11 miles from Patong Bay
Anchor in 6-8 metres on a sandy bottom in front of any of the hotels. Ashore are several restaurants but, since the government drive to remove commercial activity from Phuket’s beaches, only hotel restaurants remain. All the hotels in the Laguna complex can be accessed by the free resort transport. Just 25 minutes from the airport, this is a useful pick-up point for visitors.
On the quiet north end of Bang Tao beach, just inside the island, is a high tide creek that can be accessed by dinghy leading to two huge, previously tin-dredged inland lagoons.
Approaching from the south, watch out for the large rock shown 150 metres off the headland on the chart. If it is visible, vessels can pass close on either side, as there is 10 metres of water all around. At high water, however, give the headland a wide berth and proceed well north before turning into the bay.
Bang Tao is Asia?s first fully integrated resort and villa complex. This lovely 4-mile-long beach is home to five differently-branded resorts built around fresh water lakes. Before being reclaimed by this massive development, which began in 1989, most of the area behind the beach was a cratered wasteland, having been seriously degraded by tin mining operations.
Today, the hotels are all interconnected by inland lakes and are backed by Laguna Phuket?s golf course and huge residential development. Exclusive beach clubs have sprung up north and south of the Laguna properties.
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