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 Beach Phuket

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 Resort

SAii Laguna Phuket

SAii Laguna Phuket Review 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, mostly visible around the ... Read More
Banyan Tree Phuket

Banyan Tree Phuket

Banyan Tree Phuket on Bang Tao Beach is the most luxurious of the five resorts in the Laguna Complex and one of the best hotels in Phuket ... Read More
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket on Bang Tao Beach

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket is a beautiful classic hotel in Bang Tao Beach, in a prime location on the west coast of Phuket Island. The resort has an elegant Thai design, and the rooms are superb; ... Read More
Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort on Bangtao Beach

Angsana Laguna Phuket on Bang Tao Beach

Angsana Laguna Phuket is a vast hotel on Bangtao Beach, a beautiful location on the west coast of Phuket. With more than 300 rooms, lofts and suites, the hotel is immense, and most of the bedrooms offer lake or pool ... Read More

Surin Beach

Surin Beach Phuket

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

Twinpalms Phuket Resort

Twinpalms Phuket Resort near Surin Beach is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and one of the best hotels in Phuket. Not many hotels in Phuket have set the trend for other hotels to follow, but Twinpalms is ... Read More

Pansea Beach

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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

The Surin Phuket

The Surin Phuket is a beautifully designed hotel with a long history and a fantastic location on Pansea beach. It's also one of the first luxury hotels on the island. The resort's name may be e a little confusing: it's ... Read More

Layan Beach

Layan Beach

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

Banana Beach Phuket Island

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 in Phuket

Suay Restaurant Cherngtalay near Bangtao Beach

A Modern Thai Restaurant with a Michelin mention Suay Cherngtalay is a popular and excellent restaurant serving modern Thai cuisine with a creative touch by chef Noi Tammasak (Suay means beautiful in Thai). The restaurant is very inviting, divided into ... Read More
Kin-Kub-Ei Restaurant Phuketket

Kin-Kub-Ei Restaurant

Kin-Kub-Ei Restaurant Phuket Kin-Kub-Ei Restaurant is a hidden gem serving delicious southern dishes cooked by Khun Tubtim (the lady in the photos) with her family recipes and served in a beautiful garden hidden from the main road on the way ... Read More
TAKE Japanese Restaurant Phuket

TAKÉ Japanese Restaurant Phuket

A popular Japanese restaurant near Bangtao Beach TAKÉ (pronounced 'takeh') is an excellent Japanese restaurant often recommended by the Japanese expat community of Phuket, which is quite a statement. We tried it and it was indeed as good as described, ... Read More
Benny's Cocktails & Grill Phuket, on Bangtao Beach

Benny’s Cocktails & Grill Phuket

Cocktails and grill on Bangtao Beach Benny's Cocktail and Grill is an understated gem hidden by the roadside in Bangtao Beach; opened in 2015 and specialising in meats but with many excellent other options, including Thai food. We heard of ... Read More
ANISE Tapas & Bar Phuket

ANISE Tapas & Bar in Phuket

Spanish Tapas in Bang Tao Beach ANISE Tapas & Bar is a popular Spanish restaurant at the Boat Avenue Shopping Village entrance in Cherngtalay on the way to Bangtao Beach. The restaurant is beautifully designed and well-located, perfect for meeting ... Read More
Siam Supper Club Phuket

The Siam Supper Club Phuket Restaurant

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 ... Read More
Maison Napoleon Phuket Restaurant and Bakery

Maison Napoleon restaurant and bakery in Bangtao

A casual trendy restaurant in Bangtao Maison Napoleon is a new modern restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the entrance of Laguna Phuket in Bangtao Beach. The cuisine is mostly casual French but also from Mexico, and Latin America ... Read More

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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.