Bangtao Beach, Phuket

Bang Tao Beach ⛱️ What to Do in Bangtao? (Updated)

What to Do in Bangtao Beach?

Bang Tao Beach (or Bangtao) is one of the longest beach in Phuket, halfway between Phuket airport and Patong Beach on the island’s west coast. With such a beautiful stretch of sand, it’s no surprise why Bangtao has become the home of the famous Laguna Phuket luxury resorts. This immense complex hosts some of the largest resorts on the island, such as Banyan Tree Resort, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Angsana Phuket Resort, and SAii Laguna Phuket Resort.

Video of Bangtao Beach in 2021


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.

Bang Tao Beach in Phuket

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 of tourist and resident market with Patong when looking at the shops, villas, and even cars around the area.

Restaurants at night in Bang Tao Beach

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,

Bangtao Beach in Phuket

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.

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

Blue Tree Phuket Water Park

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.

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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, then order drinks and food at any time. There are regular DJ events and parties on the beach.

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Catch Beach Club

Catch Beach Club on Bang Tao Beach

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.

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Dream Beach Club

Dream Beach Club on Layan Beach

Dream Beach Club, a little further north near Layan Beach, is a beautiful place but a little less known due to its isolated location.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

Tinlay Village

At the entrance of Bangtao are Tinlay place, Porto de Phuket and Boat Avenue, three dining alternatives to the many restaurants found inside the resorts of Laguna. Tatonka, 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 Bampot Kitchen, Siam Supperclub and Maison Napoleon.

Beach Restaurant and Bars

Bang Tao Beach restaurants

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.

Beach Dining

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 for you to try. There are also a handful of old-fashioned tiny reggae bars consisting of a bamboo shack, five stools and blasting Bob! It’s fun, maybe a little busy but fun.

Bampot Kitchen & Bar

Bampot Kitchen in Bangtao Beach

Bamphot Kitchen is one of our favourites modern restaurants in Phuket, serving a young cuisine with a perfect mix of tastes and textures. The team is young and friendly, and the atmosphere is perfect to end the day with a little trendy touch. Read more

Address: 19/1 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Thalang, Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110
Open: 6 pm – 12 am (Saturday noon – 3 pm)
Phone: 093 586 9828
Price: Moderate

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Maison Napoleon

Maison Napoleon Phuket Restaurant and Bakery

Maison Napoleon is a new modern restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner at Laguna Phuket’s entrance in Bangtao Beach. The cuisine is mostly casual French but also from Mexico, 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

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

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

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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.

Boat Avenue

Boat Avenue Container Mall in Bangtao

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 restaurant and even an immense Villa Market where you find a lot of import food (and an extensive wine cellar too!).

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Fun Friday Avenue

Every Friday night, in 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.

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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.

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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 resorts facilities: restaurants, of course, pools, spas, and the Laguna Golf. Newcomers are Angsana Laguna Phuket (used to be Sheraton Phuket) and Outrigger Laguna Phuket, and Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket.

Banyan Tree Phuket

Banyan Tree Phuket

Banyan Tree Phuket Resort, with its world-renown spa, is as luxurious and exclusive as ever.

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Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Resort

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Resort on Bang Tao Beach

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket resort, one of the oldest hotels in Laguna, is now a beautiful classic.

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 guest can enjoy a beach pool and oversized sofas right on the sand. Read more

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Around Bangtao Beach

Tinlay place has many bars and pubs, souvenir shops, spas and massages for you to spend a perfect holiday. It’s also a chance to visit a real fresh market, an experience everyone should have. Not very far from the market is the Wat Cherngtalay, a bright and colourful Thai temple.

Bangtao Beach Bars

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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.

What’s Around Bang Tao Beach?

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Xana Beach Club Phuket at Angsana Resort