Bang Tao is a large open bay with one of Phuket’s longest beaches (about 8km long), fringed by rows of Casuarina trees.
This pure white sand beach has its main entrance two kilometers north of Surin Village, marked with large signs from the sprawling Laguna Phuket complex, which occupies most of the middle of the bay. The southern end of the beach is where all the accommodation is, so if you want the beach to yourself, walk to the northern end where its much quieter. The beach rarely feels busy there.
The luxury Laguna Phuket complex, containing five luxury hotels and an 18-hole golf course, dominates quite a large area. However, it is not difficult to find a quiet spot to enjoy the crystal clear water and stunning white sand. This is part of the island to go to if you’re in need of peace and quiet as the nightlife is relatively subdued here.
There are a number of shops, restaurants and bars near the entrance to Laguna Phuket, as well as those offered by the hotels within the resort complex. The nearby town of Cherng Talay has a few shops as well as a fresh market. Canal Village within Laguna Phuket contains about 30 shops, mostly selling handicrafts and clothing items.