What to do in Cherngtalay?
Cherngtalay, locally known as Choeng Thale, may not be a well-known name for most travellers, but it is an important region of Phuket because many travel and hotel websites refer to it when talking about hotels in Bangtao Beach. Cherngtalay is the subdistrict of Thalang in the middle west part of the island, just south of the airport and includes Bang Tao Beach, Surin, Layan and Banana Beaches (see the map at the end of the page). The beaches are beautiful and quieter than in the busy south of Phuket. There are plenty of hotels and resorts in the area, and the area is becoming more and more attractive with a wide range of excellent restaurants, shops and even night markets.
Bang Tao Beach
Bang Tao is the longest beach in Cherngtalay and is home to several resorts that have been around since the 1990s. Many changed brands several times, except for Banyan Tree Phuket and Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket.
SAii Laguna Phuket
Banyan Tree Phuket
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
Angsana Laguna Phuket on Bang Tao Beach
Surin is one of Phuket’s most beautiful public beaches, with lots of coconut trees and plenty of local restaurants in their shade. Parking is easy. There used to be a lot of fancy venues right on the beach: fancy restaurants, beach clubs and bars, but they were all removed.
Twinpalms Phuket Resort
Pansea is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket, and due to its difficult access, it is practically a private beach, reserved for the lucky guests of the only two hotels in the bay: The Surin and the exclusive Amanpuri Resort.
The Surin Phuket
Layan Beach is a beautiful stripe of sand located at the north end of Bang Tao Beach. It’s difficult to tell where one ends and where the other stops. There are no hotels on the beach, just Banyan Tree Resort across the street and Anantara Layan in the bay hidden behind the island at the north estuary. The beach is quiet and mainly popular with locals. The land between the beach and the small back road is occupied by a dozen small restaurants under the shade of tall coconut trees. It’s surprisingly hidden, tropical and welcoming, perfect for a lazy lunch or even a lazy local dinner.
Banana Beach is a hidden little cove at the north end of the Cherngtalay district. As it is away from the main roads and invisible when driving passed it, the beach has remained quiet and only has a tiny local restaurant. It’s a great escape for the day, but remember that it can be neglected during the low season.
Where to eat
The choice of restaurants around Cherngtalay is surprisingly large and varied, from Italian, Spanish, Japanese, French, and, of course, Thai. In addition to independent restaurants, hotels also offer many additional options. The most attractive way to enjoy lunch or dinner is to eat directly on the beach, with your feet in the sand, and Bang Tao and Layan have a wide choice of local restaurants at very good prices.
Suay Restaurant Cherngtalay near Bangtao Beach
TAKÉ Japanese Restaurant Phuket
Benny’s Cocktails & Grill Phuket
ANISE Tapas & Bar in Phuket
The Siam Supper Club Phuket Restaurant
Maison Napoleon restaurant and bakery in Bangtao
Map of Cherngtalay