Ao Bang Thao

2 November 2014
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Bang Thao is one of Phuket’s longest beaches located in Cherng Talay neighborhood. It was formerly a large tin mining site, Phuket’s main industry in the old days, but now a location of the luxurious resorts and golf course of the Laguna complex. The beach itself is quite steep with high waves, it is not friendly for shallow-water snorkeling or amateur swimmers.


Bang Thao is a large open bay with one of Phuket’s longest beaches. It was once used for tin mining, but has since been developed into a luxury resort. Most of it is occupied by the Laguna complex, a massive five-hotel development with golf course. There are, however, accommodations available outside Laguna at the bay’s south end.


Bang Thao is about 25 minutes from Phuket airport and transfers can be arranged for about 600 Baht. A metered taxi may cost about 50 Baht less. However, metered taxis are scams and no sane person will ride in a sketchy half-broken taxi.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.

Dry season swimming is excellent, and at the bay’s north end is a smaller bay, almost completely enclosed, at the mouth of which is some fine coral. Plenty of places to eat, tour companies, and other tourist facilities are available either at Laguna or in the nearby town of Cheong Thale.


By Car,Ao Bang Thao is approximately 24 kilometers from the city center of Phuket. The tourists who travel by car can head northwards on Thep Kasattri Road to the Two Heroines Monument, turn left to Sri Sunthon Road, and continue for 12 kilometers. When reaching Hat Surin, turn right and go further 2 kilometers. The tourists will see the beautiful extended beach at Ao Bang Thao.

Map of Ao Bang Thao


  • 06.00 – 18.00
  • ADDRESS : Tambon Choeng Thale, Amphoe Mueang, Phuket