Bankai Beach in Koh Phangan
Near the Parties
Bankai is a lesser known beach to the east of Bantai beach and just before Haad Rin hill. It is separated from the long Bantai beach by a small creek. It is a good beach for those who want to be near the parties of Koh Phangan but want a relaxed beach. Just down the road are the sites for the Jungle Experience, Half Moon Party, Black Moon Culture Party, Shiva Moon Party and Ban Sabai after party. Bankai started hosting its own party in 2012. This is called the Blue and Green Sramanora Waterfall Party. It is in the jungle next to a waterfall, not far from the Dusit Buncha Resort. It is a free party that goes all night. It is held 2 days beore the Full Moon Party. The music is usually minimal and tech-house.
When the Blue and Green Sramanora Waterfall party isn't happening Bankai is a peaceful beach location. There are a few bars along the beach but those looking for all night excitement usually head off for Bantai or Haad Rin.
Beach and Accommodation
The beach at Bankai consists of soft white sand, not the finest on the island, but still good enough for sunbathing. The sea is good for swimming all year round.
There's a good range of accommodation options in Bankai. You can find both cheap and cheerful beach bungalows as well as concrete air-con bungalows. Phangan Orchid Resort has a swimming pool next to the beach. Chantaramas is the best resort in Bankai. It is a stylish new resort that has a communal pool as well as private pool villas.
You can walk into Bantai village from Bankai in 10 minutes. Here you will find plenty of shops, restaurants, travel agents, bike hire places and a 7-11. Bantai has a a couple of bars with live music, and farther than the road are a few 'girly' bars that are hard to miss at night.
Click on the links below to find the best prices for accommodation in Bankai. All prices are inclusive of tax.
(Updated February 2016)
Phangan Riversand Baan Khai 500 thb - 950thb (low / high season)
Tanouy Garden Resort 400 thb - 1,290 thb (low season): 1,500 thb - 4,000 thb (high season)
Jamaica Inn 250 thb - 820 thb (low season); 900 thb - 2,000 thb (high season)
Beer Bungalow 710 thb - 1,180 thb (low season); 1,760 thb - 2,710 thb (high season)
Phangan Orchid Resort 995 thb - 3,000 thb (low / high season)
The Bay Resort 2,400 thb - 2,900 thb (low season); 3,400 thb - 3,900 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Chantaramas Resort and Spa 3,600 thb - 9,600 thb (low season); 10,000 thb - 19,500 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included