The best things to do in Bangtao are mostly focussed around the Laguna complex and its many satellite businesses. The 6-hotel hub contains an impressive array of leisure facilities to ensure their guests never have a reason to be bored. Even with all of that choice, the 6-km-long beach remains the region's star attraction. If you want to avoid the busy central part of the beach, head north and you'll find more tranquil areas, including Layan Beach.
What's remarkable about Bangtao is that the area has retained its own unique local character. Because of this, you can still find colourful and interesting local markets, cheap food outlets and typical Thai temples, all mostly within strolling distance of each other.
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flying Hanuman Ziplining Experience
- Canoeing Excursion in Phang Nga Bay with Thai Buffet Lunch
- Introduction to City Tour
- John Gray's Cave Canoeing Tour in Phang Nga Bay
Dream Beach Club is a stylish, laid-back place to relax and party right on Layan Beach. Part of the world-renowned Dream brand from New York City, it is one of very few clubs in Phuket which is right by the sand and is one of the largest clubs of its kind in the whole of Thailand, featuring two swimming pools, four bars and over 100 comfortable sun loungers.
Replacing the once famous Nikki Beach Club at the very northern extreme of Bangtao Beach, Dream opened in December 2015 after the site had undergone quite significant renovations. While it still targets the party crowd, the atmosphere is much more relaxed. The music selection played by the resident DJ – who is positioned above the swim-up bar in one of the pools – is mostly smooth R&B, jazz and chill-out tracks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00, Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
- Location: Layan Beach Soi 2, Bang Tao
- Tel: +66 (0)7 660 9888
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/dreambeachphuket
Catch Beach Club is a high-quality bar, restaurant and lounge spot right on the beautiful Bangtao Beach. With a superb beachfront location, excellent food and drinks and great music, it is one of the top chill-out spots throughout the day and a popular party venue at night. Belonging to the same brand as Palm Seaside, HQ Beach Lounge and Twinpalms Phuket, quality and class are absolutely assured. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 02:00
- Location: 202/88 Moo 2, Bangtao
- Tel: +66 (0)65 348 2017
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/catchbeachclub
Layan is one of the few beaches on Phuket’s west coast that has retained an authentic feeling of tropical paradise. Apart from the recently built Nikki Beach Club and two long-established local restaurants, there is nothing aimed at attracting more tourists here apart from a few sun-loungers set in front of the restaurants. The beach is pristine and uninhabited, fringed by tall pine trees offering refreshing shade from the burning afternoon sun.
Layan is located at the northern end of Bangtao Beach and offers good sea-kayak exploration possibilities around the small island (Koh Kala) lying a few metres off land and in the brackish lagoon found at the very far end of the beach. Mostly frequented by locals, Layan is a natural gem on Phuket’s more and more developed West coast. Read More...
- Location: Northern end of Bangtao Beach
- How to get there: The easiest way to get there is to pass through Laguna Complex and follow the small road along the coast heading north.
Anthem Wake Park is the perfect place to try out or practice wakeboarding in a superb natural environment, supervised by a friendly professional team. Set on a 50,000sqm freshwater lake, this wakeboarding park is environmentally friendly with electric cables pulling boarders around the lake. There are three tracks to choose from according to participants’ skill: a 60m-long cable without obstacle for beginners, a 60m-long cable with obstacles for advanced riders, and a 647m long cable with obstacles.
The park is run by a passionate team who share their passion with anyone interested in learning or improving their technique, and, in fact, European and Israeli pro wakeboarding teams already come at Anthem Wake Park for training during winter. The site hosts a bar and restaurant and is a cool place to hang out even just to watch wake boarders experimenting with new moves several metres into the air. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:30
- Location: Srisoonthorn Road, Bangtao
- Tel: +66 (0)7 662 0034
Phuket Adventure Mini Golf is a classic 18-hole miniature golf course set in a beautifully landscaped garden located diagonally opposite Bangtao Village Resort near the southern end of Bangtao Beach. It is the perfect activity for the whole family after a long day at the beach, as the best time to play is after 17:00, when things cool down a bit.
