Bang Tao Beach
At eight kilometers long, Bang Tao Beach is one of the longest Phuket beaches. The crescent-shaped bay is blessed with pure white sand and beautiful water. Bang Tao Beach is a popular spot with windsurfers and is also home to the luxury Laguna Phuket complex, which comprises five world-class resorts.
Laguna Phuket dominates the central part of Bang Tao Beach. If you have the money to do so, you can really find paradise without having to leave your resort.
The northern end of Bang Tao Beach is a quiet spot with some decent places for swimming and sunbathing. Sun loungers are dotted along the coast and there are also a few jet-skis disturbing the peace here and there.
The nearby horse-riding club is the reason why you might catch a few horses trotting along the beach. For the most part, however, Bang Tao Beach feels unspoiled and is one of the highlights of Phuket that seems to have the right balance of beauty and development.
Being a little bit of a high-end destination, the restaurants tend to be a touch more expensive than some of the other areas, but there is some great food to be sampled. For the most part, however, Bang Tao Beach has a very local, chilled feel, far removed from the likes of Patong Beach.
There are also quite a few bars along Bang Tao Beach. The northern and southern areas are the most scenic. Swimming isn’t great in low season and the water can be rather deep, making it dangerous for unconfident swimmers.
There are lots of sun loungers on the beach, although many of these belong to the resorts. There are a number of guesthouses at Bang Tao Beach, as well as spas, English pubs and cafes.