Bay (Ao Bang Tao) is a large open bay with one of Phuket's longest
beaches, Bangtao Beach (Haad Bang Tao). It was once used for tin
mining, but has since been developed into 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 Cherng Talay.
Located off Sri Suntorn Rd., in Cherng Talay 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 Suntorn 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 Naithon Beach and makes a very pleasant drive. Along the way
are some small bays with good swimming and no development.
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trees rim this small, curving bay beneath the foothills north of
Kamala Beach. Surin Beach (Haad Su Rin) is home to Phuket's first
golf course, a nine-hole course laid out more than sixty years ago
during the reign of the King Rama VII. It is now largely in disuse
except as a park. The steep incline of the beach, turbulent water,
and big waves make Surin Beach a dangerous place to swim during
Located at the end of Sri Sunthorn Rd., the road running west from
the Two Heroines Monument, 24 kilometers from Phuket Town. Accommodations
and restaurants are nearby.
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Cape (Laem Singh), the name means Lion's Point in English - in this
case, the mythical, stylized lion of Chinese literature, not the
African variety; there have never been any lions found in Thailand.
The beach is in a small, curving bay with rocky headlands at the
foot of forest-fringed cliffs and is among Phuket's most beautiful.
Singh Cape is located about 1 kilometer south of the entrance to
Surin Beach. Look for signs indicating the path down to the beach.
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