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What to Do in Bangtao Beach?


Bang Tao Beach (or Bangtao) is one of the longest beaches in Phuket, halfway between Phuket airport and Patong Beach on the island’s west coast, and part of the Cherngtalay area. With such a beautiful stretch of sand, it’s no surprise why Bangtao has become the home of some of the largest and most luxurious resorts on the island, such as Banyan Tree Resort, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Angsana Phuket Resort, and SAii Laguna Phuket Resort. Bangtao is also where you can find dozens of local restaurants and beach clubs right on the beach and eat or drink with your feet in the sand.

Video of Bangtao Beach


Overview


Bangtao was one of the tin mines that made the fortune of Phuket long ago. They abandoned it later, and the land was considered worthless. Laguna Phuket managed to transform it into a very profitable award-winning Eco-project. In the first years, Laguna started as a luxurious complex, but it was a little isolated. Guests of the resorts had little choice outside the resort restaurants and facilities, and therefore prices were always on the high side.

 

In recent years, Laguna built an astonishing amount of luxury villas and properties in the back of Bang Tao Beach and Layan Beach. Laguna has always been the ‘high-end’ part of the island, and you can see the difference between tourist and resident markets with Patong when looking at the shops, villas, and even cars around the area.

Saii Laguna Resort on Bangtao Beach, Phuket

However, it is still an affordable place to go for lunch or drinks on the beach. In conclusion, Bangtao changed a lot, and it has become one of the most versatile beaches of Phuket with an incredible choice of restaurants, shopping, and even beach clubs and it is becoming one of the best places to live.


What to Do in Bang Tao Beach


Guests staying at any of the Laguna Complex resorts can enjoy tons of activities proposed by the hotels: sailing, kayaking, archery, immense swimming pools, massages, and amazing spas. Usually, if you are a guest of one of the resorts, you can use the facilities of any other hotel in the group. Besides, beach clubs are back in Phuket, and Bangtao has no less than four of them. Those beach clubs are also a great way to spend the day and party at night.

The Beach of Bangtao of course

The beach is one the main reason why travellers book their hotels here. The beach is narrower and the sand a little less powdery than in Patong or Kata and the water is not as shallow, but it is superb and never gets crowded. Visitors can enjoy the rare luxury to eat at local restaurants or enjoy drinks at small bamboo bars right on the beach.

Layan Beach

Layan Beach

There are no real boundaries between Bangtao and more laid-back Layan Beach. Just look to the right, and you will see the iconic island of Layan Beach. Here you can enjoy peaceful and inexpensive local restaurants in the shade of immense. It’s just next to Bang Tao, but it offers a much different atmosphere that hasn’t changed much since the old says of Phuket.

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Blue Tree Water Park

Water Parks in Phuket

Blue Tree is the most recent and largest water park in Phuket. It includes water slides (Slip’n’Fly’), a zipline over the water, many water activities, and several restaurants.

Address: 4/2 Srisoonthorn, Cherntalay, Phuket 83110
Open: 10 am – 6 pm
Phone: 076 602 435
Price: 950 baht for adult, 350 Baht for kids
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlueTreePhuket/

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Spas and Wellness

Banyan Tree Spa on Bang Tao Beach

The Laguna complex has always been home to the best spas resorts and wellness centres in Phuket, including Banyan Tree Spa and Angsana Spa. If a hotel’s spa treatment is above your usual budget, there are several good massage huts available right on the beach for about 300 baht!

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Phuket Adventure Mini Golf

Phuket Adventure Mini Golf

This 18 holes miniature classic championship golf course is surrounded by palm and bamboo trees and a large restaurant.

Address: 72/44 Moo 3, Bangtao Beach Road, Soi 2 Cherngtalay, Talang Phuket, Phuket 83110
Hours: 11 am – 11 pm
Phone: 076 314 345
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phuketadventureminigolf/

Wat Choeng Thale

Wat Cherngtalay

Wat Choeng Thale (or Wat Cherngtalay) is a little far from the beach, but it is a beautifully decorated temple to photograph, especially if this is your first visit to Thailand.


Where to Eat in Bang Tao Beach?


There are three distinct areas to eat in Bangtao, each has a different style of food and restaurants, and you can find something delicious to eat for every budget.

Restaurants and Bars on the beach

Just south of the Outrigger Resort, you will be surprised to find many kinds of seafood and Thai food restaurants right on the beach. The road to reach them is well hidden, but there is a decent parking space once there. We tried the Green Leaf restaurant, and it was good, not exceptional but good.

Bangtao Beach, Phuket

The sea view and the beach setting made up for the slightly touristy taste and atmosphere. There are many restaurants there, and they all look the same with their bamboo tables and colourful umbrellas. They probably also taste similar, but that is fun to try more than one.


