(Haad Bangtao, Ao Bang Thao), also known as Bang Tao
and Laguna Beach, is a beach on northwestern side of
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.
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.