Bang Tao Beach – What to Do in Bangtao Beach

Bang Tao Beach – What to Do in Bangtao Beach
Bang Tao Beach – What to Do in Bangtao Beach
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Bang Tao Beach

Bang Tao Beach (or Bangtao) is one of the longest beaches of Phuket, half way between airport and Patong Beach on the west coast of the island, where all the beaches are. With its beautiful stretch of sand, Bangtao is always associated with the gigantic resort complex known as ‘Laguna Phuket’.

This area was one of the tin mines that made the fortune of Phuket long ago, but was abandoned later as the land was consider worthless. Laguna Phuket managed to transform it in an very profitable award winning ‘eco project’ with international resorts such as Banyan Tree Resort, Dusit Thani Resort and Laguna Beach Resort.

In the recent years, an incredible amount of luxury villas and properties were built in the back of the Bangtao Beach hotels. Laguna used to be the ‘high-end’ part of the island, but the shine has slightly faded and it feels more of a mass tourism complex, you just have to look at the size and amount of the ‘local restaurants’ on the beach to get the picture. The high-end seems to have moved to Mai Khao Beach with the JW Marriott, Sala Phuket and Renaissance Phuket Resort.

Baby Elephant Playing on the Beach

The Laguna Complex is very self contained and guests from any of the five resorts are welcome to use other resorts facilities. Restaurants of course, but also pools, spas and the Laguna Golf. If you choose to stay there, you might also want to visit the ‘Canal Village’ shopping plaza near the Dusit Thani, but it was never a real success and often looks half deserted. However have a look at the Jim Thompson outlet and take a break at the ‘Albatross Bar & Restaurant’. To get there, a shuttle boat is permanently circling the five resorts and marks a stop at Canal Village.

Bang Tao beach sunset

Around Bangtao Beach

Near Bangtao is Cherngtalay, a village offering nice dining alternatives to the many resorts restaurants: Tatonka, DeDos, Supper Club, Black Cat and a little further by the sea: Palm Seaside Restaurant, but also many bars and pubs, souvenir shops, spas and massages plus a long time established horse back riding that offers fun horse strolls along the beach. If you are lucky you’ll meet one of the baby elephants from the hotels, an amazing photo opportunity!

It’s also your chance to visit a real fresh market, an experience everyone should have, and not very far from the market is the Wat Cherngtalay, a bright and colourful Thai temple.

Banyan Tree Phuket on Bangtao Beach

Then you have the Bang Tao village, probably the original fisherman area, but this part of the beach is not as attractive. You will find several less luxurious but more affordable hotels with beach access over there, a good one would be the Best Western Bangtao Beach Resort and quite a few beach front restaurants as well.

Palm Seaside Restaurant
Palm Seaside Restaurant
Xana Beach Club
Xana Beach Club
Catch Beach Club on Bangtao Beach
Catch Beach Club

Map of Bangtao Beach




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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 23 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 2 blogs: Phuket101.net and BangkokUndercover.com, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com