No bananas, but plenty of beach
Published/Last edited or updated: 9th June, 2021
With millions of visitors arriving to Phuket for sun-drenched holidays each year it’s safe to say that there are no hidden beaches left on the island, but Banana Beach comes close. Found on a tiny bay and reached only by longtail boat or a jungle path, Banana Beach offers a peaceful escape from Phuket’s tourist hustle.
Life at Banana Beach is significantly more rustic than its nearby celebrity holiday enclave, with a single restaurant run by a local family serving fresh seafood on plastic tables set on the sand under shaded tree cover. Prices at the restaurant are not so cheap however, with dishes costing 100 baht up, but the view is divine. The family has a monopoly on commercial activities here, also renting out sun beds for 100 baht a day and offering fishing and beach-hopping trips on its longtail boat through the high season months of November through April.
Banana’s sands are grainier than the fine, squeaks-underfoot variety at Naithon and away from the restaurant area there is a bit of a trash problem. The water, however, is crystal clear and snorkelling around the rocks just offshore is the main activity aside from lazing on the sand sipping a cold drink.
Found along a winding coastal back road that connects Bang Tao to Naithon, Banana Beach is a challenge to reach by road if you don’t have your own wheels but it’s possible to hire a longtail boat from one of the main beaches nearby to take ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)
Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.
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