Bang Tao is home to one of Phuket’s longest stretches of beach (approx 6km) and is approx 24km from Phuket Town. Some parts of the beach, especially towards the northern and southern tips and away from the vast Laguna Phuket Resort Complex have a deserted feel and are the perfect place to get away from it all, soak up the sun and relax in the calm, crystal clear waters. Close by is the small town of Cherng Talay, which has a few shops and a local market selling fresh produce. Here you can catch a glimpse of local people earning a living by traditional means such as farming, fishing and rubber tapping.
A number of watersports operators walk up and down the beach offering Jetskiing, paragliding, waterskiing and banana boats for hire. The northern end of the beach often has favourable conditions for surfing and windsurfing, but there is very little snorkelling available in the area. One of the most popular and enjoyable beach activities is horse riding and the Bang Tao Riding club can arrange a late afternoon frolic along the shore, a memory that will stay with you for a life time.
Much of Bang Tao is dominated by the vast, luxury Laguna Phuket Resort Complex, but don’t be put off as some of the numerous leisure activities are available to non-guests as well, including an 18-hole golf course, driving range, horseback riding and climbing wall. If you fancy spending a day shopping then head to Canal Village inside the Laguna complex. Amongst the many different outlets you will find quality leather goods, silk offerings, tailors, souvenir shops, traditional Thai arts and crafts, designer sports shoes and accessories as well as two outlets devoted to the Silk merchant Jim Thompson.
There is not much in the way of nightlife in Bang Tao, but there are a few bars on the beach and just outside the entrance to the Laguna which maintain a steady, laid back and family orientated atmosphere.