass. I stayed in it to test my standard pineapple shake and local cuisine, and I can say that the guys do not use their monopoly, and some Internet reviews in the style «godlessly lifted the price tag on the menu» I think it's unfair. No, everything is fine there, the price is adequate.
If you look at the infrastructure of the area around the beach in general, there are a couple of buildings on the main road that house a travel agency and a Thai shop of all kinds of nonsense. More or less serious amenities and services are located on the neighboring beaches - Klong Hin and Klong Nin, two or three minutes drive to them from the center of Nui Beach.
Houses and hotels on the beach
On the first line of Nui Beach, only bamboo gazebos can be built, so the nearest housing is located on neighboring Klong Hin - The Narima. And a small bonus from the restaurant on Nui Beach - they also position themselves as a resort and are even present in booking systems - Cliff Lanta Suite .
Hotels on Lanta>
Be sure (and I insist) to check for discounts or special offers on the excellent Roomguru service. He will quickly and easily show you discounts in all existing booking systems. In Asia, for example, there are a lot of offers on Agoda.com, which are much more interesting than for exactly the same hotels on Booking.com.
For the lazy, here are the direct links to the hotels listed above:
How to find the beach
Getting to Nui Beach is easy if you put a point on your smartphone with the coordinates from the map below. Well, if you are more pleased with traveling on a paper map, then follow the blue signs.
Drive along the coast without turning anywhere from Saladan itself, and when you see a cluster of cars and bikes in the parking lot, and the roofs of houses, and the Diamond Cliff sign on the brick fence, then you have arrived. From here the restaurant begins and descends down to Nui Beach. Little parking space, especially for cars.
There is another descent, literally a hundred meters further along the road, there will be a tiny pocket for 3-4 motorbikes, from which there is a trail through the jungle littered with garbage to the beach.
Nui Beach Map
Nui Beach Map: