Bangtao Beach Guide
What to Do in Bangtao Beach
Bang Tao is a study in contrasts, with the luxurious resorts and villas along its 6km (4 mile) stretch of beach just a few minutes' away from the town of Cherng Talay, where many villagers still make their living as their ancestors did - by fishing, farming and rubber tapping. The northern tip of the beach, so far untouched by development, is still an area where visitors might find that they have the beach to themselves. Apart from going to the beach and a few bars and restaurants there's not much that you need to leave your resort for.
Taking up a huge area in the middle of Bang Tao beach, Laguna Phuket, one of Asia's largest resort complexes, comprises of 6 luxury hotels, a golf course and residential housing.
360 Degrees has been described by some as one of the best sunset viewing restaurant in Phuket and with its sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, Layan Beach, and further out to the horizon on the Andaman Sea it’s easy to believe it. Serving Mediterranean-inspired dishes and tapas in a lush hilltop setup, this is the place to come to for sundowners and great food if you want to live life to the max.
Black Cat Restaurant
Run by a charming French-Thai couple, Black Cat is a local favourite and has been for many years. Serving Thai and international food in a decidedly friendly and relaxed atmosphere, Black Cat delivers good-quality dishes in generous portions and still manages to keep the prices down to reasonable levels. The bamboo-and-thatch décor with an open side makes the place seem like a beachside eatery but you’ll actually find it on the road from Cherng Talay to Laguna.
Ruen Thai is an elegant and beautifully fitted out Thai restaurant in the grounds of Dusit Laguna Phuket Resort. Located by the side of a lake, you can make a grand entrance here by arriving by boat as the six resorts in the Laguna complex are interconnected by waterways.
Serving notable international food in a smooth mix of fusion, ethnic, and original creative dishes, Tatonka has been popular for many years and the surprising thing is that Chef Harold Schwarz has seen no great need to change his menu as long as people are happy with it, and they very obviously are as the restaurant is busy each and every night it is open.
There are many tracks leading down to the beach here and this section of the beach is protected from the swells, on the big surf days (over 3 metres) some nice smaller waves appear here. Towards the northern end of bang tao beach the waves get bigger. The northern end of the beach is exposed to the winds and the shifting sand banks make the surfing waves unpredictable, but on its' day the surf at bang tao can be perfect.
Some of the island's best finds for antiques and other treasures can befound at Laguna's Canal Village and in the rows of shops just outside the Laguna entrance. The open-air village markets are also worth visiting, if only to take in the sights and sounds of a typical Thai bazaar. A huge range is on sale including fruit and vegetables, fresh meat and fish, clothes, cooked food (take away), toys, shoes and more. There's asmall supermarket in Cherng Talay for groceries.
The closest large supermarket is in Patong, a 25 minute drive away.