During a trip to Phuket a few months ago, I stayed at Ban Thai, a resort that was only a mere 5 minutes walk from Patong beach. Besides being so close to the beach, there were a myriad of food options available just steps away from the hotel. From a pizza restaurant, to Starbucks, to traditional Thai street food, I never lacked options during my stay.
There was also a Watsons store right at the front of the hotel, which was very convenient for stocking up on water and sunblock.
I thought the lobby bar had quite a cool concept to it, and I liked the design of the elevated platform above a small “stream” of water.
The resort grounds were quite pretty at night as well, with the dipping pools illuminated by the soft lights, and the palm trees swaying lightly in the evening breeze.
Superior Room (old-wing)
I stayed in a Superior room in the old-wing, which had a very old-school feel to it, but was nonetheless sufficiently comfortable.
I did not enjoy sleeping on the bed though, as it was slightly on the hard end of the spectrum. The TV was an old model CRT-type, and I barely switched it on during my stay.
There was a sofa/bench in front of the beds, which was perfect for lounging on while getting ready for the beach.
The en-suite balcony overlooked the hotel pool, and was useful to dry clothes at. As there were many flies and mosquitoes, the balcony door was kept closed at all other times, save when I went out to hang my clothes to dry.
The en-suite restroom did not have a rain shower, although the standing bathtub was decent enough. Do note that the wash basin was in the main living area of the hotel room, and not within the restroom.
- Coffee & tea making facilities (electric kettle, coffee & tea bags)
- Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner)
- Beach towels
- Bath towels & bathrobes
- Safety deposit box
There was a hotel gym within the hotel grounds, but as I did not go the gym during my 2 night stay here, I will not be reviewing it.
The daily buffet breakfast was at the hotel’s main restaurant, and did not leave a very positive impression on me, save for the live egg station and the average-tasting cappuccino.
The variety was pretty average, and I would recommend going out to have street food instead, if breakfast was not included in the room rate.
A decent hotel in close proximity to Patong beach, and with a good variety of dining options mere minutes away from the hotel’s main entrance. A good (and cheap) location to base at if you’re a beach bunny.
Special bonus at the end of this review: Cafe hopping in Phuket!
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall Rating: 6.5
Location: 8 (directly opposite Patong beach, and close by to many F&B options)
Room: 6 (no-frills accommodation)
Facilities: – (did not use gym)
Staff: 7 (staff were generally helpful when approached)
Breakfast: 5 (preferable to eat outside the hotel)
Ban Thai Resort & Spa
94 Thaveewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Check out their website here.
1. Siam Bakery (13 Yaowaraj Road)
The fragrant smells of freshly baked croissants wafted through the air as I stepped into Siam Bakery, and I could not resist getting a ham & cheese croissant. The croissant was crispy and flaky; exactly how a croissant should be!
Must-try: Plain croissant, Ham & cheese croissant
2. Macchiato House (48 Thalang Road)
Check out this cafe with a chill vibe along Thalang Road, perfect for a lazy afternoon with a good book. The iced caramel macchiato was refreshing and yet not-too-sweet, great for when the weather outside was hot and humid. The lemon pound cake was yummy too, being the right amount of crumbly with a tinge of tart flavour.
Must-try: Iced caramel macchiato, Lemon pound cake
3. Factory Cafe (81, 83 Satun Road)
Slightly out of the way from the other cafes, Factory cafe is nonetheless a must-visit when in Phuket. Tucked away in a nondescript alley, the cafe exuded a comfortable, homely vibe. I also loved the presentation of the desserts and drinks!
The coconut crepe cake was light on the palate, while also being creamy and fluffy.
Dee-book, or the Thai version of our local Yuan-Yang concoction, was a delicious mix of coffee, tea & foam milk.
The thick slab of honey toast was an extremely decadent dessert, similar to After You’s shibuya toast.
Must-try: Coconut crepe cake, Honey Toast, Dee-book