Baan Tai Guide
Baan Tai in Koh Phangan is the most central part of the island. We like to think it has the right balance between “The Ying” of the Full Moon Party side and “The Yang”of the spiritual yoggies sides of Koh Phangan. Baan Tai is a fun area to go out, live and has a very wide variety of great restaurants and places to stay. It has a long white sand beach which is not very crowded although very easy to access. By day Baan Tai is a paradise beach destination and by night it is a lively centre full of bars, live music and ‘beer bar’ places. There are plenty of big events happening both at clubs in Baan Tai as well as outdoor rave sites. This is the place where the fun and the sunshine never seems to end.
A fine white beach stretches from Thongsala all the way to the rocky outcrop that marks the start of the Haad Rin Peninsula. Most of this beach is referred to as Baan Tai Beach. The portion of the beach nearest Haad Rin is marked off by a small creek and is called Bankai. Near the centre of Baan Tai Beach is a small pier where you can organize boat transfers or fishing trips. On both sides of the pier are some great stretches of beach.
Much of Baan Tai is peaceful beach fringed with coconut palms. The water is blue and in the distance you can see Koh Samui. Most nights of the year there is a wonderful sunset.
The resorts are spread out and the road is some distance from the coast.Moreover there is a coral reef about 200 meters from the coast. This means that during the low tidal seasons (May to October) the water is shallow until the reef. It is great to paddle in but is not the beast beach for swimming.
During the windy months Baan Tai becomes the best place for kite boarding in Koh Phangan. So if you like to party at night and do extreme sports during the day Baan Tai is the ideal destination.
The Parties and Events
While Koh Phangan is worldwide famous for its Full Moon Party in Haad Rin, Ban Tai has its call in the party and nightlife.
Indeed, you’ll find plenty of parties to choose from in Baan Tai. The bigger outdoor parties over the area or closeby are the Half Moon Party, Jungle Experience, Black Moon Culture and Shiva Moon Family. Nearly every week you’ll find these parties coming back or other party nights like Ku Club and Loi Lay Floating Bar.
For those who prefer live bands there are also bars such as Outlaws Saloon and BM Bar that have a fun live music venues.
The Restaurants and Bars
Baan Tai is probably the area in the island with the greatest variety of places to eat and drink. You’ll find are cheap, local restaurants serving Thai food as well as Western cuisine. There are also beautiful seaside restaurants and bars like La Casa Tropicana or more exclusive restaurants such as Fisherman’s Restaurant where you can get great food enjoying a beautiful sunset. For those who prefer fast food there are plenty of places to get pizzas, burgers and fish and chips such as The Food Factory opened 24/7. For those looking to experiment Eastern cuisine you’ll find the best Russian restaurant Friends Cafe and the brand new delicious Silk Way serving Uzbek cuisine.
For those wanting to self-cater the supermarkets of Thongsala are just a few minutes away too.
Baan Tai has a lively nightlife with many beach bars like Infinity Beach Club as well as fun bars where you can play pool, showcasing live music and great variety of beers like BM Bar. You are never far away from a bar that suits you.