Ban Tai is a great option for those looking to relax and party. There is a long stretch of beautiful beach at Ban Tai and it is conveniently placed next to Ban Tai village which has a good selection of restaurants and shops, including the excellent Bantai 7-11. Also nearby is the speedboat service to Koh Samui which takes only 12 minutes. It's a short hop from Ban Tai to either Tongsala or Haad Rin.
Another transport connection in Ban Tai is the pier. There used to be a regular high speed boat service to Maenam in Koh Samui from Ban Tai. The price of speed boat hire if the cost is shared between a group is not expensive and the journey between the two beaches takes only 12 minutes!
For the lovers of the late night the Half Moon Party, Jungle Experience, Shiva Moon Party and Black Moon Culture are all held nearby. The Half Moon Party and the Jungle Experience are on the road to Thong Nai Pan. The Black Moon Party is held at Mac Bay. For more about the parties in Koh Phangan go to the Full MoonParty Blog. There's also live music at The Sound on Fridays and Sundays. For the lovers of girlie bars, Koh Phangan's only seedy area is also just a short walk away from Ban Tai.
Between February 24th and 26th the annual Koh Phangan Film Festival will be showing a range of movies from around the world. The theme this year is Nature and Spirituality. The films are shown on a specially made giant screen on the beach next to the Holiday Beach Resort. The Koh Phangan Film Festival has been running for 4 years now and is evidence of a growing cultural scene on the island.
There's a good selection of accommodation at Ban Tai. Click on the links below to find the best prices for Ban Tai accommodation. All prices are inclusive of tax.
(Updated January 2012)
Starting under 600 Thai Baht
Field Paradise Village 500 thb - 2,500 thb (low season); 500 thb - 3,500 (high season)
Coco Garden Bungalows 450 thb - 1,000 thb (low season); 550 thb - 1,250 (high season)
My Phangan Resort 450 thb - 1,200 thb (low season); 600 thb -1,600 thb (high season)
Phangan Beach Resort 550 thb - 2,500 thb (low season); 1,200 thb - 3,500 thb (high season)
Palida Garden Resort 500 thb - 1,800 thb (low season); 1,500 thb - 3,500 (high season)
Holiday Beach Resort 500 thb - 1,400 thb (low season); 900 thb - 2,200 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED
Lime n Soda Beachfront Resort 530 thb - 1,510 thb (low season); 1,000 thb - 4,000 thb (high season)
Starting under 1,000 Thai Baht
Jungle Bar and Bungalow 700 thb - 1,050 thb (low season); 1,900 thb - 2,600 thb (high season)
Rungarun Resort 900 thb - 3,000 thb (low season); 1,200 thb - 3,500 thb (high season)
Phangan Cottage 910 thb - 4,000 thb (low season); 1,300 thb - 5,000 thb (high season)
Sabaii Bay Resort 890 thb - 3,990 thb (low season); 2,000 thb - 6,900 thb (high season)
Da Kinda Villa Beach Resort 940 thb - 3,300 thb (low season); 2,500 thb - 4,800 thb (high season)
First Villa 990 thb - 1,890 thb (low season); 1,690 thb - 3,190 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED
Starting over 1,000 Thai Baht
Fabio's Garden Lodge 1,200 thb - 3,300 thb (low season); 1,700 thb - 4,000 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED
Milky Bay Resort 1,120 thb - 4,240 thb (low season); 2,070 thb - 6,900 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED
Power Beach Resort 1,166 thb - 3,720 thb (low / high season)
Hacienda Resort and Beach Club 1,190 thb - 2,520 thb (low season); 1,850 thb - 3,650 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED
Pimolsuph House 1,500 thb - 2,500 thb (low season); 2,000 thb - 3,500 thb (high season)
B52 Beach Resort 1,750 thb - 3,750 thb (low season); 2,300 thb - 4,400 thb (high season)
Morning Star Resort 1,600 thb - 3,090 thb (low season); 2,690 thb - 5,390 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED
Awe Resort (private Villa for 4 people) 5,500 thb (low / high season) - see Villa Rentals page