Ban Tai Beach, Koh Phangan
Located just south of the port of Thongsala, Ban Tai beach is one of the longest stretches of golden sand on Koh Phangan. It is relatively easy to find a quiet spot to soak up the sun, take in the views, or simply read a book lying in a hammock. Once the sun sets you can take long solitary walks enjoying the beauty of the setting sun and basking in the views of the Koh Phangan and the Haad Rin Peninsula.
Ban Tai villas
Ban Tai offers a host of holiday rental options for the travellers who wish to get away from it all and explore the beach in privacy and comfort. You can choose to stay in a studio or a cottage if you are travelling with your family and friends. Apart from providing all modern facilities for a comfortable stay, these vacation rentals are ideal for experiencing the local life. The vacation rentals in Ban Tai are also convenient for those who wish to stay over an extended period of time.
Activities on the Ban Tai beach
The Ban Tai area has a fair share of day spas and yoga centres for alternative healing and detoxifying the body. You can pamper your body, mind and spirits to an ultimate rejuvenating experience in some of Thailand's most exotic spa resorts. You can also visit some interesting ancient temples in the vicinity. These temples are not just great historical and spiritual places but are also the focal point of the Thai community and so there are generally temple fairs, markets and stalls nearby. When there is a special festival there is much singing and dancing.
Located at the start of the Ban Tai to Thong Nai Pan Road, Wat Pho is known for its traditional herbal steam sauna. Natural herbs such as lemongrass and other Asian remedies are heated by a log wood fire creating steam that is filtered into the sauna. The herbal system has many health benefits such as reducing high cholesterol, improving skin conditions etc.
Wat Khao Tam South East Ban Tai Temples:
Wat Khao Tam is not actually a temple in the true sense of the word though there are some monks who live here. The temple serves as a Buddhist Meditation Centre in the Theravadin tradition.
Wat Phu Khao Noi:
This is the oldest temple on the island and is located just outside Thongsala. It encompasses some really impressive ancient buildings and Chedis. From here you can take in the amazing views of the island and beyond.
You can rent a boat and sail away to explore the neighbouring islands. Fishing trips can also be arranged.
The crescent shaped Haad Rin beach, which hosts the world famous full moon party, is within easy distance of Ban Tai. The party begins at dusk when the yellow moon casts its spell on the white sand of the beach. Come twilight and thousands of lamps are lit and the beach is nothing less than a fairytale setting. As the evening progresses the beach turns into a dancing frenzy with both national and international DJs setting the crowds rocking to their beats. Besides there are jugglers and fire eaters adding their bit to add to the show and if you are tired out, there are countless varieties of food to satisfy the taste buds.