With 7-Eleven, mini-marts, internet cafes, travel agencies and motorbike hire shops, Ban tai is much the same as most of the villages on Phangan providing travellers with the essentials they need.
There is a range of activities that can be arranged in the resort for those that want to get active on holiday, and transport links here are good with quick connections to Tong Sala and the ferry boats. But there’s also a direct boat to Koh Samui from Baan Tai which only takes 15 minutes.
Recommended Baan Tai Services
Kite Boarding Asia
As Thailand’s only IKO-recognised school, you know you’re getting the very best training and equipment when you book through KiteBoarding Asia. Instructors are true professionals with a huge range or gear for rent or sale and several different kiteboarding locations around the island providing the sport 12 months of the year. They also have wakeboarding available as well.
The Body Fitness Center
The best air-conditioned gym on the island, The Body offers top-of-the-range equipment and personal instruction to ensure that that party lifestyle does not affect your waistline. There are daily fitness groups, aerobic classes and friendly staff.
Bangkok Hospital Samui Clinic
This fully-equipped medical clinic is affiliated with the acclaimed Bangkok Hospital group and offers 24-hour emergency care as well as speedboat and ambulance to Koh Samui for the most severe cases.
999 Goverment Bus
As a more convenient option than lugging bags and endless waiting for multi-leg tickets, the well-organised Government Bus actually drives onto the Raja Ferry and so gets you back up to Bangkok much quicker than conventional services with no hanging around.
Jet Express Speedboat
This is the quickest method of getting between Koh Samui and Phangan at only 15 minutes during fine weather. Services run every couple of hours directly from Baan Tai to Bang Rak pier on Koh Samui. There’s also a special late night trip as well.