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Layan Beach is a beautiful but little-known bay on the west coast of Phuket on the northern end of Bangtao Beach. Layan is home to many luxurious resorts such as Banyan Tree Resort, Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort and Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket. The beach ends with a river harbouring small fishing boats, and its best-known feature is the big island standing where the river reaches the sea.


What to do in Layan Beach?


Until recently, Layan Beach kept a low profile, with just a handful of small restaurants and bars peppering the beachfront, all the way from Bangtao Beach. At the very end of the beach, a small restaurant also offers Thai massage in a bamboo house for 400 baht, perfect for a lazy afternoon in the sun, especially the Aloe Vera massage at 500 baht (400 baht for 1/2 hour).

Layan Beach on Phuket west coast


What to do in Layan Beach


Layan is a little off the beaten tracks, and there is little to do regarding attractions or activities. That’s why locals and expats like this beach; most come here to enjoy a leisurely lunch with family or friends. Things a slowly changing, but even with the opening of a large beach club, the area is still quiet most of the time.

The Beach

Come here to relax, enjoy a beach massage or a spa at nearby resorts and eat by the beach. That’s a great way to spend a day in Phuket.


360 Rooftop Bar

360 Rooftop Bar at Phuket Pavilions

360 rooftop bar at the Pavilion Resort is a beautiful place to enjoy a drink or even dinner at the end of your day. The terrace is not near the sea but above the trees.

Address: 31/, 232/1 Moo 6 Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open
: 5:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Tel: 076 317 600
Price: High
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/360Pavilions.phuket/

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Banyan Tree Spa

Banyan Tree Spa

The Banyan Tree Spa is one of the most exclusive on the island and a multi-award-winning experience in Thailand. If spa treatments are on your list during your trip to Phuket, this is the one experience you should try, but as you can expect, it is expensive and often fully booked.

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Where to eat on Layan Beach


Several small restaurants are built along the beach under the shade of trees. All have ample parking, so you can drive around and pick one or walk on the beach and stop when you get hungry.


Hugo Hut

Hugo Hut Layan Beach

Hugo Hut is a good new spot on Layan where you can enjoy lunch, fun and affordable cocktails by the ocean, and even a beach massage to end the day the way it should be. This spot is perfect for sunset! Don’t miss their special cocktails, Hugo Smash, based on vodka watermelon, and Wild Hugo, based on whisky, at 180 baht, while all other classic cocktails are 150 baht.

Phone: 092 895 3569
Open: 10 am – 10 pm


Paul Restaurant

Cuisine: Seafood and Thai
Address
: Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: 10 am – 10:30 pm
Phone: 083 501 9429


Beach Bar 2

Phone: 090 168 8229


Tony’s Restaurant

Tony's Restaurant on Layan Beach

Cuisine: Seafood and Thai
Address
: Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: 11 am – 10 pm
Phone: 097 308 7339


Layan Beach Restaurant

Layan Beach Restaurant


Toon Tomato Bar

Cuisine: Local Thai
Address
: 23 Soi Layan 2, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110


Sawasdee Restaurant & Baankoon Massage 2

Address: Tambon Choeng Tale Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: 7:30 am – 10 pm
Phone: 083 538 3631


Where to Stay on Layan Beach


At first, there seem to be only two resorts on this beach: The famous Banyan Tree and the more recent Layan Residences by Anantara, but Layan being so close to Bangtao, you can enjoy a wide choice of excellent resorts.

Layan Residences by Anantara

Anantara Layan Resort Phuket


Banyan Tree Phuket Resort

Banyan Tree Phuket Resort

Banyan Tree Phuket has always been one of the most luxurious resorts on the island, with a strong focus on spas and wellbeing. Their pool villas with an immense swimming pool and dedicated spa room are legendary.

Location: Bangtao Beach
Address: 33, 33/27 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Bangtao
Phone
: 076 372 400
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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How to get to Layan Beach


To reach this beach and the Dream Beach Club, drive to Bangtao Beach and follow the signs to the Banyan Tree Resort. Pass the Banyan Tree gates and continue to the nearby T-junction, then turn right and drive a few kilometres to the very end of the road, it’s an easy drive, but the road can be narrow at some points due to the cars parking on the street.

Layan Beach


Layan Beach Photos

Layan Beach


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What’s Around?

BANYAN TREE PHUKET


FAQs about Layan Beach

Q. What is there to do in Layan Beach?

a. Layan is a peaceful beach with just a few things to do:
The Beach
Bang Tao Beach
Dream Beach Club
360 Rooftop Bar
Banyan Tree Spa

Q. Where to eat in Layan?

a. There are a few restaurants in this area:
Layan Beach Restaurant
Tony’s Restaurant
Paul Restaurant
Toon Tomato Bar
Sawasdee Restaurant

Q. What are the best hotels around Layan Beach?

a. Here are some popular hotels in the Layan area:
Layan Residences by Anantara
Banyan Tree Phuket Resort
Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach

Q. How Far is Layan from Phuket Town and Phuket Airport?

a. Layan is
13 km from Phuket International Airport
24 km from Phuket Town
23 km from Patong Beach

Willy Thuan
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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.