The Beach of Bang Tao
Phuket Beach Guide
At 6km (4 miles) in length Bang Tao beach is one of Phuket's longest beaches and for the most part it's pretty deserted. Between the hotels that are fairly well spaced out you're unlikely to see anyone. Possibly due to the fact that there's no 'Beach Road', this beach is used almost exclusively by guests of the hotels here. From November to April the sea is flat, calm and clear.
From May to October there small waves but on occasion large waves make swimming dangerous, take note of the red flags when they're flying. If you hadn't guessed by now, the atmosphere is positively sleepy, this is a perfect place to come to leave everything behind and do nothing more taxing than read a book.
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 tranquil 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
All the sunbeds provided by the hotels are exclusively for their guests, there are no sunbed vendors however there's no shortage of space to lay on 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 however 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 options and dining is no different however there are some alternatives.
Some local restaurants have been set up on the beach to the north of The Angsana 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 in the south end of the beach there are a few small beach restaurants. There's also a stand alone restaurant at the north that's open during the day, this restaurant has some sunbeds for use by it's customers.
Bang Tao Beach Watersports
In the high season (Nov - 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.
You will see a few beach vendors on Bang Tao Beach however not that many. The ones you see may look a little lost as they look for potential customers.
If you don't want to buy anything simply shake your head and smile. Just remember that you're not obliged to purchase anything if you do stop a vendor but if you want to buy an article never agree with the starting price: use your bargaining skills and remember that a smile greases many transactions in Thailand.