Thailand is a country blessed with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and Banana Beach, or Had Gluay, in Phuket, is one of the most exceptional ones. This secluded beach is located on the north coast of the island, between Layan Beach and Naithon Beach.
Travelling from Layan Beach on a smooth shady road, you’ll find the entrance to Banana Beach on the left-hand side of the road; there’s a small wooden sign ‘Banana Beach’.
When you arrive at the beach, you’ll be greeted by a well-preserved lush jungle hiding a secret paradise. The beach is framed by green tropical vegetation, making it feel like a true hidden gem. The sand is soft and powdery, making it the perfect place for a laid-back moment. The water is warm and inviting with a good slope for dipping, and you can spend hours swimming and snorkelling in the clear, turquoise water.
After trekking along the jungle, you will also find a few small local vendors with street food and snacks on the side of the beach area where you can grab a quick lunch or brunch with the sea breeze.
Banana Beach is not as well-known as some of Phuket’s other popular beaches, which means it is quieter and more peaceful than other tourist hotspots. It is a sanctuary; just lay back, soak up the sun while breathing in the salty breeze, and listen to the waves kissing the shore.
Banana Beach will help you unwind with its naturally pampering atmosphere. The crystal-clear water, soft white sand and remarkable landscape make Banana Beach the perfect destination for anyone seeking a secluded tropical paradise.
The beach is outstanding with beautiful rocks in several different shapes piling up as small cliffs, making the landscape even more interesting and magnificent. There’s also a freshwater stream, hidden between the cliffs, that flows into to the sea.
The cliffs are covered by abundant pine woods making it a pleasant space to relax all day long.
One of the best things about Banana Beach is that it’s relatively uncrowded, even during the peak tourist season. This means that you’ll have plenty of space to spread out and chill, without feeling like you’re on top of other tourists. Banana Beach is the place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and truly unwind.
Apart from laying down on a mat and getting tanned under Phuket’s tropical sun, Banana Beach also provides you with a camping space on the white sandy beach area. Grab a group of good friends, bring along your camping gear, and experience some quality time at this amazing camping ground.
Apart from the main part of Banana Beach, there is another side with beautiful scenery. On the right of the beach, there’s a small rocky cliff where you can find a perfect space for picnicking and camping too.
This is a great spot for a picnic. With its serene vibes, you can take your time and slowly enjoy your favourite meal with your loved one along with cool refreshments while gazing out over the endless blue ocean. A perfect way to detox your mind.
Banana Beach consists of photogenic spots, both at the beach area and around the cliff, especially at the stream with beautiful rocks.
The sunset, both at the beachside and on the cliff side, is breathtaking making Banana Beach the place you can enjoy all day long. Immerse yourself the golden hour’s stunning light show at and cherish the moment with your loved ones.