Bang Niang Beach has quickly become a serious competitor to Nang Thong Beach (La On Village), the prime destination in Khao Lak. Primarily a backpacker destination with a strong local touch, Bang Niang now hosts an impressive amount of venues to dine, shop and party at night. This spectacular development is due to the ever-growing number of visitors attracted by the relaxed atmosphere of the area, and by the never-ending strip of sand lapped by the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea that borders the area to the west.
The coolness of Bang Niang Beach is second to none: a wide range of accommodation choices is available on or near the beachfront, as well as along Petkasem Road, the main way between Phuket Island and Ranong, on the Burmese border (some 200 km north). Idyllic beach, laid-back atmosphere, plenty of culinary choices and friendly nightlife all add up to a great destination.