At the end of October, we traveled back to Thailand with the Phuket sandbox. It means you had to book a hotel for 7 days in one of the sandbox areas and do a PCR test on arrival and day 6, after that you are free to go to other places in Thailand. At the time I write this blog Thailand is more open for tourism and people can book a hotel with a PCR test if the test is ok you are free to go explore Thailand.
So if you travel from a country on the safe list you only have to book a 1-night stay near an international airport, check Tatnews for the latest news because travel restrictions may change a lot.
So we did the Phuket sandbox because we traveled before November, at Naithonburi and there is no better place to spend your 7 days than in this wonderful hotel away from all the hustle and bustle. It's so peaceful with on one side the mountains and a green jungle and on the other side, the beach which is a popular spot for surfers. The Northwest of Phuket has some fine beaches where you can get away from the crowds. The Naithonburi is small and neat, not very expensive, but has facilities a nice pool, a gym, and Naithon beach just outside! There's a pool bar and a restaurant, one of only a few along the beach.
Nestled in the Sirinat National Park, Naithonburi Beach Resort is a one-of-a-kind hideaway where the mountains meet the sea. You may wake up to outdoor yoga against the mountain backdrop, spend an afternoon indulging in a massage, and get lost in the scenic sunset
The resort has two beautiful pools and one has its beach, it's great to spend the day at the cozy beach reading a book or go kayaking at the blue lagoon. Behind the pool, you can find a peaceful garden where you can go for yoga classes or book a massage. For the sports enthusiast, it has a fitness room and also a gaming room for playing games.
We loved the peaceful setting and in the morning we enjoyed breakfast in the garden with the birds. The breakfast was very good and you can get everything you want from Thai food to Western food. We also did dinner in the restaurant because outside you don't find too many restaurants in this area, but the restaurant from the hotel was good and not expensive at all.
Naithonburi Beach Resort is a 10-minute drive from Phuket's airport, on Nai Thon Beach.
Resort facilities include a swimming pool, children's pool, two restaurants, café, fitness center, traditional Thai massage service, a family playground area with games like table tennis and pool, a business center, and function rooms for up to 400 people theatre-style. Activities on offer include sea kayaking, boogie boarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, and local sightseeing.
We rented a motorbike outside the resort for 200 baths a day ( 5 euro ) and discover all the beautiful bays nearby it's a great way to discover the area and the most beautiful bay is just a 5-minute ride from the resort. At Banana beach, you can easily spend a day just listening to the waves under the palm trees. There is also a small restaurant with great food.
Beach is less than 200 meters long and lies between Nai Thon Noi Beach and the Trisara resort. At Banana Beach, you can order some delicious food and beverages from a small restaurant located on the beach. They even rent out beach beds and parasols. Just to be sure, always take something with you because this little place might be closed, especially in the low season. Banana Beach can get quite crowded during peak season. Longtail boats with tourists then moor during a tour. Not surprising because Banana Beach is just very beautiful! You can sunbathe at Banana Beach and besides swimming, you can snorkel in the water. You will soon spot various fish and other sea creatures.
Nai Thon Beach is the southernmost beach belonging to Sirinat National Park. It is a quiet beach less than one kilometer long. Nai Thon offers visitors a relaxing and pleasant stay for people who want to escape the busy and often chaotic part of Phuket.
Another great thing to do is to do a day trip to one of the nearby Island like Phi Phi or Similan Islands I will tell you everything about Similan and Phi Phi in the other blog post