Bang Tao Beach Phuket
Bang Tao Beach General info
Bang Tao beach in Phuket is an 8 km long bay with white sand and rows of casuarina trees.
Bangtao Beach is very popular with windsurfers, and yachts. Horse-riding is also a popular pass time on this beach.
Bang Tao beach is becoming more developed every year, mostly at the northern end where the Phuket Laguna resort complex is located.
The southern end of this Phuket beach has a small fishing village and smaller bungalow style accommodation, but the developers have their eyes on this area too. Best Western was the first of the chain hotels to open here and there are quite a few that will open in the next few years
The headland and beach at this end of bang tao are great for an afternoon walk, collecting shells and the sunset over the headland is something not to be missed.
When the waves are big during the monsoon season surfers head here to surf a few waves in the southern corner as it is more protected. More about surfingBang Tao Beach
This southern corner is also home to the Phuket Surf School. Fully certified instructors run classes here on a daily basis during the low season.
There are now many hotels and residential developments popping up. It wont be long before the beautiful sunsets come at a premium price.
The main village of Bang Tao is one of the biggest Muslim communities on Phuket island and tasting some of the traditional foods is a must. The evening market on the main road in the middle of Bang Tao is definitely a place where you can try the local foods and pick up some bargains.
The market has a fresh food, cooked food (fast Food, Thai style) and another section with clothing, shoes etc. Be careful while crossing the road here as it gets congested and drivers still drive at a fair pace.
Further along the main road (Sri Soon Thorn Road) heading towards the Laguna Phuket Complex you will enter another small town called Cheongthalay.
This area is traditionally Chinese Thai and during the vegetarian festivals many rituals take place here. You will see Chinese as well as Thai temples in this diverse little village.
As you near Laguna, there are many restaurants, mini marts, gift shops. The prices are premium and it is better to find shopping bargains further away.
The very northern end of Bang Tao beach has a small island that joins the mainland by a sand spit. The beach in the corner has 2 or 3 restaurants and the beach is quite deserted. Great spot to get away from the hussle and bustle, sunbathe and relax!!
Beware of swimming here as the sand banks constantly move and the currents are made stronger by a small outlet. Phuket lifeguards now patrol this area on a daily basis.