Bang Tao beach, one of the longest coasts on the island stretches out endlessly along a large, open bay in northwest Phuket. With its fine sand, clear, warm waters and laidback ambience, Bang Tao appeals to couples and family vacationers seeking to get away from the popular coasts down south. High-end beach resorts and vacation rentals are clustered at the northern end of the coast, while further down south lies Cherngtalay, a sub-district that’s gathering buzz for its upmarket restaurants, bars and spa venues.
There’s something for every vacationer at this part of the island, whether you’re looking to bask under the sun by the beach, catch the best sunset vistas while sipping sundowners or wish to experience the thrill of embarking on exciting outdoor sports and adventures. We’ve put together a travel guide to help you map out your Bang Tao itinerary.
Things to do in Bang Tao
1. Swim, surf and soak up the sun
From your villa, hop into a car for a quick drive out to Bang Tao Beach. The calm sea conditions between the months of November to February makes it ideal for swimming and water sports. Exercise caution if you’re out at sea during the rainy season (mid-May till October), as swells and undercurrents are common. Looking to surf? Head up further north, where the waves get bigger.
Layan Beach, located at the northern end of Bang Tao offers a tree-lined coast and tranquil atmosphere. A small pier, located behind the beach has kayaks for rent for a ride around Koh Kala and a nearby lagoon.
2. Visit Wat Cherngtalay
Take in the traditional architecture and intricate details of Wat Cherngtalay, a serene temple complex close to Laguna Beach. As with most temples in Thailand, Wat Cherngtalay contains both Buddhist and Hindu elements; you’ll find mural paintings illustrating the life of Siddharta Gautama alongside images of Ganesha, the Hindu god of success.
3. Go wakeboarding at Anthem Wake Park
Built on a fresh water lake spanning over 50,000 square metres, Anthem Wake Park features state-of-the-art cable facilities suitable for both beginner and advanced wakeboarders. There’s an on-site restaurant, as well as a pro shop selling wakeboards and helmets.
4. Take your kids on an outdoor adventure
Adventure-based team building program organiser Quest hosts a family fun zone at the Laguna Phuket resort complex, where children and teenagers between the ages of five to 15 years old may participate in eco-friendly adventures, jungle exploration, sports lessons, outdoor games and more.
5. Stretch it out on a yoga mat
Kickstart your morning on an invigorating note with a yoga class. In-villa yoga sessions may be arranged at request, but if you prefer the ambience of group classes, check out yoga studios like Baan Yoga Phuket, a homey, inviting venue located away from the crowds in Nai Yang.
Yoga Republic, located near Surin Beach is kitted out with a full range of amenities, such as a heating system for hot yoga classes, juice bar, outdoor gazebo, indoor lounge area, shops and more. iYoga, situated in central Phuket is a great bet for yoga enthusiasts looking to take it slow with a variety of therapeutic yoga styles.
6. Unwind with a decadent spa ritual
With top-notch establishments like Hilton Phuket Arcadia, Le Meridian’s Le Spa and The Spa by Mövenpick, Phuket certainly isn’t lacking in the luxury spa scene. Closer to Bang Tao, check out venues like Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary or Angsana Spa at Laguna Phuket. In-villa spa treatments may also be arranged at your request – just reach out to your villa manager for further assistance!
7. Enjoy a spectacular sunset show
The western coasts of Phuket are known for its incredible sunset vistas. Around Bang Tao, our favourite spots for sundowners include 360° Bar, an elegant venue set in a bamboo grove, the ultra-chic Catch Beach Club and Palm Seaside, an exquisite waterfront restaurant, lounge and bar.
Where to eat in Bang Tao
1. Black Cat Restaurant
Featuring a bamboo-themed interior, amber lighting and friendly service, Black Cat is a great bet for days when you’re in the mood for a relaxed, fuss-free dining experience. The wide-ranging menu features Mediterranean and Thai fare, as well as a good selection of wines.
Black Cat Restaurant, 104 Cherngtalay Road, Choeng Thale, Phuket, +66 76 325 155. Open Mon-Sat 11.30am – 11.30pm, Sun 5.30pm – 11.30pm.
2. Bocconcino Phuket
Step into Bocconcino’s airy, wood-dominated interiors and you’ll find a delicatessen, coffee bar and dining area. Shop from a diverse selection of freshly baked bread, pastries, cold cuts, cheeses, balsamic vinegar, Italian wines and spirits, as well as other local gourmet produce. The all-day dining venue dishes out mouthwatering plates of pizza, ossobucco, fresh salads and more.
Bocconcino Phuket, 8/71 Moo 3, Surin Main Road, Choeng Thale, Phuket, +66 91 821 1715. Open Mon-Sun, 10.30am – 10pm.
3. Ceramic Kitchen
Just like its wide-ranging menu – which features Thai dishes, Indian curries and Western fare – Ceramic Kitchen isn’t just a dining establishment. It also boasts a bar, myriad decorative statues, a lush garden, a display of ceramic ornaments and live performances during the evening. Small chairs and tables offer a kid-friendly dining setting.
