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Bang Thao

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Bang Thao

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Bang Tao is a beach on northwestern side of Phuket. It's also known as Laguna Beach, after the name of the first and largest hotel that opened here.


You can choose Bang Tao beach for relaxing holidays. There is no noise from cars and bars as it's not a crowded place.

Get in

Bang Tao is about 40 minutes from Phuket airport and transfers can be arranged for about 600 Baht.

Get around

Getting around Laguna is easy and free. There are free shuttle buses between all the hotels and the shopping centre as well as a ferry service around the lagoon to most of the hotels and the shopping centre. Leaving Laguna for other places in Phuket is expensive as few Phuket taxis travel to this complex. There are chauffeured cars available but these cost 600 Baht each way to Patong or Phuket town.

Surin Beach is within walking distance if you're not in a hurry, just follow the road south of Bang Tao for about 15 minutes.



The Laguna complex is about relaxation. All of the hotels have swimming pools with food and bar service to the pool side. There are a variety of day spa facilities at the hotels. All the hotels have private areas of the beach with lounges and towel service. Food and bar service is available on the beach but cannot be charged to your room. The beaches are not patrolled but do have roped-off swimming areas. Some of the resorts have sailing and rowing boats for use on the lagoon. Banyan Tree has a championship golf course which can be used by residents at all of the hotels in the complex - green fees can be charged to your room. Tours can be booked through the hotels for all of the standard Phuket tourist attractions.


The Laguna complex has a large number of shops but all are expensive. Much better deals can be found elsewhere in Thailand.


The Laguna complex has a large number of very good and reasonably expensive restaurants. You can charge any of the restaurants in the complex to your room irrespective of which hotel you are staying in. There are some cheaper hawker-style restaurants on the beach which must be paid for in cash.


There are a large number of bars throughout the Laguna complex but there is no nightlife to compare to Patong.

Just 5 mins walk south from the Laguna complex is a small Reggae Bar owned by an enterprising you local named Nam. The drinks at the "Wood Bar" are cheap and cold, the service is relaxed and the atmosphere is just amazing. Nam has built his bar almost entirely from debris washed up on the shore. The bar stands out at night with it's green, red and yellow lights, and as you get closer the alluring sound of reggae music draws you in. Well worth the visit if you are looking for a break from resort life or being pestered by some of the other local bars.


  • Laguna Beach Club Aimed at the younger tourist offering more of a party atmosphere than the other hotels in Laguna (but not anything like the party atmosphere available at Patong resorts).
  • Dusit Laguna Part of the luxury Thai hotel chain and is geared to Thai nationals
  • Sheraton Grande A luxury hotel with standard hotel rooms and two bedroom villas built over the lagoon. This hotel caters to an international market
  • Allamanda The family hotel in the complex offering two bedroom suites including kitchenettes and two bathrooms.
  • Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort Almost identical to the Allamanda but geared towards time-share customers.
  • Banyan Tree The most luxurious resort in the complex and includes full spa facilities and a championship golf course.

Get out

If you want nightlife or shopping you can go with a taxi to Patong beach in about 20 minutes.

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