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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.

L'Arôme at Blue Tree Modern French Restaurant & All Day Dining

L'Arôme at Blue Tree


With a spectacular view overlooking the stunning BLUE TREE Lagoon, L'ARÔME AT BLUE TREE offers exquisite modern French cuisine combining the elegance and refinement of classic French culinary principles with contemporary influences. Chef Julien BURBAUD pushes the boundaries of French cuisine by incorporating premium ingredients and techniques to create dishes pleasing both eyes and palates.

Location: Blue Tree Waterpark near Bang Tao Beach
Address: 4, Cherngtalay, 2 Srisoonthorn Rd, Tambon Si Sunthon, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 10 am - 10 pm
Phone: 082 951 8455

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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. Laguna started as a luxurious complex in the first years, but it was a little isolated. Guests of the resorts had little choice outside the resort restaurants and facilities, so prices were always on the high side.


In recent years, Laguna built many luxury villas and properties in the back area 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 in 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 in Phuket with an incredible choice of restaurants, shopping, and even beach clubs, and it is becoming one of the best places to live.

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Best Hotels on Bang Tao Beach, Phuket
Bang Tao has been steadily growing in popularity in the past thirty years, but the amount of hotels has not changed much. Most of the resorts in Bang Tao Beach are in The Laguna Complex, in the Cherngtalay subdistrict ...
Where to eat on Bang Tao Beach? Bang Tao Restaurants
Bang Tao Beach is blessed with a surprisingly vast amount of restaurants, from modest roadside venues to beach restaurants and high-end cuisine. We visited quite a few and keep exploring ...
Things to do in Bang Tao Beach and around
Guests staying at any of the Laguna Complex resorts or in hotels in the Cherngtalay area can enjoy a wide range of things to do in Bang Tao Beach and around ...


Guests staying at any of the Laguna Complex resorts or in hotels in the Cherngtalay area can enjoy a wide range of things to do on Bang Tao and around. Many activities are available at the Laguna hotels: sailing, kayaking, archery, immense swimming pools, massages, and amazing spas.

Usually, if you are a guest of one of these 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 three now. Those beach clubs are also a great way to spend the day and party at night. More inland, you can have fun at the water park, the mini golf or even rock climbing.

The Beach of Bangtao, of course

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The beach is one of the main reasons 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 of eating at local restaurants or drinking at small bamboo bars on the beach.

Layan Beach

Layan Beach

There are no real boundaries between Bangtao and the 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 days 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 adults, 350 Baht for kids

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Bangtao Muay Thai & MMA

Bangtao Muay Thai & MMA in Phuket

Bangtao Muay Thai & MMA is a martial arts and fitness gym on Phuket’s North West Coast. It caters to martial arts and fitness enthusiasts seeking training and accommodations, suitable for both recreational and serious training. The gym offers various martial arts disciplines, including Muay Thai, MMA, BJJ, Kickboxing, Boxing, and Wrestling. Fitness classes in Strength & Conditioning, Mobility, Kettlebells, and Yoga are also available throughout the week.

Phone: 076 604 229
Address: 72/46 Moo 3 Cherngtalay, Thalang District, Phuket 83110

Spas and Wellness

Banyan Tree Spa on Bang Tao Beach

The Laguna complex has always been home to Phuket’s best spa resorts and wellness centres, including Banyan Tree Spa and Angsana Spa. If a hotel’s spa treatment is above your 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-hole miniature classic championship golf course is surrounded by palm and bamboo trees and has a large restaurant to enjoy food and drinks after the game. Read more

Address: 72/44 Moo 3, Bangtao Beach Road, Soi 2 Cherngtalay, Talang Phuket, Phuket 83110
Hours: 11 am – 11 pm
Phone: 076 314 345

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Ma Doo Bua Cafe

Ma Doo Bua restaurant in Phuket

Ma Doo Bua Phuket is a restaurant and cafe situated on the eastern side of the well-known Bang Tao Beach. Its primary appeal lies in the presence of an artificial lake covered in unique, large circular leaves known as Victoria Amazonica, the most substantial water lilies from the Nymphaeaceae family. The spot has become popular with the new generation of photo enthusiasts and Instagram users, who are drawn to its picturesque background.

Location: Cherngtalay (not far from Bangtao Beach)
Address: 310/51 M.1 Baandon-Cherngtalay Road Thalang District, Phuket
Open: 11 am – 10 pm
Phone: 063 593 9939
Price: Affordable

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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-renowned 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 across the lobby. The hotel is a hundred meters from the beach. Read our Banyan Tree Phuket full review

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools
: 1 main pool
Restaurants and bars
: 5 restaurants and 2 bars
Distance to the closest beach
: 100 m

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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 is mostly 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. Read our Saii Laguna Phuket review

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 2 pools
Restaurants and bars: 4
Distance to the beach: On the beach

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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. Read our Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket full review.

Range: 5-star
Swimming pool: 1
Restaurants and bars: 5
Distance to the beach: on the beach!