Ceramic Kitchen, 185/15 Moo 7 Sristhorn Rd Thalang, Phuket, +66 76 620 053. Open Wed-Mon, 12pm – 11.30pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
4. CUT Grill & Lounge
This steak restaurant-cum-lounge bar features an elegant decor and picturesque lakeside setting. While CUT is known for its meat dishes – which includes charcoal-grilled rotisserie chicken, Australian Black Angus and New Zealand lamb – there’s much more to the menu. A selection of tapas, salads, pasta, pizzas, fish and Thai dishes are also available.
CUT Grill & Lounge, Boat Avenue, Choeng Thale, Phuket, +66 93 638 8921. Open Mon-Sun 11am – 2am.
5. Dream Beach Club
Dream Beach Club is the go-to venue for trendy beach-goers on the lookout for a chic, stylish hangout by the sea. Choose from one of the many sun beds, sofas or cabanas, order up a round of signature cocktails, lay back and soak up the vibrant vibes. Lovers of house music will appreciate the lineup of live international acts, which includes Barbara Tucker, Hed Kandi and Ministry of Sound.
Dream Beach Club, Soi 2, Layan Beach, Phuket, +66 98 048 3500. Open Mon-Sat 11am – 8pm, Sun 12pm – 8pm.
Where to stay in Bang Tao
Enjoy the luxurious amenities, ultimate privacy and unbeatable service that comes with staying in a private villa in Bang Tao. With a glimmering pool set amidst a well-manicured garden, multiple living spaces and uninterrupted ocean views from your bedroom, we’ve picked out five Bang Tao villas that are poised to provide an unforgettable experience:
Villa Samakee boasts a beautifully landscaped garden, stylish interiors and direct beach access. The sparkling 20-metre pool is the focal point outdoors; surrounding by recliners, an open-air sala and lush tropical foliage, it’s where guests gather for refreshing mid-day dips, poolside parties and afternoon siestas. Containing a total of five bedrooms, Villa Samakee is ideally kitted out for groups of 10.
Around Villa Samakee
Villa Samakee enjoys a prime location along Bang Tao Beach. Guests will enjoy direct beach access and be located within proximity to restaurants, beach clubs and bars. Check out the popular Dream Beach Club, a seafront venue known for its incredible Sunday brunch spreads.
Direct beach access | Beach clubs, restaurants and local amenities nearby | 20-metre pool with jacuzzi
As part of the Picasso Villas complex, Villa Paloma provides access to the estate’s private FIFA approved mini-football 5-a-side pitch with floodlights. Professional coaching and training services may be arranged upon request. It’s not just for football enthusiasts though – the 18m x 38m space is also ideal for hosting weddings, celebrations and corporate events. Other highlights at Villa Paloma includes its 1950s retro decor, which draws inspiration, and contains artefacts from Hollywood icon Jayne Mansfield.
Around Villa Paloma
Villa Paloma is 10 minutes’ drive from Bang Tao Beach. Dining venues nearby include Ceramic Kitchen Phuket, DeDox Restaurant, Toto Restaurant and Dream Beach Club.
1950s retro decor | Ideal for events | Tranquil setting private | FIFA approved mini-football 5-a-side pitch with floodlights
Seven bedroom Villa Beyond is a great bet for large group getaways – from family getaways, to yoga vacations and corporate retreats. Its contemporary interiors, tropical vistas and myriad amenities (which includes a massage room, infinity pool and rooftop deck) will appeal to vacationers seeking a luxurious hilltop retreat.
Around Villa Beyond
Villa Beyond is about 15 minutes’ drive to Bang Tao Beach. Attractions located within the vicinity include Phuket International Riding Club, Wat Cherng Talay, Anthem Wake Park and Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Dine out at venues like DeDos Restaurant, Palm Seaside, CUT Grill and Lounge and Bampot Kitchen and Bar.
Infinity pool | Unobstructed hilltop vistas | Ideal for large group getaways
With its wood-panel floors, stunning artworks and cosy ambience, Villa Salafa just like home the moment you step in. When you’re not lounging in the well-appointed living spaces, spend time basking outdoors in the spacious garden – it’s filled with palm trees and lush foliage, and features multiple hang outs, like swing sofas, cushioned chairs, poolside recliners and an alfresco dining area. Six bedrooms, one of which allows wheelchair access comfortably accommodate groups of 12.
Around Villa Salafa
Villa Salafa is just three minutes’ drive from Bang Tao Beach. It’s also located within close proximity to Dream Beach Club, Sand and Sea Bar, 360° Bar, Mediterranean restaurant Firefly, Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary and Laguna Golf Phuket,
Ocean views | One guest bedroom with wheelchair access | Complimentary daily breakfast service
Modern and inviting, five bedroom Laguna Waters comes fitted out with a wide-ranging array of amenities to offer a great family experience. Make a splash in the 12-metre pool, soak up the Phuket vibes from the poolside recliners, whip up a feast in the kitchen, get a work or play a round of billiard in the entertainment-cum-fitness room.
Around Laguna Waters
Laguna Waters is eight minutes’ drive from Bang Tao Beach. It’s about 10 to 15 minutes’ drive to Xana Beach Club, Dream Beach Club, 360° Bar, Mediterranean restaurant Firefly, Little Prince Indian Cuisine, Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary and Layan Beach.
Contemporary decor featuring a mix of Western and Asian design elements | Easy access to the beach and restaurants | Fitness and entertainment amenities
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