Bangthao 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. Dry 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 available either at Laguna or in the nearby town of Choeng Thale.
The beach is located off Sri Sunthon Rd., in Choeng Thale. As for access to Laguna; the south end of the
bay may be approached by taking the road north from Surin Beach. To get to the far north end from Sri
Sunthon Rd., take the road leading to Laguna, but do not enter, continue on to the town of Bandon where
there is an intersection of asphalted roads, and take the one leading west toward the sea. This road leads
also to Nai Thon Bay and makes a very pleasant drive. Along the way are some small bays with good
swimming and no development.