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We were tempted not to tell you about this one. It is a lovely little beach and so unspoiled. How long can it stay like this?
Also known as Banana Rock Beach, it is in a beautiful location. The beach is fine, white sand although it is a little gravelly higher up towards the tree line. It is in a small bay and ringed by coconut trees. There are rocks at both ends of the beach and a small rock formation in the middle.
There is some decent snorkelling around the rocks at both ends of the beach. The south end is better as there are some nice corals and more fish at this end. As everywhere, there is also a lot of flattened coral from the tsunami.
The seabed is sandy. There are a few rocks dotted around but it is still a nice beach for a swim.
There is a small restaurant at the south end of the beach serving decent Thai food. They also have a handful of sun loungers for 100 baht each. The friendly woman owner assures us the beach is never busy. Most of her customers arrive by longtail boat from other beaches. She says that the tourists passing by on the road above do not realise they can come down.
How to Get There
If you follow the coast road north from Layan Beach, not far passed the up-market Trisara resort is Banana Beach. You look down on it from the coast road. There is a small parking lay-by and a path down the steep slope to the beach.
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