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It’s no secret Banana Beach is one of the only secret beaches left in Phuket – mainly because it takes time and effort to reach. While many tourists know the elusive bay exists, very few actually know how to get there. The 200m stretch of sand referred to as ‘Haad Hin Gluai’ or ‘Banana Rock Beach’ by the locals, can only be reached by longtail boat from nearby beaches or a steep jungle path. So put some fuel in your scooter, grab your walking shoes (and beachwear of course) and follow this step-by-step guide on how to find Banana Beach by road.
How To Find Banana Beach – General Bearings
Banana beach is found along Phuket’s west coast between Nai Thon and Bang Tao beaches, and is located about 50m north of Trisara Villas, one of Phuket’s most exclusive five-star resorts.
You need super sharp eyes to spot the beach through the jungle that lines the road but if you’re lucky, the wooden ‘Banana Beach’ sign will still be nailed to the tree at the entrance. Failing that, you may see a few cars and scooters huddled together on the side of the road, which usually signifies the entrance to the steep beach path (there’s no specific car park for the beach).
There are two ways to get to Banana Beach, the short, steep way or the leisurely scenic way which takes you past a gorgeous freshwater stream and vivid jungle foliage. I prefer the long way, but I’ll explain both:
How To Find Banana Beach: Short and Steep Way
- Head for Phuket airport from wherever you are.
- When you are almost at the airport you should come to a t-intersection in the road, signifying Phuket Airport to the right.
- Instead turn left and drive 2-3km
- You will then get to an intersection where you need to turn right to Nai Thon Beach.
- Follow signs to Naithon Beach (pictured) and drive past the beach and past the “Andaman White Beach Resort”. The road gets pretty curvy at this stage.
- Keep your eyes peeled to the right hand side and look out for the sign or the huddles of vehicles parked. If you each the ‘Trisara Resort’ you’ve gone too far.
- Park on the side of the road, and walk down the steep path to the beach (pictured).
How To Find Banana Beach: The Scenic, Adventurous Way
- Do steps 1-6 above
- However do not stop when you see the sign (or the vehicles), instead ride a about 300m further and park once you cross a bridge that looks like this (pictured)
- You’ll see this (pictured) trail heading down to a beach through the jungle
- Follow the trail past a freshwater creek (pictured) and you’ll come to a fork in the path (pictured). Take the right hand path to explore the creek and see some beautiful waterfalls, or take the left hand path to get to the northern part of the sandy beach
This gorgeous beach is one of the most secluded and beautiful in Phuket, but the rapid urbanisation of the island may mean it could become more crowded at any moment.
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Stefanie Acworth was sponsored by Jetstar Australia on her trip to Phuket. As always, she is keeping things real and all opinions are her own.
Small directional images via In Phuket
Last 2 images via Oilinki.com