Bang Tao Beach – – is one of Phuket’s finest place, and without the famous ‘beach roads’ that line other parts
of the Phuket coastline, this stretch of paradise remains refreshingly authentic. The northern end, nearest Layan Beach, is private and comparably untouched.
The center is dominated by the Laguna Phuket Resort complex, home to the Banyan Tree, one of Asia’s most awarded hotels, and four other large resorts.
Banyan Tree Golf Course, the world renowned Banyan Tree Spa and a host of facilities including 30-plus restaurants and
bars at the five resorts which make up Laguna are all within easy reach . You can find money changing facilities,
medical clinics, pharmacies, massage centers and banks in Laguna, convenient western delicatessens for a quick lunch
as well as a host of shops keen to attract the resort’s affluent clientele. Heading further south, a Tesco supermarket is on
the main road between Laguna and Surin. Patong is a 20-minute drive further south (depending on the season)
and offers some of Phuket’s world famous nightlife and ‘knock off’ goods markets. The much larger shopping malls and
supermarkets of Central Festival, Tesco and Big C are a 25-minute drive away on the bypass road. To the north,
Layan Beach is a secret well kept by Phuket’s local expat community. Coconuts languish in the sand, cleansed by
the crystal clear waters. The beachfront is public but usually deserted, parking is available and,
during the high-season, food and drink vendors and beach masseuses allow you to enjoy
‘heaven’ for as long as you like. About a 20-minute drive to the north is Phuket’s international airport.