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Hilton Garden Inn Phuket

hilton garden inn bang tao hotel phuket

Hilton Garden Inn Phuket is a well-designed contemporary 4-star hotel in Laguna Complex in Bang Tao, an area growing in popularity with travellers preferring a more relaxed and refined holiday than in the crowded beaches of the south of the island. The hotel will please budget travellers who need the convenience of a modern hotel at a fair price. Read our Hilton Garden Inn Phuket full review.

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

Restaurants on the Beach

Just south of SAii Laguna Resort, you will be surprised to find many seafood and Thai food restaurants on the beach. The road to reach them is well hidden, but there is a decent parking space. We tried the Green Leaf restaurant, which was 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, 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.

Location: Next to Saii Laguna Phuket

The Farmer and the Fisherman

The Farmer and The Fisherman Restaurant at Porto de Phuket in Bang Tao Beach

The Farmer and The Fisherman is an excellent new restaurant that opened recently at the popular Porto de Phuket shopping village in Bang Tao Beach, just next to Boat Avenue. We stopped for a casual dinner and were pleased with how good the food was, as well as the service, which is an important factor for a great dining experience.

Location: Porto de Phuket
Address: 19/1 – 19/6 Bandon-Cherngtalay Rd, Tambon Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 11 am – 11 pm
Phone: 098 869 0514

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Nanami Yakiniku

Nanami Yakiniku Phuket in Boat Avenue Bang Tao Beach

Nanami Yakiniku is a Japanese BBQ run by a Japanese owner on Boat Avenue close to Bang Tao Beach in Phuket. They offer a wide variety of meats, including imported and local options, as well as sushi and sashimi.

The atmosphere is cosy and inviting, with indoor and outdoor seating. The menu is nicely presented and features a great selection of Wagyu beef sets starting at 900 baht, which is very reasonably priced.

Address: 21/8 Lagoon Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 5 pm – 10 pm
Phone: 095 086 1555

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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

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TAKÉ Japanese restaurant

take japanese restaurant bangtao phuket

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

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

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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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Palm Seaside Restaurant

Kalido is a trendy seafront restaurant set at the southern end of Bangtao Beach. Open for lunch, dinner and beyond, Kalido is a good 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
Hours: Lunch: 12 noon – 4 pm, Dinner: 6 pm – 11 pm (last order)
Phone: 094 480 0883
Price: High

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Boat Avenue

Boat Avenue Phuket

You can’t miss the new and growing Boat Avenue if you stay in the Laguna area. 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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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.

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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
: 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 small and simple shacks are inexpensive and add a tropical touch to your holiday. Several of them are just outside the Outrigger Resort.


Catch Beach Club

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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

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Tichuca Phuket Beach Club

Tichuca Phuket Beach Club

Tichuca Phuket, the newest addition to Phuket’s beach club scene, offers a fantastic tropical ambience with excellent music, and the iconic decor of the illuminated roof at the Tichuca Rooftop Bar in Bangkok.

What sets Tichuca Phuket apart is its truly unique location right on the sand of Bang Tao Beach. Kick off your shoes and walk on the soft sand to admire the sunset and dance to the tunes of the talented DJ.

Open: 3 pm – 12 am
Phone: 063 713 7755
Tichuca Phuket is open until June 2024 and might become permanent in 2025

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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 appetising 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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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 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

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

Fun Friday Avenue

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There is a night market every Friday night on the same Boat Avenue street. 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

canal village bangtao

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 permanently circles the five resorts and marks a stop at Canal Village.


Techno Gym in Bang Tao, Phuket

A new era of wellness lifestyle is now available at the Technogym Showroom Phuket, located in the heart of the Laguna area, which has become the trendiest part of Phuket Island. With its unique interior design spanning two floors, you can discover cutting-edge equipment and benefit from the expertise of Technogym Experts for an exceptional wellness experience.

Location: Bang Tao Beach
Address: 335, 1 Lagoon Rd, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm (closed Sundays)
Phone: 02 381 6146

Bang Tao Beach Fast Facts

⛱️ Beach condition:Good
⛱️ Beach length:6 km
⛱️ Other beach nearby:Layan Beach
📷 Thing to do:Blue Tree Waterpark
🍴 Best restaurant:Nanami Japanese BBQ
🍸 Best beach restaurant:Carpe Diem
🍹 Best beach club:Catch Beach Club
🛎️ Best luxury hotel: Banyan Tree Phuket
🧳 Best mid range hotel: SAii Laguna Phuket
🚙 Distance to Patong Beach:18 km
🚙 Distance to Phuket Town:22 km
✈️ Distance from Phuket International Airport:17 km


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FAQs about Bang Tao Beach

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

a. There are dozens of hotels to choose from, here are some favourites:
Banyan Tree Phuket
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
Angsana Laguna Phuket
SAii Laguna Phuket Resort

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

a. There are restaurants for all tastes and all budgets:
Beach Restaurants and Bars
The Farmer and The Fisherman
Nanami Yakiniku Phuket – Japanese BBQ
Benny’s Grill
Take Japanese Restaurant

a. Bangtao Beach is:
15 km from Phuket International Airport
18 km from Patong Beach
22 km from Phuket Town

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!