Banana Beach - a tropical paradise

Banana Beach, or as it is sometimes sometimes called the old-timers - Banana Rock Beach, is hidden on the west coast of Phuket, between Layan and Knighton, in a cozy bay at the base of the mountain.

Due to its location, hidden by relief andthe jungle from the casual eyes of tourists passing along the highway 4018, Banana Beach has long remained a secret paradise for lovers of solitude and nature in its original form. Now times have changed, and the beach repeated the fate of May Bay on the Phi Phi Islands.

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Beach description

Closed on both sides by rocky headlands thatdo not allow to get to the beach along the shore, and behind the bay - the slope of the mountain, Banana beach was and remains not the most accessible beach in Phuket, but at the same time - one of the most popular. From the road there is a pair of paths leading to it, near one of which there is even now a parking pocket for transport.

And from the sea now come here regularlytaxi boats and boats, so from 10 o'clock in the morning a massive influx of tourists begins here. I would recommend to come here at 8-9 in the morning, then you will have time to catch a couple of hours of silence and free space.

Sunset, depth and waves

Banana Beach is perfect for swimming andbeach holiday. The coast has no steep drops, except for the rainy season, when the waves thoroughly wash out the sand, from which a half-meter high cliff is formed on the border of the surf, but this is typical of many similar beaches in Thailand.

The waves are regular, but with a fair wind. The entrance to the sea is clean only in the center, without stones and corals, although there are some large boulders right in the middle of the beach. On the flanks of the Banana, under the water already deposits of stones and walking on the bottom there will not work.

Sun beds and shade

The shore has perfectly preserved its jungle, so the shadowson the beach a little more than enough. And the whole shadow is not somewhere far away, but right by the water, but only until lunchtime. The West Bank, which means that after noon, the sun here is burning in the face until sunset. Some time ago, the Banana was attended by sun beds with umbrellas (in the photo I just caught this period).

But in the wake of the new trends from Phuketadministrations that covered all the beaches of the island, sun beds removed from here. So all visitors to Banana Beach bring with them bamboo mats and air mattresses.

Beach photo

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Infrastructure

Banana Beach is located in one of the leastdeveloped areas of Phuket, so for a half kilometer there are only mountains, jungles, one road and a couple of large hotels. On the beach there is a small Thai cafe with a cosmic price tag, but they cook well and offer fresh water showers, for which you can forgive them for cheating.

Hire beach equipment on the beach before, and how things are now there - you have to find out the next time you visit. Here you can snorkel in the presence of a mask and flippers.

Houses and hotels on the beach

There are no buildings on the Banana, except for cafes, and the nearestvillas and hotels are located at a decent distance from the entrance to the sea. The closest hotels to the beach are five-star and with beautiful views of the Andaman White Beach Resort

which is about halfway between Banana Beach and Knighton.

At about the same distance from Banana Beach, but the other way, closer to Bangtao, is Anantara Layan Phuket Resort

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If you want to book a hotel here in advance or search for accommodation on other beaches, I have selection of hotels in Phuket with a good rating and reviews.

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How to find the beach

Save the point from the map below to your navigator and follow its instructions. If you call on the Banana from the north, from the beach Bang Tao or from the south Knighton'sthen after Andaman White Beach Resort there will be two serpentine turns, left and right.

After entering the flat road, see where parked cars appear or a self-made pointer to the beach (which sometimes falls off). If you drive to Anantara Layan Phuket Resort

, then Banana Beach means you have already slipped. If necessary, transport can be left right on the sidelines.

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Beach map

Pay attention to my detailed overview of all Phuket beaches, it will help you decide in choosing a beach for a vacation or a longstay.

Banana Beach Map

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