Palm Seaside Restaurant

Palm Seaside Restaurant

Palm Seaside is a trendy seafront restaurant set at the southern end of Bangtao Beach. Open for lunch, dinner and beyond, Palm Seaside is an excellent place for a relaxed meal and turns more into a lounge venue in the evening. Read more

Address: 110/2 Moo 3, Cherng Talay, Thalang, South Bangtao Beach, Phuket
Open: Lunch: 12 noon – 4 pm, Dinner: 6 pm – 11 pm (last order)
Phone: 094 480 0883
Price: High
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/palmseaside/

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Benny’s Cocktails & Grill

Benny's Cocktails & Grill Phuket, on Bangtao Beach

Benny’s Cocktail and Grill is an understated gem hidden by the roadside in Bangtao Beach, specialising in meats but with many other options.

Address: 5/6 Soi Had Bangtao Cherngtalay, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 5 pm – 10 pm (Monday closed)
Phone: 080 700 1509
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bennysphuket/

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TAKÉ Japanese restaurant

TAKÉ (pronounced ‘takeh’ is an excellent Japanese restaurant often recommended by the Japanese expat community. We tried it and it was indeed as good as described, with very reasonable prices. The restaurant is at the busy intersection near Boat Avenue. While lunchtime is not usually busy, it is recommended to book in advance for dinner.

Address: 55, 1 Bandon-Cherngtalay Rd, Cherngtalay, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 11 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 9.30 pm
Phone: 088 415 9451
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/takerestaurant2017/

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The Beach Cuisine

The Beach Cuisine on Bangtao Beach

The Beach Cuisine is a seaside restaurant hard to find on Bang Tao Beach, open for lunch and dinner and serving excellent western and Thai food. The French chef proposes some unique specialities.

Address: Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 11 am – 10 pm
Phone: 093 668 5182
Price: a little expensive

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Maison Napoleon

Maison Napoleon Phuket Restaurant and Bakery

Maison Napoleon is a new modern restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Laguna Phuket’s entrance in Bangtao Beach. The cuisine is mostly casual French but also from Mexico, and Latin America. The venue is already trendy and busy with customers, even during these difficult times. The atmosphere is very welcoming, with the lively background buzz of people having a good time with family and friends. Read more

Address: 19/2 Lagoon Rd, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: 7.30 am – 12 am (Closed on Monday)
Phone: 091 164 9799

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Siam Supper Club

Siam Supper Club Restaurant

The Siam Supper Club is a long-established cosy restaurant near Bangtao Beach, on the west coast of Phuket. The restaurant is mostly a steakhouse that also serves an excellent choice of European comfort food. As you enter the restaurant, the warm interior mostly made of varnished wood may look a little intimidating. Still, the atmosphere is very casual and easy-going, and the prices are surprisingly affordable.

Address: 36 40 Lagoon Rd, Tambon Cherngtalay Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: 6 pm – 1 am
Phone: 076 270 936

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Boat Avenue

Boat Avenue Phuket

If you choose to stay there, you can’t miss the new and growing ‘Boat Avenue’. Boat Avenue is the new heart of Bangtao with trendy shops and restaurants and even an immense Villa Market where you find a lot of imported food (and an extensive wine cellar too!).

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Tinlay Place

Tinlay Place Bangtao

At the entrance of Bangtao is Tinlay place, offering dining alternatives to the many restaurants found inside the resorts of Laguna. Tatonka, Siam Supper Club, and Black Cat have been successful for more than a decade. Still, the new generation of restaurants are adding a fresh breeze to Bangtao, and the most noticeable are Mrs B Bar & Table and Maison Napoleon.


What to Do at Night?


Bangtao nightlife is rather quiet but very enjoyable. Most people enjoy having drinks at those small old-fashioned bamboo bars on the beach, or even at one of the three beach clubs along the bay.

Phuket Nightlife


Beach Pig Bar

Beach Pig Bar on Bangtao Beach

Beach Pig is a cool beach bar on Bang Tao Beach serving tacos, nachos, Thai food and cocktails, a perfect spot to end your beach day with a sunset over the Andaman Sea.

Location: in front of SAii Laguna Resort
Address
: 323/11 Moo 2, Bang Tao Beach, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 8 am – 12 am
Phone: 081 270 1610

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Beach Bars

Bangtao Beach Bars

There are also a handful of old-fashioned tiny reggae bars consisting of a bamboo shack, five stools and blasting Bob’s reggae music! These little simple shacks are inexpensive and definitely add a tropical touch to your holiday. Several of them are just outside the Outrigger Resort.


Beach Clubs


Catch Beach Club

Catch Beach Club by Twinpalms Phuket is one of the most famous beach clubs on the island. In its original location on the nearby Surin Beach, it was also the first in Phuket and is still the favourite among locals and residents.

Address: 202/88, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: 9 am – 2 am
Phone: 065 348 201
Price: High – 2,000 baht for a couple of beach chairs and 4,000 to play in the tiny pool
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catchbeachclub/

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Xana Beach Club

Xana Beach Club on Bang Tao Beach

Xana Beach Club at Angsana Laguna Phuket is a trendy place to spend the day and the evening. You can use their unique beach pool or large and comfortable beach sofas, and then order drinks and food at any time. There are regular DJ events and parties on the beach.

