Bang Tao & Laguna Beach
Bang Tao is a large open bay with one of Phuket’s longest beaches. The Laguna Phuket complex, containing five luxury hotels and an 18-hole golf course, dominates a large area of Bang Tao. However, it is not difficult to find a quiet spot to enjoy the crystal clear water and stunning white sand.
The southern end of the beach is more developed and is where most of the accommodation is located, so if you want the beach to yourself, walk to the northern end where its much quieter.
There are a number of shops, restaurants and bars near the entrance to Laguna Phuket, as well as those within the resort complex. The nearby town of Cherng Talay has a few shops as well as a fresh market. Canal Village within Laguna Phuket comprises about 30 shops, mostly selling handicrafts and clothing items.
See Bang Tao map.
The Laguna Phuket resort complex as it dominates a large area of Bang Tao. However, there are many resorts outside of the Laguna, as well as a few small hotels between Bang Tao and Surin beach to choose from.
For more information see Bang Tao hotels
There is an huge array of facilities available at the Laguna Resort available to guests staying at any of the five hotels, including many that cater specially to children. As well as an 18-hole golf course, there is a driving range, elephant trekking, horseback riding, rock-climbing to name but a few activities. A number of the facilities are also open to non-guests.
If you feel like pampering yourself silly, there are five spas within the Laguna complex to choose from. Each offers a bewildering array of massages and body and facial treatments. You could easily spend your whole holiday in one of these spas.
To the northern end of the beach are some fine reefs that are good for snorkelling, while the steady breeze makes Bang Tao an excellent place to windsurf.
There are over 30 bars and restaurants located within the Laguna Phuket. However, there is also a growing number of good restaurants around the Bang Tao and Cherng Talay area. Although located nearby to the Laguna to cater to guests of the hotels, they are proving to be popular with the expats and locals as well.
For more information see Restaurants in Bangtao
Bang Tao has in recent years changed from a sleepy little village to a great place to go out to in the night time. There are a number of smaller bars where you can chill out whilst having a drink, playing pool or listening to the live music some of them provide. Bangtao still retains its family focus making it a popular place for families coming to Phuket to enjoy a night out, especially at the floodlight mini golf. The 3 beach clubs along Bangtao’s golden sand beach provide great evening entertainment often with live music and Xana, the largest of the 3, regularly hosts internationally renowned DJs as part of the day / night pool party.
There are bars within the Laguna Phuket complex as well as a good selection just outside the entrance and a few bars on the beach.
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