Phuket Adventure Mini Golf also hosts a restaurant named Off Course, a cool venue at which mini-golfers can sample Thai and international favourites (there’s even a children’s menu), enjoy a game of pool, check their emails and surf the internet (free Wi-Fi available) or simply relax, sipping a cocktail while debating about the game with friends. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: Bangtao Beach Road, Soi 2
- Tel: +66 (0)7 631 4345
Laguna Phuket Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 72 course located inside the Laguna Phuket Resort Complex along Bangtao Beach on Phuket’s west coast. The course has been designed by Max Wexler and measures 6,850 yards. Set on what used to be a coconut grove, and featuring small lakes on undulating fairways, this course is agreeable for beginners and experienced golfers alike.
Before and after the game, players can enjoy the excellent clubhouse facilities at their disposal and that include Men's and Ladies’ locker rooms, billiard and pool tables, three tennis courts, pro shop selling an impressive choice of golfing equipment and accessories, and a great bar and restaurant – the Banyan Café – which is reputed for the quality of its Thai and international cuisine. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
- Location: atBanyan Tree Phuket
- Tel: +66 (0)7 632 4350
Horseback Riding in Bangtao
Horseback riding on a tropical beach is a great leisure activity. The Phuket International Riding Club is a long-established equestrian centre located near the entrance of Laguna Phuket Resort Complex at Bangtao Beach that offers a good choice of riding lessons and rides for the whole family. The riding instructors’ professionalism and experience make them select the right horse or pony according to the skill and personality of each rider. Everyday four hours are dedicated to private or group (of maximum four riders) lessons; all day long rides of different length (1, 1.5 or 2 hours) are organised within the Laguna Phuket Complex and along Bangtao up to Layan Beach.
The area toward Layan being very tranquil and secluded, it is the perfect field to slightly speed up horses to trot and gallop. The best times for riding are early morning (08:00 - 10:00) and late afternoon (16:00-18:30) giving the possibility of romantic horse rides along a peaceful beach while the sun slowly sets into the sea.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:30
- Location: 300m on the left-hand side after Tinlay Place
- Tel: +66 (0)7 632 4199
Wat Cherng Talay
Wat Cherng Thalay or Cherng Thalay Temple has been the spiritual centre of Bangtao and Cherngtalay for almost a century now after it relocated from its original site in Khao Noi. The temple is in typical Thai-Buddhist design, with images of giant snakes on the way up to the 'ubosot' or main hall and paintings illustrating the Buddha’s good works (or ‘nitan chadok’ in Thai).
Every evening, the lights along the pathways inside the temple come on with light poles fashioned in the form of kinnarees (half-human, half-birdlike creatures that figure in ancient Thai tales) which look quite charming, especially at dusk.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: About 200m on the right after the large Buddhist sign across Srisoontorn Road marking the entrance of Cherng Talay when coming from the Phuket Heroines circle
Quest Laguna Phuket
Quest is a company organizing excellent adventure-based team building programs for corporate groups staying within the Laguna Phuket resorts complex. Offering half and full-day programs including a great range of activities and games on 30,000sqm of tropical woodland and meadow, Quest is very professional and their long experience (operating since 1995) in organising such exercises proves the quality of their work.
Apart from its team building activities, Quest hosts a family fun zone at which children from 5 to 15 years old can enjoy various activities, from eco-friendly adventures to jungle exploration to wacky games to sports’ lessons, and more.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:30
- Location: Next to the entrance of Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort
- Tel: +66 (0)7 632 4199
The boom of the tourism industry in Phuket has also boosted the spa and massage shops that nowadays cater to almost every budget and are found everywhere in Phuket. The health benefits of rubbing and kneading muscles and joints of the body have been known for millennia and the techniques of diverse provenances – Thailand, Sweden, China, India, and Japan – are all performed in Phuket’s spas and massage parlours.
It is of course in the most renowned spas hosted in high-end resorts that you could enjoy the most refined treatments: from Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary to Angsana Spa Laguna Phuket to Sunwing Resort and Spa, most hotels in Bangtao have a spa nowadays. Massages of various qualities are also performed in smaller stand-alone parlours on Tinlay Plaza and in the small village at the southern end of Bangtao, and beach massages are also a good alternative at affordable rates to get pampered.