Location: Angsana Laguna Phuket, Bangtao Beach
Address: 10 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Road, Choeng Thale, Phuket 83110
Open: Daily 11 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 324 101
Price: High
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/XanaBeachClub/

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Carpe Diem Beach Club

Carpe Diem Beach Club on Bangtao Beach in Phuket

Carpe Diem on Bangtao Beach is the latest Beach Club in Phuket, serving some appetizing Mediterranean and Italian cuisine with creative cocktails and a long list of fine wines.

Address: 99/1 Bangtao Beach Road, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 12 pm – 11 pm
Phone: 065 058 5388

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Where to Shop in Bangtao Beach


Bangtao has evolved a lot, and there are plenty of shopping opportunities around. Most are centralised at the entrance of Laguna Phuket.

Fun Friday Avenue

Every Friday night, on

the same Boat Avenue street, there is a night market. Fun Friday Avenue Market is fun, colourful, and a chance to try some food you might not have seen before. Be curious and try!

 

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Villa Market

Villa Market at Boat Avenue in Bang Tao

Villa Market is a vast and well-supplied supermarket on Boat Avenue. You can find a wide range of local and imported products, fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, lots of excellent meats, wines and alcohols.

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Porto de Phuket Mall

Porto de Phuket Shopping Mall by Central Group

Porto de Phuket is the latest mall in Phuket by Central Group. This lifestyle mall is a small complex offering a mix of restaurants, shops and a Central Food Hall, a vast supermarket.

Address: Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 368 291

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Canal Village

You might also want to visit the ‘Canal Village’ shopping plaza near the Dusit Thani resort, but it was never a real success and often looks a little too quiet. Anyway, have a look at the Jim Thompson outlet. A shuttle boat is permanently circling the five resorts and marks a stop at Canal Village.


Where to Stay in Bangtao?


The Laguna Complex is very self-contained, and guests from any of the main resorts are welcome to use other resort facilities: restaurants, of course, pools, spas, and the Laguna Golf. Newcomers are Angsana Laguna Phuket and Outrigger Laguna Phuket, and SAii Laguna Phuket.

Banyan Tree Phuket

Banyan Tree Phuket

Banyan Tree Phuket Resort, with its world-renown spa, is as luxurious and exclusive as ever. The resort features a wide range of private pool villas with total privacy, several high-end restaurants and a golf course just across the lobby. The hotel is a hundred meter from the beach.

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools
: 1 main pool
Restaurants and bars
: 5 restaurants and 2 bars
Distance to the closest beach
: 100 m
Address
: 33, 33/27 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Bangtao
Phone
: 076 372 400
Bookings: See the rates
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BanyanTreePhuketTH/

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SAii Laguna Phuket

SAai LagunaPhuket

SAii Laguna Phuket is a large luxury resort set right on the sand of Bangtao Beach, on the west coast of Phuket Island. The hotel was recently renovated, and the new design, which mostly is visible around the pool area, takes advantage of the amazing 300-meter-long direct beach access. With this new look and such a unique location, combined with the legendary Thai hospitality, a stay at SAii Laguna Phuket is a real treat.

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 2 pools
Restaurants and bars: 4
Distance to the beach: on the beach
Address: 323, Moo 2, Srisoonthorn Road Bangtao Beach Cherngtalay, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 360 600
Bookings: check the rates here

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Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Resort

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket on Bang Tao Beach

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket resort is a beautiful classic hotel with superb rooms, including some almost on the beach. La Trattoria restaurant is superb and serves excellent Italian food in a beautiful setting.

Range: 5-star
Swimming pool: 1
Restaurants and bars: 5
Distance to the beach: on the beach!
Address: 390 Moo.1 Srisoontorn Road Cherngtalay Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: 076 362 999
Bookings: see the rates
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dusitthaniphuket/

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Angsana Laguna Phuket

Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort

Angsana Laguna Phuket (used to be Sheraton Phuket) is an immense integrated luxury resort built around a vast lagoon. The resort has direct beach access and a beach club where guests can enjoy a beach pool and oversized sofas right on the sand. Read more

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 2
Restaurants and bars: 4 restaurants and 2 bars
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach
Address: 10 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road Cherng Talay, Muang, Phuket 83110
Phone: 076 324 101
Bookings: see the rates
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angsanalagunaphuket/

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Xana Beach Club Phuket at Angsana Resort


FAQs about Bangtao Beach

What is there to do in Bangtao Beach?

Bangtao Beach has a few activities to offer: Layan Beach, Blue Tree Water Park, Xana Beach Club, Catch Beach Club, Dream Beach Club, Spas and Wellness.

What are the best hotels in Bangtao Beach?

There are dozens of hotels to choose from, here are some favourites: Banyan Tree Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Outrigger, Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach

Where to eat in Bangtao?

There are restaurants for all tastes and all budgets: Beach Restaurants and Bars, Bampot Kitchen & Bar, Palm Seaside Restaurant, Tatonka, Siam Supper Club.

Where to Shop in Bangtao?

There are a surprisingly large amount of shops: Boat Avenue, Fun Friday Avenue Market, Villa Market, Porto de Phuket Mall, Canal Village.

How far is Bangtao from the airport?

Bangtao Beach is 15 km from Phuket International Airport, 18 km from Patong Beach and 22 km from Phuket Town.


Willy Thuan
https://www.phuket101.net/
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.