Try the best in Thai cuisine
The beach clubs are a great place to eat your fill of tasty Thai food, but there are lots of top restaurants nearby too. On offer is everything from basic beach snacks to high-end dining. You can enjoy all sorts of cuisines, with restaurants serving Mediterranean, Indian and Italian food alongside those focusing solely on Thai food.
Many of the Thai dishes you'll come across feature fresh fish and seafood. Some of the most popular and delicious things to try include fried red snapper, fried squid, shrimp cakes, giant tiger prawns and seafood salads. All kinds of Panang curries and papaya salads are worth tasting too. Wash all that delicious traditional food down with a cool, Thai beer.
Take time to bliss out
Take the time to treat yourself to some little luxuries during your time in Bang Tao. The huge Laguna Phuket Complex is home to an open-air mall called Canal Village, with around 40 outlets ranging from little jewellery shops to clothing stores. Boat Avenue is a large shopping complex full of boutiques, clothing stores and beauty salons. There are also lots of souvenir shops near the beach, selling a variety of handmade and hard-carved wood items.
When you're all worn out from hitting the shops, go for a soothing massage at one of the spas close to the beach. Enjoy a traditional, therapeutic Thai massage that employs a range of oils and aromatherapy to help melt away any tightness in your muscles. Relax as chilled music is played in the background for a blissful experience.
Visit animal sanctuaries
Holidays to Bang Tao Beach are a dream come true for animal lovers, as there are so many sanctuaries and rescues to visit in the area. Green Elephant Sanctuary Park is one of the main elephant sanctuaries and is less than a 20-minute drive away in Choeng Thale. You could also walk there in under an hour and take in some stunning scenery along the way. Here you can see and interact with elephants living freely in their natural environment – it's a wonderful thing to experience.
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is another must-visit, with the park being 25 minutes away from Bang Tao by car. The project aims to rehabilitate gibbons that have come from the pet or tourist trades, and you can watch them enjoying their new lives throughout the park.
Nearest airport to Bang Tao
Phuket International Airport – 18 kilometres
Bang Tao can be reached from Phuket International Airport in 30 minutes
Enjoy a Bang Tao Beach holiday and you'll spend the entire time feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Pamper and treat yourself, whether that's in the shops or in a spa, or as you unwind on the beautiful beach. Meanwhile, those looking for something more active will love the opportunities to explore the exotic landscapes and wildlife. Animal lovers in particular will be delighted by the number of elephant sanctuaries to visit.