Banana Beach in Phuket – Phuket is a world famous holiday destination and every corner
of this tiny tropical island has been explored, invaded, sold, developed and exploited.
Yet the tiny Banana beach is hiding itself from the crowd, but it won’t last long.
Considering that Banana Beach is pretty large with shallow clear blue waters,
large palm trees and an excellent sand quality,
it is a mystery why it hasn’t been developed like the rest of the island.
It’s not totally deserted though, a restaurant has been there
as long as I can remember… which is almost two decades.
They can serve you a great seafood lunch, probably caught no far from here.
Price is a bit higher than other restaurants,
but once you see them carrying everything down the hill,
you’ll forgive them. Added to that, there are not many places in Phuket
where you still can have a peaceful lunch on the beach
with your feet in the sand in the shade of coconut trees!
Banana Beach is pretty hard to find if you don’t know where to look.
Just finding the road passing by its entrance is tricky for most visitors.
The best way is to go to the airport, and when you are almost there,
at the T-junction turn left instead of right as you would for Phuket Airport.
Drive 2 or 3 km, then take the intersection on the right and follow the signs to Naithon Beach.
If you are lucky or if you planned well, it will be low tide, sky will be spotless
and Banana Beach will then take its full spend our.
Such a great place to spend an afternoon, swimming is great, snorkeling is good
and you can even get a beach chair and an umbrella.
A couple of longtail boats are gently bobbing on the clear water….
and only a handful of lucky tourists are enjoying the privilege of ‘knowing’,
what more can you ask for? In low season, it might feel a bit abandoned,
but I still like to go down there, these are places that will changes sooner than later.