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Overview : Bangtao's main feature is its impressive 6km-long beach which is bordered by a small village and an array hotels at its southern end while the massive landscaped Laguna Resort network extends along most of the rest of it. Some of the high-end resorts offer all needs on site while the village area has enough shops and bars to fulfil the needs of others provided they enjoy the quietness of the location.
- Bangtao Beach (6km, white-sand)
- Laguna luxury resorts & golf course
- Village at South end of beach
- Cherngtalay township close by
Distances by Road :
- Airport - 16 km
- Phuket Town Centre- 23 km
- Patong Nightlife & Shopping - 22 km
Staying Near Bangtao Beach
A Great Beach, a Small Village and the Luxury Laguna Resorts
Bangtao has, at 6km long, one of Phuket’s largest beaches but due to most of it being bordered by the 1000-acre Laguna Resorts complex only the southermost kilometre is generally used by the public.
Laguna is made up of five large resorts spread over a huge expanse of landscaped grounds which, although self-contained, are also connected by a network of waterways and lakes allowing access to shared amenities such as restaurants and the top-class 18-hole golf course.
The accommodation varies from the very luxurious Banyan Tree private pool villas through to the modestly priced Allamanda serviced Apartments. Quiet and attractive with its extensive lawns and lakes, its like the ultimate gated community and is ideal for visitors seeking a secure and peaceful environment with all entertainment and needs catered for on-site.
South End of the Beach
Outside the Laguna complex at the south end of the beach is a small village area with a lengthy strip of shops, restaurants and bars along the road nearest the sea. Located well away from any busy roads it has a sleepy almost rural ambience though still attracts a fair number of people happy to get away from the bustle of the busier beach towns. Close by is the most popular part of the beach for swimming. Its a relatively undeveloped spot with nice white sand fringed by tree-shaded areas where food and drink vendors can usually be found.
Bangtao accommodation tends to be concentrated around this area and covers all budget ranges though some is a kilometre or so inland near the main town so it would pay to be aware of this when booking as, if the resort, does not provide a shuttle to the beach (some do) , then either a good walk or a local tuk tuk wil be needed to reach the water. The largest resort closest to the sand is the Best Western Premier.
About a kilometre inland the coast road runs through the main town. Lining it are a decent number of shops and a few restaurants though there’s not much in the way of nightlife and other than for visiting for a meal or buying essentials there’s probably little to interest most visitors. There are, however, some good hotels nearby such as the popular private pool villas at Two Villas Oxygen Bang Tao which are well-priced for the standard.
Our Choice of the Best Hotels in the Bangtao Area.
1Outrigger Laguna Phuket - A large (255 rooms) resort that is part of the huge Laguna Resort complex. In the upper price range though good value considering the standard of the accommodation and the excellent facilities available which include an excellent swimming pool with a water slide. Generally highly-rated by guests and especially families with children .
2Casuarina Shores Apts - luxury apartments with full kitchens within walking distance of the beach. The property is set is an attractive garden setting with two good swimming pools on-site.Rates are quite high though quite good value for groups and families as the two bedroom apartments are very spacious. Reviews from guest are generally excellent.
3Arinara Bangtao Beach - a mid-priced, large (200 rooms) resort just a short walk from the south end of Bangtao Beach. Spacious rooms and good swimming pools in a in a quiet location at reasonable rates. Guest reviews are generall very good.
6Two Villas Oxygen Bang Tao -2 and 4-bedroom villas at reasonable prices for such accommodation. Highly rated by most but the isolated location would probably be best-suited to travellers with their own transport or who are happy to relax around the pool with occasional excursions by taxi. A shuttle service to local shops and beaches is provided (best to check on this when booking.).