At 6 km (4 miles) in length, Bang Tao Beach is one of Phuket's longest beaches and for the most part it's pretty deserted. Hotels are mostly clumped around the southern end of the beach while the northern end is generally very quiet and peaceful, with only a few small beach bars dotted along its length.
From November to April the sea is flat, calm and clear. From May to October, the waves can get a little rough, so take note of the red flags when they're flying. If you hadn't guessed by now, the atmosphere is pretty sleepy, making this a perfect place to come to leave everything behind and do nothing more taxing than read a book.
The exception to this rule is the southern end of the beach, where you will find a number of beachfront hotels as well as some of the best beach clubs in Phuket. It goes without saying that the atmosphere here is a little more lively, but it remains one of the most family-friendly beaches.
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Photos of Bangtao Beach
From Patong or Kamala Beach, head north to Surin Beach where the main road curves inland, then follow the road for 10 km until the next traffic lights where you turn left. Follow the signs to ‘Laguna Phuket' where the Angsana Laguna Phuket is located and pass in front of the Banyan Tree Phuket to reach the beach.
To reach the more lively southern Bang Tao, take the smaller road heading straight (north) at Surin Beach past Twinpalms Phuket and the road will eventually snake west towards the lesser-known part of Bang Tao.
Alternatively, take the road to the airport and at the Thalang intersection (by the Buddhist temple with large colourful statues) turn left and drive for 10 km until the next traffic lights then turn right.
Bang Tao Beach Facilities
Most of the sun loungers available on Bangtao beach are provided by the hotels and are therefore exclusively for their guests. However, there are some small areas where public beach chairs are available and there is no shortage of space to lay a towel or mat.
In front of the Laguna hotels there are beach shacks set up by locals that sell everything from snacks and drinks to beachwear to tours. There are no public toilets, but toilets can be found in the hotels and restaurants.
Bang Tao Beach Restaurants
As with most things on Bang Tao Beach, the hotels provide most of the dining options, though there are some alternatives.
Some local restaurants have been set up on the beach to the north of the Angsana Laguna Resort and to the south of Outrigger Laguna Phuket. Notable is Lotus Restaurant, which has excellent Thai food and Seafood at reasonable prices, located to the north of The Angsana Laguna Phuket, within walking distance of all the Laguna Resorts.
Away from Laguna, on the south end of the beach, there are a few small beach restaurants and a selection of beach clubs. There's also a stand alone restaurant to the north that's open during the day.
Bang Tao Beach Watersports
In the high season (November to April) paragliding, waterskiing and banana boat are available, the guys who run these operations walk the beach looking for customers.
Jetskiing is also available and again the operators can be found easily. Some of the hotels have windsurfers and hobie cats but they're only for use by their guests.
Surfing in Bang Tao: The middle of the beach is protected from the swells and some smaller waves are eminently rideable. Further north along the beach the waves get bigger as it is exposed to the wind. Shifting sandbanks make the going unpredictable, though, but sometimes it is near perfect here. Southerly winds with waves up to three metres. Read more about surfing...
Bang Tao Beach Activities
With no snorkeling to speak of and not enough beach-goers to muster a game of volleyball there's not really any activities to speak of.
The exception is horse riding which is a perfect beach activity. Offered by Bang Tao Riding Club, located near to the entrance to Laguna, most days you'll see people riding up and down the beach later on in the afternoons once it's a little cooler.