Bang Tao beach
Bang Tao beach is on Phuket’s west coast, north of Surin beach. It was once a wasteland, ruined from years of tin mining. But the regeneration was amazing, a conservation effort by the Laguna group. The beach and land was cleaned up and the quarries were flooded and landscaped to form lakes around which resorts and a golf course were built.
Now it’s a beautiful 6 km long white sand beach and resort area. At the heart of Bangtao is the Laguna resort complex that is home to some pretty fancy resorts and holiday homes, including the Angsana, the Dusit Laguna and the Banyan Tree. Other hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and bars have built up in the areas outside of Laguna. They cater to tourists and a large expat community that live in the area. So even if you stay in the Laguna complex you can easily go outside to eat at local restaurants, one of the wonderful things about Phuket is that it’s safe to go just about anywhere.
Bang Tao also has one of Phuket’s largest Muslim communities in Phuket.
Despite the resorts along Bangtao the beach never feels that busy, it’s just so big. You can choose an empty patch of beach to lay your towel or rent a sun lounger close to other amenities, like restaurants or a beach bar.
The sea is good for swimming with a gentle slope and calm water in the high season. In low season watch out for rip currents, lifeguards post red flags as a warning.
A short longtail boat ride from the beach is Koh Waeo, a small island that is okay for snorkeling or even a shallow scuba dive.
The next beach up the coast is Nai Thon and Surin beach is to the south.