Miles of sand, designer boutiques, and first-rate golf – holidays to Bang Tao Beach show off Phuket’s luxury side.
The best of the west
The huge bay of Bang Tao Beach is scooped out of Phuket’s west coast, just north of lively Patong. It’s got an upmarket feel to it – expect chic cocktail bars, luxury restaurants, and boutiques crammed with fine silks and antiques. Plus, there’s an award-winning 18-hole golf course.
Bang Tao is a Goliath of a beach that stretches for 6 kilometres. Deserted, pillowy sands crown the northern bit, while at the busier southern end, palms and casuarina trees share space with sun loungers and thatched parasols. There’s not a high-rise in sight here, so expect a wide-open panorama.
You can’t go to Thailand without visiting a temple – and Wat Cheng Talay is just a 10-minute drive from the beach. In typical Thai-Buddhist fashion, it’s got a golden hall of floor-to-ceiling murals. For a lively night out, Patong isn’t far away – a 20-minute drive will get you to this famous party hotspot.
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