The Bo Dan Beach Drive
and TahSai Beach Drive: North of Phuket, South of Khao Lak
This is a beautiful beach and country drive. Drive south from Thai Muang on the main highway (Route 4) about ten minutes, and just before the rural village of Baan Bangkli, look for this sign:
Stay flexible with spellings – you will find Thasai, Tasai, Boo Darn, Bodan, Bordan, Bo Darn and many variations – transliteration from one language to another is an art, not a science.
No problem if you miss the sign above as a few kilometers later you will see this sign – the route is a loop so you can go in one way and come out the other:
Turn right at either sign and you will take a drive through a lovely rural area. After a few kilometers, you will come to a junction to Baan Kapong (if you turned at the Tah Sai sign (that drive is the Thai Muang Loop Drive – check it out on the menu) – continue straight to Bo Dan village to get to the Beach – and turn right when you get to the T-junction a few kilometers later.
Follow that road a bit and it will turn into a dirt/sand road and you will come to a small bridge right in front of the beach. The road at that point is likely to trap your vehicle so it is best to walk the last 100 meters to the beach (see the photo at the top of the page). Almost always, you will be the only person/people on this beach.
It is gorgeous! Take a picnic and a bottle of wine to really enjoy it.
You can’t get lost as there are few roads in the area and no major junctions off these roads. Take your time, drive slow, and enjoy a slice of traditional Thai life. Approaching the area from either access road is easy – consider taking the Kapong route when you head back and it will bring you the back way into Thai Muang. See the Thai Muang Drive on the website for directions.
Tah Sai Beach is to the north, accessed through the small road to the Tah Sai Temple.
Bo Dan Beach Drive
Thailand Tourism Beaches