Ao Bang Thao Travel Guide

Ao Bang Thao, also known as Bang Tao Bay or Laguna Beach, is one of the quieter beaches of Phuket and can be found just north of Surin Beach, 20 minutes or so by car from Patong.

It is a huge sweeping bay which is backed by a few upscale resorts and a line of shade trees. There are one or two bars and restaurants in the Bang Thao area but the real draw for visitors is the peace and quiet. The village area of Bang Thao is made up of a combination of Muslim, Buddhist, and Chinese residents.

Ao Bang Thao is the big attraction, stretching for eight kilometers and featuring Thai food stalls and laid-back guest houses. Major resorts here include the massive Laguna complex, the Banyan Tree, and the Sheraton. You will also find some boutique shopping in this area.

Getting There & Away

Ao Bang Thao is closer to Phuket International Airport than most other Phuket beaches and is best reached by taxi - about a 30-minute ride. Phuket Town is about 40 minutes from the airport while reaching Patong Beach takes a bit longer.

Things to Do

Ao Bang Thao Attractions

Bang Thao Beach

The main attraction at ao bang thao, with its wide, sweeping sands and remote, laid-back feel.

The Laguna complex

Featuring several hotels in one complex with swimming pools, spa facilities, and shopping galore.