Bang Tao & Phuket Laguna
Located approximately halfway between International Airport and Patong Beach, Ao Bang Thao is a large open bay on Phuket Island's west coast. Overlooking the beautiful turquoise clear waters of Andaman Sea, the bay hosts the island's second longest beach and is one of most popular holiday destinations on Phuket Island. The six-kilometre stretch of fantastic white and fine sand can be divided into three distinct areas. The huge and luxurious “The Laguna Phuket Resort Complex” occupies the entire central part ofLaguna Beach, which is one of the most exclusive destinations on the island. Developed around an old abandoned tin mine, it houses five luxury upmarket resorts, hotels and expensive private villas situated around six picturesque lagoons and the 18-hole Laguna Golf Course. Bang Tao is quieter and rather undeveloped northern part is known as Layan Beach and is ideal for those seeking to get away from the crowd. However, it offers some hotel accommodations, restaurants and venues, including the stylish Dream Beach Club and the luxurious Anantara Layan Phuket Resort. Considering the length of Bang Tao, it is difficult to generalize the beach's features throughout its immense extension. The surrounding crystal clear water is great for swimming and other water activities, but can become quickly quite deep in some areas, so it can be dangerous to children and less experienced swimmers. Deck chairs and sun beds can be rented along most of beach, although there are some areas that do not offer them, while in front of Laguna Complex the hotels and resorts provide them for their guests.
Accommodation & Restaurant - Bang Tao Beach offers accommodation and dining options to suit every budget. There is a wide range of restaurants to choose from, starting from small restaurants offering seafood dishes at affordable prices, all the way up to high-end restaurants located on the waterfront or within the luxurious Laguna Resort Complex. Located just behind southern part of Bang Tao, Cherng Talay Village offers nice dining alternatives, ranging from a large number of food stalls offering cheap street food as well as several excellent restaurants at affordable prices. The evening market on the main road is definitely the best place to try Thai food and even make some purchases. There is also a market on road heading back towards Surin Beach where you can buy fresh food and cooked foods, clothing and shoes. The village houses a lot of shops, mini markets, tour companies and other tourist facilities. You will find a nice selection of seafood restaurants even on the road towards the Laguna's main entrance, where are also located several clothing, furniture and household items shops. As regard to accommodation, your choice depends only on your budget. Bang Tao's southern end is one of the best family vacation destinations on the island, with a wide range of friendly and affordable hotels, several cheap guest houses and rental rooms located right on the waterfront or just behind it. If you have a fairly deal of money, the Laguna Complex is the perfect choice for you. The complex houses five of the island's most luxurious resorts, including Outrigger Laguna Phuket, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket and Laguna Holiday Club Phuket. These luxury resorts offer a fantastic range of facilities, such as luxurious Spa and restaurants, large swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness centres, kids clubs, a water park, and an unlimited choice of fun activities for both adults and kids. The complex also houses other expensive hotels and luxurious villas to rent set around the six picturesque lagoons. Within the grounds of the complex you also will find al least 30 restaurants and bars, among which some of the Phuket's finest restaurants, the Laguna Golf Club, a mini mart, as well as the quite large Canal Village shopping plaza set near the Dusit Thani, which houses a lot of boutiques and shops selling antiques and designer clothing. Laguna Phuket Golf Club is a classic 18-hole, par-71 golf course measuring 6,756 yards. Fully upgraded in January 2015, the prestigious golf club features fantastic golf experience and facilities designed for golfers of all abilities from all over the world.
Night life - Bang Tao's nightlife scene is very far from the bustle of transgressive Patong Beach. There are no discotheques, go-go or beer bars in the area, yet the nightlife is quite lively and reflects the beach's atmosphere, offering some trendy beach clubs, pubs and bars. Dream Beach Club, Catch Beach Club, Xana Beach Club Phuket, Lux Beach Club, Supper Club and Black Cat are most popular venues. More