Koh Bon (Bon Island)

Bon Island near Phuket

Koh Bon (Bon Island) is a small island lying some two kilometres off the beach of Rawai on the southeastern coast of Phuket. Covered with lush vegetation, this rocky islet, dotted with tiny sand coves, offers two main landing spots to its visitors: Bon Island Restaurant is ideally located between two small beaches at the northwestern tip of the island while Long Beach is a semi-private 300m-long strip of white sand situated on the northeastern coast of Koh Bon.

The easiest way to get to Koh Bon is to hire a long-tail boat at Rawai’s jetty or along Rawai Beach, costing about 1,000 to 1,200 baht for the two-way trip that doesn’t take more than 15 minutes each way. The long-tail boat’s captain will drop you at Bon Island Restaurant and will let you know the time at which he will come to pick you up.

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Koh Bon Island Restaurant

Run by long-established British expat Dawn, Bon Island Restaurant is a stunning exotic getaway from Phuket’s west coast hustle and bustle. Featuring a large, open-sided dining area, a few bamboo-and-thatch salas, and many beach chairs displayed in between Pandanus pines and coconut trees on an approximately 3,500sqm plot of land, Bon Island Restaurant can comfortably accommodate up to 150 guests and is normally open every day, all year round, from 10:00 - 17:00. Only bad weather can force the restaurant to stay closed.

Bon Island Restaurant serves all the classics of Thai cuisine, from tom yam goong (spicy soup with prawns) at 280 baht to fried or steamed fish with garlic pepper or tamarind sauce or curry powder at 370 baht, plus a good choice of international favourites (available in high season, from November to April only) such as sandwiches - prawn and salad at 280 baht, chicken and salad at 240 baht, to name just a few - chicken with French fries at 240 baht, and more. The restaurant also has a few cocktails such as Mai Tai and Pina Colada, rated at 180/200 baht.

Bon Island Restaurant is definitely the perfect place to enjoy a full day on the beach. The activities around the restaurant include swimming, snorkelling, and chasing hermit and larger crabs, which are numerous on the island.

Koh Bon’s Highlights

About 1.2km at its longest and 500m at its widest, Koh Bon is a rather small piece of land, yet that hosts a great variety of wildlife. Apart from the hermit and other crabs mentioned above, the island features many Monitor Water Lizards, local birds, and insects. This inland wildlife, plus all the marine life that abounds off its coasts - more specifically off its southwestern coast, which hosts a good snorkelling spot – make Bon Island a great and easily accessible getaway from Phuket.

Long Beach belongs to the Evason Resort’s owners (the resort, located in Rawai, closed down in 2012) and features semi-abandoned structures (spa, bar, restaurant). Since the closure of Evason Resort, there have been many rumours announcing the re-opening of Long Beach, which nowadays is only used by professional wedding photography companies to immortalise the special day of many couples in this splendid setting. As yet, nothing has been made official.

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